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Indian Cave State Park

Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area

A beautiful park located on the mighty Missouri River in southeast Nebraska. Indian Cave is named for the large sandstone cavity that is the main geologic feature of the area. A full service park developed carefully to maintain the pristine character of this uncommon area, while offering camping at its finest.

Indian Cave dates back several thousand years. Created by silt and fine-grained sand deposits in a Pennsylvania rock channel, the cave walls are etched with petroglyphs or ancient Indian pictures writings. The cultural origin and period in history remain a mystery. They depict forms, shapes and scenes.

The park offers both modern and primitive camping. For those that like to truly get-away and hike in and camp, Indian Cave provides Adirondack shelters along the trails for back-to-nature enthusiasts. The modern RV campground can handle 134 units with 30 amp electrical hookups (22 of which also have 50 Amp). Other amenities include: showers, laundry, picnic tables, fire rings, and dump station.

Indian Cave offers horseback trail rides on Friday - Sunday (depending on weather) and a variety of living history activities during the summer and fall on weekends. Visitors may bring their own horses to ride the park's' 16-mile round-trip trail. There is a non-reservable primitive horse camp for those wishing to camp with horses.

There are over 22 miles of challenging hiking trails. Day hikers will find a variety of trails to suit their tastes, with the most scenic along the river. There are several shelters along the way. Trails range from 3/4 to 7 miles and wind up and down the picturesque bluffs.

Anglers can find some good bank fishing in the Missouri River. There is a boat ramp on the park as well as at Brownville SRA, 15 miles north.

A full service park and Nebraska's second largest lake, Lewis & Clark Lake straddles the northeast border with South Dakota and is about 16 miles long and 3 miles wide. The area gets its name from the Lewis & Clark Expedition, which camped nearby on their epic journey exploring the Louisiana Purchase. This recreation area offers beautiful scenic views of the lake and the bluffs.

For those that would like to enjoy the lake in the comforts of a cabin, Lewis and Clark have 10 fully furnished year-round air conditioned and heated cabins right along the shoreline. These modern cabins have 2 bedrooms and can sleep up to 7 people. Each cabin has a bathroom with shower, full kitchen and a living room. The cabin's sliding doors opens onto a covered patio that overlooks the lake which makes for a great location to watch some spectacular sunsets. Each cabin has a picnic table and grill/fire pit for evening campfire and S'mores.

In addition to the 10 shoreline cabins, the area offers 10 modern cabins along the water as well as 150 camping pads with electricity, 24 non-pad sites with electricity, and 140 non-pad sites without electricity. There is great fishing available at Lewis and Clark for a variety of species including walleye, sauger, largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish. Excellent waterfowl hunting is available as well. Lake boating covers the gamut from pontoons to high-powered speedboats to personal watercrafts.

Not only are the above amenities available, Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area offers much more, including, hiking and biking, bird watching, snowmobiling, ice fishing, ice skating, cross country skiing, picnicking, swimming, playgrounds, scuba diving, water skiing and stargazing. This area offers all of the traditional outdoor activities and visitors should be able to find many different pursuits to keep them entertained.


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