Branched Oak Lake SRA, NE

Branched Oak Lake SRA, Nebraska

Located just north of Lincoln, Branched Oak Lake is one of Nebraska's highest visited recreation areas, and is the largest of 10 Salt Creek Flood Control Project dams built by the Army Corps of Engineers. Branched Oak hosts nearly one million visitors annually on its 1,800 acre lake surface and surrounding 3,960 acres of land, boasting some of the best camping facilities in the Nebraska State Park system.

Branched Oak Lake provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities including fishing, hiking, picnicking, water-skiing, swimming, camping, hunting, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, a visitor center, recreational vehicles, and even some winter sports. There is a wheelchair accessible deck by the marina. For more information on recreational activities, just click on
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Cities Near Branched Oak Lake SRA

Branched Oak Lake SRA Campingmore

Branched Oak Camping
Branched Oak CampingCamping is permitted in nine public use areas around the lake. Facilities and opportunities range from modern to primitive. All campers must register, and overnight camping fees are charged in addition to the required Park Entry Permit. Self-registration stations are located in each campground.

Middle Oak Creek Campground (Area #4) offers hard-surfaced campsites with 30-amp and 50-amp electrical hookups. Non-electric camper pads and tent sites are also available. Campers registered in Middle Oak Creek have access to two modern shower buildings and will also find such other facilities as a dump station, playground, pay phone and boat ramp with limited overnight docks.

Contact the park office for campground reservations.

South Shore Campground (Area #1) offers rock-surfaced campsites with 30/50 Amp electrical. Some of the camp sites have water, sewer and electrical to each site. South Shore has two coin operated showers and two trailer dump stations. When completed the campground will feature hard surfaced roads and pads. Area #1 also provides day use opportunities along the lake shore for picnickers and boaters who do not require a boat ramp to launch and recover their craft. South Shore campground's showers are available for use by day use visitors and campers.

Branched Oak Lake SRA Fishingmore

Branched Oak Fishing
Fishing is a popular activity, and Branched Oak supports a varied fish population, including bluegill, channel and flathead catfish, black and white crappie, largemouth bass, white perch, walleye and wipers.

Two modern fish cleaning stations are provided, one each in Areas #5 and #11. A handicapped accessible fishing pier is available in Area #11 south of the marina. Other rock jetties around the lake offer excellent opportunities for taking crappie, wipers and occasional catfish and walleye.

Branched Oak Lake SRA Boatingmore

Branched Oak Boating
As the largest body of recreational water within 100 miles of Lincoln and Omaha, Branched Oak is popular with powerboaters and sailboaters, alike. Boat ramps are available in Areas #2, #4, #5, #8 and #11.

Branched Oak Lake SRA Huntingmore

Branched Oak Hunting/Trapping
Quail, dove, pheasant, squirrel, cottontail rabbit and white tail deer abound in the woods and grasslands around Branched Oak. Waterfowl, too, are plentiful and hunting is permitted as posted. Branched Oak is closed to dark (Canada) goose hunting. Temporary waterfoul blinds may be used, provided they are removed from the area daily.

Shoreline trapping for furbearers is also popular in season. Hunting and trapping are not permitted within 100 yards of public use facilities and upland (dryland) trapping is prohibited prior to December 15. Hunters should check the Nebraska Hunting Guide for current regulations.

Branched Oak offers other hunting related amenities, including a shotgun range east of Area #10 and an archery range in Area #2. Visitors, please pick up your trash as you leave these facilities

Branched Oak Lake SRA Trailsmore

Branched Oak Trails
Hikers, bicyclists and equestrians can have their choice of several trails around Branched Oak. On Liebers Point near Area #6, nature lovers can walk the half-mile long, foot traffic-only, Wildflower Nature Trail. Across the road from Area #4 is a longer, more rugged trail popular with both hikers and mountain bikers. A third trail runs all the way from Area #11 near the marina, across the dam and west along the lake's south side to a point near Area #2, before turning back to the east again. This trail is popular with hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and snowmobilers.

Branched Oak Lake SRA Swimmingmore

Branched Oak Swimming
Two designated swimming beaches and associated picnic areas are located in Area #6 on Liebers Point and Area #10 on the lake's north side. Both are open daily from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. LIFEGUARDS ARE NOT PROVIDED, and swimming is at your own risk. Practice swimming safety by staying inside the orange float line and always swim with a buddy. For everyone's safety and enjoyment, pets and glass containers are not permitted on the sand portions of the beach.

Branched Oak Lake SRA Group Activitiesmore

Branched Oak Lake Events
Branched Oak hosts numerous special events each year. The most notable are the bicycling, swimming, triathlon and sailing events of the ever popular Cornhusker State Games each July. An 800-acre dog trial area located near the northwest corner of the lake is the site of several sanctioned trials each year, usually in spring and fall. Several clubs and organizations conduct boating regattas, racing events and fishing tournaments. Special Occasion Activity Permit applications may be obtained at the park office or from the Commission's headquarters, 2200 North 33rd Street, Lincoln, NE 68503. Applications should be submitted a minimum of 30 days in advance of the proposed activity.

Branched Oak Lake SRA Map

Branched Oak Lake SRA Information

Fees: Contact the Branched Oak SRA office for fee information

Location: 4 miles W of Raymond, NE (North of Lincoln, NE on Hwy 77)

Phone: (402)783-3400
FAX: (402)783-0327