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North Loup

State Recreation Area

1755 US Highway 281 | Saint Paul, NE 68873

North Loup State Recreation Area is a 13-acre area adjacent to the Loup River. It has two ponds with a total of seven water acres. The area offers fishing, picnicking, and primitive campsites.


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


Only electric motor and non-powered boats are permitted at North Loup. There are no ramps or docks. The area does provide access to the Loup River.

The seven-acre lake at North Loup State Recreation Area offers bluegill, common carp, channel catfish, crappie and largemouth bass, among other species.

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.

Hunting opportunities at North Loup include quail, rabbit and waterfowl on 20 acres of land.

The area offers eight picnic tables and seven grills.


North Loup State Recreation Area offers 10 non-pad sites without electricity. There is not potable water on the area or water restroom facilities. A pit toilet is available for visitor use.

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1755 US Highway 281
Saint Paul, NE 68873

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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.

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.