Two Rivers State Recreation Area

Two Rivers State Recreation Area is open with the following limitations:
Cottonwood campground is temporarily closed.

  • Cabins
  • Camping
  • Canoe/Kayak
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Fishing
  • Food Service
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Lodging
  • Picnicking
  • Playground

One of the most popular recreation areas in the state, Two Rivers is a great spot for fishing, camping, swimming and picnicking west of Omaha in Eastern Nebraska. Perhaps the most unique draw of this area are the 10 Union Pacific cabooses that have been refurbished into cabins that sleep six.

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Two Rivers SRA’s ever-popular trout lake (Lake No. 5) normally opens to pay fishing on the second Saturday of March and remains open until July 1. Those with physical disabilities can enjoy the trout lake too, as an easily accessible fishing pier is located at the south end of the lake. The restrooms located near the lake are also wheelchair-accessible. Regulations governing the trout lake, including fees and fish allowed per tag, are posted on the area. A valid Nebraska fishing permit is required in addition to the trout tag.

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.


Only non-powered boats are permitted at Two Rivers.


Unsupervised swimming is available at Lake No. 4. The beach is open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day.


The park offers one mile of hiking trails.


Snacks, short-order food, bait and other items are available at the concession area.


With its close proximity to Omaha, Two Rivers is a popular day-use spot that offers many options for those looking for a great spot for a picnic or an afternoon of grilling. The area has two picnic shelters in the day use area and one picnic shelter south of the Lakeside Campground.

Horseback riding

Two Rivers SRA offers two miles of equestrian trails and an equestrian area for camping. Additionally, horseback riding is allowed on the 342-acre adjacent wildlife management area from Feb. 1 to Aug. 31. Guided rides and horse rental are not offered. Equestrian use is not permitted in the other campgrounds.


A 342-acre adjacent wildlife management area (WMA) is open to hunting during open seasons. Unless otherwise posted, the WMA is open to hunting during open seasons. Archery and shotguns loaded with non-toxic shot are allowed. Target shooting and the use of BB-pellet guns, paintball guns, rifles of any caliber and handguns, as well as the use of shotgun slugs, are prohibited.

Waterfowl hunting is permitted on the WMA and SRA. Temporary blinds may be used but must be removed from the area at the close of hunting each day-permanent or seasonal blinds are not allowed. In addition to waterfowl, species available include turkey, quail, pheasant, squirrel, and cottontail. Archery hunting for deer is permitted on the WMA. Please use caution while hiking on the WMA during open hunting seasons. Check with park staff for more information.



At Two Rivers State Recreation Area, 10 Union Pacific cabooses have been remodeled and restored for park lodging. The cabooses are air-conditioned and sleep six people, with two bunk beds in the rear and two mattresses in the cupola. Each is equipped with a modern bathroom, which includes a shower. A stove, refrigerator, sink and a few cabinets make up the kitchen. A table, with four chairs and couch for two, serve as the dining area. For those who enjoy outdoor dining and ambiance, there is a deck with picnic table, grill and fire ring.

To enjoy your caboose to the fullest, please plan ahead to bring the following items: Bedding or sleeping bags (mattresses provided), pillows, towels and soap, eating utensils, charcoal and lighter fluid for grill cooking and cooking utensils. The cabooses are available April 15 through the end of September. No pets are allowed in the cabooses. Reservations may be made one year in advance.

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Two Rivers offers 143 camping pads with 20-, 30- and/or 50-amp electrical hookups (12 pads have water hookups), as well as 64 camping pads without electricity. Additionally, one ADA electrical site with water hookups and one ADA non-electrical padded site are available. The area offers modern restrooms with showers and a RV dump station.
Download Cottonwood campground map
Download Fawn Meadows & Lakeside campgrounds map
Download Oak Grove & Goldenrod campgrounds map
Download Riverside campground map

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A park entry permit is required and may be purchased at the park or statewide Game and Parks offices and permit vendors or in advance of your arrival online. For a complete list of park and activity fees, click the button below.

Contact Information

Address: Two Rivers SRA | 27702 F St. | Waterloo, NE 68069-7012
Phone: (402) 359-5165

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