Platte River State Park will celebrate its 40th anniversary Aug. 13 with a daylong event for the entire family.

There will be a bison stew cookout and Dutch oven desserts to sample, as well as food to purchase, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ball field. Live classic country and country swing music will be playing.

The amphitheater will be site of presentations at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The first will be on Native American history of the Plains Indians, the second on early settlement in Otoe County, and the third will honor past employees of the park.

Naturalist activities, family campground games, and water games for youth will be at the tennis court area from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A 1- and 3-mile trail run will start at 8 a.m. at the tennis courts. To get a T-shirt, register by July 30 in the calendar event entry at Otherwise, race-day registrations with no T-shirt will be accepted at the check-in station.

Guests of all ages can participate in the Platte River Anniversary Quest. This is a series of activities they must complete – and record on a form – to become eligible for a prize drawing. Forms may be picked up at the park office starting Aug. 12 and submitted complete by 10 a.m. on Aug. 14.

For more information, call the park at 402-234-2217.

A vehicle park entry permit is required.

Louisville SRA’s Floating Playground to reduce days of operation

Louisville State Recreation Area will reduce the days the Floating Playground is open to Saturday and Sunday only starting the week of Aug. 8, staff permitting.

The Floating Playground sessions are at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and each session is 90 minutes.

The park hopes to operate the Floating Playground on weekends through Labor Day. Guests planning to visit the Floating Playground are advised to first call ahead at 402-234-6855.

All rules and policies will apply. Go to to learn more or to download a playground map.