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Kearney, Nebraska

Fort Kearny State Recreation Area

Kearney, Nebraska



Kearney, Nebraska
Phone: (308) 865-5305

Sites: 110
Recent Rate: $10 8/2016

Latitude: 40.654544015901
Longitude: -98.989446136124

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon, Sprint Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon,Sprint
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals yes
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

20 Reviews

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

A very pleasant State park with a lot of sites on the lake. Electric only with a dump and water fill station. Sites 1-8 are 50 amp. The rest 30 amp. There are some freshwater faucets throughout the park, and it's possible to hook up from some sites - such as site 3. The park is quiet and clean and mostly unoccupied. You may fish the lakes, borrow a bicycle, and hike the trails. There is no sign on the road or at the entrance designating the turnoff as an RV site. So, a lot of people miss the turn. There is a sign that says: "Fort Kearney Recreation Area". We would not hesitate to return. We camped at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Fort Kearney historic site isn't worth your time. It consists of a small museum and an empty fort enclosure. Spend your time in the city of Kearney, which is much larger than I expected - almost as large as Saint Joseph, MO. Kearney is a college town with good museums, restaurants, and shopping.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful park with electric, no water but you can fill on your way in. Many spots back up onto the lakes. Lovely treed sites as well. It seems that perhaps they have cut back on staff. The sites looked like they could use a good cleaning and raking. Fire pits were full of garbage. We camped at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Lovely campground with ponds for fishing. Very quiet, far enough away from the midwest trains! Kearney is close enough for shopping.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Overall, this park was fine for an overnight stay. The park itself was pretty with all the cottonwood trees in full bloom and the ponds. They don't offer water or sewer hookups, but they do have a dump station and water available to fill your holding tank. The bathroom was so-so and we were going to use the shower until we discovered that you have to pay for it! This, after paying $20 to camp and $5 for entrance to the park, was a little much, especially with only electric hookup. We camped at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 285
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 48

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate reflects $18 for a 30 amp electric site and $5 entrance fee. This is a nice, large state park with hiking and biking trails and close to the Audubon Rowe Sanctuary for Sandhill Cranes, which also has great hiking trails. As noted, it is about 7 miles off of Interstate 80, but well worth it for us for the peace and quiet. It was a bit disappointing that we could hear the Interstate even that far away, but it is certainly better than camping right on the freeway. There is fresh water at the dump station for filling a tank. The roads are paved and the sites are gravel. The sites are well separated, but there is not a lot of vegetation for privacy. This was not an issue during our visit since there were only a few other campers in the park. As noted, some are a bit unlevel, but it worked for us. There are some pit toilets, but there are also modern restrooms and showers. Most sites would not get satellite but we found one where we could get a signal through the trees. Our Verizon phone and data (4G) worked well. We were only able to spend one night at this park because of our schedule. We would certainly stay here again and for more nights if possible. We camped at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate quoted is not entirely accurate since there is a $5 charge for day use in addition to the camping fee. If you are also towing a toad then you are charged for that vehicle too. But, this is a nice rural park and considerably nicer than the RV park in town - and substantially cheaper even with the day use charge. It is about 7 miles south-east of exit 272 and I-80. We camped at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Would not go out of the way to go to this park. Windmill State Park and Morman Island State Park are both right on I-80 and are both much nicer than this park. The bugs were bad and many sites only have 30 amp and they are all uneven gravel pads. We camped at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

There are 6 lakes (ponds) that you can camp next to. The sites are mostly level with plenty of space between sites. Showers are available. Very peaceful setting. Besides the $18 camp fee, you must also pay a day use fee of $5. We camped at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

A great place to see the cranes migrate in the spring. Very nice campground, lots of open space. Showers/restrooms dated, hard to rate older facilities as they were as clean as old facilities can be. Did not use shower. $18 for electric only. Be sure to stop by the Fort Kearney State Historical Park, interesting displays. We camped at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 196
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

$18 electric (plus $5 more for day use fee--g-r-r-r) = $23 for an overnight. Very pleasant park, easy off/on I-80, but far enough away to feel like one is really in a wilderness. Sites varied greatly in terms of maintenance and degree of levelness, but we enjoyed the large amount of space/elbow room. We camped at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Off season camping so the restrooms were closed. The campground was lovely. The facilities were very well kept. We were the only people camping here, but there were people using the park to walk, etc. It was a few miles away from the roads, so very peaceful and quiet. I would definitely stay here again. Price with electricity during the summer season would be $17. We camped at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 109
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Just a lovely state park. Sites are far apart and easy to back into. The gate staff person was very friendly again. We stayed here last year. Convenient to I-80; however, away from noise. Definitely on our list of "will stay here again" parks. We camped at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed three nights for a family reunion. Grassy sites, none of the sites used by our party were level. Trees and narrow road made it difficult to back in a trailer of any length. Grass had been recently mowed/swathed, large piles of dead grass lay on top of live grass covering your shoes on every trip to the one restroom. Restrooms were dirty, and you usually had to wait in line to use the restroom or shower. Seventy five cents for three minutes in the shower, no hot water. Only water available was old fashioned pumps. Hydrant was at entrance to park. Plenty of shade. I don't plan on staying here again. We camped at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate was with the $4.00 parking fee charged by the state park. This is a nice state park, however I am used to the Virginia State Parks that go above and beyond. Also you had to pay for the showers. No one was there to check us in so we did not know this until we walked to the bathhouse. We camped at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Typical state park. Nice staff, but you are charged for the site, a $7 reservation fee, plus $4 per vehicle, that is $4 for the motorhome and $4 for the car. The nice ranger at the gate did not make us pay for the motorhome, but we were just lucky and only staying for 1 night. That is why I gave this park a 6. Too expensive for only an electrical hook up. With discounts we could have stayed at a full hook up park for less money. We camped at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 109
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

A wonderful state park close to the Platte River and about 5 miles away from I-80, which meant quiet and peaceful. Staff friendly upon entry. Site was back-in, easy to do at a good angle and level. Nebraska requires $4 entry fee on top of campground fee. We had already paid visiting a non-camping State Park earlier in the day. Would definitely stay again. We camped at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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