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Reclamation announces redevelopment plans for Swanson and Red Willow Reservoir concession areas 

Media Contact: Frank Sanchez 406-247-7610 fsanchez@usbr.gov  
For Release: Jun 5, 2023

McCook, Neb. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Nebraska-Kansas Area Office is reviewing concession area plans for Red Willow and Swanson Reservoirs. The planned upgrades to facilities and infrastructure will enhance functionality, visitor experience, and accessibility.  

Improvements will include the development of public amenities and attractions such as full-service campgrounds, playgrounds, restrooms, picnic areas and walking trails. Infrastructure improvements will include installation of a new septic lagoon system to manage wastewater in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner. 

“These improvements will increase revenue for the concessionaires by drawing in more visitors and creating a space that is attractive to a diverse range of visitors,” said Area Manager Aaron Thompson. “The improvements to the park will create a more inclusive and accessible space for everyone in the community.”  

Plans are available to view on Reclamation’s website at https://www.usbr.gov/gp/nkao/redwillow/redwillow_swansonconcession.pdf. Reclamation will be holding a public comment period to review the future planned development.   

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