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More than 250,000 gold-seekers & farmers crossed into to the gold fields & rich farmlands of California during the 1840's and 1850's. 1,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen to remind us of early American travelers and settlers.
Lewis & Clark, in their quest for a water route to the Pacific Ocean, opened a window onto the west for the young United States.
The Oregon Trail was for fur traders, gold seekers, missionaries and others, the pathway to the Pacific. Wagon rutsw and landscape scars can still be seen from that time.
Offers camping, picnicking, boating, fishing and water skiing.
Famous for its water, Victoria Springs offers cabins, campsites, electrical hookups, dump station, showers, restrooms, water, picnic tables, shelter, paddleboats, and a fishing lagoon.
Eugene T. Mahoney State ParkAshland
Offers lodging, group meeting facilities and activities.
Long Lake State Recreation Area is a natural sandhill lake.
Long Pine offers camping, hiking, picnicking and wildlife viewing.
Keller Park offers five fishing ponds and numerous rainbow trout.
Offers camping areas, vault toilets, drinking water, picnic tables and grills, picnic shelters and playground equipment.
Chimney Rock has become one of the most famous landmarks in the American West.
The Homestead Act of 1862 granted free land to men and women willing to help the Unites States with westward expansion. The website offers links and information to students about homesteading.
Pibel Lake, hidden from the highway,l offers a boat dock for smaller boats to discover the bluegills, largemouth bass and channel catfish stocked within the lake.
Fort Hartsuff offers a glimpse into the past at a Plains infantry outposts.
Calamus offers prime fishing and camping in the heart of the Sandhills.
Medicine Creek State Recreation AreaCambridge
Rated by many visitors as one of Nebraska's more scentic recreation spots. The dam on Medicine Creek is a zoned, earth-filled structure.
Walgren Lake is a scenic camping area offering a handicapped-accessible fishing pier and two boat ramps and boat docks.
Chadron State ParkChadron
The park is in the heart of the Nebraska National Forest and contains a modern campground with 70 pads all with 30 amp electrical hookups. Excellent hike-bike trails lace the park and adjoining Forest Service lands.
Fort Robinson State ParkCrawford
This historic outpost served from the days of the Indian Wars until after World War II. This was the site of the 1879 Cheyenne Outbreak and the death of famed Sioux Chief Crazy Horse. Over the years, the fort served the Red Cloud Indian Agency, as a cavalry remount station, K-9 dog training center, POW camp and beef research station.
Fort Robinson MuseumCrawford
The museum at Fort Robinson is home to exhibits from the Red Cloud Agency (1874-77) through the housing of World War II German POW's (1943-46).
The Tertiary deposits near Fort Robinson are now world famous. For over one hundred years scientists from all over the world have collected geological data and fossil vertebrates in western Nebraska.
Box Butte Reservoir Attractions: Electrical and Primitive camping, water, boat ramp, fish cleaning station, unsupervised swimming, picnic tables, shelters, vault toilets, fishing and hiking.
Nebraska's second largest lake, Lewis & Clark draws its name from the Lewis & Clark Expedition, which camped nearby on their epic journey to explore the Louisiana Purchase.
North Loup State Recreation AreaDoniphan
North Loup offers camping, fishing, picnicking, and a playground.
Mormon emigrants heading westward used this area as a winter stopover. Offers modern camping facilities, restrooms, electrical hookups, a shower building and a laundromat.
DLD State Recreation AreaDoniphan
Offers picnicking and camping.
Offers picnicking, camping, swimming, a playground and a tennis court.
Excellent camping and water sports are hallmarks of this ever popular area. It is the heart of a complex of lakes on the Tri-County Canal south of I-80 between Lexington and Cozad. It provides fine outdoor recreation opportunities, especially when joined with its neighbors, Gallapher Canyon SRA, Elwood Reservoir WMA, Plum Creek and Phillips Canyon.
Offers good spring crappie fishing in the coves, as well as channel and flathead catfish. Drum and carp are common catches also. The area has a gravel boat ramp.
Rock Creek State Recreation Area is a 50-acre lake on Rock Creek with 54 acres of land. This area offers camping, hiking, boating, fishing and picnicking. There are non-designated campsites available.
Enders Reservoir SRA at Enders is a waterfowl refuge.
Deep ruts, carved by the many wagons that traveled the Oregon/California and Pony Express Trails, are plainly visible there. Visitors will find an excellent interpretive center, campground, picnic areas, and hiking and nature trails.
Rock Creek Station Recreation Area is a 40-acre campground adjacent to the Rock Creek Station State Historical Park.
Alexandria State Recreation AreaFairbury
Offers fishing, picnic shelters and campsites.
Summit Lake State Recreation AreaFort Calhoun
Offers boating, hiking, hunting, picnicking, trailer dump station and a swimming beach.
Pelican Point State Recreation AreaFort Calhoun
Offers camping and picniking.
Fort Atkinson State Historical ParkFort Calhoun
The first U.S. military post west of the Missouri River. The fort was important to the early fur trade, river traffic and Indian relations. Much of the historic outpost has been reconstructed, and interpretive work continues. Living history demonstrations are scheduled periodically during the summer.
The Genoa Indian School was the fourth non-reservation boarding institution established by the Office of Indian Affairs. The facility was open from 1884 - 1934. The students that came to the Genoa Indian school were from all over the United States and over 40 tribes. In time the school grew from the original 74 students to an enrollment of 599, and encompassed over 30 buildings on 640 acres.
Virtual field trip onlineScotts Bluff is a natural landmark which served as the path marker for those on the Oregon, California, Mormon, and Pony Express Trails. The website offers historical information about the monument for those who cannot visit in person.
Nature-Visitor Center. Facilities: Picnic tables, shelters, water, vault toilets, hiking trails and 30 non-pad campsites.
Oliver Reservoir State Recreation Area is a waterbased recreational facility. Facilities include a campground, two boat ramps and docks, swimming beach, change houses, drinking water, vault toilets, picnic tables, shelters, grills, lighting and parking lots.
Bridgeport State Recreation Area had its beginnings during the 1930s as a sand and gravel pumping operation. During the early part of World War II, gravel from Bridgeport was hauled to Alliance to build the concrete runways for the paratrooper base there.
Windmills on this area have all been restored to working order.
War Axe area offers boating, fishing and picnicking. Electric motor and non-powered boats can be used on the area's lake.
Cheyenne State Recreation AreaGrand Island
Offers fishing, camping and picnicking.
Agate is more than fossils - During the 1890s, scientists rediscovered what the Lakota Sioux already knew - bones preserved in one of the most complete Miocene mammal sites in the world. Yet, Agate is a landscape that reflects many players -- from early animals roaming the valleys and hills, to tribal nations calling the High Plains home, to explorers and ranchers passing through or settling in the American West.
Union Pacific offers boating, picnicking and fishing.
Sandy Channel offers primitive camping. While you're at Sandy Channel, you may see some of the local scuba divers enjoying the local underwater scenery.
Fort Kearny SRA offers electrical and primitive camp pads, showers, dump station, modern restrooms, water, picnic tables, grills, shelters, wheelchair-accessible fishing pier, nature trail, non power boating and hike-bike trail.
Built to protect Overland Trail travelers, Fort Kearny SHP near Kearney was a stage station, home station for the Pony Express, outfitting depot for Indian campaigns and home of the Pawnee Scouts. The stockade, parade grounds and blacksmith shop have been rebuilt.
Ash Hollow State Historical ParkLewellen
Ruts etched by west-bound wagons are visible on the bluffs at Windlass Hill. The history, archaeology and paleontology of the area are interpreted at the visitor center, Ash Hollow Cave and exhibits and structures.
A "Rails-to-Trails" project, the Cowboy Trail at completion will span 321 miles fro bikers, hikers and those who like to a leisurly stro.
Offers boating, fishing, picnicking and a swimming beach.
Offers boating, fishing and picnicking.
Offers boating, fishing, picnicking and a swimming beach.
Day use only. No facilities.
Pawnee State Recreation AreaLincoln
Offers camping, boating, fishing, picnicking and playgrounds.
Offers boating and fishing.
Offers camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking and wildlife viewing.
Conestoga is a Corps of Engineers flood control reservoir offering power boating, picnicking and fishing.
Offers great fishing.
This area only provides "walk-in" pedestrian river access. Day Use Only.
This museum houses world-class collections, first-class exhibitions, a virtual gallery, and experiences for all ages. Offering the largest publically held quilt collection in the world dating back to the early 1700s to the present and representing more than 25 countries. the educator link leads to lesson plans and an online quilt explorer.
The Education Department coordinates tours of the Nebraska History Museum, creates and distributes teacher resources.
Museum promotes Gallery Programs,Museum Kits,Planetarium Shows,Self-Guided tours, and much more!
Schramm Park State Recreation AreaLouisville
Tthe site of the state's first fish hatchery (1882), the old hatch house is now a fish management museum, and there is an interesting geologic display nearby.
Platte River State ParkLouisville
Offers camping, horse back riding, fishing and paddleboating.
Louisville State Recreation AreaLouisville
Offers a complex for Recreational Vehicles (RVs).
Sherman Reservoir offers camping, picnic tables and shelters, water, dump station, modern restrooms, vault toilets, 3 boat ramps, fish cleaning stations, coin-operated showers and concession.
Some of the finest fishing and hunting in the state are found at Red Willow, and the are has excellent facilities for camping and water-oriented recreation.
Cottonwood offers power boating, picnicking, swimming and a playground.
Bowring Ranch is a Hereford demonstration ranch. The visitor center interprets ranching, homesteading, geology, and wildlife in the area.
Home of Nebraska's only lighthouse and a federal waterfowl refuge.
Mormon Pioneer National Historic TrailNauvoo, IL to Salt Lake City, UT
70,000 Mormons, led by Brigham Young, traveled from Nauvoo, Illinois, to Salt Lake City, Utah between 1846 to 1869 in order to escape religious persecution.
Riverview Marina State Recreation AreaNebraska City
Offers electrical and primitive campsites with a shower house, camping, fishing and picnicking.
Arbor Lodge State Historical ParkNebraska City
This beautiful estate was home to J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day. Authentic furnishings and displays capture the life and times of this visionary man.
Niobrara State ParkNiobrara
Offers Cabins, camping from RVs to tents, picnicking, swimming, boat ramps, Missouri River raft tours, horseback trail rides, hiking, and fishing.
Sutherland Reservoir State Recreation AreaNorth Platte
Sutherland SRA is a 3,017-acre lake with 37 acres of land on three accesses. The area offers primitive camping, power boating, fishing and a swimming beach.
Lake Maloney State Recreation AreaNorth Platte
Popular with residents, this park offers campsites with electrical hookups, picnic tables, a dump station, picnic tables, water, boat ramps, swimming, vault toilets, fish cleaning stations and grills.
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical ParkNorth Platte
Home of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. Buffalo Bill Ranch SHP gives us a glimpse of the life and career of the famed Pony Express rider, Army scout and buffalo hunter turned showman.
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation AreaNorth Platte
Camping pads with electricity, primitive sites and a group picnic shelter are all available.
Fishing and paddling are the primary attractions at Lake Ogallala. The campground is a pay-for-use area with electricity, modern restrooms, hot showers and fire grates.
McConaughy has a Visitor/Water Interpretive Center. The center houses parks offices, aquariums and theater, with interactive displays that interpret the benefits of the Platte River and the High Plains Aquifer.
Offers camping, Picnic tables and shelters, fire grates, water, showers, modern restrooms, accessible fishing pier, archery field course, unsupervised swimming, two playgrounds and an 8-mile hiking/horseback trail around the lake. Seven rock jetties provide fishing access.
Ponca State ParkPonca
Designated under the Scenic River Act in 1978, this section of river gives visitors a glimpse of how the untamed river looked before modern man changed it forever.
Offers boat ramps, fish cleaning stations, private marina and concession, hiking, biking and dog and horse trails.
National Geographic has called it the Pompeii of prehistoric animals. Interpretive facilities, include a visitor center and rhino barn. Picnicking is available at Grove Lake WMA near Royal. Admission is charged in addition to the Park Entry Permit.
Offers camping, picnicking, fishing and non powered boating.
Verdon State Recreation AreaShubert
Offers camping and picnicking. Only electric boat motors are allowed on the lake.
Indian Cave State ParkShubert
Offers camping, hiking and backpacking, picnicking, nature and wilderness activities.
Offers boating, camping, picnicking, shelters, drinking water and latrines.
Old Spanish National Historic TrailSouthwestern US
Swanson SRA is the largest of four state recreation areas in Southwest Nebraska. Campers will find 62 pads with 30/50 amp electrical hookups, plus 150 non-pad sites. Other facilities: Showers, 2 dump stations, concession. Swanson Reservoir offers boaters and anglers 4,794 acres of crystal clear water at top conservation pool.
Niobrara National Scenic RiverValentine
Virtual field trip onlineThe Niobrara River drains over 12,000 square miles of the Sandhills, one of the largest stabilized dunefields in the world. Float on this river and be surprised at the pine-clad hills and prairie, numerous waterfalls, tall sandstone cliffs and wildlife.
Smith Falls State ParkValentine
View the state's highest waterfall. The area primarily serves day-use visitors, canoers on the Niobrara River and canoe campers.
Merritt Dam is a rolled-earth, filed structure. It is the first Bureau dam to have soil cement surfacing instead of traditional rock rip-rap protection.
Two Rivers State Recreation AreaWaterloo
Sleep in an authentic retired caboose or put-and-take trout fishing.
A Great American Riverway - The Missouri has a history like no other river. Explore the great waterway of American Indians, fur trappers, Lewis and Clark, and many others. Experience the dynamic character of the river's ever-changing nature. View the natural beauty of the "rec river" along 100 miles of the Nebraska-South Dakota border. Listen for the eerie screech of the majestic bald eagle or the splash of a trophy fish.