Siouxland Freedom Park
Here is 55 acres of land located in the heart of Siouxland along the banks of the Missouri River. In full view of the river’s bluff it is easily accessed from I-29 by simply crossing the Veterans Bridge and turning directly onto Riverview Drive. The park houses the Memorial Dog Park in honor of fallen Navy SEAL, John Douangdara, who along with 29 fellow service members and his assault dog, Bart, were killed when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan in 2011. It is connected to the Siouxland Trails system. On site - a 250’ granite wall engraved with more than 58,000 fallen service members from the Vietnam War. A fifty-space lighted concrete parking lot with a 150’ flagpole that flies the 30’x60’ American flag, are adjacent to the Wall and Interpretive Center.
1801 Veterans Drive, South Sioux City, NE
Cottonwood Cove Park
This is a 4.5-acre park located on the banks of the Missouri River. It features a public boat ramp, camping, shelter and play equipment.
1301 Hickory St., Dakota City, NE
4th & 5th Avenue, South Sioux City, NE
Crystal Cove Park
This beautiful park is located on the southwest corner of South Sioux City. Crystal Cove is a 100-acre park with a 33-acre lake, 1.5 mile bike/hike trail, nature trails, fishing and shelter for rent. In 2005 it underwent a $1.5 million renovation to dredge the lake to improve wildlife habitat. The park is home to over 200 species of birds and wildlife. Bird watching is a favorite activity of visitors to this park. The lake is stocked three times yearly with fish for summer and winter ice fishing. In 2011 a new 18-hole disc golf course was installed.
16th & Dakota Ave., South Sioux City, NE
Klasey Park/Voss Fields
Klasey Park is located one block off of Dakota Avenue. It is home to the recently renovated Voss Fields and the SSC Legion Baseball. Voss Fields host multiple tournaments each summer including district and state tournaments. The park also has two shelters for rent, a basketball court, playground equipment and green space.
11th & 1st Avenue, South Sioux City, NE
23rd & C St., South Sioux City, NE
Jeffery C. Dible Multiuse Complex
It has 15 full-size multipurpose fields that can be converted to varying sizes. The soccer complex sits along the banks of the Missouri River and Al Bengtson Trail.
1280 Riverview Dr., South Sioux City, NE
Danish Alps State Recreation Area (SRA)
Near Hubbard, Neb. is a 746-acre state recreation area on Kramper Reservoir, a 226-acre lake. Danish Alps includes RV and tent camping, equestrian camping facilities, day use areas, a walking and hiking trail and excellent angling and wildlife watching opportunities. Kramper Reservoir, a 226-acre lake, was planned with shoreline fishing and boat fishing in mind, and a wide spectrum of aquatic habitat features were incorporated to make this new reservoir suitable for fish to reproduce and grow rapidly. The lake has been stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, walleye and channel catfish. Anglers are reminded that Kramper Lake is a no-wake lake and that live bait fish are not allowed. Boaters are asked to clean, drain and dry their boats to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species such as zebra mussels. A Nebraska park entry permit is required for each vehicle entering the park.
Contact Nebraska State Park System for reservations, 402-755-2284.
Ponca State Park
Ponca State Park is 2,200 acres, located in the wooded hills overlooking the un-channeled section of the Missouri River. There is a 17,000-square-foot facility called the Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center that features conference rooms, gift shop, wildlife feeding stations, and a Missouri River Interpretive Display wing. Activities available include kayaking, shooting sports (shotgun, muzzleloader, archery, .22 rifles and pellet gun), fishing, swimming, hiking, nature programs, guided horse rides, cross-country skiing, sledding and more. The park attracts many birdwatchers during the peak of spring migration (March through early May). There are 22 miles of trails winding through the park and there is a hike/bike trail running from Ponca State Park into the city of Ponca (3 miles). A concrete boat ramp with dock provides river access. Anglers fish for carp, channel and flathead catfish, drum, paddlefish, sauger and walleye. Archery deer and turkey hunting is only allowed with a special permit. Ponca State Park features 15 (4-bedroom) mini lodges and 2 (2-bedroom) green cabins that are open year-round. There are also 14 seasonal rustic cabins, 93 electrical campsites and more than 50 year-round primitive campsites. Amenities include showers, water spigots (not hook-ups), a dump station, playground, two shelter houses, picnic tables and fire rings.