When reviewing this campground it is important that I preface anything with a note about the campground condition. This entire area has been inundated with flooding off and on since March 2019. This review is taking these issues into accord and basing the review on the areas that have been repaired in the park since the flooding.
When entering the park you will notice some areas that still show signs of being impacted by the historic flooding this year. The road was completely wiped out during the flooding, but due to some intense work the road was replaced to the campground.
At the park entrance there is a park office to purchase park permits for either day use or for the season. A yearly in-state park permit is $31 and a daily is $6 per day. You will also notice another building at the entrance that during the active season (April-September) is the concession stand. They have a decent spread of options to purchase like drinks, firewood, bait, etc., but you are better off price wise bringing your own supplies to save money.
Just past the entrance you will see a row of 10 former Union Pacific Cabooses that in lieu of actual cabins can be rented for a nights stay. They have restrooms, a deck, beds, etc. , but you do need to bring your own bedding when staying in a caboose. These can be rented for $75 per night. One unfortunate part of the caboose rentals is there are no pets allowed when renting.
There are multiple lakes within the campground to use for fishing. During peak season these lakes are often overly packed-in with people trying to catch something. Lake number 5 is popular for Trout fishing. During normal years that aren't heavily impacted by flooding you can also do some river fishing on the Platte River. Due to the flooding this year though, access to anything by the river is closed due to the area being a mess and some areas undermined by the water that sat for months.
Two Rivers SRA provides tent and RV camping, but again due to the flooding this year a couple of the more popular areas are closed for significant repairs. One of the busy areas for RV camping and where we stayed was the Lakeside Campground. With it being off-season it wasn't too busy but there were close to a dozen campers there over the weekend. RV camping can be done for $25-$35 per night at Two Rivers SRA. The more expensive "Full Hook-up" is actually only water and power. There are no sewer hook-ups that I have ever seen for our multiple stays. Since it is off-season the dump station is closed for your post camping routine. There is a Love's Travel Stop about 5 miles away where you can dump for $5. While the primary water is shutoff as well this time of year, there are multiple Iowa hydrants that are still available for filling the holding tanks.
Tent campers can use any of the open spots at any of the campgrounds, but if you are using a spot with power it runs $15 per night. The normal primitive campground is closed from the flooding, but when open it runs $10 per night.
Two Rivers SRA also offers Horse Camping for those that want to bring their horses out and do some trail riding. This has been closed all season due to the flooding, but when open there are usually 3-4 groups that bring their horses in for trail riding and camping, so it is pretty popular.
**All off-season camping is $5 off the normal rate with exception of primitive sites.
The campground has multiple vault toilets throughout the campground and a few new full service bathrooms/shower houses, that double as shelters during Tornado season. These fully concrete facilities have been built in the last couple years and are still in really good shape.
The campground areas that are open have been rehabilitated pretty well since the flooding. They are fairly clean and maintained, about the only real issues are the presence of more sand from the flooding and some roads that need attention.
Pheasants Forever also has a wildlife preserve within the campground. The organization maintains the grounds as a habitat and also performs hunts here throughout the year. When it is not being used for hunting, it is a really nice area to go for a hike and see some wildlife.
Unfortunately due to the flooding a lot of the areas along the banks of the Platte River that are usually used for hiking cannot be accessed. There is some danger involved with trying to get to some of these areas due to the conditions post-flood. You can still hike around the rest of the park using the roads, or even take your bikes out for some fun riding.
The area has really been impacted by the historic flooding, but they are really doing everything they can to bring the area back to what it was before the flooding. Take the time to stop out and if you do, offer a hand at helping to clean-up!
Product Review of HeadSpin Light System:
As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I am offered the chance to test from time-to-time. On this camp out I was provided with the chance to test the new HeadSpin Light System. If you would like to know more about the HeadSpin Light System check out their website: www.headspinoutdoors.com
When I un-boxed this light kit with my boys we were all immediately taken aback by the options this light provided for use. The light system comes in a well designed case that houses all the components in their own foam lined spaces.
You receive the light unit itself, a handlebar mount, a head mount, a flashlight mount, and a wall charger mount. The kit also comes with a hex wrench for mounting the handlebar mount to a bike, a mini-usb charging cord, directions, and HeadSpin sticker.
The first thing we tested out was the brightness of the light while we were in the campground. We were very impressed with how bright this light is and how well it was able to show us much more of the campground than we expected based on previous headlamps we have used. The headlamp is easily adjusted for size and my boys were constantly changing the fit between each other. Adjusting the light intensity isn't too difficult either once you identify which button is used for each task. The buttons were a little awkward to identify with gloves on during the cold night when we were at the campground. I would suggest making the buttons easier to identify in some manner, possibly raising them a bit.
While I did not have my mountain bike out with us on this trip, I did identify another way to use the handlebar mount. This mounted quite well to the bottom of the grip of my trekking pole. This worked out really well when we were walking around the campground and really added just that much more functionality to the HeadSpin Light System. I do look forward to getting this mounted on my mountain bike as well and trying it out on some of the local trails.
Now for full disclosure, I have always been into different types of flash lights as it always seems as though I have a job where they are required in some way. I was really impressed with the flashlight handle for the HeadSpin Light System. It is too often when you are carrying a flashlight where you notice the grip is either too big or too small. This grip really fit in the Goldilocks arena for me and I expect to use this quite often.
When charging this light system you have the ability to use the wall plug base or the USB cable. I received this light earlier enough and I was able to use the wall plug. The light had no power when I received it and was fully charged in an hour after being plugged into the wall. In my book that is impressive, and I used it all weekend and it is still going on that charge.
I really appreciate the versatility of this light system overall and recommend it to anyone looking for a good interchangeable light setup. This works for campers, cyclists, DIY addicts, etc. This is really a great kit and I plan to use this setup for years to come. Again, to find out more about this fantastic light system check it out on their website at: www.headspinoutdoors.com
Lake Wanahoo is a fairly new lake in Saunders county Nebraska. The lake is part of the local NRD and was originally managed by the state parks department. You used to be able to use your state park permit to gain entry, but now you need to either buy a day pass or a yearly pass from the NRD.
There are plenty of places to camp here including gravel pads and grass pads for RV’s. While most people seem to prefer the gravel pads closer to the lake, we actually prefer grass pads because they are 2-3 larger, so you have more room to setup.
The tent camping area is huge and there always seems to be plenty of availability. We were the only tent in the entire area. The tiered tent area allows you to have a great view of the lake from wherever you setup. All RV and tent spots have picnic tables and fire rings. Unfortunately when the lake and campground were built they planted saplings, so during the hot months there is no shade to be found.
The is still plenty to do at the lake from getting the fishing boat out, using their three wide boat ramp or fishing from the shore using bank or using a jetty. There is a gravel trail that goes all the way around the lake, which provides about a three mile loop. The trail also leads down into the town of Wahoo. There are two large play areas for kids. One is in the campground and one is across the lake in the day use area.
No matter where you go you are not far from a restroom. There are nice clean vault toilets available all around the lake. There is also a large bathroom/shower house in the campground. The shower house does have a change machine on the outside of the build to get change for the showers. These are kept very clean and tidy.
When pulling your RV out here the water fill is in an awkward spot in a parking lot of the campground. To get to the dump station you have to leave the campground, get on the highway and drive to the opposite side of the lake to the day use area. These were just installed a couple years ago. They are nice and level, but just add a bit of driving to get to them.
All-in-all this is a nice place and in a few more years of tree growth, it could be even better!
We primary stop by this site for fishing as the lake is regularly stocked. It's great for kayaking or small boats. There is very little shade available at this campground as it is a man-made area so bring the sunscreen. Fires are allowed and pets must be on leash. RV sites and tent camping site are available.
There’s only one good campsite at this campground. It’s more secluded and away from the rest. The others are pretty close to each other, I would recommend getting two campsites if you don’t want neighbors. The roads are paved, great for long boarding. There’s a swimming pond at this campground as well.
If you’re going to camp at two rivers, this is the camp ground to go to! I highly recommend making a reservation as it fills up quickly. It’s right a long the Platte River were you can swim. You could also kayak in. Two rivers is very strict about quiet hours though.
We went out to Czechland with my sons scout troop and had a nice time camping and fishing. The lake is gorge and the boys were catching a lot of crappie, as well as some large mouth bass and bluegill. They have some really flat tent areas, as well as some basic spots for RV’s. Very quiet area with some great views of the lake. The weather was a bit up in the air for some of the weekend and they do not have any storm shelters, so that is about the only thing does require an upgrade. Overall though it is a great place.
We were hoping to camp here below Gavin's Point Dam and enjoy Lewis and Clark Lake, a very large lake on the Missouri on the SD/ NE border By Yankton. They had closed just before our arrival.
Looked very nice and I was told that pads w/ electricity were only $16.
The village of Valparaiso allows camping at the city park at the trailhead to the Oak Creek trail. Camping is free and there are electric hookups and water at the park.
The village allows limited stay for free to those using the trail.
the park has charcoal pits and is close to the library where you can access wifi even after the library is closed.
Two convenient stores are close.
Campsites close to the lake and nice paved walking trail. Several options for camping include primitive for $10, power for $15, and full hookups for $20. Pay showers and flush toilets. Wildlife area south of town is right on the river and good for a quiet hike.
Nice playgrounds for the kids.
Schuyler has some of the best Mexican food in the state.
Park by the fairgrounds and ballpark. Small town with a cool looking putt-putt golf course.
Daily, weekly, and even monthly rates. RV dump and flush toilets. Showers at the pool can be used for free.
Electric Hook-ups. 3 sites with sewer hookups.
Clean quiet lake by Prague a small Nebraska town with a great Bakery and fun festivals.
The camping is quiet and clean as were the toilets. I did not fish but was told the fishing was very good,
Nice playground, picnic tables, and charcoal grills. Clean restroom. Free tent camping. good fishing in the canal. Close to town yet far enough away.
Nice parks in town including a memorial to Andrew Jackson Higgins, the inventor of the Higgins landing craft,
Better park for a picnic than camping.
The campground has multiple hookups with gravel slabs, picnic tables, and firepits with grates. in addition, many have raised charcoal grills. A paved walking trail goes from the campground and connects to a system of trails. Vault toilet was clean and close.
The camp area was close to a heavily trafficked road but it caused little disturbance. the toilet had no doors making it a concern if you were to enter and discover someone in use and made it uneasy when you were using it yourself for the same reason.
Columbus has a lot going on including a large waterpark.
This camping area has open sites close to the edge of the lake. Electric hookups, toilets, and convenience store close by.
The lake is artificial and has steep metal walls like a reservoir, which was probably what it was. Next to the reservoir is a large wetland teaming with wildlife. There is a long paved trail that skirts the lake.
Columbus Nebraska has a lot going on including a rather mammoth waterpark.
"Nebraska’s state wildlife management areas are open to… many activities, including hiking, bird watching, nature study, and primitive camping. Maps of WMAs may be found in the Public Access Atlas."
"Access to these lands is free, and no entry permit is necessary."
Primitive camping right along the beautiful Platte River just south of Schuyler, NE.
While hiking along the trail I came across a freshly killed deer. On my return I passed by again and saw the skin had been peeled back like a turtleneck shirt you are removing. I tried to think What animal would peel the skin of a deer??? So if you go there, keep a lookout for Bigfoot!
We primary visit Lake Wanahoo for fishing as the large lake is well stocked. They provide tent and RV camping. However, there is almost no wind break or shade throughout the area. High winds or extreme temperatures can wreak havoc on overnight trips. That also makes privacy tough to come by. The facilities are all relatively new and clean.
With tent and RV camping, this is a great place for a quick getaway if you live in Southeast Nebraska. There are picnic facilities and a snack bar, but you're also not too far from Fremont where you can buy supplies or grab something to eat. There is not much privacy as a side effect of having few trees. The lake is stocked so it's a decent spot for fishing.
Unfortunately Willow Creek State Recreation Area, NE was under a health advisory when we arrived due to algae. We drove through the different areas and it was completely deserted so we continued on the Niobrara State Park. I did not check ahead because I just picked it off the map as we were driving. This seems like a nice , sparsely shaded area with water sports when it’s safe to be in the water……
This free camping area is low on amenities, but os well kept and close to the Oak Creek Trail which extends from Valparaiso to Brainard Nebraska.
The Lake is lovely with such good trails it is often used as a cross-country race site. This NRD lake has 3 gravel slabs close to a vault toilet and water hydrant. It is just up the hill from the boat ramp.
this is a nice secluded NRD lake north of Lincoln. No real amenities and little to do in the surrounding area. This park is kept up better than most of the NRD lakes. It has vault toilets in both access areas. Nice fishing and nice boating, especially canoe or kayak.
If you need wheelchair access and love fishing, this would be a great spot.
NRDs are Natural Resource Districts, smaller than State but multi-county.
One of several beautiful lakes run by the NRD, a multi-county natural resource entity that only Nebraska has. This lake has little except great views, fishing, and seclusion. I assume that RVs can park in the gravel area but there are no slabs.
Johnny-on-the-Spots were rough and I found no hiking trails, but deer trails abound. This would be a great camping spot if you wanted to get away but needed to stay close to a road.
It is great to back in and be right on a sandy beach area. This was a gravel pit site in the 1950-60s so water is deep and lakes are on small side..You may make reservations ahead, which is helpful due to this being the only full service hookups we could find. Representatives were readily available, sites were clean, and you can move without any hassle.
When we got here on Saturday we were lucky enough to get the last spot. I would definitely call ahead to reserve a spot if going for the weekend. It is a college town and a state park so it was busy. Everyone was having a great time boating, fishing, camping, swimming, and etc. There are playgrounds, day use areas, picnic shelters,concessions, restaurant/shop, fishing pier along with many small fishing lakes. There are 2 larger rv campgrounds- Pathfinder and Victory Lake, and then a smaller one on the other side of the railroad tracks. All sites have Electric only. There are lots of tent sites. All around nice park and quiet during the week.
This place has great fishing and is very well maintained not to mention that they have a replica of the Boat that Lewis and Clark traveled on many years ago. They will also occasionally take it out and give rides. They also have a history museum to accompany the boat. Bathrooms are clean. Camp ground is clean. Lots of things to see and do in the camp ground itself.