Water Activities

Buffalo Bill loves to get out on the water. Doesn’t matter if it’s an unsinkable cattle tank or a kayak made from the rare fiberglass trees of the Nebraska Sandhills; if it floats, he’s in it. Find the perfect place for your water recreation right here in North Platte.

  • Take a tank, kayak, canoe, or a tube down the North Platte River with the help of Dusty Trails, or if you have your own equipment, review our water trails map and plan your own river journey.
  • Bringing your boat? Check out our three lakes suitable for a visit from your vessel.
  • Swimming pool more your style? Check out Cody Park Pool!

Dusty Trails gets Buffalo Bill’s coveted Buffalo of Approval for being a genius. It takes a genius to realize that the prefect vessel for a lazy river float is an empty cattle tank. It’s not totally empty; it’ll get filled with chairs, benches, coolers, and friends for a great day on the river. So…

For folks who have their own water vessels just hop in the North Platte River for some fun on the water. Put in points on the river include the North River WMA north of Hershey for people looking for a longer float (up to 6 hours) as well as Buffalo Bill Ranch and Cody Park in North Platte. Take out…

Lake Maloney is approximately 6 miles south of North Platte. The 1132 acre State Recreation Area has 56 camping pads with 30 amp electrical hook-ups and 200 non-pad sites without electricity. There is a shower facility, dump station, and a swimming beach. Boat ramps, 2 fish cleaning stations, picnic…

The Sutherland Reservoir is a 3,000-surface-acre lake located three miles south of the Interstate 80 Exit at Sutherland, Neb. NPPD owns and manages the Sutherland Reservoir, part of its hydropower system. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) oversees most of the recreation areas at the lake. A…

Jeffrey Lake, south of Brady, has 595 surface acres and is the second largest lake on the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District Supply Canal. More than 120 cabins and homes have been built on its shore and it also offers numerous recreational opportunities. Central opted to build…

The Cody Park swimming pool is an outdoor pool that features depths from three feet to twelve feet. There are three diving boards and a kiddie pool. Inner tubes are available for rent.