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Camping at Fort Kearny SRA

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Location and Basic Information

Fort Kearny State Recreation Area (SRA) is located in Nebraska. It serves as a natural stopover for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a variety of recreational activities, and it is also well-known for its historical significance linked to Fort Kearny military outpost.

  • Address: 1020 V Road, Kearney, NE 68847, United States.
  • Area: The recreation area encompasses a significant amount of land around the lake, providing ample space for various activities.
  • Operating Hours: State recreation areas in Nebraska are typically open year-round, but specific facilities might have varying hours, especially seasonally.

Camping Information

  • Campsite Details: Fort Kearny SRA offers a range of camping options including modern camping with electrical hookups and non-electrical sites suitable for RVs and tents.
  • Reservations: It's recommended to check if the campground allows for reservations or if it operates on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Amenities: Most campsites include basic amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings, and access to restrooms and showers.
  • Fees: There is usually a fee for camping, which varies depending on the type of site you choose and the time of the year.

Activities and Recreation

  • Hiking: There are trails available, offering a great way to experience the local flora and fauna.
  • Fishing: The area has bodies of water that are popular for fishing.
  • Bird Watching: The area is particularly famous for the spring migration of sandhill cranes, providing excellent bird-watching opportunities.
  • Historic Site Visiting: You can explore the remnants and museum of the old Fort Kearny, which plays a significant part in American history.

Rules and Regulations

  • Permits: A Nebraska Park Entry Permit is required for all vehicles entering the park.
  • Firewood: There may be restrictions on transporting firewood due to disease control — local purchasing of firewood is usually advised.
  • Pets: Pets are likely allowed but must be kept on leashes; check the specific guidelines.
  • Alcohol: There might be regulations regarding the consumption of alcohol within the park.

Visitor Safety and Preparedness

  • Weather Awareness: Check the local weather forecast and prepare appropriately for seasonal extremes.
  • Wildlife Precautions: As in any natural area, be aware of local wildlife and follow guidelines to avoid conflicts.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Have a first aid kit, know the closest medical facilities, and have a way to call for help if needed.

Contact Information and Resources

  • Park Office: For the most accurate and up-to-date information, contacting the park office directly is recommended.
  • Website: Visit the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website for additional details such as maps, brochures, and specific alerts or closures.
  • Social Media: Following the park’s official social media can provide updates and insights into what’s happening at the site.

For the most complete and current information, always check with the park's official sources or the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission before planning your trip.

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