Mormon Island State Recreation Area

8/8/2019: Mormon Island State Recreation Area is open with the following limitations: a few areas are cordoned off to allow for additional cleanup.

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

Just off Interstate 80 by Grand Island, Mormon Island State Recreation Area is a convenient place for outdoor fun. Mormon Island has handicap-accessible fishing piers, modern camping, great fishing, great swim beaches and abundant picnicking opportunities. Mormon Island West has 42 surface acres of water, and the middle island has 19 surface acres of water.

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Fish species include largemouth bass, redear sunfish, black crappie, walleye, channel catfish and bluegill. Lake 1 also has muskellunge. Boat ramps are available on lakes 1 and 2. A handicap accessible fishing dock is available for anglers on Lake 1.

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.


All boats are allowed. The lake is a no-wake lake. Boat ramps are available on Lakes 1 and 2.


Swimming is a popular activity at marked swimming beaches. Shower houses are provided.

Wildlife viewing

Mormon Island hosts a spectacular gathering each spring, as hundreds of thousands of sandhill cranes stop to rest and pursue their courtship rituals. The world’s largest concentration of these magnificent birds draws thousands of visitors to the region every year. Mormon Island lies on the eastern edge of this migration route.

Arriving in early to mid-February, the numbers peak about mid to late March. The cranes spend their days feeding and engaging in colorful courtship dances.

After the first of April, the birds start flying to northern breeding grounds and are usually gone by mid-April. A variety of geese, ducks and other waterfowl also come to the area before heading farther north.

Mormon Island State Recreation Area has abundant wildlife and offers good wildlife viewing opportunities all year long, particularly along the Platte River.


Day-use picnic facilities include 4 shelters, 100 picnic tables and 71 grills.


RV camping

35 camping pads with 30 and 50-amp electrical hookups are available, with access to showers, dump station and laundry. In addition, Mormon Island offers 38 non-electric sites.

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A park entry permit is required and may be purchased at the park, statewide Game and Parks offices and permit vendors or in advance of your arrival online.


Nearby attractions

Grand Island

Mormon Island SRA is conveniently located by Grand Island which has many options for modern lodging, dining, shopping and family entertainment. Windmill State Recreation Area in Gibbon, Fort Kearny State Historical Park in Kearney and the Nebraska State Fair are must-see attractions.

Contact Information

Address: Mormon Island SRA | 7425 S US Hwy 281 | Doniphan, NE 68832-9526
Phone: (308) 385-6211

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