Nebraska is abounding with recreation areas many within a reasonable distance of the main highway running across the state. But War Axe, a much smaller area offers immediate access to fishing and fun within only 30 seconds of the highway!!
I visited this area and quickly was surprised by how such a small location could have such a great opportunity for someone like myself to enjoy a quiet day at a small lake. Despite being so close to the highway, the location is quiet and calm, a perfect way to spend a day or up to 10 days.
There isn't much to say about this site that is negative, the grass is a plush green and backs up to a corn field, so iconically Nebraska!! The site is small and only caters to a handful of campers at $10 per site. While primitive there is a flush toilet with running water making it feel not quite as primitive as other sites along the same stretch. Lush trees shade the camping zones and a small boat launch offers those stopping in. the opportunity to get in the water or enjoy the small shoreline.
One thing to be said for any recreation area in Nebraska is a friendly reminder that you will need an access pass to stay here or even visit. These cannot be obtained at the site and must be repurchased before visiting either online or at one of the main offices. This I found to be a big inconvenience throughout the entire state as I passed by on a weekend and was unaware.
The area is well patrolled and actually a ranger was present when I visited. He was a great source of information and allowed me to access the area despite my lack of knowledge of the pass requirement. There is no gate or monitoring when you enter only an honor box near the restrooms.
Campsites are marked with tables and fire rings and any restrictions are posted at the same area as the honor box.
I loved this location and would gladly stop in again if in the area!! Very cute and small, not busy and easy to access makes for the perfect place to spend a day or night.
- Make sure to look online and get your pass for any Nebraska parks or rec areas before traveling to.
- Bring anything you need with you as there are no services. Since this is along a major highway you are only a short distance from stores if you forget something but better come with everything rather than having to find them after.
Traveling through Nebraska there are several areas you might be interested in exploring, amongst those Jeffrey Canyon State Wildlife Area, a primitive site with a rich history and a unique location.
As you travel down the road to Jeffrey Canyon the corn fields abound and thrive, the terrain begins to climb then you sharply turn to access the area. The area is clearly marked, but the areas which you are allowed to camp are not. As a part of the hydroelectric power area there are many unique features including a large lake with plenty of land around it. The problem lays in that there are no maps delegating areas which are able to be camped on. One area beyond the park is privately owned and marked for no entry, but the historic looking outbuildings, while interesting are not marked by any specific markers.
It was not until I left the property that I knew what exactly I had been looking at while there. The historic buildings are gems to say the least but without marking or description they are mere photographable relics. It was a bit sad to visit and have little to no knowledge of what was abounding.
The reservoir itself is a fishermen's haven with many coming to the area to fish and enjoy sport. While visiting I noticed many navigating the lake on various sized boats.
As for camping this is where there was more than a little confusion. The steep uneven terrain just beyond the road/dam was open for primitive camping, however it would be a bit awkward to access for many vehicles. With road wash and loose gravel it was not ideal and I could honestly say I was a little worried about driving down toward the camping area which was not much more than a slurry pit area.
It was very sad to see that such an area with great promise was not better equipped for those coming to the area to appreciate it. There were no services, which was somewhat expected but the potential of the site and how well manicured the outbuildings were and the vast difference in the actual camping area allocated was very disconnected.
When approaching town I asked someone and they said many use the woods, however this is hike in only and very limited parking along the major roadway are used for this. I personally would not recommend this.
The grounds were beautiful and deserving of a much higher rating but the camping itself was limited and deemed the lower rating. Perhaps visit for fishing or just a good stop in Nebraska but steer toward one of the other locations within 30 miles of this location for actual camping.
I was very excited when I was asked to review some of the items from Banner & Oak on this trip and found that the variety and styles of hats offered was so vast. I selected the "Freedom To Explore" hat which was very fitting for the adventures I take on while traveling. I consider myself to be a nomad at heart and go wherever the wind blows me so the theme of this hat was a mirror of myself.
The hat is a snapback with a unique feel to the material used. The black and grey fabric is a great suit for most looks as it is muted and can appeal to many. The customizable size is perfect for someone like myself because my head is a bit smaller so this allows me to really fit the hat and keep it secure even in a windy day like the one I visited this location.
The quality of the Banner & Oak brand is very high and I love that the hat is not only versatile but durable.
I personally prefer hats during summer for sun protection wince I have such short hair and this hat did not disappoint at all in this regard! I would easily give this hat by Banner & Oak a 5 star rating. It was just ashamed that the hat completely outshined the location!
The park is a quick hop off I80! Quiet, scenic and spacious! Camp Hosts are SUPER HELPFUL & kind! The shower/bathhouse is older but well kept. $25 for RV parking and showers are free! I would stay here again & I would recommend this park for families/hikers/nature lovers.
Wooden Castle is right off the highway. The sites are Electric/water and are located behind the motel. The are run down RVs that look like they h just been left there and others look like they live there. To be perfectly honest it was unappealing, I saw signs from the management/owners that were inappropriate and would not stay there.
Located in Broken Bow 2 blocks from the highway by the city park and is a small but nice RV Park. It is clean and well kept. All sites are full hook ups with a few on concrete but most on gravel. Most sites are pull thru. Not every site has a picnic bench, they are scattered around. This is a fairly new park, has 15 spaces and has no shade. Daily fee is $20.
Large campground with primative and RV sites. Dogs are allowed on leash and there are plenty of places for the kids to run around and play. There is a heated shower and coin operated laundry available in the campground or you're only a few minutes away from Alma, NE for a supply run. Fishing is popular here with a great boat ramp and area to clean the walleye or whatever is biting that day. For those who RV camp, there is a dump station available.
There are many RV and tent sites at this campground with water access to the Harlan reservoir. Several loops of sites are available around the lake within this campground. Electric RV sites and some tent sites can be reserved online while there are also a set number of first come first served sites. Dogs and campfires are allowed. There is a fish cleaning station for those who are interested in fishing. There is also a playground in the main loop for kids. Due to the overwhelming amount of rain in the area, some of the sites are unavailable right now, but there are still more than enough for everyone. We were there on a busy holiday weekend and still had plenty of space, shade, and privacy. Dogs are allowed on lease at all times. There are also two group campsites and a covered picnic facility that would be great for reunions.
My husband and I did a long anniversary weekend here to enjoy the beautiful weather. We stayed here early October of 2016! Like I said in the title, if possible arrive early on the weekend or even a little earlier during the week to get the best spot in the area. We were lucky enough to get this spot and it must be a hot commodity because we had no less than 10 different people drove past to see if the spot was open. As you can see from the pictures, the spot is just a short walk from the small sand pit lake. Makes it ideal for early morning fishing and a quick kayak launch site. If you love fishing and floating around beautiful lakes, this is the spot for you. There is no modern amenities so you will have to rough it for a few days, which we don’t mind at all. Early October was a perfect time to go, the trees were still changing colors and the smell of fresh fall air was everywhere!
This campground is busy all summer for the full hookup but normally will have electricity only or primitive openings
This large city park on the edge of town has a variety of great sites. Easy for large RVs that I saw to pull through. The park itself is nice enough and has a river running through it. The showers are old but clean. There are lots of things to do in town and out. ASn old pony express depot has been restored and is a visitor's center.
The lake was nice and probably had good fishing. The Disc Golf course looked inviting, but the mosquitoes were horrendous and the Toilet disgusting.
This campground was hard to find, even with GPS. Finally a local came by to show us where it was. When we drove in there was a boat ramp, 1 tent site with a picnic table and fire ring, and 1 spot for an RV to park with no hookups. I was told there were other spots for tents on the other side of the lake that you could get to by hiking. The area needed to be mowed but wow the views from the tent site were gourgous. There were other trails, hunting, and fishing. Up the road were beautiful views of the dam and area. If we would have had our generator, we would have stayed the night.
Located on Harlan County Lake. We chose campsite #63, just back from the shoreline. It was an extremely large site with plenty of room to play with our dogs without bothering anyone else. Plenty of places to walk or hike along the shoreline. While the temps were in the 90's and humid out in the sun, our site stayed between 78 and 80 due to the cooling breezes coming from the lake. The campground water supply was pristine. There were plenty of nice outhouses spread throughout the park. The main bathhouse is huge and the showers are great. The boat ramp was very nice. The campground hostess was very nice and comes around to introduce herself in case you have any questions.
Area around SRA is great. Fireflies every night, nice bathrooms, and fishing wasn’t bad. However, the sites are WAY too close together. Don’t know if we just showed up at the wrong time, but seems like “quiet hours” aren’t enforced. If you’re in need of a stopover, stay here but if you want more of a camping experience, look elsewhere. Booked a reservation for the weekend (3 nights) and left a day early.