Lincoln Lake is 400 acres, 90 of which is water. It offers pristine water recreation, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing and stunning photographic opportunities. Once the water supply for the City of Lincoln, with the help of hard working volunteers, it is now available for your outdoor enjoyment. Lincoln Lake is also a nesting home for bald eagles.
Sometimes referred to as “little Devil’s Den”, Lincoln Lake boasts some of the best rock climbing bluffs easily accessible to you. On a recent weekend, climbers had traveled from Bentonville, AR, Monet, MO, and as far away as Bavaria (Germany) — all to climb the rock formations at Lincoln Lake. Technical levels are marked on the rocks, so come out and enjoy yourselves! A good description of the climbing routes is here.
Mountain Bike & Hiking Trails
The mountain bike trails here consist of two out and back trails with loops at the end of each. They are well marked and well maintained through the year. We keep them mowed and weeded in the summer months.
Completed trails are:
SPILLWAY LOOP – add 0.8 miles to the trail system. Completed in 2012.
PINEY LOOP – 4 mile out and back loop. To access the trail head go back out to the road, turn right, cross bridge and the trail head is on the right. This trail is rated intermediate for mountain bikes and easy for hikers. The trail follows the lake north and goes by many great rock formations. You will cross the dam where you will get a wide view of the lake and a good place to spot eagles. From the dam the trail enters the woods, turns left from the lake loop and climbs up into a great pine forest. From there the trail loops around back to the main trail for the return trip.
EAGLE VIEW TRAIL – 4 mile out and back with three loops. The trail head starts just behind this sign. Start up hill and follow the markers. This trail is rated intermediate to strenuous for mountain bikers and easy for hikers. Eagle View trail follows an old service road out to Lake View Overlook. From there it heads into the woods and climbs to the Eagle View Overlook. Watch your children as the bluff is fifty feet tall. This is also a great place to spot eagles. To the left of the overlook is the upper loop and to the right is the lower loop. The lower loop has some of the best scenery in the park as it passes under towering bluffs and beautiful rock formations. The lower loop is recommended for experienced mountain bikers as it has some very technical sections. Both loops head back to the main trail for the trip back.
LAKE LOOP TRAIL – 4.25 miles. This trail connects the Piney Loop and the Eagle View loops and continues all the way around the lake. The trail can be accessed from the back of either Piney or Eagle View loops. This trail is rated difficult for hikers and difficult for mountain bikes. This trail will access very large rock formations, popular with rock climbers, and remote wooded areas. Moore’s Creek will have to be crossed and can be a wet crossing, depending on the season.
Mountain Bike Difficulty Rating Going Clockwise From Parking Lot
|Piney Loop to the dam **||Spillway Loop *|
|Piney Loop **||Lake Loop *****|
|Lower Eagle View Loop *****||Upper Eagle View Loop ****|
|Upper section of Eagle View Loop to service road ***||Service road back to parking lot *|
Rating is one star easy to five star very difficult. Total mileage 7.25 miles. Click here for trail map.
Fishing, Canoeing, & Kayaking
No gasoline powered motors are allowed on Lincoln Lake, thus leaving the area free for canoes, kayaks, rowboats, rafts, or other boating venues. A boat ramp is available for loading and unloading your boat. Fishing is open and welcome for all ages. There is a private bait shop approximately 0.6 miles south of the Lake on Hwy. 66
Lincoln Lake is a “pack it in, pack it out” eco-friendly environment. Please help us keep it that way.
To ask about the lake, click here.