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Branched Oak State Recreation Area


Park Snapshot


Branched Oak, 2 mi. N of Malcolm via S-55M, is the largest of the Salt Valley Lakes near Lincoln, encompassing 5,595 acres with 1,800 acres of water. The swimming beaches are unsupervised. Full hookups (water, sewer, electric) are available on 12 camping sites. The campgrounds have restrooms, showers, drinking water, and 4 dump stations. There are 338 pad sites, 287 with electrical (213 30 amp / 40 50-amp). There are 172 electrical and 9 non-electric sites available for reservations. There is ample space for primitive camping.


The area has 4 boat ramps, fish cleaning stations, private marina and concession, several miles of hiking, biking and horse trails, including an area where camping is allowed with horses. A nationally recognized dog trial area is located there.

Overnight Accommodations

Camping Facilities:
283 camping pads with electrical hookups*
42 camping pads without electricity
194 non-pad sites without electricity
*20/30/50-amp. 1-year advance reservable campsites

Camping is permitted in nine public use areas around the lake. Facilities and opportunities range from modern to primitive. All campers must register, and overnight camping fees are charged in addition to the required Park Entry Permit. Self-registration stations are located in each campground.

Middle Oak Creek Campground (Area #4) offers hard surfaced campsites with 30-amp and 50-amp electrical hookups, non-electrical camper pads and tent sites. Middle Oak Creek campers have access to two modern shower buildings and will also find such other facilities as a dump station, playground, pay phone and boat ramp with limited overnight docks.

South Shore Campground (Area #1) offers paved electrical campsites and a modern, coin-operated shower building. This campground has a dump station, a second shower building, and additional campsites.

Area #11 offers a coin operated shower building and a dump station.

All campers must register. Reservations are accepted. Reservations are taken for 50% of the modern camping at Middle Oak and South Shore campgrounds. Reservations are taken up to 1 year in advance of arrival day.

Facility Details

Camping: Yes

Water: Yes
Modern Restroom: Yes
Dump Station: Yes
Showers: Yes
Laundry: No

Lodging: No

Cabins: 0
Rooms: 0
Dorms: 0
Food Service: No

Trails: Yes

Hiking: 7 miles
Mtn. Bike: 6 miles
Horse: 3 miles
Trail Rides: No
Allow Horses: Branched Oak Lake State Recreation Area has a 3-mile multi-use trail on the south side of the lake. Visitors can camp with their horses in Area 3. It offers hand pump drinking water, toilets and fire rings.

Picnicking: Yes

Picnic Tables: 625
Grills: 588
Shelters: 41
Shelters w/ elec.: 1

Boating: Yes

Types: All
Ramps: 9
Docks: 49
Fuel Avail.: Yes
Boat Rental: No
River Access: No

Fishing: Yes

Cleaning Stations: 2

Swimming: Yes

Pools: 0
Beaches: 2

Concessions: Yes

Branched Oak Marina
10001 West Davey Road
Raymond, NE 68428
(402) 783-3311
Restaurant, boat rental, fuel, bait, groceries

Visitor Center: No

Office on Site: Yes

Branched Oak Office
Office Hours are Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily
Rest of the year hours are 8 - 4:30 Monday - Friday

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