Schramm Park State Recreation Area is a hidden gem in Southeastern Nebraska’s Platte River Valley. The park is also home to the state’s first fish hatchery. In addition, the park has 331 acres of outdoor area for you and your family to explore and enjoy. The fish hatchery features original features from 1914, including a hatch house that now houses dioramas about fishery management.
Rainbow trout may be found in the water flowing into canyon ponds. A boardwalk provides access to the fish, where visitors can feed them or have a picnic near the ponds. Schramm Park State Recreation Area has three miles of nature trails and walking areas. Trails are well-maintained and popular with runners and bicyclists as well.
There’s a one-and-a-half-mile trail loop best for casual walking, which offers interpretive signs about the wildlife and greenery in the park. A longer trail features a suspension bridge. Runners and mountain bikers will also find plenty of challenge on the off-road trails. Picnicking is also a popular activity at Schramm Park State Recreation Area. There are picnic shelters on the bluffs, which are also accessible via the nature trails.
The bluffs also host a playground for those with children. The Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium is closed for renovations but is set to re-open in fall of 2018. The facility will be vastly updated and feature a state-of-the-art exploration center with larger aquariums and an interactive center with hands-on activities and educational programs. Visitors can access the Platte River and enjoy kayaking, canoeing, and rafting.
Leashed or crated dogs are welcome in Nebraska parks. Just be respectful of park rules and other guests. Pick up pet waste and be mindful of posted rules where dogs may be restricted. If you’re in Eastern Nebraska and interested in taking your dog for a walk or enjoying some natural and historical sites, bring your pup and your family to Schramm Park State Recreation Area.