Branched Oak State Recreation Area

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Branched Oak State Recreation Area

Nebraska

(402) 783-3400

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Things To Do

Overview

Branched Oak 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. The campgrounds have restrooms, showers, drinking water, and 4 dump stations. There are over 300 camping sites along with many spots for RVers along with ample space for primitive camping. Additionally, there are several miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails. A nationally recognized dog trial area is located there.

Map of Branched Oak State Rec. Area (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.975820, -96.879063

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Activities

  • Boating

    Thousands of people come every year to experience the fantastic boating at Branched OAk State Recreation Area. The area has four aboat ramps, fish cleaning stations, and a private marina.

  • Bicycling

    Branched Oak Lake State Recreation Area has a 3-mile multi-use trail on the south side of the lake.

  • Camping

    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.

    Visitors can camp with their horses in Area 3. It offers hand pump drinking water, toilets and fire rings.

  • Fishing

    Anglers have a plethora of locations to fish at Branched Oak. There are private coves, exposed water, and shoreline fishing opportunities. Additionally, two cleaning stations are available at the marina.

  • Hiking

    Several miles of hiking trails encircle the area. Branched Oak Lake State Recreation Area has a 3-mile multi-use trail on the south side of the lake.

  • Horseback Riding

    Equestrians are welcome to ride on the several miles of trails throughout the area. Visitors can camp with their horses in Area 3. It offers hand pump drinking water, toilets and fire rings.

  • Picnicking

    With a multitude of modern facilities, Branch Oak has a spot for everyone to have a picnic. There are over 600 picnic table, over 550 grills and 41 covered shelters.

  • RVing

    Full hookups (water, sewer, electric) are available on 12 camping sites. Additionally, there are 287 sites with electrical (two hundred and thirteen with 30 amp and forty with 50-amp).

  • Water Sports

    Branched Oak has two swimming beaches for visitors to enjoy in the hot summer months.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round with reduced hours in the winter.

Directions

Driving

Going west on I-80: Take the North 27th street exit, at the stop sign turn right, go 1/2 mile to Arbor Rd., turn left go 1 mile to North 14th, turn right on North 14th, go to yellow flashing light which is Raymond Rd., Turn left, stay on Raymond Rd. for 8 miles, there will be a curve in the road. If you turn right you will go to areas 14,13,12,11,10 and 9 if you stay on Raymond Rd. you will go to areas 1 (Southshore Campground) ,2,3,4 (Middle Oak Creek Campground), 5,6,7 and 8.

Going east on I-80: From I-80 take the Seward/HWY 15 exit, which is North to Seward. At the stop light in Seward turn right which will be HWY 34, stay on this HWY for 12 miles you will see a sign that says Branched Oak. There is only one way to turn, which is north and puts you on NW 112th. It takes you through the town of Malcolm. Stay on this road for 5 miles and you are at the lake. If you turn right you will go to areas 14,13,12,11,10 and 9. If you turn left you will go to Areas 1(Southshore Campground),2,3,4 ( Middle Oak Creek Campground),5,6,7 and 8.

Going South on HWY 79: At the yellow flashing turn right on Raymond Rd, go 4 miles and same as above.

Going North on HWY 77 stay on 10th St., in Lincoln, take HWY 34 West. Stay on Hwy 34 until you come to the HWY 79 exit, turn right-on HWY 79 stay on this for 5 miles. You will come to a yellow flashing light turn left on Raymond Rd. for 4 miles and at the curve, same as above.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(402) 783-3400

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