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Ponca State Park

Platte River State Park

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park is a popular year round destination for family fun or romantic getaways. This ultra-modern park offers a spectacular array of lodging, group meeting facilities and activities. Located near Ashland, just off of I 80 at exit 426, Mahoney nestles on 690 acres along the picturesque Platte River within the Bur Oaks. Cross country skiing, sledding, toboggan runs, ice fishing and a large ice skating rink are popular with park goers in the winter months. The craft center allows those that want to stay inside during the winter an activity to do and there is even an indoor playground for children for those cold days.

The Peter Kiewit Lodge is the dominant feature of the park. It offers 40 guest rooms, gift shop, game room, conference and meeting facilities and the Mahoney Grille Restaurant (where guests can dine with the scenic Platte River as a backdrop).

Lodge Rooms:
Each lodge room is has a private bath and all modern day amenities including big screen TV, cable, wireless internet, loft rooms have electric fireplaces and outdoor decks. Each room offers a spectacular view of either the park or the Platte River. Open year round. Off season discounted rates offered.

Cabins:
Fifty-four all season cabins, on wooded ridgetops, are tastefully designed and situated for comfort and romance so that visitors can share time in the glow of a crackling fireplace and catch a glimpse of deer and turkey outside your window.

Each cabin is equipped with all modern amenities including big screen TV, cable, wood fireplace, grill and outdoor deck or patio. There are three, four and six bedroom cabins that can host larger families or group retreats. The other cabins all have two bedrooms, and several are ADA-accessible. Open year round. Off season discounted rates offered.

Conference and Event Planning:
Mahoney State Park has ample facilities with wireless internet and satellite T.V. to accommodate groups for meetings, retreats, banquets, reunions and the like. Secluded in the northern reaches of the park, the Lee and Helene Sapp Riverview Lodge offer an ideal setting for a meeting or retreat. The hall can seat 144 people at tables and is rented with a fully-equipped kitchen. Riverview has AC and heat, a fireplace, and a deck overlooking the Platte River. The ice rink pavilion is reservable for large group picnics during the summer. Kiewit Lodge has nine meeting or conference with scenic views of the park. Call the a Mahoney State Park Group Functions Representative to reserve your next reunion, conference, retreat and catering needs.

RECREATION

Make Memories that Last a Lifetime.
Rekindle the fun of being together with family and friends. Experience Winterfest in the Parks - a season of events, activities and outdoor fun.

Planned are a variety of indoor and outdoor events, including holiday and nature-inspired crafts, cookie decorating, hayrack rides, Quests for the Yule Log and visits from Santa Claus.

Nebraska has beautiful State Parks and the winter season is enchanting and the perfect setting to enjoy the wonder of the season. Take time this winter and enjoy nature hiking, wildlife viewing, photography, making snowmen, sledding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and ice fishing. Discounted winter camping with electricity and lodging opportunities.

Even if Mother Nature doesn't provide the snow, staff at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park do! So, bring your sled and join in the fun at Mahoney State Park's toboggan/sled hills behind the observation tower, free with your park entry permit. Also in full swing, is the ice skating pavilion (skate rental available). So grab your coat and mittens and we will See You Out There!

Take advantage of off-season camping/cabin stays in the Nebraska State Park System! Enjoy a 30% discount on cabin and lodge room stays from Sunday through Thursdays, excluding Holidays in the off season! Electricity is on year-round at campgrounds and campers can take advantage of the reduced winter rates. Year Round Cabin Stays available at: E.T. Mahoney State Park, Platte River State Park, Ponca State Park, Lewis & Clark State Recreation Area and Niobrara State Park. Winterfest Activities & Events occurring in December, January & February: For more information on the below Winterfest Activities click here!

Platte Valley Parkland Winterfest Activities:

  • December 14 - Classic Christmas - E.T. Mahoney State Park
  • December 15 - Santa Claus - E.T. Mahoney State Park
  • December 21 - Yule Log & Archery - Platte River State Park
  • December 21 - Rekindle family wintertime traditions at Platte River State Park amongst family and friends with lighted holiday hayrack rides, winter & holiday crafts, games, activities, special entertainment and more. The seasonal celebration features the Yule Log Quest. Arts and Crafts will be offered from 10-4 p.m. Yule Log Quest will start at 4p.m. Bon Fire and hayrack rides will start at 5:30
  • December 31 - New Year's Eve Party - E.T. Mahoney State Park

    2014 Events
  • January 4 - "Winterfest Olympics" - at ET Mahoney SP; 1 - 4 PM
  • January 25 - Cold day, Warm Hearts and Family Fun" - at ET Mahoney SP: 10:30 AM - Noon & 2 - 7 PM
  • February 2 - Super Shopping Bowl - E.T. Mahoney State Park
  • February 8, - "Binoculars and Birds" - at ET Mahoney SP; 9 AM - 1 PM
  • February 11-14 - Valentines Special & Swing under the Wings - E.T. Mahoney State Park
  • February 14 & 15 - Platte River State Park Valentine's Day Dinner at Scott Lodge Restaurant.

Ponca State Park

  • Every Saturday - Homemade Holiday Crafts
  • December 14 - Christmas Bird Count
  • December 21 - Winter Solstice
  • December 28 - 2nd Annual National Championship Fruitcake Fling Competition & 3K Snow Run - Quest for the Yule Log

    2014 Events
  • January 1 - First Day Hike
  • January 5 - National Bird Day
  • February 2 - Superbowl Sunday Mini-Lodge Package
  • February 14-18 - Birds & Breakfast