Nebraska Recreation Areas

Looking for awesome outdoor recreation areas in Nebraska? View Nebraska parks and recreation areas below, listed in alphabetical order. Each listing has images, full description, map, directions, activities, phone number, and links to campgrounds and hiking trails within the recreation area.

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions If traveling east or west on U.S. Highway 20 go 22 miles south of Harrison, NE on State Hwy 29 then 3 miles east on River Road (paved) If traveling east or west on U.S. Highway 26 go 34 miles north of Mitchell, NE on State Hwy 29 then 3 miles east on River Road (paved). Also accessible from State Hwy 71, 25 miles on unpaved River Road. Phone (308) 665-4113 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, HIKING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Agate Fossil Beds National Monument Official Website Agate Fossil Beds National Monument Map During the 1890s, scientists rediscovered what the Lakota Sioux already knew”bones preserved in one of the world’s most significant

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Arcadia Diversion Dam, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions The diversion dam is located 3.5 miles south of Comstock on county road in Custer County, Nebraska and is 88 miles from Grand Island. From Grand Island, NE to Comstock, take NE 2 which becomes U.S. 183. Stay on U.S. 183 and turn right onto NE 21C spur. Phone 308-336-3341 Activities CAMPING, FISHING, HUNTING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas http://www.stateparks.com/arcadia_diversion_dam_state_wildlife_management_area_in_nebraska.html Arcadia Diversion Dam is on the Middle Loup River about 8.5 miles upstream from Arcadia, Nebraska. The project is part of the Farwell Unit, Middle Loup Division of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program. The area is managed by the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, 402-471-0641, for a wildlife management area. The site includes 777

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Bluestem Lake, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Located 20 miles southwest of Lincoln, northeast and 2 1/2 mile west of Sprague, NE. The dam area is just off west Sprague Road near the junction of southwest 58th Street. Phone (402)-996-3766 Activities BOATING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Square Tower HouseOfficial Web Site Bluestem Lake Website Bluestem Lake, NE is a Recreation Area located just 2.5 miles west of Sprague, Nebraska and about 20 miles southwest of Lincoln, Nebraska. Bluestem Lake is 325 acres in size with 6 miles of shoreline. Bluestem provides boating, picnicking, and primitive camping with over 200 campsites to choose from. There is also a swim beach and playground. A State Park Permit is required for

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Box Butte Reservoir, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Take Nebraska 385 north 10 miles, turn right on county road. Phone 308-665-2930 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HUNTING, PICNICKING, WINTER SPORTS, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Nebraska Game & Parks Commission Douglass Home Group TourOfficial Web Site Box Butte Dam and reservoir are features of the Mirage Flats Project. Recreation is managed for the Bureau of Reclamation by the Nebraska Game and Parks. Water is stored in Box Butte Reservoir, Mirage Flats Project, on the Niobrara River about 10 miles north of Hemingford, Nebraska. The reservoir lies in the arid western Niobrara River Valley in the northwestern section of the Nebraska Panhandle. The reservoir is surrounded by dense cottonwood and willow

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Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge is located on the west side of the Missouri River, 3 miles east of the town of Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. From Omaha or Blair, take Highway 75 to the southernmost street (Madison Street) within Fort Calhoun city limits. Note sign for Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge. Turn east on Madison Street and proceed to stop sign at “T” intersection. Turn right onto County Road 34 and proceed approximately 3 miles to refuge main gate. Phone 712/388-4800 Activities AUTO TOURING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, PHOTOGRAPHY Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established to recover fish and wildlife habitat in

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Branched Oak Lake, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions 15 miles northwest of Lincoln and three miles north of Malcolm. The entrance is on northwest 140th Street. Phone (402)-996-3766 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Branched Oak Lake Website Branched Oak, NE, a Recreation Area located 4 miles west of Raymond, NE on Oak Creek, boasts some of the finest camping facilities in the State Park system. There are 268 campsites – 187 of which have electrical hook-ups. Recreation opportunities include fishing, hiking, walking, picnicking, water-skiing, and swimming. A State Park Permit is required for entry.

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Calamus Reservoir (Virginia Smith Dam), Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Site is 5 miles northwest of Burwell. Nearest highway is Nebraska 91. Phone 308-346-5666 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HUNTING, PICNICKING, WINTER SPORTS, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, VISITOR CENTER, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, FISH HATCHERY Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Nebraska Game & Parks Commission Slaughter Canyon CaveOfficial Web Site Virginia Smith Dam (formerly called Calamus Dam) and Calamus Reservoir, North Loup Division, P-SMBP, are on the Calamus River in Nebraska. Recreation at the site is managed for the Bureau of Reclamation by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Reservoir open 24 hours. Good access roads. Fishing season is year round. Available species include walleye, wiper, white bass, northern pike, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, and crappie. Irrigation supply reservoir experiencing

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Conestoga Lake, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions 20 miles west of Lincoln, near Denton. The entrance to the campground is located 1 mile west of SH 55A along west Pioneers Boulevard. Phone (402)-996-3766 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Conestoga Lake Website Conestoga Lake, NE is a Recreation Area located 3 miles south and 1/2 mile west of Emerald. The 230-acre lake provides plenty of opportunity for boating and fishing. Facilities include primitive camping, two picnic areas, a playground, a fish cleaning station, a boat ramp, a dump station, vault toilets, and fire pits. A State Park Permit is required for entry.

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Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Crescent Lake NWR is located approximately 28 miles north of Oshkosh, Nebraska. From U.S. Highway 26, turn north on West Second. Proceed north out of town (oil road will convert to gravel), and follow directional signs to the Refuge headquarters. From U.S. Highway 2, turn south just east of Lakeside, Nebraska. Follow directional signs to the Refuge headquarters (approximately 28 miles). Phone (308) 762-4893 Activities AUTO TOURING, BOATING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, PHOTOGRAPHY, PADDLING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located approximately 28 miles north of Oshkosh, Nebraska. The Refuge was established in 1931 to help conserve waterfowl populations. It is

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Davis Creek Reservoir, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Site is located 5 miles south of North Loup, Nebraska. Nearest highway is Nebraska 11. Phone 308-728-3221 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HORSEBACK RIDING, HUNTING, PICNICKING, WINTER SPORTS, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Hall of The White GiantOfficial Web Site Davis Creek Reservoir Davis Creek Dam and Reservoir are features of the North Loup Division, Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program. Reservoir open 24 hours. Fair access roads. Available species include largemouth bass, walleye, crappie, yellow perch, channel catfish, and bullhead. Irrigation supply reservoir experiencing extreme fluctuations. The reservoir has 1,145 water surface acres. Fishing season is year-round.Hunting is available to the public for deer, waterfowl, and upland game.

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Enders Reservoir, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Site is located 2 miles east of Enders, Nebraska near U.S. 6. Phone 308-394-5118 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HUNTING, PICNICKING, WINTER SPORTS, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Nebraska Game & Parks Commission Left Hand Tunnel Official Web Site Enders Dam and reservoir, Frenchman Cambridge Division, PSMBP, is managed for the Bureau of Reclamation by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The reservoir is open 24 hours. Good access roads. Fishing season is year-round. Available species include walleye, crappie, white bass, channel catfish, and wipers. Irrigation supply reservoir experiencing minor fluctuations. The reservoir has 1,707 water surface acres, 3,933 land acres and 26 miles of shoreline. A portion of the area is

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Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Fort Niobrara NWR is located about 5 miles east of Valentine, Nebraska, on U.S. Highway 12. The visitor center is about 1э miles from the Refuge entrance. Various directional signs are located along the route. Phone 402-376-3789 Activities AUTO TOURING, BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, PHOTOGRAPHY Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is 19,131 acres in size and is located 4 miles east of the city of Valentine along the Niobrara River. The Refuge offers many activities for visitors. Bison, elk, deer, and prairie dogs can be seen along the wildlife drive at all times of the

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Fort Niobrara Wilderness, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions The Fort Niobrara Wilderness is located on the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, 4 miles east of Valentine, NE off Highway 12. Ther are four main access points for the wilderness: By horses or foot at an access point located at the Fort Niobrara Corrals, by foot only from the observation area and Fort Falls Trail, and from the Niobrara River. Access to the river is from the refuge canoe launch. There is a $1.00 per person charge to use the canoe launch. Phone (402) 376-3789 Activities WILDERNESS Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Fort Niobrara Wilderness Fort Niobrara Wilderness Map Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge The Fort Niobrara Wilderness now contains a total of 4,635 acres and

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Glenn Cunningham Lake, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions The park is located along 96th Street with entrances at State Highway 36, State Street, 96th Street and Rainwood Road. Phone (402)-996-3766 Activities WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Glenn Cunningham Lake Website Glenn Cunningham Lake, NE, named for former Omaha mayor and U.S. Congressman Glenn C. Cunningham, is located in north central Omaha, and is operated by the City of Omaha. The lake has a surface area of 390 acres and is surrounded by 1,050 acres of parkland. Recreational opportunities include camping, no-wake boating, fishing, hiking and bicycling, picnicking, and horseback riding.

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Harlan County Lake, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions From Lincoln, 145 miles west on I-80, 41 miles south on US 183. Phone (308) 799-2105 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds HUNTER COVE METHODIST COVE Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Harlan County Lake Photo Album North Shore Marina Harlan County Lake Website Patterson Harbor Marina Harlan County Lake Trail Map Year round recreational opportunities are available at Nebraska’s second largest lake. Fishing, Hunting, Sight Seeing, and Hiking are just some of the activities found at Harlan County Lake. Please come and visit us for a unique experience.

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Harry Strunk Lake (Medicine Creek State Park), Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Site is 9 miles northwest of Cambridge, Nebraska. Nearest highway is U.S. 34. Phone 308-697-4667 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HUNTING, PICNICKING, WINTER SPORTS, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT FS OWNED Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Kings PalaceOfficial Web Site Nebraska Game & Parks Commission Harry Strunk Lake,

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Holmes Lake, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Within the city limits of Lincoln, northeast on Antelope Creek at S. 70th Street. Phone (402)-996-3766 Activities BOATING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Holmes Lake Website Holmes Lake, NE is a 112-acre lake located on Antelope Creek within the city of Lincoln, NE. Recreational opportunities at Holmes include fishing, hiking, biking, picnicking, and golfing. This park is managed by the City of Lincoln, NE.

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Homestead National Monument of America, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions The park is 4 miles west of Beatrice on State Highway 4. From the U.S. 77 and U.S. 136 intersection in downtown Beatrice take U.S. 136 approximately 1.2 miles west. Turn right onto Nebraska Highway 4 and follow the signs.After the road has curved west and you have traveled 4 miles, you will enter Homestead National Monument and see signs for the different buildings at the park. Phone (402) 223-3514 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, HIKING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Homestead National Monument of America Official Website Homestead National Monument of America Map With the promise of Free Land, the Homestead Act of 1862 enticed millions to cultivate the frontier. Families, immigrants, women,

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Hugh Butler Lake (Red Willow Reservoir State), Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Site is located 10 miles north of McCook, Nebraska. Nearest highway is Nebraska 83. Phone 308-345-5899 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HUNTING, PICNICKING, WINTER SPORTS, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Nebraska Game & Parks Commission Lower CaveOfficial Web Site Recreation at Hugh Butler Lake, Frenchman Cambridge Division, in southwestern Nebraska, is managed for the Bureau of Reclamation by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The Frenchman Cambridge Division extends from Palisade southeast along Frenchman River and from Trenton east along the Republican River. Water storage facilities consist of the Enders Reservoir and Swanson, Red Willow Dam (Hugh Butler Lake), and Harry Strunk Lakes. The four dams, reservoirs, and

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John W. and Louise Seier National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions John W. & Louise Seier NWR is located about 25 miles south of Bassett, Nebraska, off of U.S. Highway 183. Phone 402-387-3789 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas John W. and Louise Seier National Wildlife Refuge John W. and Louise Seier National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is 2,400 acres in size. It was established in 1999 to preserve, restore, and enhance the ecological diversity and abundance of migratory and resident wildlife. The Refuge lies among the sandhills of Nebraska — the largest remaining tract of mid- and tallgrass prairie in North America.

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Lake Alice, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Site is 9 miles north of Scottsbluff, Nebraska. State Highway 71. Phone 308-635-7851 Activities HORSEBACK RIDING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Lake Alice The North Platte Project extends 111 miles along the river valley from Guernsey, Wyoming to below Bridgeport, Nebraska. The city of Scottsbluff is near the center of the development. Lake Alice reservoir is formed by two Lake Alice Dams; the upper dam Lake Alice #1 at the west end of Lake Alice and the lower dam Lake Alice #2 at the east end.Lake Alice, with a surface area of 752 acres and nearly 6 miles of shoreline, lies almost entirely within the North Platte National Wildlife Refuge. The west side of the

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Lake Winters Creek, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions North from Scottsbluff, Nebraska off State Highway 71. Phone 308-783-2911 Activities FISHING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Winters Creek lake Website Lake Winters Creek is one of the four Inland Lakes in Nebraska. It is located immediately northwest of Lake Minatare. It has surface area of 379 acres and approximately 4 miles of shoreline. It is located almost entirely within the North Platte Wildlife Refuge, and the northeast side of the lake features an undisturbed bird sanctuary. Like Lake Alice and Lake Minatare, recreation at the lake is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

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Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters Visitor Center is located inside the National Park Service Mid-West Regional Office. We are right on the Missouri River next to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge in downtown Omaha, NE. Phone (402) 661-1804 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Official Website Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Map The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is approximately 4,900 miles long, extending from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the mouth of the Columbia River, near present day Astoria, Oregon. It follows the historic outbound and inbound routes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as well as the preparatory section from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Wood River, Illinois.

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Merritt Reservoir, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Located 21 miles southwest of Valentine, Nebraska. Nearest highway is Nebraska 97. Phone 402-376-3320 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HUNTING, PICNICKING, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, WATER SPORTS Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Nebraska Game & Parks Commission Merritt Dam, a feature of the Ainsworth Unit, Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program, is on the Snake River 14 miles upstream from the confluence of the Snake and Niobrara Rivers. Recreation is managed by Nebraska Game and Parks. Reservoir open 24 hours. Good access roads. Available species include walleye, muskie, largemouth bass, crappie, and yellow perch. Irrigation supply reservoir experiencing moderate fluctuations. THe reservoir peaks has 2,906 water surface acres, 6,147 land acres and 44 miles of shoreline. Fishing season is year-round. Current reservoir

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Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Activities CAMPING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, HUNTING, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, HORSE CAMPING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds BESSEY RECREATION COMPLEX Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest West Ash Trailhead Nebraska National Forest at Halsey Nebraska National Forest at Chadron Outrider Trailhead Spotted Tail Trailhead Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands Welcome to Nebraska National Forests and National Grasslands In the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands you can find quiet, undeveloped spaces. Solitude is closer than you think. The Nebraska National Forest is where the east meets the west and where large tracts of undeveloped land are the closest places for Midwesterners to hunt and play. View information about motorized travel on Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands. Nebraska National Forests and

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Niobrara National Scenic River, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Most visitors start their trip in the city of Valentine, Nebraska. Valentine is 76 miles south of I-90 (Murdo, SD Exit) on Hwy 83; or 130 miles north of I-80 (North Platte, NE Exit) on Hwy 83. The nearest major airports are in Rapid City, SD (220 miles); Denver, CO (391 miles); and Omaha, NE (300 miles). Phone (402) 376-1901 Activities FISHING, HUNTING, PADDLING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Niobrara National Scenic River Official Website Niobrara National Scenic River Map The 76 miles of the Niobrara National Scenic River winds through dramatic bluffs, incredible wildlife diversity, gorgeous waterfalls, world-class fossil resources, and plenty of floating fun for the whole family. Less than 1/4 of one percent of

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North Platte National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Lake Minatare and Winters Creek: From US Highway 26, travel north on Sugar Factory Road approximately 5 miles to Lake Minatare Road. Turn east and travel approximately 6 miles to Stonegate Road. Turn north on Stonegate, The entrance to Lake Minatare is approximately 2 miles; the Winters Creek entrance is just beyond on the opposite side of the road. Lake Alice: From US Highway 26, travel north on Sugar Factory Road to County Road C (approximately 7 miles). Turn east on County Road C approximately 2 miles to the Lake Alice entrance. Stateline Island: From U.S. Highway 26 at Henry, Nebraska, travel south on Holloway Road approximately 1 mile to the entrance and parking area. Phone 308-635-7851 Activities BOATING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic

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Olive Creek Lake, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Thirty miles southwest of downtown Lincoln, NE and 1.5 miles east of Kramer, NE. The entrance is on southwest 100th Street between W. Princeton Road and W. Olive Creek Road. Phone (402)-996-3766 Activities BOATING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Balcony House Early Bird TourOfficial Web Site Olive Creek Lake Website Olive Creek, NE is a Recreation Area located 1.5 miles east of Kramer, NE. Draining 8.2 square miles on the south tributary of Olive Branch Creek, this reservoir is 1.2 miles in length with 4 miles of shoreline. Onsite facilities include two picnic areas and two primitive campgrounds (no pads). Boating is allowed, but speed is limited to 5 mph. A State

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Pawnee Lake, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions 12 miles west of downtown Lincoln, northeast and three miles northwest of Emerald, NE. Take exit #388 from I-80. Phone (402)-996-3766 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Pawnee Lake Website Pawnee Lake, NE is a Recreation Area located about 12 miles west of downtown Lincoln, Nebraska and three miles northwest of Emerald, Nebraska just off I-80 at Exit 388. This area features 207 primitive campsites – 68 with electrical hookups. Recreation opportunities include fishing, swimming, picnicking, and wildlife watching. Facilities at Pawnee include a marina, gasoline station, and a convenience store. A State Park Permit is required for

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Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions The 61 WPAs in Rainwater Basin WMD are scattered throughout 14 counties in southeastern Nebraska, extending from Gosper County in the west to Seward County in the east. Please contact Rainwater Basin WMD staff for directions to a specific WPA. Phone 308-263-3000 Activities AUTO TOURING, HIKING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District The Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District (WMD) staff manages 61 tracts of wetlands, totaling 23,059 acres scattered over more than 14 counties in southeastern Nebraska. Each of the 61 areas, known as waterfowl production areas (WPA), is located in a geographic area known as the Rainwater Basin. The name “Rainwater Basin” originates from the geologic formation of large,

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Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Visitors traveling east-west on Interstate 80 can exit at Kimball, Nebraska and drive 45 miles north on Highway 71. Follow National Park Service signs three miles west of Gering, Nebraska on Old Oregon Trail (State Highway 92 West). Visitors following Old Oregon Trail along the North Platte River using State Highway 26 or 92, should follow the National Park Service signs. Phone (308) 436-9700 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, HIKING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Scotts Bluff National Monument Official Website Scotts Bluff National Monument Map Towering 800 feet above the North Platte River, Scotts Bluff has served as a landmark for peoples from Native Americans to emigrants on the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails to modern

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Sherman Reservoir, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Nearest highway is Nebraska 92. Site is 5 miles northeast of Loup City. Phone 308- 745-0230 Activities BIKING, BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HUNTING, PICNICKING, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, VISITOR CENTER, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site (Val-Kill)Official Web Site Sherman Reservoir Sherman Dam, Farwell Unit, P-SMBP, lies across Oak Creek, about 5 miles northeast of Loup City. Reservoir open 24 hours. Good access roads. Available species include walleye, crappie, white bass, northern pike, and channel and flathead catfish. Irrigation supply reservoir experiencing extreme fluctuations. Reservoir peaks at 2,870 surface acres. Fishing season year-round.3,160 acres are open to public hunting for deer, waterfowl, and upland game. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission manages

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Stagecoach Lake, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Located 22 miles south of Lincoln, northeast and two miles southwest of Hickman. The entrance is off Stagecoach Road, just west of its intersection with S. 68th Street. Phone (402)-996-3766 Activities CAMPING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Stagecoach Lake Website Stagecoach Lake, NE is a Recreation Area located 1 mile south of Hickman, NE and resting on the south tributary of Hickman Branch. The 120-acre reservoir has two fishing piers (handicapped accessible), 50 camp sites (30 of which include electrical hook-ups), a boat ramp, and picnic facilities. A State Park Permit is required for entry.

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Standing Bear Lake, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions N.W. Metro Omaha, near 132nd and Fort with entrances at 144th, 132nd, and Fort Streets. Phone (402)-996-3766 Activities WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Standing Bear Lake Website Standing Bear Lake Photo Album Standing Bear Lake, NE, located in northwest Omaha, is named for the Ponca leader Chief Standing Bear, and is operated by the City of Omaha. The day use only facility offers picnicking, no-wake boating, hiking and bicycling trails, nature study opportunities and fishing. The lake has a surface area of 135 acres and is surrounded by 396 acres of parkland.

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Swanson Reservoir (Trenton Dam), Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Site is 3 miles southwest of Trenton. Nearest highway U.S. 34. Phone 308-276-2671 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, PICNICKING, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas FDR Museum Group TourOfficial Web Site Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Swanson Reservoir, Frenchman Cambridge Division, P-SMBP, was formed by the construction in 1953 of Trenton Dam on the Republican River 2.5 miles west of Trenton, Nebraska. Reservoir open 24 hours. Good access roads. Fishing season is year-round. Available species include walleye, crappie, white bass, black bass, northern pike, channel catfish, and wipers. Irrigation supply reservoir experiencing minor fluctuations. The reservoir peaks has 4,974 water surface acres, 5,253 land acres and 30 miles of shoreline. Numerous

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Twin Lakes, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Located 14 miles west of downtown Lincoln, northeast and 3 miles north of Pleasant Dale, NE. Take exit #388 from I-80. Phone (402) 453-0202 Activities BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, PICNICKING, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas HistoricOfficial Web Site Corps Lakes Gateway Located 14 miles west of downtown Lincoln, northeast and 3 miles north of Pleasant Dale, NE. Take exit #388 from I-80.

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Twin Lakes, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Located 14 miles west of downtown Lincoln, northeast and 3 miles north of Pleasant Dale, NE. Take exit #388 from I-80. Phone (402)-996-3766 Activities BOATING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Twin Lakes Website Twin Lakes, NE is located north of Interstate 80 and about 1/2 mile northwest of Pleasant Dale, Nebraska. Twin Lakes is a wildlife management area consisting of 255 surface acres of lake and 1,270 acres of land. Only primitive camping is allowed at the park, and boating is limited to non-powered boats and conventional electric motors only. A State Park Permit is required for entry.

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Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Valentine NWR is located about 20 miles south of Valentine, Nebraska, off of U.S. Highway 83. The Refuge headquarters is located off of Highway 83 along the 16B Spur. Directional signs are located along the route. Phone 402-376-3789 Activities BOATING, FISHING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Valentine National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is 71,516 acres in size is and located 20 miles south of Valentine, Nebraska. Numerous lakes, marshes, and grasslands provide habitat for many kinds of wildlife. The Refuge offers many activities for visitors including excellent bird watching, hiking, fishing, and upland game, deer, and waterfowl hunting.

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Wagontrain Lake, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Located 21 miles south of Lincoln, northeast and two miles east of Hickman. The entrance is just off S. 110th Street. Phone (402)-996-3766 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Wagontrain Lake Website Wagon Train Lake, NE, is a Recreation Area located two miles east of Hickman. This 315-acre lake has a boat ramp and a dog training area. Camping facilities at this site include 28 camp pads with electrical hook-ups, primitive campsites, a playground, three picnic areas, and a swim beach. Wagon Train allows boating under 5 mph. A State Park Permit is required for entry.

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Wehrspann Lake, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Highway 370 to Highway 50 – go north to Giles road, then west to reach the main entrance. Phone (402)-996-3766 Activities WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Wehrspann Lake Photo Album Wehrspann Lake Website Wehrspann Lake, NE, located in southwest Omaha is, operated by the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resource District (NRD). The lake has a surface area of 246 acres and is surrounded by 940-acre Chalco Hills Recreation Area, a day use only facility. The area offers 7 miles of biking, hiking, and jogging trails, a nature trail, an arboretum, native prairie grasses, a bird-watching/waterfowl observation platform, and a universally accessible fishing pier.

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Winters Creek Lake, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions North on hwy 71 from Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Phone 308-635-7851 Activities BOATING, FISHING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Vanderbilt Mansion Group TourOfficial Web Site Winters Creek Lake is a feature of the North Platte Project. Most of the lake lies within the North Platte National Wildlife Refuge. The Northeast side features an undisturbed bird sanctuary. The lake has a surface area of 379 acres and approximately 4 miles of shoreline. Available species include bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass, walleye (15 inch minimum), and yellow perch. Walleye are stocked in the reservoir annually. Channel catfish stocked when available. Non-powered boats only. Open to the public from Jan. 15 to Sept. 30, during daylight hours.

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Yankee Hill Lake, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions Located 12 miles southwest of Lincoln, northeast and 3 miles southeast of Denton. The entrance is on southwest 40th Street between W. Denton Road and W. Rokeby Road. Phone (402)-996-3766 Activities WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Yankee Hill Lake Website Yankee Hill, NE is a Recreation Area located just 3.5 miles east of Denton, NE, with a surface area of 208 acres and 5 miles of shoreline. Only boats with electric motors are allowed on this lake. Facilities include primitive camping, a dog training area and a boat ramp. A State Park Permit is required for entry.

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Zorinsky Lake, Nebraska Camping & Hiking

Directions South of west Center Road with entrances on 156th and 168th streets. Phone (402)-996-3766 Activities BIKING, BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Nebraska Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Nebraska Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Nebraska Recreation Areas Zorinsky Lake Website Zorinsky Lake, NE, located in west Omaha, was named after the late U.S. Senator Edward Zorinsky. The lake has a surface area of 255 acres and is a day use only facility offering two modern playgrounds, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a football field, hiking and bicycling trails, and a universally accessible fishing dock. This project has one of the few native tall grass prairies remaining in eastern Nebraska – Bauermeister Prairie.

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