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War Axe

State Recreation Area

4601 Shelton Rd. | Shelton, NE 68876

War Axe State Recreation Area comprises nine acres of land and a 16 acre lake just off Interstate 80. The area offers non-powered and electric boating, camping, fishing and picnicking.


  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking


Bluegill, channel catfish, redear sunfish, walleye, yellow perch and smallmouth bass are among the species available at War Axe State Recreation Area. There is a 21-inch minimum length limit on black 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 non-powered and electric motor boats are permitted at War Axe. A white rock boat ramp is available.

Just off I-80, War Axe makes a great stop for travelers. The area offers six picnic tables, four grills and three shelters.

Lodging options

Primitive camping

Only Primitive camping is offered at War Axe. The area has eight Primitive campsites as well as water and a modern restroom. Camping is 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.

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4601 Shelton Rd.
Shelton, NE 68876

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