Windmill SRA, NE

Windmill State Recreation Area is one of two highly developed areas operated by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in the state's unique "chain of lakes" along Interstate 80. Situated at the Gibbon Interchange, between Kearney and Grand Island, It was once a stopping...
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Modern camping facilities are open (depending on weather conditions) beginning in May and normally through mid October. Camping is available year-round, including campsites with electricity. When modern facilities are closed, a winter rate camping fee is charged. There are picnic facilities, shelter houses and restrooms. Swimming is allowed only at the marked swimming beach. Change houses are provided.

Non Licensed motorized vehicles are not allowed in the areas.

Only one camping unit is allowed per campsite. An extra tent may be used for dependant children only. Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Generators may not be operated during these hours. Pets are allowed, but they must be kept on a leash that is no longer than 6 feet. Campers staying over must re-register by 2 p.m. Check in time is 4 p.m. and check out time is 2 p.m. Campers must vacate their campsite no later than 2:00 p.m. on the date the camping reservation or registration expires. All persons entering the campground must be registered. Upon arrival, campers MUST have their camping equipment and be prepared to set up.

When a reservation is made one year to the date in advance, the arrival date must remain the same within that reservation. No cancellation of that arrival date is allowed.

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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 60 Pull-Through
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 40
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 60 Pull-Through
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 40
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 63 Pull-Through
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 40
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 55 Pull-Through
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 40
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 65 Pull-Through
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 70
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 40
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 60 Pull-Through
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 35
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 65 Pull-Through
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 40
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 65 Pull-Through
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 40
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 70 Pull-Through
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 40
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 70 Pull-Through
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 80 Pull-Through
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 40
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 80 Pull-Through
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 40
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Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Windmill Campground STANDARD 8 80 Pull-Through
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Description

Windmill State Recreation Area is one of two highly developed areas operated by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in the state's unique "chain of lakes" along Interstate 80.

Situated at the Gibbon Interchange, between Kearney and Grand Island, It was once a stopping spot for early-day travelers. It still serves travelers today with modern camping facilities, several man-made lakes, and a fascinating assortment of antique windmills.

It draws its name from the locale, Windmill Crossing, where the Pawnee Indians forded the Platte River during their annual buffalo hunts. The old-time windmills that add so much to the character of the area were acquired in the early 1970's. They have all been restored to working order.


Attractions

Windmill is a 154 acre area with 14 acres in 6 ponds. Located conveniently off of I-80 at the Gibbon Interchange, Exit 285. It has an improved campground with electrical hook-ups and a modern shower/latrine building with laundry facilities available. Primitive tent camping, swimming beach, picnicking is also available.

Booking Window
Fri Sep 19 2014 - Wed Sep 16 2015

Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Thu May 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
Walk In Sat Nov 01 2014 Thu Apr 30 2015
Peak Fri May 01 2015 Sat Oct 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Bird Watching
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing, PARK LAKE
  • Grills
  • Handicap Access
  • Kayaking
  • Kiosk
  • Laundry
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • PARK LAKE
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • SWIMMING, PARK LAKE
  • Showers
  • Stargazing
  • Sunbathing
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Retail, Drinks/Ice/Snack
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Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $7.00 non-refundable on-line reservation fee will be charged for each reservation.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard

Cancellation Policy
All cancellation requests must be submitted by mail, fax or e-mail to the park where the reservation is held.

A non-refundable fee of $5.00 will be charged for any reservation cancellation. Additional late cancellation fee may apply to cancellations less than 30 days prior to the scheduled arrival date, depending on your reservation

Please read the Fee and Cancellation Policy for more information


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
STANDARD $18.00-$20.00
Walk In Season
Nov 01 2014 -
Apr 30 2015
STANDARD $13.00-$15.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Oct 31 2015
STANDARD $20.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There

From Gibbon, NE: 3 miles south, or Windmill SRA is located at the Gibbon I-80 Interchange #285.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Windmill SRA
PO Box 427
Gibbon  NE  68840-0427

Phone Number:

Project Office: (308) 468-5700
Additional Information