Dead Timber State Recreation Area

  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Picnicking

Located north of Scribner on Highway 275, Dead Timber is a 200-acre area with opportunities for camping, fishing and non-powered boating. The area offers offers peaceful seclusion for an afternoon or a weekend. A state park permit is required.



Anglers will find bullhead, bluegill, common carp, channel catfish, crappie, flathead catfish, freshwater drum and largemouth bass.

For more information on fishing opportunities here and at parks across the state, visit the interactive public fishing areas map. This map provides detailed information on available species, regulations, public boat ramps, fish cleaning stations and ADA-accessible boat ramps and docks, among other features in reservoirs, lakes, streams and rivers statewide. Lake contour maps are available for some lakes, as well.


Only electric and non-powered boats are permitted on the 50-acre lake at Dead Timber.


Trails throughout the park lead to blinds and benches for wildlife viewing and offer great views, too.


Hunting is permitted in parts of the park. Wildlife viewing blinds can double as hunting blinds in season. The area has good populations of deer, turkey and ducks.


Dead Timber offers 25 tables, 15 grills for day use.


Modern camping

Dead Timber offers 17 electrical spots with 20- and 30-amp hookups. Water and vault toliets are available. There is no dump station on site.

Download campground map
Download park map

Primitive camping

Dead Timber offers four non-pad sites. Water and vault toilets are available.



A park entry permit is required and may be purchased at Game and Parks offices and permit vendors or in advance of your arrival online.

Residents $30 for an annual permit, duplicate annual permits are available for $15 and daily permits for $6.
For vehicles not registered and licensed in Nebraska $45 for an annual permit, duplicate annuals permits are available for $22.50 and daily permits for $8.

Camping – (first-come, first-served)
$8 – Primitive
$17 – Camping pad with electric, year-round

For a complete list of all state park, state recreation area and state historical park fees, click here.

Nearby attractions

Powder Horn Wildlife Management Area

Dead Timber is adjacent to Powder Horn Wildlife Management Area, where hunting is permitted in season.


Fuel, food and other amenities are available in nearby Scribner.

Contact Information

Address: Dead Timber SRA | 227 County Road & 12 Blvd | Scribner, NE 68057
Phone: (402) 727-2922

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