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State Recreation Area

100 Recreation Rd. | Bridgeport, NE 69336

Those looking for shady campsites and sandy beaches will enjoy a visit to Bridgeport State Recreation Area, a relatively small but popular spot for power-boating and non-motorized water sports, camping and picnicking on the west side of Bridgeport, Nebraska. It encompasses about 326 acres, including 78 acres of water in five sandpit lakes.

The park has a variety of amenities including overnight camping, a swimming beach, day use shelters and areas, along with fishing and hunting opportunities.


  • Ampitheater
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Swimming


A small amphitheater is available for reservation. To reserve the amphitheater or to inquire about hosting a special event, please contact Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area at 308-436-3777.

Boating is popular at Bridgeport SRA. All boats are permitted on Center Lake, the largest of the recreation area’s lakes, however, boat traffic must travel in a counterclockwise direction and No Wake Zones are near the boat ramp and swimming area.

Kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding are popular at the smaller lakes including East and West lakes. All of the smaller lakes are limited to non-powered vessels and those powered by conventional electric outboard motors.

Center Lake features a large swimming and day use area near the park entrance that has abundant shade, cooking grills and picnic tables with an accessible vault latrine close by. Swimming is only allowed in the designated area on Center Lake.

The park has one small shelter near the swim beach, two designated group fire grills with benches and two horseshoe pits available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Anglers will find a lot of variety at the area, with catchable size rainbow trout stocked in Center Lake and Northwest Lake. Cutthroat trout, a species not common in Nebraska, have been stocked there, as well. Other species include walleye, largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch and channel catfish.


Food, lodging, fuel and groceries are available in nearby Bridgeport, population 1,545. Also nearby are landmarks Courthouse Rock and Jail Rock. Just down the road you will find such attractions as the Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Scotts Bluff National Monument and Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area.


Bridgeport State Recreation Area offers 72 designated Basic camp sites, all of which are first-come, first served. Campers must register their nightly camping fees in a raised, locked box called an Iron Ranger. Self-service envelopes are provided at each station and accept cash or checks only.

Each site features a ground grill and picnic table. Sites vary in size and location, but the area has a variety of waterfront, grass and secluded sites available. An RV dump and fill station is located near the park entrance.

Contact Us

100 Recreation Rd.
Bridgeport, NE 69336

Park Pricing

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