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Date of Stay:
June, 2017 -
The Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala area is a true gem of the midwest. You'll find miles of sandy shaded beaches--unexpected in Nebraska. However, our neighbors in the Lake Ogallala campground were the rudest and most misbehaved group of campers I've ever encountered. They would walk straight through our campsite--just feet away from our table where we were eating. They shot off fireworks in the middle of June. They stayed up partying until 2am. They would drive cars through our campsite--just feet away from our tent. They openly smoked marijuana. They squeezed 30+ people, 9+ cars, 2 boats, 4 tents, and 1 RV into a single site. When they ran out of room, they started setting up tents in our site. They stole our picnic table. This behavior describes multiple different groups around our site--not just one problem group. I tried starting a neighborly conversation with a few of the most problematic groups. Didn't really get anywhere... This just seems to be the way campers behave in this area. Lots of boaters--I don't know if this has anything to do with it. Couldn't find or get ahold of a campsite host. I didn't want to be the guy who calls the park officer. Park staff never seemed to visit the campground. Camping in Colorado last year was cheaper with better facilities, better views, better neighbors, and less marijuana smoke. Nebraska charges you 75 cents for a 3 minute shower in a dirty restroom, when you're right next to the largest reservoir in the state. We camped at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area in a Tent.
Date of Stay:
February, 2017 -
We've taken a trip to the cabins at Backbone State Park for the last 5 years now. During the winter, the minimum stay is only 2 days. So, this makes for a perfect weekend. It's close enough that we can leave after work on Friday. And it's far enough north that they'll have a little more snow. We stayed in a deluxe cabin which includes two restrooms, a full kitchen, and sleeping space for 9. We spent our two days hiking, sledding, and ice fishing.
The cabins were clean and well cared for, convenient within the park to the facilities, and fully functional. We camped at Backbone State Park in a Cabin.
Date of Stay:
September, 2016 -
The primitive camping area is perfect for tents. There are flush toilets, and a small boat ramp--but no showers. You can get a site near the water, but you'll probably have to reserve online. If you don't care about being near the water, you can find a site without a reservation on most weekends. This park features a unique spillway/waterfall where MacBride flows into the Iowa River. It is safe to walk across this spillway area. This is a good place to fish with small children. Lots of small bluegill that are easy to catch. There's also a well maintained beach area. We camped at Lake Macbride State Park in a Tent.