Schramm Park State Recreation Area

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Schramm Park State Recreation Area

Nebraska

(402) 234-6855

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Overview

Located about six miles south of I-80 exit 432, 330-acre Schramm Park SRA is another picturesque area of the Platte River and is home to the exceptional Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium. Also the site of the state's first fish hatchery (1882), the old hatch house is now a fish management museum, and there is an interesting geologic display nearby. Long a popular picnic spot, Schramm has much to offer visitors. After viewing the aquarium exhibits, you can take in the other attractions at the area. The rolling hills of the Platte Valley create a marvelous natural setting for the facility. Wild flowers are rampant in the spring and summer, and you can stroll a 3-mile nature trail.

Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium houses 12 viewing tanks with intriguing displays of native and introduced fish species. Films and slide programs are shown in the theater, and there is a large terrarium.

In 1879, the Nebraska Board of Fish Commissioners contracted with the Santee Hatchery to raise trout and salmon. Three years later, the agency purchased that facility for $81,200. The 54-acre tract became the Gretna Fish Hatchery, the state's first fish hatchery and recreational area. It included the hatchery and adjoining woodlands. The original hatch house was replaced in 1914 at a cost of $4,000. That building still stands. It operated as a hatchery and/or fish-holding facility until phased out in 1974, because of a lack of necessary water.

Although there's no camping at Schramm, you can pitch a tent or park a rig at nearby Louisville State Recreation Area, about five miles east and south across the Platte River.

Map of Schramm Park State Rec. Area (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.026175, -96.251246

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    The area contains three miles of mountain bike trails.

  • Hiking

    There is a three-mile nature hiking trail divided into to 1.5-mile segments.

  • Historic Sites

    Schramm Park is the site of the state's first fish hatchery (1882), the old hatch house is now a fish management museum, and there is an interesting geologic display nearby.

    Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium houses 12 viewing tanks with intriguing displays of native and introduced fish species. Films and slide programs are shown in the theater, and there is a large terrarium.

  • Picnicking

    The picnic areas offer spectacular views of the countryside. Forty-four picnic tables, 21 grills, and 10 shelters ensure an enjoyable picnicking experience.

Seasonality/Weather

Aquarium hours vary by season. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In winter the aquarium is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays. In fall and spring, it is closed on Tuesdays and Thanksgiving.

Park Partners

Friends of the Aquarium

Directions

Driving

Schramm Park is located on Hwy. 31. From Interstate 80 between Omaha and Lincoln, take exit 432 and travel south approximately three miles.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(402) 234-6855

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