World of Outdoor Fun

A 25-minute drive east of Seward through copious corn and abundant blue sky brings outstanding opportunities for biking, hiking, boating, camping, fishing and hunting at two Nebraska state recreation areas.

With 1,800 acres of water, Branched Oak Lake stretches for almost four miles — including many miles of shoreline. The largest of Nebraska’s Salt Valley areas, Branched Oak has some of the finest camping facilities in the state park system — including solar-heated showers, electrical hookups, and a trailer dump station. There are two new fish cleaning stations: one on either side of the lake. Branched Oak also has ample facilities for boating, day camping and swimming.

Branched Oak is also classified as a wildlife management area. Hunters take to the wild spots in the fall to track pheasants, quail, doves, ducks and turkey. Unique to Branched Oak, the 800-acre dog trail area draws championship events from across the nation every year.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has established an arboretum with over 100 species of trees and shrubs. Branched Oak’s mountain biking trails are considered among the best in Nebraska.

Pawnee Lake is several miles south of Branched Oak, and also features a full range of facilities.


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