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Louisville State Recreation Area

 
Park Snapshot

.5 NW of Louisville
192 acres (50 water)

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Contact Information:
Louisville SRA
15810 Hwy. 50
Louisville,  NE  68037-2880
Phone: (402) 234-6855

Summary

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.

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

Louisville has the amenities of any well-equipped recreation area — picnic tables, firegrates, drinking water, modern restrooms, showers and even a playground for the youngsters.

Hikers particularly can absorb nature's bounty as they roam the area. And, autumn with its blaze of color creates a special atmosphere for the off-season camper. When the weather turns cold and the snow flies, cross-country skiers are welcome any time the snow is deep enough.

Overnight Accomodations
Camping Facilities:
223 camping pads with electrical hookups*
13 camping pads without electricity
47 non-pad sites without electricity
*20/30/50-amp. 1-year advance reservable campsites

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 Nebr. 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 some 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. Reservations are taken up to 1 year in advance of arrival day. Year to date reservations begin at 9 .m. CT, by phone, in person or over the Internet.



Camping: Yes

Water: Yes
Modern Restroom: Yes
Dump Station: Yes
Showers: Yes
Laundry: No

Lodging: No

Cabins: 0
Rooms: 0
Dorms: 0
Food Service: No

Trails: Yes

Hiking: 2 miles
M. Bike: 2 miles
Horse: 0 miles
Trail Rides: No
Allow Horses: No

Picnicking: Yes

Picnic Tables: 385
Grills: 276
Shelters: 5
Shelters w/ elec.: 1

Boating: Yes

Types: Electric motor, non-powered
Ramps: 0
Docks: 0
Fuel Avail.: No
Boat Rental: No
River Access: Yes

Fishing: Yes

Cleaning Stations: 0

Swimming: Yes

Pools: 0
Beaches: 1

Concessions: Yes

Louisville Lakeside Concessions
P.O. Box 454, Louisville, NE 68037
(402)234-2368
Offers Meals, Ice Cream, Live & Prepared Bait, Tackle, and Camping Supplies

Visitor Center: No

Office on Site: Yes

Louisville State Recreation Area Office
Hours Memorial Weekend - Labor Day 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Week Days and 8 am - 10 pm on Week Ends
Rest of the Year Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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