Memphis State Recreation Area

  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Food Service
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Picnicking
  • Playground

NOTICE MAY 2018: Drinking water is temporarily unavailable for guests at Memphis State Recreation Area. Wells currently are not operational at the area because of groundwater conditions. Hydrants will be shut down until potable water is available.

Guests are asked to bring their own water, or check availability of bottled water at the private concession located at the park, until the situation has been resolved. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is working with the Village of Memphis to develop alternative solutions.

Memphis State Recreation Area consists of 163 peaceful acres of land with a 48-acre lake. The area offers primitive camping, fishing, hiking and non-powered boating.



The recently renovated lake has been stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish.

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.


Memphis State Recreation area is a no-wake lake. The speed limit is 5 mph and under. One boat ramp is available.


The area offers a scenic one-mile hiking trail.


Memphis is a popular day use spot, and has two day use areas with two picnic shelters each. Numerous picnic tables and grills are available to accommodate summer picnics and family get-togethers.


Primitive camping

A large campground with dozens of mature shade trees wraps around the lake’s north shore, and plenty of campsites are scattered along the water’s edge. The area offers 100 non-pad sites without electricity. Water, vault toilets, a spacious playground and a dump station are available to campers.



A park entry permit is required and may be purchased at Game and Parks offices and permit vendors statewide 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.

Primitive – $8


Contact Information

Address: Memphis SRA | Saunders County
Phone: (402) 471-5497

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