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Description - This information was provided by NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS COMMISSION

Fort Kearny SRA offers 186 acres dotted with sandpit lakes. In the spring, the world's largest concentration of sandhill cranes and waterfowl gathers in the central Platte River valley. Facilities include electrical and primitive camp pads, showers, dump station, modern restrooms, water, picnic tables, grills, shelters, wheelchair-accessible fishing pier, nature trail, non power boating and hike-bike trail.

Fort Kearny SRA boasts excellent camping facilities, eight sandpit lakes for fishing, a swimming beach, nature trails and historical exhibits at nearby Fort Kearny State Historical Park.

Fort Kearny is a year-round recreation area that provides modern camping. There are showers and modern restrooms, plus a trailer dump station. Stately cottonwood trees, some over 100 years old, shade much of the camping area.

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

Attractions - Camping: Yes Water: Yes Modern Restroom: Yes Dump Station: Yes Showers: Yes Trails: Yes Hiking: 5 miles Mtn. Bike: 5 miles Allow Horses: Picnicking: Yes Picnic Tables: 150 Grills: 110 Shelters: 3 Shelters w/ elec.: 1 River Access: Yes Fishing: Yes Swimming: Yes Beaches: 1

Recreation - Fort Kearny SRA boasts excellent camping facilities, eight sandpit lakes for fishing, a swimming beach, nature trails and historical exhibits at nearby Fort Kearny State Historical Park.

Climate - Nebraska has a moderate climate with high humidity. The relative humidity in this state averages 70 percent throughout the year. Winter temperatures normally average between 20 and 45 degrees F. March brings warmer weather and temperatures above freezing for most of the month. Spring is in full swing by late April when temperatures often reach above 60 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach highs of 95 degrees F frequently, with warm weather continuing into mid September. Crisp fall weather truly begins in October when nighttime temperatures begin to dip into the low 40s. The wettest time of the year in this state is late spring through summer.

Location - To get to Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, you would take I-80 to the Minden exit, 279 south on Hwy 10 for 3 miles. Next, turn west onto Hwy 50A for 3 miles. Or from the Kearney exit, 272 south on Hwy 44 for 2 miles. Then east on Hwy 50A for 4 miles. Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, is 1 mile east and 1 mile north of the Historical Park.


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Filed By: John Lillis (Kearney, NE)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a very underappreciated park. About 120 campsites, about 1/2 w/ power. Even at peak times, seldom are more than 100 occupied. 7 lakes (NOT 8) have fishing for bluegill, bass, catfish, crappie ( I caught a 14-incher here last year) & rainbow trout. Easy access. Lots of wildlife incl turkeys, deer, possum, skunk, & various birds.


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Contact Information:
Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, 1020 V Road , Kearney, NEBRASKA, 68847-9804, Phone: (308) 865-5305
, Fort.Kearny@ngpc.ne.gov

Additional Information:
Nebraska Recreation Areas -

Links:
Fort Kearny State Recreation Area - Official site of Fort Kearny State Recreation Area

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