Platte River State Park
This facility offers a wide range of activities and lodging choices, while keeping costs to a minimum.
The park sits about halfway between the state's two largest cities of Omaha and Lincoln. The 418-acre park merged what were once three separate areas — Harriet Harding Campfire Girls Camp, Camp Esther K. Newman, and a 104-acre wooded area.
Activities range from swimming at the supervised pool to guided horseback trail rides through the timbered hills. Sights to see include the quaint Red Barn (converted to a group camp) and a charming little waterfall. Recreational equipment is available at Owen Landing, where you can rent a paddleboat to churn around Jenny Newman Lake. At sunset, free campfire programs that change regularly are scheduled at the amphitheater. Visitors also can climb to the top of the 85-foot Lincoln Journal Tower, a large observation deck that gives you a view in any direction.
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.
Platte River is well-equipped to handle a variety of functions for groups ranging in size up to 150 people throughout the year. Lodging facilities are limited during the winter months, since only the Housekeeping Cabins are heated.
This facility accommodates several shooting disciplines, including an archery range with shooting tower, a 50 yard - small bore rifle range and an indoor 10 meter pellet gun range. A well-equipped facility that appeals to families and youth of all ages.
Camper Cabins: There are 31 of these cabins, grouped around central shower-latrine buildings, with four to six units in a pod. Each cabin has a refrigerator, fire grate for outdoor cooking and a picnic table, and linens are provided. With costs held down, the visitor can enjoy the park complex on a small budget.
Camping: Because of the rugged terrain and limited space, there are no campsites or pads at Platte River. However, RVers will find great facilities at Louisville State Recreation Area or Eugene T. Mahoney State Park just a few minutes away. Campers are welcome to commute and enjoy the park activities.
Rent a Tepee: Each tepee accommodates 6 to 8 people. Some concession has been made to modern comfort, though, with wooden floors replacing the packed earth of the traditional dwelling.
In the summer of 2010 the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission initiated the construction of a multipurpose shooting range at Platte River State Park located on HWY 66 between South Bend and Louisville. This new facility accommodates several shooting disciplines, including an archery range with shooting tower, a 50 yard - small bore rifle range and an indoor 10 meter pellet gun range.
This facility allows students to continue participation in various outdoor pursuits by providing a well-equipped and familiar facility that appeals to families and youth of all ages. Photo Gallery of Construction | Photo Gallery of Past Events |