Rockford State Recreation Area

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Rockford State Recreation Area


(402) 796-2362

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Rockford SRA offers shady primitive campsites and campsites with electricity around a 150-acre lake. The area offers boating, fishing, picnicking and a swimming beach. This 436-acre recreation area is located near the town of Beatrice in Gage County.

Camping at Rockford SRA consists of both primitive tent camping and campsites with electrical hookups.

Homestead National Monument is nearby. The Homestead National Monument was set aside in 1936 to commemorate one of the first documented Nebraska homesteads. It also stands as a tribute to the courage and tenacity of the waves of American landseekers and European immigrants who ventured west in the late 19th century to take up the demanding life of the prairie farmer. The National Monument includes the original Homestead Act land claim of Daniel and Agnes Freeman. In addition to the Park's visitor center, you'll find a historic log cabin typical of those in eastern Nebraska, the original Freeman school and trails that wind through the restored tallgrass prairie.

Map of Rockford State Rec. Area (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.484032, -96.004021



  • Boating

    All types of boats and motors are allowed in the recreation area. Boaters may take advantage of a ramp and dock.

  • Camping

    Camping at Rockford SRA includes both primitive tent camping and campsites with pads and electrical hookups. There are 30 camping pads with electrical hookups, two camping pads without electricity, and 75 non-pad sites without electricity.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is available in the 150-acre lake surrounded by the Rockford SRA.

  • Hiking

    The area contains one mile of hiking trail.

  • Picnicking

    The Rockford State Recreational Area contains 90 picnic tables, 88 grills and two shelters (without electricity).

  • RVing

    There are no modern restrooms, showers or dump station, but the area does include 30 camping pads with electrical hookups.

  • Water Sports

    The recreation area has a beach for visitors to enjoy.



From Beatrice, NE go approximately seven miles east on HWY 136 to S. 94th Rd (Rockford Turnoff). Continue approximately two miles south to reach the northwest corner of the area and follow the black top road to the east side of the lake.

Phone Numbers


(402) 796-2362