About Bessey Recreation Complex Campground
Bessey Recreation Complex and campground is located in central Nebraska, adjacent to Middle Loup River, offering visitors opportunities to enjoy the scenery, relax, and recreate. Natural Features: The Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands are located in central and western Nebraska and South Dakota. This area is made up of two national forests, three national grasslands, a tree nursery and is host to a Job Corps facility. An unusual combination of the native ponderosa pine forest and mixed grass prairies, combined with hand-planted forests, sand hills and grasslands, is unique to the National Forest System. The campground within the Bessy Recreation Complex is located next to the Charles E. Bessey Nursery, the oldest tree nursery in the Forest Service. Wildlife in the area abounds. Prairie chicken, sharp-tailed grouse, mule-deer, whitetailed deer, pronghorn antelope, prairie dogs, turkeys, coyotes, bobwhite quail, eagles, hawks and falcons all find habitat in surrounding ecosystems. Recreation: Waterfront activities are popular and plentiful at this facility. Adjacent to the campground, Middle Loup River is shallow and steady flowing, providing good conditions for tubing and canoeing. A seven acre pond stocked with largemouth bass, blue gill, trout and catfish offers great fishing for the whole family. There is also an accessible fishing pier. Facilities: Bessy Recreation Complex has camping sites able to accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs, including one group site and several tent-only sites. The campground is equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings, flush toilets and drinking water. Electric hookups are available at the group site and several of the standard sites. A group picnic area is also available for use. Restaurants, gas stations and a grocery store are available in Thedford, Nebraska, 16 miles to the west. Nearby Attractions: Drive or hike to the Scott Lookout Tower for a fantastic panoramic view of Nebraska's sand hills and prairies. ACTIVITIES Biking: The main campground serves as a starting point for mountain biking. Camping: This campground has 40 campsites for tents or RVs. Twenty-two of them have electric hook-ups with 20, 30, or 50 amp pedestals. The roads are paved. Individual water hookups are not available. There are pull-through sites as well as back-in sites. Most sites are in full shade. Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or use the web at www.recreation.gov. Fishing: The Bessey fish pond has an accessible pier and a vault toilet. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission regularly stocks the pond with various species of fish. Hiking: From the campground, hike the 3 mile trail to the Scott Lookout Tower, which was renovated in 2011. From the tower, enjoy a 360-degree view of the grasslands and hand-planted forest. Day hiking is available anywhere in the forest. Off Highway Vehicle: The district has approximately 23 miles of ATV trails (for vehicles 50 inches wide or less) and 11 miles of trails for sid-by-sides that are greater than 50 inches wide. Picnicking: $3 per day fee Recreational Vehicles: This campground has 40 campsites for tents or RVs. Twenty-two of them have electric hook-ups with 20, 30, or 50 amp pedestals. The paved spurs for RVs are from 27 to 40 feet long. All roads are paved. Individual water hookups are not available. There are pull-through sites as well as back-in sites. Most sites are in full shade. Wildlife Viewing
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Bessey Recreation Complex Campground is located in Nebraska
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude): 41.90061, -100.29914 41°54'2"N, 100°17'57"W From Interstate 80, travel north from North Platte, Nebraska on U.S. Hwy 83 for 65 miles to Thedford, Nebraska. Continue East for 16 miles on Nebraska Hwy 2, then South .05 miles from Hwy 2 on State Spur 86B.
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