Lake Maloney State Recreation Area

  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Swimming

Lake Maloney is just six miles south of North Platte is a great getaway spot for outdoor-lovers. Lake Maloney is popular for boating, fishing, water sports, camping and family fun. The 1,000 acre lake provides lake-goers the chance to watch wildlife, fish for a variety of species, or wakeboard.

Lake Maloney has nice, shady spots for camping, grilling and picnicking.



Lake Maloney comprises 1,600 water acres. Anglers will find bluegill, common carp, channel catfish, crappie, flathead catfish, freshwater drum, smallmouth bass, walleye, white bass and white perch. There is daily bag limit of 10 channel catfish. A wheelchair-accessible deck is located at the inlet.

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.


All types of boats are permitted at the lake. You’ll see fishing boats, sail boats, paddle boats and personal water craft.


Two unsupervised swimming beaches are available for fun in the sun.


There are plenty of opportunities for picnics with many picnic tables and grills in shady picnic day areas available throughout the park.



Lake Maloney offers 56 Electric Plus and 200 Primitive campsites. Coin-operated showers, dump and fill station, drinking water, two boat ramps and primitive restrooms are on-site. Camping is all first-come, first-served and stays are limited to 14 consecutive days in a 30 day period.

Camping at Lake Maloney SRA is all first-come, first-served and campers register their nightly camping fees in a raised, locked box called an Iron Ranger. Self-service envelopes are provided at each Iron Ranger station. Check or cash only. Iron Rangers are generally located near the park entrance or in the campground area. On-site camping informational signs are provided to help guide campers with the self-registration process.



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


Nearby attractions

North Platte

Many well-known places to eat and things to do are located in the city of North Platte. The downtown area, city mall and Cody Park are popular visitor destinations. The Platte River provides more recreational opportunities.

Contact Information

Address: Lake Maloney SRA | 301 East State Farm Rd. | North Platte, NE 69101
Phone: (308) 535-8025

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