Attractions Directory

Branched Oak State Recreation Area

12000 W Branched Oak Rd (Get directions)
Raymond, NE 68428
Branched Oak State Recreation Area features the largest lake in eastern Nebraska and has long been a popular spot for fishing, boating and camping. Approximately 1,800 acres of water, along with well-maintained modern and primitive campsites, two swimming beaches, hiking trails and an equestrian campground draw visitors from near and far. A marina offers fuel, bait, boat rental, concessions and a bar and grill.

Fishing: Branched Oak Lake offers great fishing opportunities and is a popular spot with anglers. Available species include blue catfish, bluegill, common carp, channel catfish, crappie, flathead catfish, freshwater drum, largemouth bass, striped bass, walleye, white perch and wiper. There’s a daily bag limit of one walleye, 22 inches or longer, and there’s a 10-inch minimum length limit for crappie. Striped bass, white bass, wiper and flathead catfish are catch-and-release. A wheelchair-accessible deck is available near the marina, and fish cleaning stations are located at areas 5 and 11.

Boating: Branched Oak Lake is open to all types of boating. Nine ramps and 49 docks are available. The marina sells fuel and also offers boat rental.

Swimming: Branched Oak features two swimming beaches. There are no lifeguards on duty at either.

Marina: The marina sells bait, firewood and fuel, among other amenities, and also offers boat rental and a bar/grill.

Trails: The park offers seven miles of hiking trails, six miles of mountain bike trails and three miles of horse trails.

Picnicking: Branched Oak SRA offers 41 picnic shelters, three of which are reservable. One reservable shelter has electricity and accommodates up to 60 people. The park also offers 625 picnic tables and 588 grills.

Other Activities: Branched Oak also offers archery, horseshoe pits and a nationally recognized dog trial area. It’s also a popular spot for wildlife viewing, particularly in the spring when many visitors stop by to view bald eagles.

Modern Camping: Branched Oak offers 300 camping pads with 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups, as well as 32 camping pads without electricity. The lake has five shower houses, modern restrooms, dump stations and playground equipment.

Primitive Camping: The area offers 183 non-pad sites without electricity. Only one camping unit is allowed per site, though an extra tent is allowed for dependent children only.

Equestrian Camping: Visitors can camp with their horses in one area of the park. This area offers 15 pull-through sites with electrical hookups reservable at the park office only, as well as 14 corrals. Hand-pump drinking water, toilets and fire rings are available in the equestrian camping area.

Pawnee State Recreation Area

3800 NW 105th St (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68524
Phone: (402) 796-2362
Pawnee State Recreation Area is a popular spot with anglers. White bass, walleye, largemouth bass, bluegill and two kinds of catfish, among others, can all be found in the lake. Pawnee also has a fish cleaning station.

Fishing: Pawnee State Recreation Area is a popular spot with anglers. White bass, walleye, largemouth bass, bluegill and two kinds of catfish, among others, can all be found in the lake. Pawnee also has a fish cleaning station.

Boating: All types of boats are welcome at Pawnee SRA. The lake offers three ramps and two docks.

Swimming: Pawnee SRA has two swimming beaches. No lifeguards are on duty.

Hiking: Pawnee has six miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Picnicking: Pawnee’s close proximity to Lincoln makes it a popular day-use spot. The area has 53 picnic tables, 225 grills and two shelters, one of which is available for rental.

Hunting: Hunting is permitted in season beginning the first Tuesday after Labor Day. Hunters will find abundant small game, waterfowl and whitetail deer.

RV and Tent Camping: The area offers 68 camping pads with 20-, 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups, as well as 34 camping pads without electricity and 97 non-pad sites without electricity. The shady campground offers water, showers and modern restrooms. A dump station is available at the area.

Pioneers Park

3201 S. Coddington Ave (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68522
Silence, peace and beauty are among the wonders of the 1,100-acre Pioneers Park on the southwestern edge of Lincoln. The Chet Ager Building has animals and exhibits depicting woodland and wetland habitats. The Thomas Hudson Cabin, built in 1863 is the oldest dwelling in Lancaster County and the Depression Era District 113 Cunningham School.

The Catalyst Brewing Company

5730 Hidcote Dr. (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68516
Phone: (402) 261-7588

MW Climbing

400 N 48th Street (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68504
Phone: (531) 510-0259
Locally-owned commercial rock climbing gym for all ages. Designed for every experience level.