Branched Oak Lake

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Branched Oak Lake

Nebraska

(402) 453-0202

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Overview

Branched Oak Lake (Dam Site #18) was completed on August 21, 1967 and is the largest of all the Salt Valley Projects with a pool of 1800 surface acres. The remaining 2606 acres provide ample opportunity for camping, recreation, and hunting. There is something for everyone at Branched Oak SRA. Branched Oak State Recreation Area (SRA) boasts some of the finest camping facilities in the State Park system. There are 268 improved campsites - 187 of which have electrical hook-ups. Facilities in the camping areas include four heated shower buildings, two trailer dump stations, and two fish cleaning stations. Unique to Branched Oak is the 800-acre dog trial area, which attracts championship events from across the nation. For the plant lover, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has established an arboretum at the park with over 100 species of trees and shrubs. For the angler, the lake is stocked with northern pike, walleye, largemouth and striped bass, black crappie, channel catfish, black bullhead, bluegill and green sunfish. There are six boat ramps in various places around the lake and a handicapped accessible fishing pier. The marina on the northeast side of the lake provides facilities to dock boats, rent boats, fuel up, and purchase food and supplies. The park is also a wildlife management area where hunters will find plenty of ring-necked pheasant, waterfowl, cottontail rabbit, coyote, raccoon, red fox, striped skunk, eastern fox squirrel and white-tail deer.

Map of Branched Oak Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 40.960148, -96.868215

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Activities

  • Boating

    There are six boat ramps in various places around the lake and a handicapped accessible fishing pier. The marina on the northeast side of the lake provides facilities to dock boats, rent boats, fuel up, and purchase food and supplies.

  • Camping

    Branched Oak State Recreation Area (SRA) boasts some of the finest camping facilities in the State Park system. There are 268 improved campsites - 187 of which have electrical hook-ups. Facilities in the camping areas include four heated shower buildings, two trailer dump stations, and two fish cleaning stations.

  • Fishing

    For the angler, the lake is stocked with northern pike, walleye, largemouth and striped bass, black crappie, channel catfish, black bullhead, bluegill and green sunfish.

  • Horseback Riding

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Hunting

    The park is also a wildlife management area where hunters will find plenty of ring-necked pheasant, waterfowl, cottontail rabbit, coyote, raccoon, red fox, striped skunk, eastern fox squirrel and white-tail deer.

  • Picnicking

    Visitors are welcome to picnic at Branched Oak Lake.

  • RVing

    Two trailer dump stations are available within the campgrounds.

  • Water Sports

    Water skiing and swimming are two popular ways that visitors enjoy Branched Oak Lake.

  • Winter Sports

    Please contact park services for more information.

Directions

Driving

15 miles northwest of Lincoln and three miles north of Malcolm. The entrance is on NW 140th Street

Phone Numbers

Primary

(402) 453-0202

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