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Platte River SP, NE

Photo: Platte River SP
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sat Apr 18 2015   Later Dates
 

Description

Attractions

Platte River State Park sits about half way between Omaha and Lincoln and offers year-round accommodations and recreational use. This park with its beautiful views of the Platte River offer a spectacular array of lodging with modern housekeeping cabins, camper cabins, teepees, group meeting facilities and activities. Located near Louisville, just off of I-80 at exit 426.

Near to the park there are several attractions. Nearby Attractions include Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Louisville State Recreation Area, the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium and Schramm Park, the Strategic Air and Space Museum, Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park, Quarry Oaks Golf Club and Iron Horse Golf Club.

Overnight Accommodations

Camper Cabins: Sixteen cabins have heat/air conditioning. There are 31 of these cabins, grouped around central shower-latrine buildings, with four to six units in a pod. Each cabin has a refrigerator, fire grate for outdoor cooking and a picnic table, and linens are provided. With costs held down, the visitor can enjoy the park complex on a small budget. Rent a Tepee: You can rent an actual tepee in the Pawnee tepee village. Each tepee accommodates 6 to 8 people. Some concession has been made to modern comfort, though, with wooden floors replacing the packed earth of the traditional dwelling.

Modern Cabins There are 21 housekeeping cabins, which have fully equipped kitchenettes among their more modern amenities. These cabins also have bathrooms, and linens are provided.

Meeting Facilities Hold your next meeting or next group gathering at Platte River State Park's Mallet Lodge. Mallet Lodge has a kitchen and a meeting capacity of 125 people. For those meetings that need Internet access, Mallet Lodge provides meeting guests with wireless Internet.

Restaurant

The Scott Lodge Restaurant at Platte River State Park provides guest with a beautiful view of the Platte River while they enjoy a buffalo burger or other menu items.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Admin Service, Copying/Faxing
  • Amphitheater
  • Archery
  • Area Attraction
  • Ball Field
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating, Jon (Paddle)
  • Cabins
  • Catering
  • Comfort Station
  • Dining
  • Dining (Seasonal)
  • Fire Rings
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Fishing
  • Fishing, PARK LAKE
  • Grills
  • Group Picnicking
  • Group/Community Facility
  • HORSEBACK RIDING
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Difficult
  • Hiking Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Horseback Riding (Guest must bring their horses)
  • Horseshoes
  • Information/Contact Station
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kiosk
  • LIFEGUARDS (SEASONAL)
  • Lodging Cabins
  • Lodging, Group Facilities
  • Lookout Tower
  • MAINTENANCE, HOUSEKEEPING
  • MEETING SPACE
  • Marina
  • Nature Study
  • Newspapers
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • PARK LAKE
  • Paddle Boating
  • Parking
  • Pay Telephone
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnicing
  • Playground
  • Propane
  • Rent Fishing Equipment
  • Rent Horses
  • Rent Patio Boat
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant (Seasonal)
  • Restrooms
  • Retail , Bait & Tackle
  • Retail, Drinks/Ice/Snack
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Seasonal Concessions
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • Retail,Supplies
  • River/Stream
  • Shelters
  • Showers
  • Sightseeing
  • Stargazing
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Telephone
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Trails, Hiking/Walking, Easy
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Trails, Mountain Bike
  • Viewing Platform/Overlk
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
  • Grocery Store
  • Maintenance,Vehicle
  • Town
Within 10 Miles
  • Antiquing
  • Art & Museum
  • Emergency Services.
  • Fish Hatchery
  • Golfing
  • Mall
  • Motel
  • Put-Put
  • Shopping
  • Winery Tours
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Airport
  • Car Rentals
  • Hospital
Alerts and Important Information

Park Office Hours: Cabin guests that have a late arrival, please make arrangements with the Office. Office phone number is (402)234-2217).

Memorial Day Weekend - Mid August
8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Mid August - Labor Day
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Rest of the Year
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily

Scott Lodge Restaurant Hours:
Memorial Day Weekend:
Saturday: 8AM - 2PM and 5PM - 8PM.
Sunday's and Holidays are: 8AM - 2PM (Buffet's Only)

We open daily on the first weekend in June - 2nd week in August.

Hours are:
Monday - Saturday: 8AM - 2PM & 5PM - 8PM
Sundays: 8AM - 2PM (Buffet's Only)

Beginning mid August - September we are open on the weekends only and the hours are:
Saturday: 8AM - 2PM and 5PM - 8PM.
Sunday and Holidays are: 8AM - 2PM (Buffet's Only)
Platte River trailrides will run through mid-October on weekends only (weather Permitting).

Getting There:

Driving from Lincoln, Take I-80 East to Exit 426. At Exit 426 turn south on Highway 66 approximately 7 miles to the park entrance.

Driving from the Omaha area we are approximately 15 miles south of I-80 and Highway 50. When you get to Highway 66 turn right and go 2 miles to the park entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Platte River SP
14421 346th St.
Louisville NE 68037-3001

Phone Number:

Project Office:(402)234-2217

Special Events:

    The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • Looking for fun activity for the whole family? Come and visit Platte River State Park's New Outdoor Heritage Education Complex, a family friendly activity center featuring shooting experiences for all ages. The focus is on safety experience for all ages. All of the ranges were created with everyone in mind, regardless of size, ability or skill level, as well as those who are looking for a fun and unique challenge.
    Hours: Weekends & Holidays: 10 AM - 4 PM
    Cost: Pellet Gun - $3 per person for 4 rounds of 12, Archery - $3 per person for ½ hour ($1 per person with personal equipment), Slingshot - $3 per bucket, Shotgun - $7 per person for 1 round of 25, $5 usage fee for own equipment and ammo for 25 targets, $2 added fee for Sporting Clay, $3 .22 Rimfire Rifle for 20 rounds.
    Age Limits Vary.
    Park Entry Permit is required for all vehicles entering the park area. from Apr 27 2013 to May 19 2013
  • Mother's Day Brunch Buffet
    Serving: 10 AM - 2 PM
    Location: Platte River State Park, 14421 346th Street, Louisville NE 68037
    Contact Information: Platte River State Park, (402) 234-2217, ngpc.platte.river@nebraska.gov
    Park Permit is required for all vehicles entering the park area. on May 12 2013
  • Pull on your boots and come join our wranglers on a ride through the hills of the park. Riders must be at least 5 years of age and no double riding is allowed.
    Hours: 9, 10 & 11 AM and 1, 2 & 3 PM Each Day
    Cost: $16.00/person
    Location: Platte River State Park, 14421 346th Street, Louisville NE 68037
    Contact Information: Platte River State Park, (402) 234-2217, ngpc.platte.river@nebraska.gov
    Park Permit is required for all vehicles entering the park area. from May 18 2013 to May 19 2013
  • Come out and join us at Platte River State Park on Free Fishing and Park Entry Day. There will be a free fishing clinic held at Owen Landing lake from 9 AM- 12 PM for children 12 and younger. Paddleboat rentals ($8.00) and trailrides ($16.00) will be available during the hours of 9AM - 3 PM. Outdoor Heritage Education Complex will be available from 10 AM - 4 PM.
    Location: Platte River State Park, 14421 346th Street, Louisville NE 68037 on May 18 2013
  • Walter Scott Lodge Restaurant - Full Service Restaurant serving breakfast and lunch each day.
    Open Weekends Only Beginning on Mother's Day
    Saturday Hours: 8 AM - 10:30 PM Lunch 11 AM - 2 PM Dinner 5 PM - 8 PM
    Sunday Hours: 8 AM - 10:30 PM (Buffet Only)
    Sunday Lunch: 11 AM - 2 PM (Buffet Only )
    Location: Platte River State Park, 14421 346th Street, Louisville NE 68037
    Contact Information: Platte River State Park, (402) 234-2217, ngpc.platte.river@nebraska.gov
    Park permit is required for all vehicles entering the park area. on May 19 2013
  • Stop down at Owen Landing, just off Jenny Newman Lake for a ride on a paddleboat. We have four seater paddleboats so bring your family, or bring some friends and have a ride on the lake.
    Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM Each Day
    Cost: $8.00 per ½ hour for up to 4 people.
    Location: Platte River State Park, 14421 346th Street, Louisville , NE 68037
    Contact Information: Platte River State Park, (402) 234-2217, ngpc.platte.river@nebraska.gov
    Park Permit is required for all vehicles entering the park area. from May 25 2013 to Aug 15 2013
  • Everyone's favorite summertime activity.
    Hours: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM Daily Weekends only beginning August 12th - September 2nd
    Cost: $4.00 for adults - $3.00 for children (3-12) - Children under 3 are free.
    Season Passes: Family - $120.00, Adult Only - $65.00 (13 & Above), Child Only - $45.00
    Location: Platte River State Park, 14421 346th Street, Louisville NE 68037
    Contact Information: Platte River State Park, (402) 234-2217, ngpc.platte.river@nebraska.gov
    Park Permit is required for all vehicles entering the park area. Certified guards are on duty at all times. from May 25 2013 to Aug 11 2013
  • Walter Scott Lodge Restaurant - Full Service Restaurant serving breakfast and lunch each day.
    Closed Mondays
    Tuesday - Friday: Breakfast 8 AM - 10:30 PM Lunch 11 AM - 2 PM - Closed Evenings
    Saturday Hours: Breakfast 8 AM - 10:30 PM Lunch 11 AM - 2 PM Dinner 5 PM - 8 PM
    Sunday Hours: 8 AM - 10:30 PM (Breakfast Buffet Only)
    Sunday Lunch: 11 AM - 2 PM (Lunch Buffet Only )
    Location: Platte River State Park, 14421 346th Street, Louisville NE 68037
    Contact Information: Platte River State Park, (402) 234-2217, ngpc.platte.river@nebraska.gov
    Park Permit is required for all vehicles entering the park area. from May 25 2013 to Aug 18 2013
  • Looking for fun activity for the whole family? Come and visit Platte River State Park's New Outdoor Heritage Education Complex, a family friendly activity center featuring shooting experiences for all ages. The focus is on safety experience for all ages. All of the ranges were created with everyone in mind, regardless of size, ability or skill level, as well as those who are looking for a fun and unique challenge.
    Hours: Monday- Wednesday- Friday 12 PM - 6 PM, Tuesday& Thursday 4 PM - 8 PM
    Weekends & Holidays: 10 AM - 5 PM
    Cost: Pellet Gun - $3 per person for 4 rounds of 12, Archery - $3 per person for ½ hour ($1 per person with personal equipment), Slingshot - $3 per bucket, Shotgun - $7 per person for 1 round of 25, $5 usage fee for own equipment and ammo for 25 targets, $2 added fee for Sporting Clay, $3 .22 Rimfire Rifle for 20 rounds.
    Age Limits Vary.
    Park Entry Permit is required for all vehicles entering the park area. from May 25 2013 to Sep 02 2013
  • Pull on your boots and come join our wranglers on a ride through the hills of the park. Riders must be at least 5 years of age and no double riding is allowed.
    Hours: 9, 10 & 11 AM and 1, 2 & 3 PM Each Day
    After middle of August - Labor Day, check with park office on weekday schedule.
    Cost: $16.00/person
    Location: Platte River State Park, 14421 346th Street, Louisville NE 68037
    Contact Information: Platte River State Park, (402) 234-2217, ngpc.platte.river@nebraska.gov
    Park Permit is required for all vehicles entering the park area. from May 25 2013 to Aug 18 2013
  • Come visit us at the Craft Center and create your own park souvenir. You may choose to work with ceramics, leather or beads. There is a fee for the materials only, the expert advise from our crafty gals is free!
    Hours: 10 AM - 3 PM
    Cost: Varies (Range from $3.00 - $15.00)
    Location: Platte River State Park, 14421 346th Street, Louisville , NE 68037
    Contact Information: Platte River State Park, (402) 234-2217, ngpc.platte.river@nebraska.gov
    Park Permit is required for all vehicles entering the park area. from May 25 2013 to Aug 15 2013
  • Stop down at Owen Landing, just off Jenny Newman Lake for a ride on a paddleboat. We have four seater paddleboats so bring your family, or bring some friends and have a ride on the lake.
    Weekends Only from 08/17/2013 through 09/29/2013
    Hours: 10 AM - 6 PM
    Cost: $8.00 per ½ hour for up to 4 people.
    Location: Platte River State Park, 14421 346th Street, Louisville , NE 68037
    Contact Information: Platte River State Park, (402) 234-2217, ngpc.platte.river@nebraska.gov
    Park Permit is required for all vehicles entering the park area. from Aug 17 2013 to Sep 29 2013
  • Come visit us at the Craft Center and create your own park souvenir. You may choose to work with ceramics, leather or beads. There is a fee for the materials only, the expert advise from our crafty gals is free!
    Weekends Only
    Hours: 10 AM - 3 PM
    Cost: Varies (Range from $3.00 - $15.00)
    Location: Platte River State Park, 14421 346th Street, Louisville , NE 68037
    Contact Information: Platte River State Park, (402) 234-2217, ngpc.platte.river@nebraska.gov
    Park Permit is required for all vehicles entering the park area. from Aug 17 2013 to Sep 02 2013
  • Walter Scott Lodge Restaurant - Full Service Restaurant serving breakfast and lunch each day.
    Open Weekends & Holidays Only
    Saturday Hours: Breakfast 8 AM - 10:30 PM Lunch 11 AM - 2 PM Dinner 5 PM - 8 PM
    Sunday Hours: 8 AM - 10:30 PM (Breakfast Buffet Only)
    Sunday Lunch: 11 AM - 2 PM (Lunch Buffet Only )
    Location: Platte River State Park, 14421 346th Street, Louisville NE 68037
    Contact Information: Platte River State Park, (402) 234-2217, ngpc.platte.river@nebraska.gov
    Park Permit is required for all vehicles entering the park area. from Aug 19 2013 to Sep 29 2013
  • Pull on your boots and come join our wranglers on a ride through the hills of the park. Riders must be at least 5 years of age and no double riding is allowed.
    Hours: 9, 10 & 11 AM and 1, 2 & 3 PM - Weekends Only
    Cost: $16.00/person
    Location: Platte River State Park, 14421 346th Street, Louisville NE 68037
    Contact Information: Platte River State Park, (402) 234-2217, ngpc.platte.river@nebraska.gov
    Park Permit is required for all vehicles entering the park area. from Aug 19 2013 to Oct 13 2013
  • Looking for fun activity for the whole family? Come and visit Platte River State Park's New Outdoor Heritage Education Complex, a family friendly activity center featuring shooting experiences for all ages. The focus is on safety experience for all ages. All of the ranges were created with everyone in mind, regardless of size, ability or skill level, as well as those who are looking for a fun and unique challenge.
    Hours: Weekends & Holidays: 10 am - 4 pm
    Cost: Pellet Gun - $3 per person for 4 rounds of 12, Archery - $3 per person for ½ hour ($1 per person with personal equipment), Slingshot - $3 per bucket, Shotgun - $7 per person for 1 round of 25, $5 usage fee for own equipment and ammo for 25 targets, $2 added fee for Sporting Clay, $3 .22 Rimfire Rifle for 20 rounds.
    Age Limits Vary
    Park Entry Permit is required for all vehicles entering the park area. from Sep 03 2013 to Oct 12 2013