Keller Park State Recreation Area, northeast of Ainsworth on Bone Creek, is one of the few spots where anglers can pursue both rainbow trout and warm water species. Nestled amid rugged tree-covered bluffs, the 196-acre area offers excellent angling, along with camping, hiking and wildlife viewing, among other activities.
Keller Park State Recreation Area offers seven water acres in five ponds. Anglers will find bluegill, channel catfish and largemouth bass. Catchable-size trout are stocked in lakes 4 and 5. The park also offers access to Bone Creek, where anglers can find rainbow trout.
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 motor and non-powered boats are permitted at Keller Park. There are no boat ramps or docks.
Hiking is a popular activity at Keller Park, and a rustic footbridge across Bone Creek adds charm to the stroll.
Keller Park is a mecca for all sorts of wildlife, from songbirds to whitetails and an occasional mule deer. During the spring and fall migrations, whispering wings will include ducks such as mallards, teal and shovelers, as well as hawks and perhaps an eagle or two. Sharp-eyed bird watchers might spot sandhill cranes as they fly overhead and maybe even a rare whooping crane stopping over on the nearby Niobrara River.
Keller Park offers beautiful spots for picnicking and has 54 picnic tables, 45 grills and one shelter (without electricity).
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.
Address: Keller Park SRA | Ainsworth, NE 68714-0508
From Ainsworth, Keller Park SRA is 5 miles east and 9 miles north of US Hwy 20 on US Hwy 183.
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