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15 Reviews of 5 Hire, Nebraska Campgrounds

MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2020

Merritt Reservoir

Clean campground with lots of beach access

Reviewed Aug. 16, 2020

Hidden gem

Basic camping with long drop and right on reservoir. Most of the spots are sandy but found a few on grass. Only one other camper in the campground. Had a family of coyotes close...enjoyed hearing them talking at night and they stayed away from camp.

Alex R.
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2019


Beautiful campground! Excellent boat ramp and fish cleaning station!

Shelly S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2018

Saw no snakes

Snake River Area Campground near Valentine, NE is on the Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area.

Can you say sand! And fishing. The nice thing about this entire area is one: you don’t see much of the park employees, it’s pretty much all honor system based. Which means if you occupy an…

  • Direct put in along the shore
  • Several choices and private area
  • Shade and hammock options
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Month of VisitOctober
Shelly S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2018

Bring your fishing gear

At Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area near Valentine, NE you have some choices to make. There are Merritt Main, Willow Cove , Lone Tree, Cottonwood , Pines, Cedar Bay , Beeds and Board Campgrounds to choose from. Each has sites near the Reservoir or further back in the scrub that have fire…

  • Fort Niobrara nearby
  • On the road to Valentine
  • Mountainhouse meals are an excellent, easy way to pack your meals for your trip.
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Month of VisitOctober
Shelly S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2018

Here to fish

Merritt Reservoir Main Area Campground in Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area, NE is one of many camping options throughout the area.

This is the largest of the campgrounds in the State Recreation Area. There is a fish cleaning area nearby with camper dumpsite. A pit toilet and…

  • Making the must have morning coffee
  • Kuju is perfect pocket sized coffee brewing
  • Not close but easy to find if you do want a trail
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Month of VisitNovember
Shane H.
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2018

Merritt Res.

Love camping at Merritt. Many different campsites to choose from. Walk up and extended stay. Great fishing and boating. The Scenic Sandhills surround the lake and on the biggest hill is always Ole Glory our up every year by a local business owner that frequents the lake. Hunting around Merritt is…

Shelly S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2018

Sand and water but no beach

Boardman Creek Area Campground is one of many campgrounds in the Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area.

I likes Boardman Creek because of the site we used had direct put in and was secluded at the end of the camping area. I used a primitive site but Boardman has electric hook ups as well.…

  • The campground
  • The pit toilet in the distance and other sites
  • Direct put in straight ahead
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Month of VisitOctober
Shelly S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2018

4 Wheel drive

Powder Horn Area Campground is part of Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area near Valentine, NE.

I traveled this area in September, when I left Kentucky it was in the 80’s, my first night in the Valentine area it got down to 41 and didn’t go above 55 for the entire time I was there. That…

  • A lot of grass
  • The areas are easy to find off the main road
  • The road in is well packed
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Month of VisitOctober
Jennifer M.
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2018

Sandhills camping with miles of quiet sandy beaches

Wuiet campground with restrooms with plumbing and showers. Sites with and without power for tents and RVs. Miles of quiet beaches, even on holiday weekends.

  • Site H-Cedar has a trail behind it to a pretty beach. ACROSS FROM RESTROOM, has power.
  • TRail to one of many beaches behind site H-Cedar
  • One of many beaches in a quiet bay
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Month of VisitOctober
Shannon G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2018

Relax and enjoy

We come here every year with a small group of friends and have a wonderful time. Whether we are out on the lake boating, or fishing, or this year trying to kayak, or by the camp fire telling stories, we always have fun. The sites are mostly shaded at Cedar Bay where we camp and are Electric only,…

  • Beach time
  • What a view
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Month of VisitJuly
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2018

Our Go-To Spot

Always peaceful and family friendly. Several different camp areas with primitive or hook up options. Several boat docks, good fishing, shower facilities, and more!

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2018


There are so many great sites here. Cedar Bay is always the busiest. Bordeman def has the best grassy sites and is great for groups. Powderhorn is the least used lake access and you can never go wrong with the quiet area of willow. The night sky is the best reason to go here. It’s one of the…

Jacob C.
Reviewed May. 8, 2017

Very nice campground with nice beaches

We visited in May of 2017, and we stayed at Cedar Bay campground site AA. The area offers great views and close to unity to regional sites auch as Snake Falls, Niobrara, Valentine and more. The site sits right on the edge of the southern edge of the reservoir and is close to two boat ramps. There…

  • Shade
  • Looking west from the site
  • The edge of the site
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Reviewed Mar. 29, 2016

Merritt Resevoir Nebraska

This is what my husband and I call a "fish camp" - meaning most of the campers are here to fish the reservoir. There were no trees in our campground, not very scenic. The toilets were flush, ok, but the showers were pay showers and did not look very good, we opted to wait until next campground! …

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