Enjoy the sand beaches of the Cottonmill Swimming area. Swimming is allowed from sunrise to sunset in the swimming lake only. No lifeguard will be on duty

Fishing and Boating

Fishing from either a boat or the shore is popular and productive at Cottonmill Lake. The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish and northern pike. Because of the lake’s small size a no wake boating regulation is in effect for the entire lake. Paddleboats, canoes, and rowboats can be rented at the Marina. The Marina is open afternoons and evenings during the summer months.

Disc Golf

A disc (Frisbee) golf course is located on the East side of the park. The 2,263 foot, par 33 course meanders through cedar forest area and along the lake shore. Disc golf is a growing sport that the whole family will enjoy.


Cottonmill Park is the starting point of the Hike/Bike Trail. This 3.1 mile hard surface trail parallels the Kearney Canal along its length to the University of Nebraska Kearney Campus. The trail offers a scenic route for walkers, bicyclists and skaters alike. Motorized vehicles are prohibited and the trail hours are from sunrise to sunset.