Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

  • Biking
  • Cabins
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Food Service
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • 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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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. The pool closes for the season after Labor Day.

Memorial Day Weekend – Mid-August Hours:
Daily, weather permitting
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Mid-August – Labor Day Weekend Hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, weather permitting
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day, weather permitting
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed Tuesday and Thursday

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

Caddy’s Parkside Grill opened inside Peter Kiewit Lodge at Mahoney State Park on March 1, 2018.

Owners Brian and Jayme Cadwallader also own and operate the Salty Dog Bar and Grill in Council Bluffs and are preparing to build a second restaurant in downtown Council Bluffs. The Salty Dog is well-known for its wings and burgers, homemade fries and other home-cooked fare. The Caddy’s Parkside Grill menu will provide a family dining menu similar to that of the Cadwalladers’ other restaurant.

During March and April, no park entry permit will be required for patrons who come to the park to dine at Caddy’s Parkside Grill. Those patrons must park in the designated parking lots immediately adjacent to the Peter Kiewit Lodge. Access to all other areas of the park will require a park permit, which can be obtained at the Peter Kiewit Lodge front desk.

In addition to operating the restaurant, Caddy’s Parkside Grill will cater park events such as family reunions, weddings and corporate outings. There also are plans to serve holiday buffets. The restaurant will initially open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and eventually will offer breakfast.

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Questions? Contact the restaurant at 402-944-2221.

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 Activity Center serves pizza which can be delivered to cabins and lodge rooms.

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 season generally begins in mid-November, weather permitting.


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.

Theater info and schedule

Horse trail rides

Mahoney State Park offers horse trail rides May through mid-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.

Go Ape ropes course

Get ready for a totally unique outdoor experience. Way more than just zip lines, Go Ape is a 2-3-hour journey through the forest canopy. Our high-ropes adventure course features suspended obstacles, breathtaking zip lines and incredible views.

Go Ape provides a portion of their proceeds and stewardship services back to the park. To see what the fun is all about, check out this video!

For pricing and more information please visit Go Ape directly at their website or 1-800-971-8271.

To book your Go Ape experience, please click here.

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Other activities

Mahoney State Park offers a wide range of activities for park visitors including an alpine slide, climbing wall, 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.

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Winter activities

Sledding, cross country skiing, ice skating, ice fishing, special holiday activities 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 or view the Mahoney State Park events guide below.

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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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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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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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A park entry permit is required and can be purchased at the park administration building, Peter Kiewit Lodge, statewide 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.


    Camp pad with full hookups – $28
    Camp pad with electric – $22
    Winter camping rate with electric – $18

Lodging Season: Year-round

Modern Cabins:

    Standard 2-bedroom (2STD) – sleeps 4, $135
    Standard 2-bedroom (2SGL) – sleeps 6, $160
    Treetop 2-bedroom (TREE) Sleeps 6-8, $170
    Two bedroom deluxe (2DLX) – sleeps 4-6, $170
    Four bedroom deluxe (4DLX) – sleeps 8-10, $275
    Six bedroom standard (6STD) – sleeps 12, $300
    Six bedroom deluxe (6DLX) – sleeps 16-20, $455

Modern Lodge Rooms:

    24 standard rooms with 2 queen beds – Park or river view, $80
    8 loft rooms with 2 queen beds and sofa sleeper – Park view (LPVD) sleeps 6, $90
    8 loft rooms with 2 queen beds and sofa sleeper – River view (LRVD) sleeps 6, $95

Group/Conference Meeting Facilities:

    Upper level lodge conference rooms – Abel/Nebraska Room, $150
    Red Oak & Cedar rooms, $80
    Sandstedt-Platte Room, $65
    Lower lodge conference rooms, $50 each
    Riverview Lodge (including kitchen), $325/day
    Kountze Theater, $225/day
    Owen Marina, $200/day

Meeting Equipment Rental:

    LCD Projector Rental, $75/day


    Rental without park food service – 1-250 people, $750; 251- 600, $1,000; 601-1,000, $1,500; 1,001+, $2,500

Park Activities:

Activity Center/Ice Rink:

    Activity Center Admission: Adult/Children, $2/$3
    Ice Skate rental, $3

Go Ape Ropes Course:

    Age 16 and up, $49
    Age 15 and under, $39
    Reservations are required at

Water Slide/Swimming Complex:

    Single Admission – Adults, $10 Children, $8.00;
    Season pass – Adults, $135; Children, $110; Family Punch Pass $320 (can be used for up to 40 punches)

Trail Ride:

    $18 – Trail riders must be 6 years of age or older

Pony Rides:

    $7 – 3 to 9 years of age

Kountze Theater:

    Summer Theater – Adults, $7; Children, $5
    Winter Theater Adults, $10; Children, $8

Reserve a Picnic Shelter:

    $45 per day; $60 with electric hookup

Paddleboat Rental:

    $8 per half-hour

Driving Range:

    Balls – $3 per bucket
    Golf club rental – free with ID

Miniature Golf:

    $3.50 per person

Recreation Equipment Rental: Fees vary

For a complete list of all state park, state recreation area and state historical park fees, click here.

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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