Camping reservations are accepted up to 180 days in advance of arrival. Cabin and lodging reservations are accepted up to a year in advance of arrival date at select state parks and recreation areas. Reservations for beach camping at Lake McConaughy are accepted 30 days in advance of arrival.
Reservations may be made online or by calling the Reservation Call Center at (402) 471-1414. The Reservation Call Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time. It is closed on state holidays.
Year-to-date reservations for lodging, 180-day reservations for camping, and 30-day reservations for beach camping are not available until 9 a.m. Central Time. All other reservation dates are available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
There is a nonrefundable reservation fee for each cabin or campsite reserved. See our reservation policy below.
Reservation Booking Window
Reservations may be made at select park offices during normal business hours.
Camping reservations can be booked 180 days in advance, lodging reservations can be booked 1 year prior and Lake McConaughy beach camping reservations can be booked 30 days prior.
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Reservation and cancellation policies
Call 402-471-1414 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. CST Monday through Friday. Year-to-date reservations for lodging, 180-day reservations for camping, and 30-day reservations for Lake McConaughy beach camping are not available until 9 a.m. Central Time.
The Reservation Call Center hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. The call center is closed on state holidays. Web reservations are available 24 hours, 7 days a week at OutdoorNebraska.org.
There is a $15 one-time pet fee per unit for pets staying in cabins. Service animals are exempt.
Group picnic shelters may be reserved at some areas. A reservation may be made online, phone, or in person up to a year in advanced. Fees are $60 with electricity and $45 without. Reservations require a $8.50 reservation fee in addition to the regular shelter fee.
Lodging reservations are available up to a year in advance on a first-come, first-served basis online at OutdoorNebraska.org or by calling the Nebraska State Parks Reservation Center at 402-471-1414. During peak season a two night minimum stay is required. During non-peak season, one-night stays are accepted for Sundays through Thursdays. Reservations require a $8.50 reservation fee per unit in addition to the regular lodging fee. Cabin check-in time is 4 pm and check-out time is 11 am (except at Fort Robinson State Park, where check-in time is 5 pm and check-out time is 10 am).
Designated camp sites may be reserved up to 180 days at park locations across the state and 30 days in advance for beach camping at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area. Reserved sites may not be available until 4 p.m. the day of arrival, or 2 p.m. at Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala SRAs.
Reservations require an $8.50 reservation fee in addition to the regular camping fee.
Camping at all other areas is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Camping sites must be vacated by the time posted unless you re-register.
Beach Camping at Lake McConaughy
Beach Camping is by designated beach area, and is not site-specific. For example, campers who purchase campsites at Beach Area 17 can camp where they want (on the water’s edge or in the trees for example) as long as they remain in Beach Area 17. If you have purchased a beach campsite, you may not move to a different beach area without first canceling the reservation and purchasing a site in the desired beach area.
For a single campsite, occupancy for overnight camping is eight (8) people and two (2) tents or one (1) camper and one (1) tent. If you have more than this you must purchase additional campsites. There are a limited amount of sites per beach area. Please be aware that it is easy to get stuck in the sand, and visitors should use a 4-wheel drive vehicle when driving on the beach.
Check-in at Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala
At Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala SRAs, campers with reservations must check in with staff at a kiosk (fee booth) or at the Visitor Center. Check-in time is between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. MST and must be done before proceeding to your campsite. Guests must be checked in by 9 p.m. MST.
Be prepared to provide your name and reservation number. Your reservation number can be accessed from your confirmation email or by logging into your Reserve America account.
Check-out is at noon MST on the last day of your stay. Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Payment in full is required at the time the reservation is made. Payment may be made by Discover, Visa or MasterCard, check, money order, cash, or Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Bucks. There is a non-refundable $8.50 (plus tax) reservation fee per lodging unit, camp site, picnic shelter or facility. To reserve a horse stall there is a nonrefundable $7 (plus tax) reservation fee. Payment in full is required within 10 calendar days of making reservation when paying by check and when reservation is made more than 30 days ahead of your arrival. Payment must be received at the park within 10 calendar days of making a reservation or the reservation will be canceled.
Cancellations and refunds
Reservations may be cancelled online by logging into your Reserve America account or by email to the Nebraska reservation call center at firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to the park where the reservation(s) are held. If you check out early, the unused portion of your payment will be forfeited.
No-Show policy at Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala
At Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala SRAs, reservation holders who do not call or check-in and occupy their site on the reserved date of their arrival are considered “no-shows.” No-shows will be canceled with no fees refunded. Upon cancellation, the site will immediately be opened for re-booking.
Canceling dates from the beginning dates of a reservation is not allowed and is non-refundable at any time during peak season. Reservations that encompass both non-peak and peak season dates are governed by the peak season partial Cancellation Guideline. Guests are not allowed to transfer their arrival date to a later date within the same existing reservation dates.
Cabins, lodge rooms, cabooses, overnight and day use group lodges
Except the Comanche Hall at Fort Robinson, see below
If cancelling between 0-30 days prior to arrival date, a refund is given, minus a 1 night’s rental per unit being cancelled and cancellation fee of $5 per unit. If cancelling 31 days or greater prior to arrival date, a refund is given, minus a cancellation fee of $5 per unit.
Camping, tepees, horse stalls, boat docks and picnic shelters
Reservation fees per unit are not refundable. If cancelling less than 7 days prior to arrival date, a refund is given, minus a 1 night’s rental per site/unit being cancelled and cancellation fee of $5 per site/ unit. If cancelling 7 days or greater prior to arrival date, a refund is given, minus a cancellation fee of $5 per site/unit
Comanche Hall (Fort Robinson State Park)
If cancelling less than 90 days prior to arrival date, a refund is given, minus a 1 night’s rental and $5 cancellation fee. If cancelling 90 days or greater prior to arrival date, a refund is given, minus a cancellation fee of $5.
How to Find a Campsite
How to Book a Campsite
How to Create an Availability Notification
Download the Reserve America mobile app
The Reserve America Reservation App allows users to discover available campsites across Nebraska, make bookings online and access their reservations right from their mobile devices.
A few benefits of the app include:
- Mobile trip planning
- Enhance discovery through facility and site photos
- Interactive maps and proximity searches
- Site type and amenity filtering
- In-app availability notifications
- Available on iOS and Android via the App Store or Google Play