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Pawnee State Recreation Area

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3 n, 2 W of Emerald
2544 acres (740 water)

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Contact Information:
Pawnee SRA
3900 NW 105th
Lincoln,  NE  68524
Phone: (402) 796-2362


Featuring the second largest lake in the Salt Valley, Pawnee State Recreation Area is northwest of Emerald.

This popular area offers a full range of facilities to go with its 740 water acres. Pawnee has modern restrooms and showers, plus electrical hookups for campers.


Visitors have plenty of room to pitch their tent or park their rig to enjoy a day or a week of outdoor fun. Boaters will find four docks provide easy access to the lake, and anglers can catch white bass, walleye, largemouth bass, bluegill and two kinds of catfish among others.

More than 1,800 acres of land are open to hiker, hunters, shutterbugs and anyone else who enjoys the out-of-doors. Hunters will find abundant upland and small game, waterfowl and deer. As on all state recreation areas, hunting is permitted in season beginning the first Tuesday after Labor Day.

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

Pawnee State Recreation Area's Lakeview Campground provides campers with a shady modern electrical campground with shower facilities, fishing, boating, picnicking, hiking and wildlife viewing.

All campers must register. Reservations are accepted. Reservations are taken for 50% of the modern camping in Lakeview campground. Reservations are taken up to 1 year in advance of arrival day.

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: 6 miles
M. Bike: 6 miles
Horse: 6 miles
Trail Rides: No
Allow Horses: Yes

Picnicking: Yes

Picnic Tables: 53
Grills: 225
Shelters: 2
Shelters w/ elec.: 0

Boating: Yes

Types: All
Ramps: 3
Docks: 2
Fuel Avail.: Yes
Boat Rental: No
River Access: No

Fishing: Yes

Cleaning Stations: 1

Swimming: Yes

Pools: 0
Beaches: 2

Concessions: Yes

Visitor Center: No

Office on Site: Yes

Office Hours
Memorial Day - Labor Day open 8 - 4:30 p.m. 7 days a week
After Labor day open Monday - Friday 8 - 4:30 p.m.

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