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Branched Oak State Recreation Area

12000 W. Branched Oak Rd

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.


J Sherman

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Nice place to camp. Pro was people respected the quiet hours. Cons were (and there are a lot) people let their dogs roam free which is against park rules, they parked on the grass with trucks and boats against park rules, people would speed through the area. They need to change the rule for marking your camp spot. There were tents only on spots for days with no one there because they wanted the spot for Memorial Weekend, two weeks away. There should be a 24 hour rule, be here or lose the spot. Others couldn't camp because of this. There are other rules not followed, but I can't remember them now.

jordan hinrichs

Sunday, July 8, 2018
This is one of Nebraska's larger reservoirs and it gets the most traffic out of all the state rec areas. Branched Oak has a TON of campers and very little regulations in comparison to the 'more important' reservoirs out west. The fishing opportunities are sub par unless it's spring or late fall. In the summer, there is just too much boat traffic most days and the fishing is sub par. This is a good lake to camp in the spring or fall when there are less people. It's not regulated well so the fishing and camping rules are abused.

Sydney Ray

Friday, June 8, 2018
Branched Oak State Recreational Park is always so fun to go camp, swim, boat, or go on a nice walk. The view is beautiful, you can always see a nice sunset or some animals. I would definitely give Branched Oak a 5 Star!!!!

Belinda Fowler

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Middle oak campground, well kept grounds. Showers could be updated and water could be a little deeper nearby but overall nice place to hang it hat for a couple days.

Breanna Kaup

Sunday, May 27, 2018
I agree with J Sherman. We love camping out there with our kids but it is difficult to find a camping spot. People leave their campers for days or put tents down to mark their spot but don’t show up until days later. Something needs to change! It’s discouraging and I’ve heard a lot of people have the same complaint.

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