Louisville State Recreation Area

Louisville State Recreation Area is open with the following limitations: Louisville SRA is open with the following limitations: River View area, riverfront trails, and boat ramp/canoe launch areas remain closed until further notice.

  • 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 State Park, have made Louisville SRA a favorite spot among outdoor enthusiasts in the eastern part of the state.

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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 is now open for 2019! Three 90-minute water play sessions are offered daily at 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm. Closed on Tuesdays.

Beginning August 12, the floating playground will be open Saturdays and Sundays only.
The brand new floating playground offers exciting and challenging obstacles including a climbing wall, dome, monkey bars and much more on Lake #2.

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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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


RV and tent camping

Louisville State Recreation Area is very popular with RVers and offers 223 camping pads with 20-, 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups, as well as 13 camping pads without electricity and an additional 47 non-pad sites without electricity. Newly upgraded camping facilities include showers and restrooms. Campers also have access to water, a dump station and a playground for children.



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.


Contact Information

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

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