The Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium at Schramm Park State Recreation Area is closed for renovations. Construction is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2019.
The remainder of the state recreation area, including trails, canyon ponds, picnic areas, playground and fossil exhibit, will remain open. The permitting office area in the new education center is also open, though the rest of the facility remains closed to the public during construction. Learn more about the new Schramm Education Center at the link below.
Visitors refer to Schramm Park State Recreation Area as a hidden gem nestled among the rolling hills of the Platte River valley. The historic site of the state’s first fish hatchery boasts well-maintained wooded trails that are popular with runners, bikers and casual hikers alike. The park is a noted destination for bird-watching, particularly during spring migrations. Families can explore a geologic display, feed fish in cool water trout ponds, tour the Aksarben Aquarium and enjoy a picnic on the bluffs. The grounds also offer an access point to the Platte River water trail. The park is accessible year round from sunrise to sunset and is located midway between Lincoln and Omaha. Camping facilities are available at nearby Louisville SRA, Mahoney State Park or Platte River State Park.
The popular Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium has closed and will be completely remodeled and expanded into an interactive state-of-the-art nature center featuring the state’s river, pond and lake systems.
The trail system offers a 1.5 mile loop that is ideal for families and casual hikers. This route offers interpretive signage highlighting the flora and fauna of the park. Hikers can also choose a larger loop that offers nearly 3 miles of trail through wooded bluffs. A highlight on the longer route is a suspension bridge. Runners enjoy the off-road challenge of the trails, and a local trail running group coordinates annual races onsite. Mountain bikers appreciate the trails as a gentle introduction to the sport. In winter, with adequate snowfall, trails can be traversed on cross-country skis.
Relics from the state’s first fish hatchery remain on the park grounds and are accessible to visitors. A hatch house constructed in 1914 now houses quaint dioramas about fishery management. Rainbow trout reside in cool spring water that flows into canyon ponds, and a boardwalk provides access to feed the fish. Picnic tables are located amongst the hatchery ponds, and resident geese and ducks entertain visitors as they eat.
Geology enthusiasts will enjoy the display, located at the east entrance to the park, that highlights limestone and shale from the Pennsylvanian Period. Visitors may also see Paleozoic marine fossils like brachiopods or corals.
A modern playground and picnic shelters are located on the bluffs and are accessible from the hiking trails and by paved road. Restrooms are located at near the base of the drive.
Canoers, kayakers and rafters can access the Platte River at Schramm Park SRA at a pull-off from Highway 30. A short trail leads to the river.
The new Interactive Exploration Center will include a modern classroom to facilitate expanded educational programs and meetings.
Schools and other groups may arrange for an aquarium tour or a presentation from a staff naturalist.
For more information, call (402) 332-3901.
- Mahoney State Park: Eugene T. Mahoney State Park offers a family aquatic center, rock wall, Go Ape ropes course, indoor playground, theater, alpine slide, pony rides and more, as well as an ice skating rink in the winter months. Both RV and primitive camping are available as well.
Address: Schramm Park SRA | 15810 Hwy 50 | Louisville, NE 68037
Phone: (402) 332-3901
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