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Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage
Education Complex

Platte River State Park

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Come and visit Platte River State Park’s Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex, located on HWY 66 between South Bend and Louisville.

Driving from Lincoln, Take I-80 East to Exit 426. At Exit 426 turn right on Highway 66 approximately 7 miles to the park entrance. Driving from the Omaha area we are approximately 15 miles south of I-80 and Highway 50. Drive South on HWY 50. You will pass through Louisville, continue South on HWY 50 for approx. 1 mile. Turn right on Highway 66 and go 2 miles to the park entrance. Turn right at the kiosk, turn right after the tower and turn right into the shooting range at the bottom of the hill.

A family friendly activity center featuring shooting experiences for all ages.  Focus is on safety and family fun!   This new facility accommodates several shooting disciplines, including an archery range with shooting tower, a 50 yard - small bore rifle range, a trap range with 5 stand feature and an indoor 10 meter pellet gun range.  The ranges were created with everyone in mind, regardless of size, ability or skill level, as well as those who looking for a fun and a unique challenge.  

2015 Scheduled Hours Open to the Public

April 25-May 17
Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

May 22 Open House

Summer Hours May 23 – August 9

Mon-Wed-Fri 12 pm- 6 pm
Tue & Thur 4 pm -8 pm
Sat & Sun 10 am – 5 pm

Fall hours August 15- October 10
Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

Family rendezvous October 10- 10 am- 4 pm


Veterans Appreciation Day November 8th 10 am-4 pm

Thanksgiving Holiday November 27-29 10 am-4 pm 

Archery on Fire December 5 10 am-4 pm

Christmas Holiday December 21-23, 26-30  10 am-4 pm 

Yule Log Fest January 2 10 am-4 pm




Pellet Gun

$3 per person per 4 rounds (48)

Indoor Pellet Gun Range

Archery and
Atlatl throwing

$3 per person for ½ hour
$3 per person for ½ hour

Archery Range & Shooting Tower
Arial Target Thrower

Sling Shot

$3 per basket of ammo

Sling Shot Range
East of Archery Range

.22 Rimfire Rifle

$3  per person per 2 rounds (20)

50 yard Small Bore Rifle Range


$5 per person for 1 round of 25
$7 per person for 1 round of 25
(range provided gun & ammo)
+ $2 per person for 1 round of 25

Trap range


5 stand

Non-scheduled hours are available for educational programs, group outings and corporate events

We can schedule your program during our regular hours of operation as long as the group is not larger than 10 participants.

Contact Christy Christiansen Outdoor Education Specialist 402-471-5547 christy.christiansen@nebraska.gov or contact the Park office at 402-234-2217
or the range at 402-234-2318.      
The Commission has expanded efforts in the last few years to introduce youth and families to nature base outdoor recreation. Several thousand youth are introduced to hunting, shooting and aquatic sports each year through Expos, Hunter Education, Outdoor Skills Camps, and other educational events. Unfortunately, once the workshop is over, many of these students have no place to continue these newly learned skills.

The RDR plan for Platte River State park does not end with the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex. Fishing and boating is an important factor in recruiting and maintaining anglers and boaters.


Capital improvements to the park will include:

  • Earth work to shoreline of Jenny Newman lake for easier fishing access
  • Create access points for kayaking and canoeing at Decker Creek
  • Take out point for kayaks and canoes at Louisville State Park
  • Floating dock and fishing pier
  • Alum treatment of lake
  • Canoe/kayak programs and rentals
  • Fishing clinics

Muzzle Loader Sight In and Family Rendevous Offered
Sun., Oct. 11th, 2015,
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Enjoy a day of fall outdoor fun, including a firsthand look at muzzleloaders and a chance to sight-in your muzzleloader before the hunting season. View Flyer


Bring the whole family and make a day of it. Muzzleloader sight-in: $5. All other activities: FREE. Nebraska State Park Entry Permit required; can buy at park entrance.

Some of the days activities include:

• Demonstrations of traditional percussion
and flintlock rifles
• Dutch Oven cooking
• Arts and Crafts
• Hatchet throwing
• Traditional Archers shooting long bow
and demonstrating bowmaking
• Atlatl Throwing
• Warm up at a cozy campfire

Roger G Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex at Platte River SP to host Hunt Safe Sessions on the 1st & 3rd Monday's of the month from August-November. (except Labor Day)


Hunt Safe Sessions are offered by knowledgeable and dedicated volunteer instructors.
Students ages 11 through 15 who have completed Hunter-ed and/or Bowhunter-ed online courses must attend the Hunt Safe Session in order to be issued a certificate of completion.

If you've completed the online course in the past 12 months, your voucher is still valid for certification. Please note, students 16 and older are welcome to attend but this Hunt Safe Session course is not required for certification.

To attend, proof of completion from the online course is required. Certification can be provided for both Archery Hunter Education and Firearm Hunter Education but vouchers must be presented for the online courses to earn completion certificates.

Hunt Safe Sessions are 2 hours in length and will cover tree stand safety, shoot/don't shoot and equipment safety for both archery hunters as well as firearm hunters.

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