Platte River State Park is a state park of Nebraska, USA, situated on the southern bluffs above the Platte River. It is located 3mi west of Louisville, Nebraska, and midway between Omaha and Lincoln. The park has a relatively steep, rolling topography compared to the surrounding region. Combined from several different areas, the park consists of 418acre and most of it is forested. Two observation towers provide views of the Platte River valley, the taller of which rises 85ft above its base. The park is located near several other tourist attractions including Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, the Strategic Air and Space Museum, the Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, and several golf courses.RecreationThe park has a swimming pool and tennis courts, as well as 10mi of hiking trails. Guided trail rides are available daily during the summer. A small lake provides fishing opportunities for people 15 years old and under, and visitors can also rent paddleboats; however, private boats are not permitted on the lake. A small restaurant is open during the summer and there is also a rentable year-round facility which can accommodate up to 150 people. The park has a visitor center with several exhibits, and a free family friendly movie is provided at an outdoor amphitheater on Saturdays during the summer. An arts and crafts center has experts that teach basic leatherwork and ceramics. 135 picnic tables and over 80 grills are scattered throughout the park. There is also a ballfield. A shooting range for rifles, trap, and archery was constructed in 2011.Use our Louisville itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Platte River State Park and other attractions in Louisville.
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We stayed in one of the Owen cabins for 3 nights over Thanksgiving. The cabin was very clean and comfortable. The park was great! It had many trails and two lookouts to climb overlooking the Platte Ri... more »
We don't live far from the river so we see it quite often. It's a beautiful river with a nice park. Have not been camping there yet. more »
This was our very first visit to the Platte River State Park. We are avid campers & hikers and we have visited many State Parks in America in our lifetime. This park has a daily entrance fee of $5, or... more »
Platte River State Park has been an integral part of my life. My family has visited numerous times over the years to enjoy the trails and the amazing views. Over the past several years I have also rented out many cabins with friends that have provided many memories and fun times roaming the woods and enjoying nature. At night you can see a million stars. Being so in touch with nature and away from it all provides a very unique experience that has been enjoyed for years, and will be for many more to come. Without a doubt Platte River should be a stop for everyone, both during the day and then again at night.
A great place to go with your kids. They have outdoor movies during the summer. The state has a great kids summer education program taking place out of the area. Good bike trails with amazing views. Cozy little place to eat ice cream on the lake. You can rent paddle boats for a nominal fee and spineless they offer free canoeing.
Platte River State Park has many very positive aspects. Good food at the restaurant, TONS to do (horseback riding, paddle boats, free catch-and-release fishing for kids under 16, shooting range, swimming pool, crafts, nice walking trails), and a wide range of cabin options. Our cabin was at the most affordable end. This also meant it was very, very basic. No running water or bathroom. No air conditioning. Very worn and not especially clean. No railings on the upper bunk bed--and my 10 year-old rolled off 5 feet down onto the floor at 2 a.m. We will come again, but not to stay in these very rough "camper cabins." Sorry, not worth the $40/night charge.
Lots of great trails, the hike to the waterfall was easy, the trail was well marked. This is a good hike for beginners/ kids. Beautiful scenery! The marina is currently under construction (7/5/16) but it is lovely and large. There is fishing for kids under 15, catch and release. lots of fish! They also have paddle boats to rent, $8.00 for 30 mins.
We rented the Red Cedar cabins with family, including kids. We utilized some of the many hiking trails and a small fishing pond (for the kids, catch and release only). Breakfast buffet at the restaurant was good, and the tower next to the restaurant provided some great views. Friendly and laid back place for a nice weekend. Will go again.
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