Outdoor Files: Lakes and cabooses found at Two Rivers State Recreation Area

    Two Rivers State Recreation Area (Nebraska Game and Parks)

    Ralph Wall, with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, said you may be missing out on an oasis in east central Nebraska.

    "The Two Rivers State Recreation Area opened in 1960 around seven sandpit lakes. It was named for being located between the Elkhorn and Platte Rivers. One stretch of campground and day use area lies along the Platte. Fishing opportunities are plentiful with this river access and the open shorelines of the lakes. Lake 5 is dedicated to pay trout fishing from March first through June. The fishing shelter and restrooms at Lake 5 are disability compliant. Other species sought include large mouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead, carp and catfish. Power boating is prohibited on Two Rivers waters, though some exceptions exist for kayaks and canoes. Other park activities include a swimming beach, cycling-hiking, an adjacent wildlife management area allows the hunting of several species in the fall-winter month, and bring your horse to the park. An equestrian horse camp includes picnic tables, fire rings, hitching posts, corrals and a water hydrant.

    "This shady park hosts a variety of camping opportunities with over 200 hard surface pads, 140 plus of those with electricity. Amenities for Tent and RV campers include modern restroom buildings with showers. Truly unique to Two Rivers are 10 cabooses that offer cabin-like lodging from mid April through September. They are air conditioned. Each car has a deck with nearby grill, fire ring and picnic table. Historic integrity has been retained with the cars, so they are not wheelchair accessible. Inside the caboose cupola is the restroom-shower with sleeping for two above. In the back of the caboose, bunk beds will sleep four more. Mattresses are provided, but visitors need to bring bedding, pillows, towels, soap and many of your kitchen needs. Visit with the park staff before your visit about caboose lodging details. You can reserve a caboose stay up to a year in advance. The reservations number for all Nebraska parks is 402-471-1414.

    "From early spring to mid fall, a concessionaire provides camp supplies, bait, firewood, short order food, drinks and snacks. Two Rivers is a fast escape from it all for some. The park is a short drive west of Omaha and about 50 miles from Lincoln."

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