Platte River State Park

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Platte River State Park
Nebraska State Park
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Horses in Platte River State Park
Country  United States
State  Nebraska
County Cass
Location Louisville
 - elevation 1,109 ft (338 m) [1]
 - coordinates 40°59′20″N 96°13′01″W / 40.98889°N 96.21694°W / 40.98889; -96.21694Coordinates: 40°59′20″N 96°13′01″W / 40.98889°N 96.21694°W / 40.98889; -96.21694 [1]
Area 519 acres (210 ha) [2]
 - Water 4 acres (2 ha)
Established Unspecified
Management Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Location in Nebraska
Website: Platte River State Park

Platte River State Park is a public recreation area situated on the southern bluffs of the Platte River 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Louisville, Nebraska. The state park has a relatively steep, rolling topography compared to the surrounding region. The park consists of 519 acres (210 ha), much of it forested.[2]


The park was created from three formerly separate areas: Harriet Harding Campfire Girls Camp, Camp Esther K. Newman, and a woodland tract of 104 acres (42 ha). Vintage cabins from the earlier campgrounds are still in use.[3]

Activities and amenities[edit]

Two observation towers provide views of the Platte River valley; the taller rises 85 feet (26 m) above its base. The park has a swimming pool, tennis courts and 10 miles (16 km) of hiking trails. Guided trail rides are offered in summer. Jenny Newman Lake provides fishing opportunities for those under 16 years of age and their adult supervisors. Paddleboats are offered for rent. The park has a visitor center, an arts and crafts center, picnicking areas, and ballfield. A shooting range for rifles, trap, and archery was constructed in 2011.[2] The park offers tent camping, tepees, and cabins.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Platte River State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b c "Platte River State Park". Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Archived from the original on February 11, 2012. Retrieved July 29, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b "Platte River State Park". Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Retrieved January 10, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Winter view of the Platte River from observation tower in the park.