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Pawnee State Recreation Area features 2,544 acres, 740 of which are water acres. Diverse recreation opportunities on this area draw anglers, boaters, hikers, hunters, shutterbugs and anyone else who enjoys the out-of-doors.Make a Reservation
Pawnee State Recreation Area is a popular spot with anglers. White bass, walleye, largemouth bass, bluegill and two kinds of catfish, among others, can all be found in the lake. Pawnee also has a fish cleaning station.
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.
All types of boats are welcome at Pawnee SRA. The lake offers three ramps and two docks.
Pawnee SRA has two swimming beaches. No lifeguards are on duty.
Pawnee has six miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
Pawnee’s close proximity to Lincoln makes it a popular day-use spot. The area has 53 picnic tables, 225 grills and two shelters, one of which is available for rental.
Hunting is permitted in season beginning the first Tuesday after Labor Day. Hunters will find abundant small game, waterfowl and whitetail deer.
The area offers 68 camping pads with 20-, 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups, as well as 34 camping pads without electricity and 97 non-pad sites without electricity. The shady campground offers water, showers and modern restrooms. A dump station is available at the area.
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.
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 tent camping – $8
Camping no camp pad, non-electric – $12
Camp pad without electric – $13
Camp pad with electric – $20
Winter camping rate with electric – $15
For a complete list of all state park, state recreation area and state historical park fees, click here.
Address: Pawnee SRA | 3900 NW 105th | Lincoln, NE 68524
Phone: (402) 796-2362
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