Louisville State Recreation Area

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Louisville State Recreation Area

Nebraska

(402) 234-6855

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Overview

The scenic Louisville State Recreation Area has long been popular with eastern Nebraska outdoor enthusiasts and has now become an important adjunct to nearby Platte River State Park. The area boasts an excellent complex for Recreational Vehicles (RVs).

The area is situated on the south bank of the Plate River in Cass County, near the north edge of the community of Louisville on Nebraska Highway 50. It is ideally located for campers who want to enjoy not only this picturesque area itself, but also take advantage of the facilities at Platte River State Park.

Encompassing some 192 acres, Louisville has five sandpit lakes with some 50 surface acres of water. Surrounded by towering cottonwood trees, this inviting area offers picnicking, swimming, fishing, non-power boating, and canoe access to the Platte River in addition to camping. Anglers will find bass, catfish and bluegill in all of the lakes. Non-powered boats and those powered only by electric motors are permitted on any of the five lakes, anywhere but the swimming area, which is off limits to boats.

Map of Louisville State Rec. Area (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.026175, -96.251246

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Activities

  • Boating

    Encompassing some 192 acres, Louisville has five sandpit lakes with some 50 surface acres of water. Surrounded by towering cottonwood trees, this inviting area offers picnicking, swimming, fishing, non-power boating, and canoe access to the Platte River in addition to camping. Anglers will find bass, catfish and bluegill in all of the lakes. Non-powered boats and those powered only by electric motors are permitted on any of the five lakes, anywhere but the swimming area, which is off limits to boats.

  • Bicycling

    The recreation area offers two miles of mountain bike trails.

  • Camping

    Louisville State Recreation Area is situated on the south bank of the Plate River in Cass County, near the north edge of the community of Louisville on Nebraska 50. It is ideally located for campers who want to enjoy not only this picturesque area itself, but also take advantage of the facilities at Platte River State Park. Newly upgraded camping facilities include showers and restrooms and 223 all-weather camping pads, complete with electrical hookups, in the A.C. Nelsen Campground. Campers will find another 13 all-weather pads without electricity. The area can handle yet another 75 units on primitive, non-designated sites. As a convenience for those with self-contained rigs, there is also a trailer dump station on the area.

    All campers must register. Reservations are accepted. Reservations are taken for 50% of the modern camping at Louisville SRA.

  • Fishing

    Encompassing some 192 acres, Louisville has five sandpit lakes with some 50 surface acres of water. Anglers will find bass, catfish and bluegill in all of the lakes. Non-powered boats and those powered only by electric motors are permitted on any of the five lakes.

  • Hiking

    Hikers particularly can absorb nature's bounty as they roam the area. Autumn with its blaze of color creates a special atmosphere for the off-season camper. The area offers two miles of hiking trail.

  • Picnicking

    Louisville has the amenities of any well-equipped recreation area -- picnic tables, firegrates or grills, drinking water, modern restrooms, showers and even a playground for the youngsters. Five shelters, including one with electricity, can be found at the area.

  • RVing

    The recreation area's newly upgraded camping facilities include showers and restrooms and 223 all-weather camping pads, complete with electrical hookups, in the A.C. Nelsen Campground. Campers will find another 13 all-weather pads without electricity. The area can handle yet another 75 units on primitive, non-designated sites. As a convenience for those with self-contained rigs, there is also a trailer dump station on the area.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is available at the designated beach area on Lake No. 2. Change houses are conveniently located near the beach.

  • Winter Sports

    When the weather turns cold and the snow flies, cross-country skiers are welcome any time the snow is deep enough.

Directions

Driving

From Omaha, take exit 440 from I-80 south on Hwy 50 to one block south of Main Street Louisville and turn right into the park. From Lincoln, take Exit 426 from I-80. Go east on Hwy 66 to Hwy 50, then left on on Hwy 50 or north two miles. Turn left into the Park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(402) 234-6855

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