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Branched Oak State Recreation Area

12000 W. Branched Oak Rd

Branched Oak, 2 mi. N of Malcolm via S-55M, is the largest of the Salt Valley Lakes near Lincoln, encompassing 5,595 acres with 1,800 acres of water. The swimming beaches are unsupervised. Full hookups (water, sewer, electric) are available on 12 camping sites. The campgrounds have restrooms, showers, drinking water, and 4 dump stations. There are 338 pad sites, 287 with electrical (213 30 amp / 40 50-amp). There are 172 electrical and 9 non-electric sites available for reservations. There is ample space for primitive camping.


Sean Brozak

Thursday, July 26, 2018
I love branched oak. I always stay in middle oak. Showers need updated though but the water has always been warm. Always see a games and parks person multiple times a day and they will stop if you need help. Just wish people would pick up there own trash.

J Sherman

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Nice place to camp. Pro was people respected the quiet hours. Cons were (and there are a lot) people let their dogs roam free which is against park rules, they parked on the grass with trucks and boats against park rules, people would speed through the area. They need to change the rule for marking your camp spot. There were tents only on spots for days with no one there because they wanted the spot for Memorial Weekend, two weeks away. There should be a 24 hour rule, be here or lose the spot. Others couldn't camp because of this. There are other rules not followed, but I can't remember them now.

jordan hinrichs

Sunday, July 8, 2018
This is one of Nebraska's larger reservoirs and it gets the most traffic out of all the state rec areas. Branched Oak has a TON of campers and very little regulations in comparison to the 'more important' reservoirs out west. The fishing opportunities are sub par unless it's spring or late fall. In the summer, there is just too much boat traffic most days and the fishing is sub par. This is a good lake to camp in the spring or fall when there are less people. It's not regulated well so the fishing and camping rules are abused.

Beatrice Padilla

Monday, July 23, 2018
Beautiful! Family fun! Only downside is that the boats are too close to the children in the water. There should be an area just for boats to come in.

andrew burguiere

Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
Beautiful location, however, the place is a pig sty. There’s garbage everywhere...from the south shore campground down to the beach area. It’s been a real turn off.

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