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Louisville State Recreation Area

Louisville State Recreation Area is open with the following limitations: River View area is partially closed.

  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Canoe/Kayak
  • Fishing
  • Food Service
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Swimming

Encompassing 192 acres, Louisville State Recreation Area boasts five sandpit lakes with approximately 50 surface acres of water. Surrounded by towering cottonwood trees, this inviting area offers picnicking, swimming, fishing, non-power boating, canoe access to the Platte River and a brand new floating playground. Paddle board, water bike and kayak rentals are also available. These amenities, along with the area’s close proximity to Platte River, Mahoney state parks and Schramm Park State Recreation Area and Education Center, have made Louisville SRA a favorite spot among outdoor enthusiasts in the eastern part of the state.

Camping reservations are available on half of Louisville SRA campsites.

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Attractions

Fishing

Anglers will find bass, catfish, bluegill and crappie in all five sandpit lakes.

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.

Floating playground


The floating playground offers exciting and challenging obstacles including a climbing wall, dome, monkey bars and much more on Lake #2.

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Boating

Only non-powered and electric boats are permitted at Louisville State Recreation Area. Boats of any kind are prohibited in the beach area at Lake No. 2, where swimming is allowed.

Swimming

One swimming beach on Lake No. 2 is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. No lifeguard is on duty. Change houses are available near the beach.

Concessions

A concession stand at Louisville State Recreation Area has fishing gear, bait, groceries, camping supplies, ice cream and snacks.

Picnicking

Louisville is a popular spot for day use and picnicking. The area has 385 picnic tables, 276 grills, five shelters and one shelter with electricity.

Trails

Two miles of scenic hiking and biking trails wind through the park. These are especially striking during the autumn months. Cross country skiing is popular during the winter when there’s adequate snow cover.

Canoeing

Lousiville State Recreation Area offers canoe access to the Platte River, as well as a special canoe campsite on the river.

Camping

Camping


Louisville State Recreation Area offers campers Electric Plus, Electric and Basic campsites and is very popular with campers with 223 camping pads with 20-, 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups, as well as Basic campsites without electricity. Other amenities include shower facility and modern restrooms. Campers also have access to drinking water and a dump and fill station and a playground for children.

Camping reservations are available up to one year in advance of arrival for half of the electrical campsites. All other camping is first-come, first-served. All campers should check in at the park office upon arrival. For those camping without reservations, please go to park office upon arrival to check availability and register to camp.

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Fees

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

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Contact Information

Address: Louisville SRA | 15810 Hwy. 50 | Louisville, NE 68037-2880
Phone: (402) 234-6855

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