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State Recreation Area

799 County Road D | Memphis, NE 68042

Memphis State Recreation Area consists of 163 peaceful acres of land with a 48-acre lake. The area offers tent and RV camping, fishing, hiking and non-powered boating.


  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Food service
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Picnicking
  • Playground


The recently renovated lake has been stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish.

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 Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant boat ramps and docks, among other features in reservoirs, lakes, streams and rivers statewide. Lake contour maps are available for some lakes, as well.

Memphis State Recreation area is a no-wake lake. The speed limit is 5 mph and under. One boat ramp is available.

The area offers a scenic 1-mile hiking trail.

Memphis is a popular day-use spot and has two day-use areas with two picnic shelters each. Numerous picnic tables and grills are available to accommodate summer picnics and family get-togethers.


A large campground with dozens of mature shade trees wraps around the lake’s north shore, and plenty of campsites are scattered along the water’s edge. The area offers 18 Electric Plus campsites and numerous Basic and Primitive campsites. No open fires are allowed in Primitive camping areas. Water, primitive toilets, a spacious playground and a dump and fill station are available to campers.

All camping is first-come, first-served.

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799 County Road D
Memphis, NE 68042

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 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.