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Windmill SRA, NE

Photo: Windmill SRA
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Mon Apr 20 2015   Later Dates


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.


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.

Services & 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
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Stargazing
  • Sunbathing
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Retail, Drinks/Ice/Snack
Alerts and Important Information

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.

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