Branched Oak Lake SRA, NE

Branched Oak Lake SRA Camping

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Camping 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. ... continue

Branched Oak Lake SRA Fishing

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... continue

Branched Oak Lake SRA Boating

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. ... continue

Branched Oak Lake SRA Hunting

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 the... continue

Branched Oak Lake SRA Trails

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 a... continue

Branched Oak Lake SRA Swimming

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... continue

Branched Oak Lake SRA Group Activities

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 eac... continue

About Branched Oak Lake SRA

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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