Schramm Park State Recreation Area

15810 Hwy 50
Louisville, NE 68037


Visitors refer to Schramm Park State Recreation Area as a hidden gem nestled among the rolling hills of the Platte River valley. The historic site of the state’s first fish hatchery boasts well-maintained wooded trails that are popular with runners, bikers and casual hikers alike. The park is a noted destination for bird-watching, particularly during spring migrations. Families can explore a geologic display, feed fish in cool water trout ponds, tour the Schramm Education Center and enjoy a picnic on the bluffs. The grounds also offer an access point to the Platte River water trail. The park is accessible year round from sunrise to sunset and is located midway between Lincoln and Omaha. Camping facilities are available at nearby Louisville SRA, Mahoney State Park or Platte River State Park.


The trail system offers a 1.5 mile loop that is ideal for families and casual hikers. This route offers interpretive signage highlighting the flora and fauna of the park. Hikers can also choose a larger loop that offers nearly 3 miles of trail through wooded bluffs. A highlight on the longer route is a suspension bridge. Runners enjoy the off-road challenge of the trails, and a local trail running group coordinates annual races onsite. Mountain bikers appreciate the trails as a gentle introduction to the sport. In winter, with adequate snowfall, trails can be traversed on cross-country skis.

Historic fish hatchery
Relics from the state’s first fish hatchery remain on the park grounds and are accessible to visitors. A hatch house constructed in 1914 now houses quaint dioramas about fishery management. Rainbow trout reside in cool spring water that flows into canyon ponds, and a boardwalk provides access to feed the fish. Picnic tables are located amongst the hatchery ponds, and resident geese and ducks entertain visitors as they eat.

Playground & Picnic Shelter
A modern playground and picnic shelters are located on the bluffs and are accessible from the hiking trails and by paved road. Restrooms are located at near the base of the drive.

River Access
Canoers, kayakers and rafters can access the Platte River at Schramm Park SRA at a pull-off from Highway 30. A short trail leads to the river.

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