The 15 Best Camping Spots in Nebraska!

Looking for a great place to pitch your tent or park your camper in Nebraska? There are plenty of opportunities to explore and enjoy the natural treasures of this state. Whether you’re looking to horseback ride through a beautiful state park or escape to an island, Nebraska brings you a diverse range of options. For a slice of the good life, check out these 15 best camping spots in Nebraska. 

1. Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Ashland, NE

Plan the perfect getaway at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. Explore the beautiful forested trails, or head up the 70-foot observation tower for a stunning view of the Platte River and the forest surrounding it. Mahoney State Park is a popular spot for both camping and fishing all year-round.

2. Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area, Valentine, NE

Beauty and peacefulness are two reasons to camp out at the Merritt Reservoir Recreation Area. Surrounded by a beautiful river valley, great fishing and boating are available near the campgrounds. 

3. Victoria Springs, Anselmo, NE

Water from Victoria’s mineral springs was once bottled and sold nationwide. Now, the secluded grounds are the perfect getaway for camping, fishing, and afternoon BBQs. 

4. Indian Cave, Shubert, NE

A spectacular spot for camping the fall, Indian Cave is surrounded by lush forests and flora. Set up camp then go out and explore the numerous trails or enjoy horseback riding through this pristine part of the state.

5. Niobrara State Park, Niobrara, NE

Situated at the meeting point of the Niobrara and Missouri rivers, Niobrara State Park offers a wide range of camping and outdoor experiences. From campgrounds, picnicking, horseback trails, hiking trails, and fishing, this modern campground is a must visit.

6. Lewis and Clark, Crofton, NE

Situated on Nebraska’s second largest lake, the Lewis & Clark state recreation area offers beautiful cabins for staying along the shore of the lake or outdoor campsites with lots of shade from the summer sun. There are picnic shelters, a swimming beach, and excellent boating to enjoy!

7. Calamus, Burwell, NE

Located in the heart of the Sandhills, Calamus offers a premium site for camping and fishing. Dozens of recreational activities can be found here and with modern campgrounds, restrooms, and showers, this a great camping escape.

8. Fort Kearny, Kearney, NE

Covering 186 acres, Fort Kearny is home to the world’s largest concentration of sandhill cranes and waterfowl in the spring. It boasts excellent modern and primitive camping facilities that are shaded with 100-year-old cottonwood trees.

9. Lake McConaughy, Ogallala, NE

Lake McConaughy is Nebraska’s largest reservoir with spectacular water activities, boating, fishing, and of course, camping. Modern campgrounds complete with shelters, a swimming beach, and fish cleaning stations are all available.

10. Fort Robinson, Harrison, NE

As Western Nebraska’s top state park, Fort Robertson is home to beautiful scenery, scenic campgrounds, and the park’s very own buffalo. For a piece of Old West history and fun memories, Fort Robinson is a must-visit.

11. Louisville State Recreation Area, Louisville, NE

Situated on the south bank of the Platte River near the edge of Louisville, this is the ideal location for campers to enjoy the natural scenery as well as take advantage of the facilities at the Platte River State Park. 

12. Medicine Creek Reservoir Area, Cambridge, NE

One of Nebraska’s loveliest recreation areas, the Medicine Creek Reservoir Area boasts 29 miles of shoreline and plenty of outdoor space to camp and get away from it all. Facilities range from modern to just the essentials and there are also a few cabins available with all the comforts of home.

13. Ponca State Park, Ponca, NE

A paradise stretching along the eastern Missouri River bordering Nebraska, Ponca State Park offers more than 20 miles of trails for adventurous campers to enjoy. Paved, electrical campsites as well as primitive camping sites are available year-round.

14. Mormon Island, Doniphan, NE

Mormon Island was once a popular winter stopover for Mormon emigrants heading westward. Now, the recreation area hosts an amazing gathering of sandhill cranes which draws thousands of visitors each year. Visitors can stay in modern camping facilities with electrical hookups and more.

15. Two Rivers, Waterloo, NE

Two Rivers is one of the only sites in the nation that offers the chance to sleep in an authentic retired caboose. Ten Union Pacific cabooses have been remodeled and restored for a unique lodging experience for park-goers. Additionally, seven camp areas and 209 padded sites are also available for all your camping needs.

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7425 S US Hwy 281, Doniphan, NE
Crystal Lake Recreation Area, located 2 miles north and 1/2 mile west of Ayr, NE, is a 33 acre park adjacent to the Little Blue River and features ... Read More
S 108th road, Beatrice, NE
Rockford State Recreation Area consists of approximately 300 land acres around a 150-acre lake. The area offers boating, fishing, picnicking, swimm... Read More
40611 Road 728, Cambridge, NE
Located in a peaceful and scenic spot, Medicine Creek is a great hidden outdoor getaway. Four two-bedroom fully furnished lakeside modern cabins ar... Read More
15951 Highway 385, Chadron, NE
Nebraska’s first state park, Chadron State Park was founded in 1921 and is nestled among the distinctive buttes and canyons of Nebraska&rsquo... Read More
9.5 mi. N. on asphalt road, Crawford, NE
Box Butte Reservoir SRA encompasses 2,212 acres on the west edge of the Sandhills, 9 miles north of Hemingford. It includes a 1,600-acre lake. The ... Read More
Highway 20, Harrison, NE
Western Nebraska's premier state park, Fort Robinson, west of Crawford, has it all -- with more than 22,000 acres of exquisite Pine Ridge scenery, ... Read More
1 East Park Drive 25A, Elwood, NE
Excellent camping, fishing and water sports are hallmarks of this popular area, just 10 miles south of Lexington. This recreation area packs a lot ... Read More
627 County Road 29, Tekamah, NE
Summit Lake State Recreation Area is a 190-acre lake, surrounded by 345 acres of land. The area offers fishing, hiking, hunting, swimming and campi... Read More
Morrill County, Bridgeport, NE
Those looking for shady campsites and sandy beaches will enjoy a visit to Bridgeport State Recreation Area, a relatively small but popular spot for... Read More
Lincoln Hwy, Kimball, NE
With 917 acres of land and a 270-acre lake, Oliver Lake State Recreation Area is the only water based recreational facility in the southwest Panhan... Read More
2625 Lowell Rd, Gibbon, NE
Windmill State Recreation area is one of the jewels of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in the state’s unique chain of lakes along Inte... Read More
7425 U.S. 281, Doniphan, NE
Just off Interstate 80 by Grand Island, Mormon Island State Recreation Area is a convenient place for outdoor fun. Mormon Island has handicap-acces... Read More
3019 Apple Street, Lincoln, NE
Wagon Train State Recreation Area comprises 746 acres of land and a 315-acre lake two miles east of Hickman. The area offers boating, fishing, picn... Read More
1020 V Road, Kearney, NE
Fort Kearny State Recreation Area offers 186 acres dotted with sandpit lakes. In the spring, the world’s largest concentration of sandhill cr... Read More
3900 NorthWest 105th, Lincoln, NE
Pawnee State Recreation Area features 2,544 acres, 740 of which are water acres. Diverse recreation opportunities on this area draw anglers, boater... Read More
15810 Hwy. 50, Louisville, NE
Encompassing 192 acres, Louisville State Recreation Area boasts five sandpit lakes with approximately 50 surface acres of water. Surrounded by towe... Read More
3 W of Sprague, Martell, NE
This 742-acre area has great spots for picnicking and camping, as well as a lake, making it a perfect place for a close-to-home getaway. Anglers es... Read More
72718 Trail 2, Mc Cook, NE
Some of the finest fishing and hunting in the state are found at Red Willow SRA, and the area has excellent facilities for camping and water-orient... Read More
291040 The Point Rd, Minatare, NE
Fun on the water surely awaits those who are within sight of Nebraska’s only full-size lighthouse at Lake Minatare State Recreation Area. At ... Read More
89261 522 Avenue, Niobrara, NE
Situated at the confluence of the Niobrara and Missouri rivers on Nebraska’s northeastern border, Niobrara State Park offers visitors a wide ... Read More
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