Description - This information was provided by NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS COMMISSION
Branched Oak, 2½ mi. N of Malcolm via S-55M, is the largest of the Salt Valley Lakes near Lincoln, encompassing 5,595 acres with 1,800 acres of water. The swimming beaches are unsupervised. Full hookups (water, sewer, electric) are available on 12 camping sites. The campgrounds have restrooms, showers, drinking water, and 4 dump stations. There are 338 pad sites, 287 with electrical (213 – 30 amp / 40 – 50-amp). There are 172 electrical and 9 non-electric sites available for reservations. There is ample space for primitive camping.
The area has 4 boat ramps, fish cleaning stations, private marina and concession, several miles of hiking, biking and horse trails, including an area where camping is allowed with horses. A nationally recognized dog trial area is located there.
Camping is permitted in nine public use areas around the lake. Facilities and opportunities range from modern to primitive. All campers must register, and overnight camping fees are charged in addition to the required Park Entry Permit. Self-registration stations are located in each campground.
Middle Oak Creek Campground (Area #4) offers hard surfaced campsites with 30-amp and 50-amp electrical hookups, non-electrical camper pads and tent sites. Middle Oak Creek campers have access to two modern shower buildings and will also find such other facilities as a dump station, playground, pay phone and boat ramp with limited overnight docks.
South Shore Campground (Area #1) offers paved electrical campsites and a modern, coin-operated shower building. This campground has a dump station, a second shower building, and additional campsites.
Area #11 offers a coin operated shower building and a dump station.
All campers must register. Reservations are accepted. Reservations are taken for 50% of the modern camping at Middle Oak and South Shore campgrounds. Reservations are taken up to 1 year in advance of arrival day.
- Camping: Yes
Modern Restroom: Yes
Dump Station: Yes
Hiking: 7 miles
Mtn. Bike: 6 miles
Horse: 3 miles
Allow Horses: Branched Oak Lake State Recreation Area has a 3-mile multi-use trail on the south side of the lake. Visitors can camp with their horses in Area 3. It offers hand pump drinking water, toilets and fire rings.
Picnic Tables: 625
Shelters w/ elec.: 1
Fuel Avail.: Yes
Boat Rental: Yes
Cleaning Stations: 2
Branched Oak Marina
10001 West Davey Road
Raymond, NE 68428
Restaurant, boat rental, fuel, bait, groceries
Office on Site: Yes
Branched Oak Office
Office Hours are Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily
Rest of the year hours are 8 - 4:30 Monday - Friday
Recreation - The area has 4 boat ramps, fish cleaning stations, private marina and concession, several miles of hiking, biking and horse trails, including an area where camping is allowed with horses. A nationally recognized dog trial area is located there.
Climate - Nebraska has a moderate climate with high humidity. The relative humidity in this state averages 70 percent throughout the year. Winter temperatures normally average between 20 and 45 degrees F. March brings warmer weather and temperatures above freezing for most of the month. Spring is in full swing by late April when temperatures often reach above 60 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach highs of 95 degrees F frequently, with warm weather continuing into mid September. Crisp fall weather truly begins in October when nighttime temperatures begin to dip into the low 40s. The wettest time of the year in this state is late spring through summer.
Going west on I-80:
Take the North 27th street exit, at the stop sign turn right, go 1/2 mile to Arbor Rd., turn left go 1 mile to North 14th, turn right on North 14th, go to yellow flashing light which is Raymond Rd., Turn left, stay on Raymond Rd. for 8 miles, there will be a curve in the road. If you turn right you will go to areas 14,13,12,11,10 and 9 if you stay on Raymond Rd. you will go to areas 1 (Southshore Campground) ,2,3,4 (Middle Oak Creek Campground), 5,6,7 and 8.
Going east on I-80: From I-80 take the Seward/HWY 15 exit, which is North to Seward. At the stop light in Seward turn right which will be HWY 34, stay on this HWY for 12 miles you will see a sign that says Branched Oak. There is only one way to turn, which is north and puts you on NW 112th. It takes you through the town of Malcolm. Stay on this road for 5 miles and you are at the lake. If you turn right you will go to areas 14,13,12,11,10 and 9. If you turn left you will go to Areas 1(Southshore Campground),2,3,4 ( Middle Oak Creek Campground),5,6,7 and 8.
Going South on HWY 79: At the yellow flashing turn right on Raymond Rd, go 4 miles and same as above.