Nebraska May 09, 2016
These 15 Amazing Camping Spots In Nebraska Are An Absolute Must See
It’s time to dust off the tent and brush up on your fire-making skills, because camping season is upon us. We’ve all got our favorite special places to camp, and we don’t tend to stray from them – why fix what’s not broken, right? But if you’ve never been camping in Nebraska, or if you’re looking for a new spot, you might be overwhelmed with the seemingly endless campground choices. Only In Nebraska to the rescue! These 15 camping sites were named by
TripleBlaze.com, an online hiking/camping resource, as the top camping spots in Nebraska based on camper ratings and reviews.
15. Johnson Lake State Recreation Area, Lexington
Johnson Lake is a favorite among anglers, boaters, and all types of outdoor enthusiasts in Nebraska. The recreation area offers primitive and modern camping along with modern restrooms and showers.
14. Chadron State Park, Chadron
You can always rent one of the cabins at Chadron SP, but the modern campground is really beautiful and well-maintained. You have to reserve well in advance or get there early, though - these spots fill up fast.
13. Calamus Reservoir, Burwell
One of Nebraska's most beautiful lakes also offers some of the best camping. Their modern facilities include 122 pads with electrical hookups and 55 non-pad campsites. You'll find modern restrooms and showers here, too.
12. Pawnee State Recreation Area, Lincoln
Right on the second largest lake in the Salt Valley, Pawnee SRA has 68 modern camping pads with electrical hook-ups as well as 34 non-electric pads and 97 non-electrical, non-pad sites.
11. Louisville State Recreation Area, Louisville
There's some great fishing to be had here, and after a long day of angling you can simply walk back to your tent or RV. Showers, restrooms, water, and a playground are all available to campers.
10. Swanson Reservoir, Trenton
A lovely spot on the Republican River, Swanson Reservoir is open from the beginning of May to the beginning of October. You can camp in your RV here, but why pass up the opportunity to pitch your tent right on the sandy beach?
9. Box Butte Reservoir State Recreation Area, Hemingford
This truly beautiful location in Northwest Nebraska offers year-round camping on 14 modern pads and 40 primitive non-pad sites.
8. Windmill State Recreation Area, Gibbon
Between Kearney and Grand Island, this campground is full of beautiful restored windmills. It offers primitive as well as modern campsites.
7. Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area, Fremont
Get here early to avoid disappointment, because this is an extremely popular camping spot, particularly among the RV crowd.
6. Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, Kearney
Sandpit lakes and 100-year-old cottonwood trees make this campground a truly wonderful place to spend a night or two. You'll find both modern and primitive tend camping along with modern restrooms and showers.
5. Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford
Set in one of the most beautiful parts of the state, Fort Robinson has both primitive and electrical campsites open year-round.
4. Wagon Train State Recreation Area, Hickman
Located not far from Lincoln, Wagon Train SRA has 28 camping pads with electrical hookups and 80 non-pad sites without electricity.
3. Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, near Ashland
It's no surprise that one of Nebraska's most beloved state parks is one of its most popular campgrounds. You can rent cabins here or camp on the hard surface pads, all with restrooms, showers, drinking water, and laundry facilities nearby.
2. Niobrara State Park, Niobrara
Nestled between the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers, this state park is a true gem.
1. Enders Reservoir, Enders
The top-rated campground in the state is Enders Reservoir, located just outside of Enders. The site offers primitive and electrical camping all year, with modern restrooms and showers.
What do you think – did the algorithm used by
TripleBlaze get it right? These rankings seem pretty accurate based on personal experience and your comments. But these 15 just scrape the surface of ALL of the magnificent camping spots across the state. What other camping facilities are not to be missed in Nebraska in your opinion?