Pawnee is a lake that offers the ability of various water and other activities. There are the obvious acitivies for the water. Such as fishing, all types of motor boats, jet skies, all types of water skiing and tubing. I did see numerous kayaks at campsites I passed by as well. But kinds seemed to have to rough of water for a novice like me. There are also a couple swimming beaches, nature trails, horse shoe pits, and a disc golf course. I want to say that the trails are used for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders, because I saw a couple road apples. Honestly that don't bother me because I watch were I step, due to some parks I have visited have venomous snakes on The trail. The campsites for tents did have some shade for lake camping. The rv park seems to be fairly close together, but that could be common because I am a tent camper and don't pay attention that close. There is a horse camp on The other end of the lake west side that has corals in it. I would say that Pawnee is a definite a stop even for a day trip for outdoor or nature enthusiasts. Especially sense it's just out side west of Lincoln.
The pros! Lakeside tent camping is always fun. Lots of activities, like boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, etc. And its close to town.
The cons! Its close to town, so it can be a bit crowded on nicer weekends.
Its great for overnighters in the middle of the week.
I love the whole park - especially the archery range!!
Pawnee Lake State Recreation Area was within 30 minutes of Lincoln, NE . Try to make sure all essentials are packed to enjoy your stay without frequent trips to town. This is one of those spots where you can easily park the car and use other means of transportation for your whole visit.(ie, feet, bike, boat, horse, etc.)
There are options to where you camp. RV sites and tent in three different areas. This is not my favorite sort of tent camping, you have to park and walk everything to your site. Some tent sites are located right on the lake which is nice, you can easily park your watercraft nearby. However if it’s busy your neighbors are going to be very nearby. Not much privacy in that case. We however were completely alone when we visited, the crappy weather played a part I’m sure. Shade, which we didn’t need and picnic tables. If you have a hammock you may have an issue with getting it hung, bring alternate means of suspension.
The trails are multi-use so pay attention. We were hiking in the rain so did not see anyone but the trail apples were fresh. Were we hiked it was grassy and mostly level, there was an area where hikers had trails to themselves and a few benches to sit on.
The lake looked nice but I didn’t see anyone on it. I didn’t see any algae signs but the weather may have been a factor too. We overnighted so I didn’t get to completely explore the entire area. It was pretty quiet, some motor noises but they were more of a background noise. Worth an extended stay as long as the lake is open.
Clean, fairly easy to get checked into after the offices close, and pretty well cozy. Some road construction had me confused about where to camp, but a little exploring made for an easy camp set. Some highway noise in the background, but mostly peaceful.
Pawnee SRA is a well maintained family friendly SRA North West of Lincoln Nebraska. You’ll find powered and primative sites accommodating RV’s to tents. Pawnee can be busy during Husker Football Saturdays in the fall as an alternative to expensive lodging in town so plan ahead. You’ll find fun hiking trails along a creek, a shower house, playground, and even an archery range. In the fall this campground is near hunting land so wear bright clothes if you are going on a hike. This is one of my family’s favorite SRA’s within 30 minutes of Lincoln. You won’t regret a stay at this beautiful campground.
This is a nice campground all in all. The staff was friendly and the shower/restroom facilities were clean. There were not many tent campers in our area, mostly big RVs. The camp sites were fairly close together, so you can definitely hear your neighbors, but it wasn't a big deal. One funny thing to note is that there are plenty of big trees, but they are all just too far apart to use a hammock.
Located just a bit west of Lincoln, NE on nice sized Pawnee Lake. Paved roads and paved sites with a section of first come, first serve sites (about 35 sites or half of the electric ones) with electric only (a few have 50A like ours, site 73). A good water spigot is located just as you enter the camping area and a few others are dispersed in the cg. The lake was closed due to a toxic algae bloom which meant that is was a little quieter than normal. The nice dump station is located a couple of miles down the road near the Park Office. There are a couple of day use areas located on the lake also with boat ramps. A large tent only area (50 sites) is located next to the lake and there is only one bath house in the park in the RV loop with high pressure showers. The cg is self registration.