Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District Supply Canal
Central’s Supply Canal runs from just east of North Platte to east of Lexington. Many sections of the canal wind through high banks, and narrow canyons. The 75-mile-long Supply Canal and its many canyon lakes are used for hunting, hiking, canoeing and kayaking, camping and fishing. Only wakeless boating is allowed on the canal to prevent bank erosion. The public is permitted to use the entire length of the canal for recreational purposes, excluding areas around Central’s three hydroelectric plants and NPPD’s Canaday Steam Plant.
** Note: Launching a canoe or kayak may be difficult in some spots because of the shoreline protection materials (in most cases, broken concrete riprap). Many sections of the canal are paralleled by maintenance roads or state and county roads. The water is 15 to 20 feet deep in most places, and the current is not rapid, although caution should be exercised when approaching check gates.