List of Nebraska state parks

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Nebraska State Parks (Hover mouse over pog to popup clickable link)

This is a list of state parks in the U.S. state of Nebraska; the state park system is divided into state parks, state historical parks, state recreation areas and a state recreational trail. The parks are managed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

U.S. state constituent political entity of the United States

In the United States, a state is a constituent political entity, of which there are currently 50. Bound together in a political union, each state holds governmental jurisdiction over a separate and defined geographic territory and shares its sovereignty with the federal government. Due to this shared sovereignty, Americans are citizens both of the federal republic and of the state in which they reside. State citizenship and residency are flexible, and no government approval is required to move between states, except for persons restricted by certain types of court orders.

Nebraska U.S. state in the United States

Nebraska is a state that lies in both the Great Plains and the Midwestern United States. It is bordered by South Dakota to the north; Iowa to the east and Missouri to the southeast, both across the Missouri River; Kansas to the south; Colorado to the southwest; and Wyoming to the west. It is the only triply landlocked U.S. state.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) is the State of Nebraska's State agency charged with stewardship of the state's fish, wildlife, state park, and outdoor recreation resources. The agency is led by a governor-appointed member commission consisting of 9 commissioners which directs agency management. The commission is also charged with issuing of state hunting licenses, fishing licenses, and boat registrations. The agency also manages State Parks and recreation areas throughout the state. It conducts public education programs for hunting and boating safety. The agency is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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State parks

Name  County  SizeImage  Notes  
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Chadron State Park Dawes 973 acres394 ha Chadron State Park.jpg Nebraska's oldest state park
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Cass 690 acres280 ha Platte River.jpg Multiple recreational and meeting facilities, fronted by the Platte River
Fort Robinson State Park Dawes,
Sioux
22,673 acres9,175 ha Fort Robinson Comanche Hall from W.jpg Former U.S. Army fort
Indian Cave State Park Nemaha,
Richardson
3,052 acres1,235 ha Indian Cave State Park.jpg Petroglyphs; restored village of St. Deroin
Niobrara State Park Knox 1,640 acres660 ha Niobrara State Park bridge E end.JPG

Includes the historic Niobrara River railroad bridge

Platte River State Park Cass 519 acres210 ha Tower Platte River.jpg Modern observation towers, vintage cabins from earlier campgrounds
Ponca State Park Dixon 2,400 acres970 haOn the banks of the Missouri River
Smith Falls State Park Cherry 252 acres102 ha SmithFallsNE.jpg Nebraska's highest waterfall

State historical parks

Name  County  SizeImage  Notes  
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Arbor Lodge State Historical Park Otoe 973 acres394 ha Arbor Lodge 2008 3.jpg Estate of J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day.
Ash Hollow State Historical Park Garden 1,001 acres405 ha Ash Hollow P7170172 Valley of North Platte.jpg Major stopover on the Overland Trail
Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park Antelope 360 acres150 ha Ashfall Fossil Beds - 1978-79 quarry.JPG Fossil remains at a 12-million-year-old watering hole
Bowring Ranch State Historical Park Cherry 235 acres95 haHereford demonstration ranch donated by former U.S. Senator Eve Bowring
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park Lincoln 25 acres10 ha Scouts Rest NE.JPG Home of the famed frontier showman
Fort Atkinson State Historical Park Washington 157 acres64 ha Powder magazine Fort Atkinson.jpg Reconstruction of the first U.S. military post west of the Missouri River
Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park Valley 18 acres7.3 ha Fort Hartsuff compound 4.JPG Typical infantry outpost of the 19th century Plains
Fort Kearny State Historical Park Buffalo 80 acres32 ha Reconstructed Blacksmith shop made of sod.jpg Partial reconstruction of fort that protected travelers of the Overland Trail
Rock Creek Station State Historical Park Jefferson 350 acres140 ha Rock Creek Station SHP East Ranch 2.JPG Partially reconstructed stagecoach and Pony Express station

State recreation areas

Bluestem State Recreation Area

Bluestem State Recreation Area (SRA) is a state park in southeastern Nebraska, United States. The recreation area is located on the 325-acre Bluestem Reservoir, approximately 2.5 miles (4.0 km) west of Sprague, or about 18 miles (29 km) south of Lincoln - the State Capitol. The recreation area is managed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The area is popular for boating, fishing, camping, and swimming. The reservoir is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, walleye and crappies. There are 19 primitive campsites.

Box Butte Reservoir State Recreation Area park in the United States of America

Box Butte Reservoir State Recreation Area (SRA) is a state park in northwestern Nebraska, United States. The recreation area is located on the 1,600 acre Box Butte Reservoir, a reservoir on the Niobrara River, approximately 9.5 miles (15.3 km) north of Hemingford, or about 31 miles (50 km) southeast of Crawford. The recreation area is managed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. There are camping, fishing, swimming, and other recreational opportunities available.

Branched Oak State Recreation Area recreation area in Nebraska, United States of America

Branched Oak State Recreation Area (SRA) is a Nebraska state recreation area located 2.5 miles north of Malcolm, Nebraska in Lancaster County. The lake is the largest of the Salt Valley Lakes with 1,800 acres (7 km2) of water in a 5,595-acre (23 km2) park.

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Curecanti National Recreation Area

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Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) is the largest electric utility in the state of Nebraska, serving all or parts of 91 counties. It was formed on January 1, 1970, when Consumers Public Power District, Platte Valley Public Power and Irrigation District (PVPPID) and Nebraska Public Power System merged to become Nebraska Public Power District. NPPD's predecessors were created through the efforts of the Nebraska legislature and financial agent Guy L. Myers as part of a system where all the investor-owned utilities operating in the state of Nebraska were condemned and their properties turned over to 'public power districts' being created at the time. NPPD is a public corporation and political subdivision of the state of Nebraska. The utility is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors, who are popularly elected from NPPD's chartered territory.

Rock Creek Station

Rock Creek Station was a stagecoach and Pony Express station in southeastern Nebraska, three miles northeast of the present-day village of Endicott. The site is preserved as Rock Creek Station State Historical Park.

Lahontan State Recreation Area

Lahontan State Recreation Area is a public recreation area surrounding Lake Lahontan, an impoundment of the Carson River, located approximately 18 miles (29 km) west of Fallon, Nevada. The reservoir is nearly 17 miles (27 km) long and features 69 miles (111 km) of shoreline and 10,000 acres (4,000 ha) of water when full. Most of the park lies below 4,000 feet (1,200 m) in elevation and is dominated by high desert sagebrush, cottonwoods and willow trees. These plant species can be found along the shore of the lake. Primary access points to the park are along U.S. Route 50 near the Lahontan Dam and off U.S. Route 95 in the town of Silver Springs. A corridor known as Carson River Ranches connects Lahontan with Fort Churchill State Historic Park.

Cowboy Trail

The Cowboy Trail is a rail trail in northern Nebraska. It is a multi-use recreational trail suitable for bicycling, walking and horseback riding. It occupies an abandoned Chicago and North Western Railway corridor. When complete, the trail will run from Chadron to Norfolk, a length of 321 miles (517 km), making it the longest rails-to-trails conversion in the United States. It is Nebraska's first state recreational trail. The trail runs across the Outback area of Nebraska.

Lewis and Clark Lake

Lewis and Clark Lake is a 31,400 acre (130 km²) reservoir located on the border of the U.S. States of Nebraska and South Dakota on the Missouri River. The lake is approximately 25 miles (40 km) in length with over 90 miles (140 km) of shoreline and a maximum water depth of 45 feet (14 m). The lake is impounded by Gavins Point Dam and is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District.

Missouri National Recreational River protected area

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Lake Natoma lake in the western United States

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Lake Red Rock (Des Moines River)

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Crooked River (Oregon) tributary of the Deschutes River in the U.S. state of Oregon

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Frenchman Creek (Republican River tributary) river in the United States of America

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Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area (Nebraska)

Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area (SRA) is an 864-acre State Recreation Area located on the southern shore of Lewis and Clark Lake, in northeastern Nebraska. The recreation area is located in Knox County, approximately 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Crofton. The recreation area is managed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Willow Creek State Recreation Area (Nebraska)

Willow Creek State Recreation Area (SRA) is a state park in northeastern Nebraska, United States. The recreation area is located on the 700 acre Willow Creek Reservoir, approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Pierce, or about 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Norfolk. The recreation area is managed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area

Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area (SRA) is a state recreation area in southwestern Nebraska, United States. The recreation area surrounds the Enders Reservoir, a reservoir on Frenchman's Creek, approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Enders, or about 7.5 miles (12.1 km) southeast of Imperial. The recreation area is managed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. There are camping, fishing, swimming, and other recreational opportunities available.

Medicine Creek State Recreation Area

Medicine Creek State Recreation Area (SRA) is a state recreation area in southern Nebraska, United States. The recreation area surrounds the 1,768-acre Medicine Creek Reservoir also known as Harry Strunk Lake, a reservoir on Medicine Creek. The recreation area is managed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. There are camping, fishing, swimming, and other recreational opportunities available.