Louisville Lakes State Recreation Area ~ 18510 Highway 50. An excellent camping facility. Five sand pit lakes, surrounded by tall cottonwoods, offer fishing, non-motorized boating, swimming and picnicking. (402) 234-6855 www.outdoornebraska.org
Schilling Wildlife Management Area ~ Main Street east over the railroad tracks, first left on Refuge Road. 1,500-acre wilderness area offers hiking, picnicking, nature observation, hunting, and fishing. Confluence of the Platte and Missouri rivers as written about in the Lewis and Clark journals. www.outdoornebraska.ne.gov
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park ~ Located just off Interstate 80, Exit 426, this is one of Nebraska’s most popular state parks. Secluded cabins, camping, trails, trail rides, fishing, miniature golf, and driving range available. Lodge with guest rooms, 70-foot observation tower, aquatic center, theater, marina and much more. (402) 944-2523www.outdoornebraska.org
Lone Star Recreation Area ~ 160-acre area four miles east of Ohiowa, with a 75-acre spring-fed lake. Camping, boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking are available.
Big Indian NRD Recreation Area ~ Six miles east of town, the area has 250 acres for boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, and swimming. An archery range, shelter and playground equipment are onsite. (402) 228-3402
Alexandria State Lakes ~ 12 miles northwest of Fairbury. Small 46-acre recreation area with two lakes. Fishing, picnic shelters, and campsites. Primitive camping and 46 non-pad electrical sites with 30-amp electrical hook-ups. Picnic tables, grills, shelters, and restrooms. Nebraska Parks permit required. 402-729-5777. There is also The Snak Shack in the park for your convenience 402-749-3111.
Crystal Springs Park ~ One mile southwest of Fairbury. Three lakes for great fishing and camping. Newly updated camping pads with electrical and water hookups. Restrooms and showers available May 1 – October 15. Playground, horseshoe court, and picnic shelters. For more information call 402-729-2148
Rock Creek Station State Historical Park ~ Six miles southeast of Fairbury. Modern campground with paved pads. Hook-ups, camp grill or fire ring, and picnic table. Tent sites have picnic table and grill or fire ring. Horse camping available. Showers and bathrooms are available mid April – late October. Large picnic shelter with electricity, tables, grills, water, and toilets available and may be reserved for a fee. Open year-round. Beautiful 3,200 sq. ft. visitor’s center includes two wings of displays, lobby, and theater with slide presentation upon request. Nebraska Park Entry Permit required. Permits available at the Visitor Center or from the Park Superintendent. Call 402-729-5777.
Flathead Wildlife Management Area ~ Located on the south edge of Fairbury, ½ mile south of the Fairbury City Park. Located on 259 acres of land, the area offers hiking, hunting and fishing opportunities.
Rock Glen Wildlife Management Area ~ Located on 706 acres just south of Rock Creek State Historical Park seven miles SE of Fairbury. Hiking, hunting, and fishing are allowed on 270 acres of timberland and 420 acres of grassland.
Leisure Lake ~ Located three miles south and ½ mile east of Plymouth. Owned and maintained by the Lower Big Blue Natural Resources District, the lake offers a 38-acre lake with 47 acres of land surrounding it. Hiking, fishing, and hunting are offered at Leisure Lake
Wirth Brothers Lake and Park ~ Five miles north, one west of Tecumseh. NRD Park Permit Required. Park/89 acres – Lake/33 acres. Fishing, swimming, picnic tables, shelter house, restrooms, boat ramp.
Aspinwall Bend WMA ~ Missouri and Nemaha Rivers. Features many species of wildlife, including catfish and carp (shot only). Approximately 162 acres.
Rotary Lake ~ The lake sits on the north edge of Auburn at 7th and J Streets and provides fishing experiences for the young and old. The primary fish in the lake are blue gill, catfish, carp, and trout (21-inch minimum length). A concrete walking trail around the lake provides a safe place for walking year-round.
Missouri River WMA ~ Catfish, carp. Hunting. Approximately, 90 acres.
Langdon Bend WMA ~ Missouri River, 1 mile East of Nemaha. Approximately 1300 acres. Shot only.
Missouri River WMA ~ 1.5 miles East of Peru. Approximately 850 acres. Shot only.
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Stanton Lake Park ~ This camper park is next to a scenic lake and away from the concentrated residential areas. A concrete sidewalk circles the lake, with a playground nearby. Picnic shelters and fishing can be part of the experience. A fenced run for small or large dogs is nearby.
City Lake Park ~ Located in the south part of Humboldt and features two fishing lakes, tent and RV camping, swimming pool, tennis court, playground area, ball fields and picnic shelters with tables, lights, and electrical outlets. The west lake features a walking bridge to the center park. (402) 862-2171 www.ci.humboldt.ne.us
Kirkman’s Cove Recreational Area Nemaha Natural Resource ~ This 500-acre complex features a public golf course and 160-acre lake. The park includes fishing, boating, swimming beach, water skiing, picnicking, playground equipment, hiking trails, and RV and tent camping. (402) 335-3325 www.nemahanrd.org
The Blue River State Recreation Area ~ Located 5 miles north of town, this is a day-use area (no camping) with fishing available year round. (402) 821-2161.
Haworth Park ~ End of Mission Ave. Open year round, Haworth Park features 153 acres of park land with a concession stand, public boat launch, RV pads equipped with electric/water hookups, fishing pond, picnic tables and grills, shelters, playground, restrooms, soccer fields, basketball courts, lighted tennis courts, lighted softball diamonds and a sand volleyball court. (402) 293-3098
Walnut Creek Lake/Recreation Area ~ NE Highway 370 & 96th Street. Beautiful area for fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, and RV & tent camping along with a boat dock and fishing pier. An equestrian trail is a favorite path for horseback riding. (402) 592-8877www.papillion.org
Wehrspann Lake/Chalco Hills ~ Highway 50 & I-80, Exit 440. A great spot for anglers, includes picnic sites and more than 7 miles of trails, perfect for biking, hiking, jogging, and bird watching. The visitor center overlooks the lake. (402) 444-6222www.papionrd.org
Hunting is available throughout the area, and many farmers will allow hunting on their properties with prior permission. The Little Blue River flows through the area, with many possible spots for fishing. The small creeks in the area also have catfish. Many farmers’ ponds are also available for fishing with prior permission from the land owner.
Alexandria State Recreation Area ~ Three miles east and one mile south of town, Alexandria State Recreation Area offers good fishing year round in its two recently reconstructed lakes, which total 47 acres of water (electric trolling motors only). The 1,212-acre area is shaded by mature trees and offers hiking, wildlife viewing, picnic shelters and camping. Twenty-five sites have 30-amp electrical hookups, and modern restrooms and concessions are onsite. (402) 729-5777
Gabby’s Pond is available for fishing after Deshler Daze each year. The local Ike’s organization stock the pond each year for the kid’s fishing contest; after that event the pond is open for all to fish.
Little Blue River ~ Stretching across the southern edge of Hebron, Little Blue offers fishing, canoeing, hiking, and hunting. Look for the eagles that fly over the downtown businesses in the summer. The Little Blue Wildlife Management Area is 2 miles east of Hebron on the River Road, another great place for hunting, fishing and sightseeing. Look for the wild turkeys while traveling the River Road.