Eugene T. Mahoney State Park is a Nebraska State Park governed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The park encompasses a total area of 690 acres of land and 16 of acres water and is situated about two miles from Ashland, a city in Saunders County which is just off I-80 at Exit 426.
Development of the Eugene T. Mahoney State Park began in 1985 after some property was purchased by the state. A few years later, on May 19, 1991, the property was dedicated as a state park. Today, the park has risen to become among the state’s top three most popularly visited sites and tourist attractions.
One of the main reasons for this is the fact that the park is designed to offer recreational activities throughout the year. Some of the recreational activities that visitors to the park like to enjoy here include fishing, hiking, volleyball, camping, swimming, softball, tennis, miniature golf, horseback trail rides, cross-country skiing, interpretive and entertainment programs, ice skating, and sledding.
Besides access to the Platte River, this park also offers several amenities including 10 picnic shelters, 51 cabins, ice skating rink, driving range, marina, showers, softball fields, 40-room lodge, mini-theater, concession stand, hiking trail, nature conservatory, tennis and basketball courts, visitor center, miniature golf course, and picnic areas.
There are also 49 campsites with electrical hookups modern restrooms, camp store, docks, paddleboat rental, indoor playground, swimming pool observation tower, and meeting rooms. Dogs are allowed into Eugene T. Mahoney State Park although some restrictions could curtail your full experience of all that the park has to offer.
Some of the limits placed on dog owners are as follows. First, dog owners should be aware that some of the areas of the park are not accessible to their dog or to other pets for that matter. Secondly, in areas of the park that dogs can venture into, the dog owner should use a leash on their pooch. Additionally, dog owners are expected to clean up after their tail-wagger.