Edness K. Wilkins State Park

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Edness K. Wilkins State Park's water in the fall
Edness K. Wilkins State Park fall path
Edness K. Wilkins State Park during the Fourth of July

Edness K. Wilkins is a serene day-use park for families, nature lovers and those looking for solitude they can enjoy. The huge old cottonwoods, as they cast reflections on the historic North Platte River, lend shade to visitors. The North Platte River provides a natural habitat for a variety of wildlife, and for fishing, canoeing and rafting. Today, a visitor can utilize picnic tables, grills, group shelters, playgrounds and a launching ramp for canoes or rafts. A universally accessible fishing pier, the only one like it in the state, has become one of the finest amenities provided to visitors. An additional 2.8 miles of accessible hard-surfaced paths provide visitors with an opportunity to view some of the finest wildlife in the area. Anglers can try their fishing luck in the North Platte River. Swimmers can take a refreshing dip at the park swimming area. Bird watching enthusiasts can wile away the hours searching for yellow warblers, cedar waxwings, downy woodpeckers, and dozens of other species. One birder counted 40 different species of birds on a summer outing.