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Eugene T. Mahoney

State Park

28500 W. Park Highway | Ashland, NE 68003

Information

Lodge rooms at the Peter Kiewit Lodge are currently unavailable for reservations due to HVAC replacement and maintenance. Rooms are expected to open beginning July 1, 2024.

This modern state park is the perfect year-round destination for a family escape. Families can visit the aquatic center and indoor playground, explore the park’s hiking and biking trails, adventure through the treetop ropes course, climb the observation tower and, when the weather turns cold, enjoy indoor rock climbing, sledding and ice skating. The jewel of the park is Peter Kiewit Lodge, which offers 40 guest rooms, most with balconies that offer a stunning view of the Platte River valley. The park also offers an arts and crafts center, an array of cabins, as well as camping opportunities. Mahoney State Park is located midway between Nebraska’s two largest cities, Lincoln and Omaha, and is open year-round.

Features

  • Biking
  • Cabins
  • Camping
  • Disc golf
  • Fishing
  • Food service
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Lodging
  • Marina
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Swimming
  • Theater
  • Trail rides
visitors navigate the ropes course in the tree canopy

Go Ape Ropes Course

Looking for the ultimate outdoor adventure? Get ready for a totally unique outdoor experience. Way more than just zip lines, Go Ape is a two- to three-hour journey through the forest canopy. Our high-ropes adventure course features suspended obstacles, breathtaking zip lines and incredible views. A variety of courses are available for all ages.

A young girl rides the water slide into the water at the aquatic center pool at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Aquatic Center

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

a brightly colored indoor playground with children playing

Activity Center

Weather can dictate the outdoor fun at Mahoney, but there is year-round recreation at the Activity Center. The Activity Center hosts a large indoor playground with fun tubes, slides, net bridges and ball pit. Parents can either join in the fun or sit and relax while enjoying food and beverages from the on-site concession. Birthday parties can also be booked at the Activity Center! Call the park to schedule a birthday celebration.

a person climbs a brightly colored indoor climbing wall

Venture Climb

Mahoney State Park’s Venture Climb, housed in a new, state-of-the-art addition to the Activity Center, features a 42-foot climbing wall with both auto- and top-rope belays, as well as a bouldering structure. Climbers are treated to scenic views of the park through the facility’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Venture Climb is great for both novice and experienced climbers and is ADA-accessible.

Attractions

Connected to the Activity Center is the ice skating pavilion, which is open during the winter and provides great family fun. Ice skate rental is available during Activity Center business hours. The ice skating season generally begins in mid-November, weather permitting. Please call 402-944-2957 for more information regarding the Activity Center and ice rink conditions.

Hours

Monday, Thursday & Friday from 4–8 p.m.
Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

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.

Hours

Check back for hours for the 2024 season.

Located at the Owen Marina convenience store, the arts and craft center is a spot where kids can paint ceramics, learn the art of leather tooling and create wood crafts and other projects.

The John R. Lauritzen Driving Range hours of operation may be limited or closed due to staffing shortage; please call ahead to check status.

Esther Marie Daniel Miniature Golf Course offers 18 holes of family fun. After Labor Day, you may visit the Peter Kiewit Lodge for mini golf clubs and ball rentals which will be available through the fall.

The park also offers an 18-hole disc golf course and occasional tournaments and other events throughout the year.

Mahoney State Park offers horse trail rides May through Labor Day for adults and children age 6 and over. Trails begin at the John Wayne Stables. Tickets may be purchased at the Administration Office. Pony rides are available for children age 3 to 9.

Paddleboating and fishing are popular activities at this charming marina. Owen Marina on Baright Lake offers a concession stand, rental of paddleboats and fishing and camping supplies, basic groceries and sundry items for sale. The marina serves sandwiches, snacks and drinks from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Some concession items may be limited.

Owen Marina also offers soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, volleyballs, bocce balls, horseshoes, softballs, bats, bases, tennis balls and rackets and fishing rods and reels for loan free of charge during business hours.

New food and beverage options are now available on weekends at Mahoney’s Peter Kiewit Lodge, thanks to local restaurant and catering business, Carl’s at Mahoney. Enjoy delicious American-style food and scenic riverfront views at the restaurant and bar, featuring local beers, cider and wine, and classic drinks. Grab and Go options will also be available on weekends, such as such as hot and cold drinks, rolls, donuts, pizza, fruit, salad, wine, beer, chicken strips, and hot and cold sandwiches. Check Carl’s at Mahoney’s Facebook page for more details, such as pricing and special events.

The business will continue opening in phases and expects to expand the Grab and Go section to seven days a week by peak park visitation season. It also will offer table service, with appetizers, entrees and desserts, and catering for events.

Hours

Restaurant

Friday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (limited menu & salad bar)

Saturday from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. (Evening Special 4 p.m.-8 p.m.)

Sunday (Brunch Buffet) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Bar

Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Grab & Go

Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sunday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Live melodrama performances and magic shows take place at the Denman and Mary Mallory Kountze Memorial Theater year-round. These family-friendly productions encourage audience participation for a fun, interactive experience. Eugene T. Mahoney State Park has collaborated with Popcorn Productions to host melodramas for over 30 years. 

Please stay tuned for the 2024 melodrama schedule. Coming soon!

Personal equipment is permitted but must first be inspected and approved by a Venture Climb employee. There is no time limit for climbing. Those who wish to use the facility must fit into a harness provided by the park. All climbers must sign a waiver in person prior to using the facility. A parent must sign the waiver for climbers 18 and younger. Venture Climb is located in the Activity Center.

Hours

Monday, Thursday & Friday from 4–8 p.m.
Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

Sledding, cross-country skiing, ice skating, ice fishing, special holiday activities and many other family events are all available during the winter months, depending on the weather. Please call the park office at 402-944-2957 to check the current weather conditions for these activities.

Mahoney State Park offers a wide range of other activities for park visitors including hiking/biking trails, pony rides, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, a softball diamond and a conservancy where visitors can view native Nebraska plants. The Walter Scott Jr. Observation Tower provides a sweeping view of the Platte River and the park.

Check out free summer naturalist programs throughout the park in June and July. Ask at the administration building or the front desk of the Peter Kiewit Lodge for a detailed brochure with times and locations.

Platte River State Park

With its beautiful view, miles of tranquil trails and rustic cabins, Platte River State Park is a great complement to the more modern Mahoney State Park, and many visitors take advantage of both.

Schramm Park State Recreation Area 

Schramm Park State Recreation Area offers scenic trails and picnic day use facilities. Renovated in 2019, the former adjacent Aksarben Aquarium was expanded into Schramm Education Center, a state-of-the-art nature, aquarium and interactive exploration center.

Louisville State Recreation Area 

Louisville State Recreation Area is home to a brand new floating playground! It also offers excellent opportunities for RV camping, as well as five sandpit lakes that are popular with anglers.

SAC Museum 

The Strategic Air Command Museum showcases an impressive array of aircraft that helped SAC preserve the peace during the Cold War, as well as other exhibits relating to air and space craft.

Wildlife Safari Park 

Wildlife Safari Park is a four mile, drive-through North American wildlife adventure that brings visitors face-to-face with North American plants and animals such as elk, white-tailed deer, bison and waterfowl.

Quarry Oaks Golf Course 

Quarry Oaks Championship Golf Course near the park offers a fabulous golfing experience set on the rolling wooded hills overlooking the Platte River. Contact Quarry Oaks to arrange your tee times up to 30 days in advance.

Lodging options

Peter Kiewit Lodge

Beautiful Kiewit Lodge offers 40 guest rooms, each with, mini-fridge, microwave, coffee pot, AC and heat, wireless Internet, TV and a private bath. Sixteen have sleeping lofts and 24 have walkout decks that overlook either the park or the Platte River.

Cabins

Secluded on wooded ridgetops, Mahoney State Park offers 60 cabins, 49 of which have two bedrooms, six of which have four bedrooms and five of which have six bedrooms. Each cabin has air conditioning/heat, fireplace, TV, refrigerator, range, cable TV, outdoor deck and grill and are open year round. The larger cabins are popular spots for extended families to get together.

Camping

Mahoney State Park offer Full Hookup, Electric Plus and Electric campsites. There are a total of 148 campsites. Lakeside Campground (100-148 campsites) are located close to Baright Lake and Owen Marina. Little Creek Campground (1-99 campsites) is close to a playground, basketball court and the coin operated laundry facility. Both campgrounds have drinking water, showers and modern restrooms. A dump and fill station is located conveniently near the park entrance.

Tent camping is available at Mahoney State Park in the two modern campgrounds. Tent campers will use the grassy area next to the pad site to set up their tent. Those tenting will pay the camping fee applicable to the site occupied. If making reservations, look for the site description of “tentable.” This means there is a level grassy space for a tent.

Reservations are accepted for half of the campsites in Lakeside and Little Creek campgrounds up to 180 days in advance of arrival date and paid in full at the time the reservation is made. All other camping at Mahoney State Park is first-come, first-served. Campers with advance reservations and those camping first-come, first-served must stop at the Lauritzen Administration building located at the park entrance to check-in or register to camp prior to setting up on a campsite. If arriving after hours, campers must go to the Peter Kiewit Lodge customer service desk and check in or register for a first-come, first-served site.

Reservation information

Mahoney State Park offers reservations for cabins and for half of the campsites. The remaining campsites are available first-come, first-serve. Guests can plan vacations, check for availability and make their reservations online 24 hours a day, seven days a week or can call the Nebraska State Parks reservation call center at 402-471-1414, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Rent a facility

Mahoney State Park offers multiple facilities available for rent for conferences, workshops, family events and other group functions. Peter Kiewit Lodge offers several meeting rooms. Crete Carrier Riverview Lodge, popular for weddings and other larger group functions, offers a spectacular view of the park and includes a kitchen. The Activity Center’s ice skating pavilion, during warmer months, can host large events such as weddings, company picnics and special events. Catering is available. Additionally, picnic shelters and some of the larger cabins can accommodate large groups. For more information on renting a facility or to reserve a picnic shelter, call 402-944-2901.

Venture Parks programs

The Venture Parks Education Team provides outdoor learning opportunities for our park guests. It is our goal to inspire appreciation and knowledge of natural and cultural resources while promoting greater understanding, support for and participation in conservation and outdoor recreation.

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Contact Us

28500 W. Park Highway
Ashland, NE 68003

Park Pricing

A park entry permit is required to visit state parks and may be purchased at the park, statewide Game and Parks offices and permit vendors, or in advance of your arrival online. View those fees, as well as attraction and amenity pricing.

Reservations

Reservations are accepted for cabins, lodge rooms, and group lodges up to one year in advance of the arrival date. Reservations for camping are accepted up to 180 days in advance of arrival date. The Reservation Call Center hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (CT) and closed on holidays.

Park Events

Our 76 gorgeous state park and recreations areas host a plethora of events throughout the year. From bird hikes to kayak races, Living History events to family outdoor days, our parks host something fun for every outdoor enthusiast.