Windmill State Recreation Area

2625 Lowell Rd
Gibbon, NE 68840


Windmill State Recreation area is one of the jewels of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in the state’s unique chain of lakes along Interstate 80. Situated at the Gibbon Interchange between Kearney and Grand Island, the area draws its name from the old-time windmills situated in the park. The oldest windmill is a 1880 Standard that was used to pump water for steam locomotives in Fleming, Colo. All have been restored to working order.


Windmill SRA has six lakes, all of which provide angling opportunities. Species include largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, yellow perch and common carp. Additionally, catchable rainbow trout are stocked in Lake 2 in October and March. This lake also offers a handicap-accessible fishing pier.

Only electric motor and non-powered boating is permitted at Windmill SRA. No docks or ramps are available.

The area has one designated swimming beach. No lifeguards are on duty. Sand volleyball is also available on the beach.

A scenic, two-mile nature trail winds through the park.

This area’s close proximity to Interstate 80 makes a popular and welcome stop for travelers. The area has 128 picnic tables, 100 grills and four picnic shelters, one of which has electricity.


RV and tent camping
Windmill SRA offers 69 camping pads with 20-, 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups, as well as 20 non-pad sites without electricity. The area offers water, two modern restrooms, two shower houses, a dump station and laundry.

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