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Venture Parks

Big changes are coming! In response to a demand for unique experiences and enhanced camping opportunities, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will offer greatly expanded activities and amenities at four popular state parks and recreation areas along the Platte River– Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Platte River State Park, Schramm Park State Recreation Area and Louisville State Recreation Area.

The expanded features, called Venture Parks, will bring innovative, educational, exciting and often unexpected features including a treetops ropes course, a climbing wall, glamping cabins and much more. The gallery above features artist renderings of some planned features.  View them in detail >

Upcoming Developments

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Go Ape Ropes Course
Nebraska’s only treetops rope course will feature ziplines, rope swings, a suspended walkway and other fun and challenging features. Go Ape provides a portion of their proceeds and stewardship services back to the park. To see what the fun is all about, check out this video!

For more information please visit Go Ape directly at their website or 1-800-971-8271. To book your Go Ape experience, please click here.

Expanded Activity Center and indoor rock climbing wall
A 40-foot indoor rock wall and other features will provide fun and exercise for all ages.
Opening fall 2018

Alpine and sledding hill
Park guests will be able to slide down a huge hill year-round.
Opening winter 2018-19

Visit Eugene T. Mahoney’s home page

Platte River State Park

Crawdad Creek
Located at the park’s Jenny Newman Lake, this attraction is a series of small, interactive ponds where both children and adults can splash, play and explore.
Open now

Glamping Cabins
Three new glamping cabins will combine upscale comfort with camping. These secluded cabins feature skylights and queen-sized beds that can be rolled onto a deck for sleeping under the stars.
Opening summer 2018

River access for kayaks
Park visitors will be able to rent kayaks, put in and take out right at the park.
Opening summer 2018

Splash Pad
A state-of-the-art two-tiered splash pad and squirt gun center is designed for use by pre-schoolers all the way up to young teens.
Opening 2018

New RV campground
RV campers will have a new place to camp this fall, when a brand new campground tailored for recreational vehicles opens in the park.
Opening fall 2018

Enhanced mountain biking trails
Platte River State Park already boasts some the best mountain biking in southeast Nebraska. Enhanced trails will make this park a premier regional destination for mountain bikers
Opening 2019

Visit Platte River’s home page

Schramm Park State Recreation Area

Interactive Exploration Center
The former Aksarben Aquarium is currently being renovated and expanded into a state-of-the-art nature center and aquarium.
Opening fall/winter 2018

Mountain biking trails
The park’s already popular network of trails will be enhanced and expanded
Opening fall 2018

River access
Access will be expanded for canoeing, kayaking and other water-based recreation
Opening summer 2018

Visit Schramm Park State Recreation Area’s home page

Louisville State Recreation Area

Floating playground
Visitors will be able to rent watercycles and paddleboards, in addition to bouncing around on the giant inflatable water playground.
Opening summer 2018

Platte River canoe/kayak access
Those wanting to experience Nebraska’s water trails will have a new access point on the Platte River for canoe/kayak float trips. The landing will also have an airboat ramp as well.
Opening fall 2018

Visit Louisville State Recreation Area’s home page

What to Expect

Venture park updates

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During the development, park goers should expect to see construction. Some facilities may close temporarily and/or have reduced hours or access.

After implementation of the initial venture parks concept is complete, Game and Parks expects to incorporate elements of the plan into other parks across the state as funding and opportunities allow. Game and P arks is grateful for the innovative public/private partnerships that have made Venture Parks possible. View the master plan below for more information on the exciting new opportunities awaiting Nebraska’s state parks.

Venture Parks Master Plan