Dead Timber State Recreation Area

Dead Timber SRA Redevelopment Plan

The Dead Timber SRA Redevelopment Plan is available on the Publications and Resources page, under Agency Plans. Click HERE to view all Game and Parks plans. Thank you to everyone that contributed to the planning process for Dead Timber SRA.

  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Picnicking

Located north of Scribner on Highway 275, Dead Timber is a 200-acre area with opportunities for camping, fishing and non-powered boating. The area offers offers peaceful seclusion for an afternoon or a weekend. A state park permit is required.



Anglers will find bullhead, bluegill, common carp, channel catfish, crappie, flathead catfish, freshwater drum and largemouth bass.

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 electric and non-powered boats are permitted on the 50-acre lake at Dead Timber.


Trails throughout the park lead to blinds and benches for wildlife viewing and offer great views, too.


Hunting is permitted in parts of the park. Wildlife viewing blinds can double as hunting blinds in season. The area has good populations of deer, turkey and ducks.


Dead Timber offers picnickers multiple tables and grills for day use.



Dead Timber offers Electric campsites. There are 17 Electric campsites with 30-amp hookups. Drinking water and primitive restrooms are available. There is no dump and fill station.

Due to flood damage, the four Primitive campsites are not available at this time.

Camping at Dead Timber SRA is all first-come, first-served and campers register their nightly camping fees in a raised, locked box called an Iron Ranger. Self-service envelopes are provided at each Iron Ranger station. Check or cash only. Iron Rangers are generally located near the park entrance or in the campground area. On-site camping informational signs are provided to help guide campers with the self-registration process.


A park entry permit is required and may be purchased at statewide Game and Parks offices and permit vendors or in advance of your arrival online.


Nearby attractions

Powder Horn Wildlife Management Area

Dead Timber is adjacent to Powder Horn Wildlife Management Area, where hunting is permitted in season.


Fuel, food and other amenities are available in nearby Scribner.

Contact Information

Address: Dead Timber SRA | 227 County Road & 12 Blvd | Scribner, NE 68057
Phone: (402) 727-2922

Email: Send email