Nebraska is a state that’s neglected by many Americans as a mere pitstop between points A and B. But making Nebraska a final destination on your camping trip should be in your plans. Nebraska is a land of tranquility and great for families that want to truly unwind — unfortunately, many spots get packed on weekends and vacations, so camping in Nebraska is a great choice for people that want to avoid big crowds.
For starters, Nebraska is a hunter’s paradise. Campers will find chances to nab big game, including deer, antelope, elk, bighorn sheep, turkey,and mountain lion. Small game includes pheasant, quail, partridge, squirrel, cottontail and jackrabbit, with a special season for youth pheasant, quail and partridge in October.
If fishing is more your game, you can camp at any of the many lakes in Nebraska, such as the many family friendly lakes--there are more than 450 in the state open to public fishing--where you can catch walleye, white bass, wiper, channel catfish and more. But some anglers find that the most challenging fishing, and most rewarding, is on the Missouri River. With 400 miles of shoreline along the border and more than 160 boat launch sites, there’s always a way to get out on this majestic river.
If you want some Old West history with your camping, check out Fort Robinson, with more than 22,000 acres of beautiful scenery, it has its own longhorn and bison herds. It’s been ranked by USA Today as a top spot for family reunions. Or for even older history, check out Indian Cave for Native American petroglyphs that have yet to be identified and dated by archaeologists.
No matter where you go camping in Nebraska, you’re bound to find something you didn’t expect, and whether you’re cooking catfish over an open fire or watching bison as the sun goes down.