Eugene T. Mahoney State Park – Ashland, Nebraska

28500 West Park Hwy, Ashland, NE 68003
Head north off I-80 at exit 426, located between Lincoln and Omaha.

Are you looking for a variety of leisure and outdoor activities to keep you busy during your summer vacation or through a holiday weekend? This state park has an abundance of activities year round. There is something to do for the thrill seeker, the avid fisherman or for anyone who just wants to sit by the lake and watch the geese swim by. There is a Family Aquatic Center with two huge water slides, a zero-depth wave pool, diving area, and a kids water playground. Admission to the Aquatic Center is $10.00 per adult and $8.00 per child. The entrance fee has to be paid by everyone whether you swim or not.

While the kids go swimming how about dropping a line in one of the two fishing lakes available and try to catch a channel catfish, crappie, bluegill, rainbow trout or largemouth bass. CenturyLink Lake is 10-acres in size and is open 24 hours. Fishing is permitted from the docks or the bank and there is a fish cleaning station. Owen Marina is located on Baright Lake and children under the age of 16, disabled adults and adults assisting children who are fishing are permitted to fish from the Ruth Giger Memorial Fishing Bridge located next to the Marina. No fishing is allowed from the marina dock area. Baright Lake and the Ruth Giger Bridge are open from sunrise to sunset. Don’t have a fishing pole or tackle? No problem! Owen Marina has a Fishing Tackle Loaner Program that makes pole and tackle available free of charge during marina hours of operation. During periods of high demand, priority is given to children. A valid Nebraska Fishing Permit is required and can be purchased from the park Administration building at the front entrance of the park. Children under the age of 16 are not required to have a permit. This park also honors the Disabled Veteran’s Lifetime Annual Small Game Hunting/Fishing Permit. 

Also available at Owen Marina is paddle boat rentals for $8.00 per half hour, with an hour rental maximum. The weight limit for the four person boat is 600 pounds. Baright Lake is approximately 4-acres in size and there is abundance of geese on and around the lake. 15% off Adventure Cruising with Peregrine AdventuresOther activities available throughout Eugene T. Mahoney State Park are mini golf for $3.50 per person, a driving range for $3.00 per bucket and clubs are free. There are tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, a disc golf course and softball fields available. Visitors can borrow the necessary equipment needed to play any of these sports from the Marina Store. For those into crafts there is a craft center that offers leathercrafts, ceramic painting, bird houses and other woodworking products. Paints, punches and other crafting tools are available free of charge.

There are even activities for the adrenaline junkies. How about a run across a treetop adventure course at Go Ape? The fee is $49.00 age 16 and older, $39.00 age 15 and younger. Maybe you’re interested in a climb up a rock wall that’s available at the Activity Center. How about a horseback trail ride for $18.00-$24.00 for adults and $3.00-$6.00 per child. Riders must be six years old to ride and no double rides are allowed. Pony rides are available for children ages 3-9 for $7.00.For those who are more into nature there is a nature conservatory and butterfly garden offering free plant and aquatic exhibits, an observatory, a free 70-ft. observation tower offering a panoramic view of the park and the Platte River valley and several miles of hiking trails that wind through the park. There is live theater performances offered during the summer for $7.00 per adult and $5.00 per child under 12. Check at the park office for a schedule of productions.

Need a place to lay your weary head? Whether you’re hauling your own travel trailer, driving an RV, staying in a cabin or prefer the luxury of a full service lodge, accommodations are available inside the park year round. There are 149 camp site split between two campgrounds in Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. Most sites are 20/30/50 amp electric hook-up only for $22.00 per night. There are a limited number of full hook-up sites that are $28.00 per night. All sites are paved. There are several dump and fill stations located near the campgrounds for your use free of charge. Tent There are modern shower facilities located centrally in each campground. There are also 57 modern cabins available to rent inside the park. Each cabin has a fire place, deck, satellite t.v. and wireless internet. Cabins range from one bedroom to six bedrooms. The Peter Kiewit Lodge offers 40 rooms, each with satellite t.v. and wireless internet. Some rooms have a loft and an electric fireplace. Each room has two queen beds.

Other amenities available in the park are a convenience store, a gift shop, group and conference facilities, a full service restaurant that can provide catering. During the winter visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing, sledding, ice fishing and toboggan runs. This superior state park offers so much to see and do that it is definitely worth the cost for a weekend away.  TIP:
There is a daily use fee to enter Nebraska State Parks. The amount of this fee is based on if you have Nebraska State Tags on your vehicle or not. Nebraska Vehicles are charged $6.00 per day and Out-of-State Vehicles are charged $8 per day. If you are planning to visit any Nebraska State Park more six times throughout the year, you can purchase the annual pass which is good for entrance to all Nebraska State Parks and Recreation Areas for $35.00 for Nebraska Vehicles and $42.00 of Out-of-State Vehicles.

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