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Where to Swim

There is no better place to be than poolside during Nebraska’s hot summer months! Below is our list of state parks where you can cool off with a splash.

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Ashland, NE

The Family Aquatic Center includes a swimming pool with two water slides, diving area, zero-entry wave pool, water playground, sun deck and concession area.

Mahoney State Park

Ponca State Park

Ponca, NE

Ponca’s new aquatic center features a heated zero-depth entry pool, 172-foot long water slide, climbing wall, diving board, and spray features from small children. Older swimmers may enjoy pool games such as basketball and volleyball. The bathhouse offers a concession area for all park visitors.

Ponca State Park

Chadron State Park

Chadron, NE

Chadron State Park’s swimming pool offers visitors two diving boards, recently renovated bathhouses and a beautiful view overlooking the pines. Lifeguards are on duty. For visitors who like scenery as they swim, this is the perfect location. The spacious outdoor pool overlooks the picturesque Pine Ridge. As a bonus, the bath houses were renovated in 2016.

Chadron State Park

Platte River State Park

Louisville, NE

This small pool offers families a quiet setting between the towns of Louisville and South Bend off of Highway 66. Once you’re done visiting the pool, take the little ones down to Crawdad Creek at the upper end of Jenny Newman Lake for more water-related fun.

Platte River State Park

Niobrara State Park

Niobrara, NE

Conveniently located near the park’s cabins, Niobrara State Park’s swimming pool offers visitors a way to cool down in the summer-time heat. This modern pool is handicapped accessible by a recently installed pool lift.

Niobrara State Park

Fort Robinson State Park

Crawford, NE

Rain or shine, the indoor Olympic-sized Lindeken Pool at Fort Robinson State Park is popular among visitors. In addition, the outdoor wading pool and deck caters to sun-worshipers and the youngest of water-lovers.

Fort Robinson state park

Hours & Pricing

Eugene T. Mahoney

Hours

Memorial Day through Mid-August:

Daily 
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Mid-August through Labor Day:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Closed Tuesday and Thursday

 

Prices

Swimming Daily:

Adults $10
Children $8

Swimming Season:

Adults $135
Children $110
Family (2-5) $300; (6-10) $350; (11-15) $400

Ponca

Hours

Memorial Day through Mid-August:

Daily 
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Mid-August through Labor Day:

Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day
12 p.m. –  6 p.m.

Closed Tuesday and Thursday

Prices

Swimming Daily:

Adults $7
Children $5

Swimming Season:

Adults $95
Children $75
Family $180

Chadron, Platte River, Niobrara

Hours

Memorial Day through Mid-August:

Daily 
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Mid-August through Labor Day:

Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day
12 p.m. –  6 p.m.

Closed Tuesday and Thursday

 

Prices

Swimming Daily:

Adults $4
Children $3

Swimming Season: 

Adults $65
Children $45
Family $120

Fort Robinson

Hours

Memorial Day through Mid-August:

Daily 
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Mid-August through Labor Day:

Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day
12 p.m. –  6 p.m.

Closed Tuesday and Thursday

 

Prices

Swimming Daily:

Adults $5
Children $4

Swimming Season: 

Adults $65
Children $45
Family $120

Additionally, many of Nebraska’s state recreation areas have designated swimming areas and beaches for visitors to enjoy.
Find a state recreation area near you

Don’t forget, whether you’re swimming at a pool, lake, or elsewhere, it’s important to be safe while you’re in the water!
Swimming Safety Tips