Nebraska National Forest (Bessey recreation area)


Halsey, Nebraska
Phone: (877) 444-6777

Sites: 35
Recent Rate: $11 8/2013

Latitude: 41.899460977526
Longitude: -100.298769266548

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • yes-river Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview

4 Reviews

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

So, it's near a railroad, but it's not noisy. The sites are private, lots of big, mature trees, well marked paths, clean bathrooms, with showers. I camped right on the river, so there were some frogs talking. The neighbors had four wheelers as did other denizens of the park, but they were very quite after dark, so no worries there. I had a great stay and will return. We camped at Nebraska National Forest (Bessey recreation area) in a Tent Trailer.

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Jay Rutherford

Review Count: 134
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

This Forest Service campground offers senior pass discounts, so our rate was $5.50 a night with a $9 "transaction fee" for a reservation. This campground is a mecca for 4 wheelers, so be prepared for a constant din of 4 wheelers zooming through the campground. The sites are highly variable, with some not at all suitable for motorhomes, but others paved and level. Electricity is available at some sites, and some sites are held for reservations while others are first come, first serve. The toilets and showers were clean and enjoyable, as one had a toilet and shower to oneself. There are about 50 BNSF trains that come by the park each day, long coal trains eastbound and empties westbound. Train fans will be happy to be so close to the trains, but others may be put off by the train horns as it crosses the park road day and night. Sites are dry camping or electric only, with a dump station and water loading station available. We enjoyed our stay for a couple of nights and would camp here again when in the area. We camped at Nebraska National Forest (Bessey recreation area) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 215
States Visited: 43
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

Aside from the trains, this is one of the nicest campgrounds we have stayed at in eight years of full-timing. Our site (#29) was the closest one to the river, and the tracks are on the other side of the river. We were about as close to the tracks as you could get, and trains went by every hour or so all day and all night. They didn't bother us much, but I can see where it would ruin the site for others. Two of the three loops are navigable by big rigs, and there are many sites where we could fit. The two loops away from the river are probably pretty well isolated from train noise. The loop near the group campground was too tight for us to drive the coach into it. 22 of the 34 sites have power, mostly 30 amp, with a few have 50 amp. We got a huge 50 amp asphalt site, shaded by pines and junipers. Two nearby 50 amp sites were cement. Most sites are gravel. Central dump and water, but the water was still off for the winter during our stay. There was no sign of any problems with water quality. The sites are mostly in tall pine trees. Great campground. We camped at Nebraska National Forest (Bessey recreation area) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 81
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is managed by the National Forest Service and is in poor shape. It was probably a beautiful facility years ago but has had very little maintenance for a long time. The roads are rutted and a lot of the sites have erosion problems. The water is tagged as non-potable due to some type mineral contamination. The restrooms and showers were acceptable. Also near a railroad which has a coal train about every 30 minutes throughout most of the night. I would pass on this one in the future if at all possible. We camped at Nebraska National Forest (Bessey recreation area) in a Truck Camper.

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