Rockford State Recreation Area

  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Swimming

Rockford State Recreation Area consists of approximately 300 land acres around a 150-acre lake. The area offers boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming and camping.



The lake at Rockford State Recreation Area offers bullhead, bluegill, common carp, channel catfish, crappie, flathead catfish, largemouth bass, walleye and wiper, among other species.

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 boats are welcome at Rockford State Recreation Area. One dock and one ramp are available.


The area’s swimming beach is a popular spot to cool off during the warmer months. No lifeguard is on duty.


The area offers a one-mile hiking trail. Horses and mountain bikes are not permitted.


Picnicking is another popular activity at this scenic area. Rockford State Recreation Area offers 90 picnic tables, 88 grills and two shelters.


RV and tent camping

Rockford’s shaded campsite offers a variety of camping options. It offers 30 camping pads with 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups, as well as two camping pads without electricity and 40 non-pad sites without electricity. Water and vault toilets are available, but showers, modern restrooms and a dump station are not.All camping at Rockford SRA is first-come,first-served, no reservations.



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
Camping no pad non-electrical – $8
Camping with pad non-electric – $10
Camping with pad and electric – $17
Winter rate with electric – $17

Contact Information

Address: Rockford SRA | Gage County, NE
Phone: (402) 729-5777

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