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Camping

Get away and unwind by planning a camping trip at a Nebraska state park. Several parks across the state offer accommodations for tent and/or RV camping. Many locations offer modern shower and restroom facilities as well.

Where to camp

Several Nebraska state parks and recreation areas offer a variety of camping amenities. Follow the links below to learn more about our locations and what they have to offer.

Featured camping areas

October 9, 2015
October 8, 2015 Ponca State Park
October 8, 2015 platte river
October 8, 2015 Niobrara State Park
October 8, 2015 Indian Cave State Park
October 7, 2015 Fort Robinson State Park
October 7, 2015 Chadron State Park

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Reservations

Cabin and camping reservations are accepted up to a year in advance of arrival date at select state parks and recreation areas. Reservations may be made online, by calling the Reservation Call Center at (402) 471-1414 or at select park offices. There is a nonrefundable reservation fee for each cabin or campsite reserved.

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Walk-In Campsites

A summary of the park regulations on occupying a first-come, first-served walk-in campsite in a Nebraska state park or recreation area:

  • A campsite must be properly registered for and paid for before a patron can physically occupy any site.
  • All motorized vehicles must display a valid park entry permit.
  • A campsite is deemed physically occupied when a camping unit or a shelter defined for camping is erected upon the campsite; (camping trailer, fifth-wheel trailer, motor home, travel trailer, conversion van, truck camper, or a fully erected tent that is commercially designed for occupancy by a person). Visitors cannot hold a site by paying and simply placing a tag on the camp post or by placing a tarp, cooler or parking a car on the site.
  • A camping unit is required on the site immediately to finalize the purchase.
  • To provide flexibility for special circumstances, visitors may be allowed until noon the following day to have a camping unit on the site. This is per park superintendent or park superintendent designee’s discretion. Approval must be given and if the camping unit doesn’t arrive by noon the following day, the site will be open for other campers. Guests will only be able to register for a single night until the camping unit is properly placed. This is the exception and not the norm.
  • Campers may not camp longer than 14 consecutive days in a park area or campground during any 30-day period. To stay longer than 14 consecutive days, requires approval from park superintendent and their decision will be based upon demand and occupancy levels in the campground or park at the time of request.

More information on the campground policy is available on the campground policy page.

 

Pricing information

Campsite fees vary by park location. Visit our park lodging, camping and activity pricing page for complete details.

Pricing information

 

Rules and regulations

In order to help make your stay and that of others campers as enjoyable as possible, please observe the campground rules and regulations in place.

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Firewood alert: voluntary firewood restriction

We know that a campfire is an important part of your recreation experience at Nebraska state parks and recreation areas. However, whenever firewood is transported any distance, it can harbor the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) or other invasive pests that are harmful to Nebraska woodlands and landscapes. Please help prevent the spread of invasive pests by acquiring firewood within 50 miles of your destination and burning all of it rather than transporting to another location. – Thank you!