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Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

  • Biking
  • Cabins
  • Camping
  • Canoe/Kayak
  • Fishing
  • Food Service
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting*
  • Lodging
  • Marina
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Swimming
  • Trail Rides
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This modern state park is the perfect year round destination for a family escape. Families can visit the aquatic center and indoor playground, explore the park’s hiking and biking trails, climb the observation tower and, when the weather turns cold, enjoy sledding and ice skating. The jewel of the park is Peter Kiewit Lodge, which offers 40 guest rooms, most with balconies that offer a stunning view of the Platte River valley. The park also offers dining at The Lodge Restaurant, an arts and crafts center, an array of cabins, as well as camping opportunities. Mahoney State Park is located midway between Nebraska’s two largest cities, Lincoln and Omaha and is open year round.

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Exit 426 construction notice:

Visitors who use Interstate 80 to enjoy Eugene T. Mahoney and Platte River state parks will encounter road construction and delays at exit 426 this summer. The project will include both directions of Nebraska Highway 66 between 274th St., west of Mahoney SP, and E. Rock Creek Road, west of South Bend. This will include a lane closure on the interstate overpass with an 11-foot width restriction.

Drivers should consider alternate routes to Mahoney SP to avoid the restricted overpass. From the east, take U.S. 6 just north of exit 432 to Ashland, and then go east on 66 to the park. From the west, take Interstate 80 exit 420 to Nebraska 63, then north to U.S. 6, east to Ashland, and 66 east to Mahoney.

Attractions

Swimming

The Family Aquatic Center includes a swimming pool with two water slides, diving area, zero-entry wave pool, sun deck and concession area. The center is open Memorial Day through Labor Day with reduced hours starting in mid-August.

Golf, miniature golf and disc golf

The John R. Lauritzen Driving Range offers rental of golf clubs. The Esther Marie Daniel Miniature Golf Course offers 18 holes of family fun. The park also offers an 18-hole disc golf course and occasional tournaments and other events throughout the year.

Owen Marina

Paddleboating and fishing are popular activities at this charming marina on one of the park’s lakes. The marina offers a concession stand, rental of paddleboats and has fishing and camping supplies and sundry items for sale. The marina also offers a soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, volleyballs, bocce balls, horseshoes, softballs, bats, bases, tennis balls and rackets and fishing rods and reels for loan free of charge during business hours.

Arts and Crafts Center

Located at the Owen Marina convenience store, the arts and craft center is a spot where kids can paint ceramics, learn the art of leather tooling and create wood crafts and other projects.

Dining and concessions

The Lodge Restaurant, located within Peter Kiewit Lodge, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Lodge serves up old-fashioned comfort food with a view – huge windows allow diners to enjoy their meals while looking out over the Platte River. Hours are as listed below. Call for availability. Additionally, Owen Marina on Baright Lake serves sandwiches, snacks and drinks daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Owen Marina also offers basic grocery and camping supplies.

The Lodge Restaurant:

Day Breakfast buffet Lunch buffet Dinner buffet
Monday 8-10:30 a.m. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 5-8 p.m.
Tuesday 8-10:30 a.m. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 5-8 p.m.
Wednesday 8-10:30 a.m. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 5-8 p.m.
Thursday 8-10:30 a.m. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 5-8 p.m.
Friday 8-10:30 a.m. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 5-9 p.m.
Saturday 8-10:30 a.m. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 5-9 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. brunch buffet 2-6 p.m. Closed

Activity Center and Ice Skating Pavilion

Weather can dictate the outdoor fun at Mahoney, but there is year round recreation at the Activity Center. The Activity Center hosts a large indoor playground with fun tubes, slides, net bridges and ball pit. Parents can either join in the fun or sit and relax while enjoying food and beverages from the on-site concession. This is a popular spot for birthday parties; call the park office for more information.

Winter hours for the activity center are: Monday, Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m; closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Connected to the Activity Center is the ice skating pavilion, which is open during the winter and provides great family fun. Ice skate rental is available during Activity Center business hours. The ice skating pavilion is closed for the 2015-16 season.

Theater

Live performances take place at the Denman and Mary Mallory Kountze Memorial Theater year round, and the building is also available for group functions. Information on upcoming performances is available on the theater’s website. For ticket information, call the park office.

Horse trail rides

Mahoney State Park offers horse trail rides May through October for adults and children age 6 and over. Trails begin at the John Wayne Stables. Tickets may be purchased at the Administration Office. Pony rides are available for children age 3 to 9.

Other activities

Mahoney State Park offers a wide range of activities for park visitors including hiking/biking trails, pony rides, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, a softball diamond and a conservancy where visitors can view native Nebraska plants. The park also has picnic shelters that may be reserved.

Winter activities

Sledding, cross country skiing, ice skating, ice fishing and special holiday activities including lighted hayrack rides, bonfires and many other family events are all available during the winter months, depending on the weather.

Group functions

Meeting rooms and other accommodations

Peter Kiewit Lodge offers several meeting rooms available for conferences, workshops, family events and other group functions. Lee Sapp Riverview Lodge, popular for weddings and other larger group functions, offers a spectacular view of the park. Both a kitchen and catering service are available. The Activity Center’s ice skating pavilion, during warmer months, can host large events such as weddings, company picnics, and special events. Catering is available. Additionally, the theater, picnic shelters and some of the larger cabins can also accommodate large groups. For more information on group functions, call 402-944-2523 ext. 7327.

Lodging Facilities

Peter Kiewit Lodge

Beautiful Kiewit Lodge offers 40 guest rooms, each with, mini-fridge, microwave, coffee pot, AC and heat, wireless Internet, telephone, TV and a private bath. Sixteen have sleeping lofts and 24 have walkout decks that overlook either the park or the Platte River.

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Cabins

Secluded on wooded ridgetops, Mahoney State Park offers 57 cabins, 49 of which have two bedrooms, three of which have four bedrooms and five of which have six bedrooms. Each cabin has air conditioning/heat, fireplace, TV, refrigerator, range, cable TV, outdoor deck and grill and are open year round. The larger cabins are popular spots for extended families to get together.

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RV camping

Mahoney State Park’s two campgrounds offer 149 camping pads with 20- and 30-amp electrical hookups. Some spots also offer 50-amp service and seven offer water and sewer service. Drinking water and modern showers and latrines are available at both campsites. The park also offers a coin-operated laundry and dump station.

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Tent camping

Tent camping is available at Mahoney State Park and is located in the two modern campgrounds. Tent campers will often set up their tent in the grassy area next to the pad site. If making reservations, look for the site description of “tentable.” This means there is a level grassy space for a tent.

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Reservations

Mahoney State Park offers reservations for cabins and half of the electrical campsites up to one year in advance. The remaining campsites are available first-come, first-serve. Guests can plan vacations, check for availability and make their reservations online 24 hours a day, seven days a week or can call the Nebraska State Parks reservation call center at 402-471-1414, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
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Nearby attractions

Parks, golf and museums

  • Platte River State Park: With its beautiful view, miles of tranquil trails and rustic cabins, Platte River State Park is a great complement to the more modern Mahoney State Park, and many visitors take advantage of both.
  • Schramm Park State Recreation Area: Schramm Park State Recreation Area offers scenic trails, great picnicking area, canoe and kayak river access, and the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, which showcases various species of Nebraska fish and offers a variety of educational activities.
  • Louisville SRA: Louisville State Recreation area, which offers excellent opportunities for RV camping, as well has five sandpit lakes that are popular with anglers.
  • Strategic Air Command Museum: Strategic Air Command Museum showcases an impressive array of aircraft that helped SAC preserve the peace during the Cold War, as well as other exhibits relating to air and space craft.
  • Wildlife Safari Park: Wildlife Safari Park is a four mile, drive-through North American wildlife adventure that brings visitors face-to-face with North American plants and animals such as elk, white-tailed deer, bison and waterfowl.
  • Quarry Oaks Golf Course: Quarry Oaks Championship Golf Course near the park offers a fabulous golfing experience set on the rolling wooded hills overlooking the Platte River. Contact Quarry Oaks to arrange your tee times up to 30 days in advance.

Contact Information

Address: Eugene T. Mahoney State Park | 28500 West Park Hwy | Ashland, NE 68003
Phone: (402) 944-2523

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