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Basic Information

Mormon Island State Recreation Area (SRA) is located in central Nebraska, near the city of Grand Island. It is situated adjacent to the Platte River and is one of the many lakes in the state that was formed by the damming of the river to create irrigation reservoirs. As a popular outdoor destination, Mormon Island SRA offers a variety of activities including camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

Camping Options

Mormon Island SRA provides several camping opportunities:

  • RV Camping: There are electrical hookups available for RVs, with modern restrooms and showers nearby.
  • Tent Camping: Designated areas for tent camping are available, some with basic amenities such as picnic tables and fire rings.
  • Group Camping: Facilities for group camping can sometimes be reserved in advance, accommodating larger parties.

Facilities and Amenities

  • Restrooms and Showers: The SRA is equipped with modern restrooms and shower facilities for the convenience of campers.
  • Picnic Areas: There are picnic areas throughout the park, some with shelters which can be used on a first-come, first-served basis or reserved in advance.
  • Boat Access: If you're interested in boating, there is a boat ramp providing access to the water.
  • Dump Station: A sanitary dump station is available for RV use.

Activities

  • Swimming: A designated swimming beach is available, offering a way to cool off during the warmer months.
  • Fishing: Anglers can enjoy fishing in the reservoir's waters. Species include bass, crappie, catfish, and walleye, among others.
  • Hiking and Biking: While not known for extensive trail systems, there are areas where visitors can enjoy walking or cycling.
  • Winter Activities: During the winter months, ice fishing, sledding, and cross-country skiing may be available.

Wildlife and Natural Features

Mormon Island SRA is home to a variety of plant and animal species. Bird watching can be particularly rewarding here, as the Platte River valley is a significant corridor for migratory birds, especially sandhill cranes during their migration season.

Important Rules and Regulations

  • Camping Permits: Campers must obtain a permit before setting up. This can typically be done at the park entrance or campground.
  • Firewood: To protect against invasive species, it is often recommended that visitors buy firewood locally rather than bringing it from home.
  • Quiet Hours: Most parks have designated quiet hours to ensure that all guests have a peaceful stay.
  • Pets: Pets are usually welcome but must be kept on a leash and supervised at all times. Be sure to check for specific pet rules.

Access and Contact Information

Before you go, it's a good idea to check the current conditions and any advisories. Contact information and additional details can usually be found on the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website or by contacting the park directly. Always make sure to verify hours of operation, any entrance fees, or specific rules that may apply to your visit.

Note: This information is subject to change, and it's important to gather the most current details before planning a trip to Mormon Island SRA.

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