Niobrara State Park

With 1,234 acres, it has more than 12 miles of hiking trails and a two-mile hike-bike trail that follows an old railroad grade and which crosses the Niobrara on a vintage iron truss bridge. Ferry Landing located two miles downstream close to Standing Bear Bridge.

The park offers guided horseback rides, playground equipment and a swimming pool, and hosts seasonal bison stew cookouts. This is part of the Missouri National Recreational River, a portion of the Missouri that has not been dredged and straightened for barge traffic, and which still resembles the wild river that Native Americans and explorers like Lewis and Clark would have known.

Tent camping and cabins overlooking the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers. 35 tents, 76 trailers, 19 cabins

Summer Office hours 8am to 6:30 pm

At junction of the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers, one mile west of town on Highway 12 | Niobrara, NE | 402-857-3373

Willow Creek State Recreation Area

A 1,633-acre area with a 700-acre lake. The area has a swimming beach, two playgrounds, an eight-mile hiking/horseback trail around the lake and seven rock jetties. 7 fishing piers, waterskiing, windsurfing, shotgun hunting, shelters and trails. 18 tents, 101 trailers, $11-$15.
2 miles Southwest | Pierce, NE | (402) 329-4053

Sioux Strip Wildlife Management Area

Has three interrupted tracts totaling 25 acres.
Three miles southeast of Randolph, NE

Grove Lake Wildlife Management Area & Grove Lake Trout Rearing Station

Has access to Nebraska’s only coldwater trout stream, Verdigris Creek. The 2,000-acre area is mainly rolling grassland and mixed trees. The Trout Rearing Station boasts more than 200,000 fish yearly and is adjacent to the wildlife area.
Two miles north of Royal, NE | 402-893-5468

Whitetail Wildlife Management Area

216 acres along the Platte River, of which 93 are bottomland forest and 123 are islands and river.
Go a half mile west of town on Highway 30, then three miles south on a county road | Schuyler, NE

Beaver Bend Wildlife Management Area

A 27-acre wooded area along Beaver Creek
It is a half-mile northwest of St. Edward, NE

Scenic Park

A 115-site campground with spacious, shaded sites along the riverfront. 8 tents, 115 trailers, $15-$29 (full and basic hookups), outdoor pool, tennis courts, playground, shelters for rent and Missouri River Boat Ramp. Scenic Park is located on the Missouri River near the Riverview Ball Complex, Dible Soccer Complex, scenic trails (which connect to the Siouxland Trails System) and the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA. The park has newly built cabins available; and, since it is located along the Missouri River, fishing for buffalo, carp, crappie, channel and flathead catfish, pike and walleye can be done on the banks.
1021 E. 6th St. | South Sioux City, NE | (402) 494-7531

Maskenthine Reservoir

A 98-acre lake with camping (7 tents, 33 trailers, $5-$14), swimming, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, hunting and boating. Boats are limited to 5 mph.  Anglers catch largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, pike, walleye and northern pike. There is a wheelchair accessible fishing pier. Winter sports include skating and short-slope skiing.
Two miles northwest of Stanton, NE |(402) 371-7313 |

Summit Lake State Recreation Area

Offers boating, hiking, hunting, picnicking and camping on 535 acres. Wildlife includes pheasant, quail, rabbit, squirrel and waterfowl. The 190-acre reservoir has been developed for fishing and offers largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish and walleye. Boats are limited to 5 mph. The lake also has a swimming beach. Campers will find 30 camper pads all with electrical hookups.   The area is open year-round. A state park permit is required. Summit Lake is three miles west of town on Highway 32, then 1½ miles south.
Summit Lake is three miles west of town on Highway 32, then 1½ miles south | Tekamah, NE | 402-374-1727

Bohemia Prairie Wildlife Management Area

680 acres are mostly prairie, though partly wooded and with two ponds.
Located five miles north and four miles west of town. | Verdigre, NE