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153 Free Nebraska Boondocking Sites Including Maps

With so many options for free Nebraska boondocking sites, from full-service campgrounds with electricity and water to boondocking in wide-open spaces, you’re likely to find one that suits your needs. These are no-reservation locations with reasonable prices.

Nebraska Boondocking Locations by Sections

43 NW Nebraska Boondocking Spots
79 East Nebraska Boondocking Sites
31 Free West Nebraska Camping Places
OTHER NORTH CENTRAL STATES

NW Nebraska Boondocking Spots

Nebraska boondocking spots offer some of the best primitive camping sites in the state. There’s nothing like a tent, a campfire, the outdoors, and virtually nothing else for a true nature-loving camper.

Did you know that Nebraska’s tallest waterfall and its darkest night skies are barely an hour apart? Both sites have excellent camping opportunities, so whichever one you choose, you will not be disappointed.

Camping is one of the few situations when you can truly say you’re alone with nature. Regardless, it doesn’t really matter how you camp because we can probably all agree on one thing: it’s one of the best pastimes out there. So, grab your tent or hook up your camper trailer, because you’ll want to check out these fantastic places to sleep beneath the stars in Nebraska!

Nebraska boondocking spots

43 NW Nebraska Boondocking Spots

1. Jeffrey Canyon/Reservoir WMA

Address
Sea Street
Brady, Nebraska
GPS: 40.952139, -100.403415
Elevation: 2779′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Jeffrey Canyon/Reservoir WMA is open all year. Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted. There is a very steep and short hill at the beginning of this road followed immediately by a barbed wire fence across the road. So, we did not camp here.

2. Brady WMA

Address
State Highway 56D Link
Brady, Nebraska
GPS: 40.998371, -100.375787
Elevation: 2644′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife Service

Free Nebraska camping places. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted.

3. Chester Island WMA

Address
Unnamed Road
Brady, Nebraska
GPS: 40.997912, -100.425851
Elevation: 2661′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska boondocking spots. This campsite does not use a reservation system. First come, first served. So… No. The GPS location took me past or possibly onto and private farm area. Beautiful, but not a spot to camp in my opinion. However, prior to reaching this gps location, while on Fort Mcpherson Rd there are two spots to pull off on the right. One is before a sign on the left “Conroy’s Grave” and the second is right at this sign. Both are very small but would accommodate one rig our size (35 ft). The first lot is pretty steep getting in so we wouldn’t park there, the second is smooth and the lot is slightly larger. These both seem to be parking for hunters.

4. Gilbert – Baker WMA

Address
Monroe Canyon Road
Harrison, Nebraska
GPS: 42.767099, -103.926013
Elevation: 4459′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. This campsite does not use a reservation system. First come, first served. Beautiful place has vault toilet and hand pump water spout amenities. There are three picnic tables here in enough room for several vehicles. The adjacent stream has small fish in it, I was told there are trout.

5. Box Elder Canyon WMA

Address
12900-13502 South Box Elder Canyon Road
Maxwell, Nebraska
GPS: 41.027482, -100.572769
Elevation: 2776′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska camping places in Box Elder Canyon WMA is open all year. This is a parking area for a WMA hunting area. The site is gravel with a barbed wire fence and not much room but we fit 3 motorcycles with tents inside. Scenery is descent, traffic on the road was moderate. This is a WMA for hunters and I would not stay outside the fenced area for safety reasons.

6. West Maxwell WMA

Address
Government Road
Maxwell, Nebraska
GPS: 41.057135, -100.542542
Elevation: 2707′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska boondocking spots. First come -> first served. No reservations accepted. Overall nice area. Campsite is just a hidden gravel parking lot that borders a small lake. It technically is wildlife reserve land so there are no trash cans or anything. Decent shade if it’s hot. Somewhat close to interstate 80 so if you are sleeping outside of your car or RV then you might consider ear plugs. There is a house near by but there is enough trees and bushes to have some privacy. No individual spots. I was here at the same time as some guy in his van. We just parked at opposite sides of the lot and kept to ourselves but there is no privacy if others park here. Good enough to stay a night if you dont want to pay for some place.

7. Brittenham Park

Address
Maxwell, Nebraska
GPS: 41.076511, -100.524192

Management: Public – city Park (Official)

Nebraska boondocking sites. I went to the city hall place and talked to the people inside and they said it was all free tent camping. I asked about RV’s and they just said they don’t have hook ups for RV’s. I would imagine you could stop in for the night if you didn’t need any hook ups. You can also call the city hall or office for more directions.

8. Pawnee Slough WMA

Address
West Maxwell Road
Maxwell, Nebraska
GPS: 41.082768, -100.542708
Elevation: 2733′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska camping places. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted. I have stayed here twice in 2 separate years and had a really good time. No problems to speak of. If you ride a bicycle about 40 miles before getting here you should be able to sleep through the train noise just fine.

9. Birdwood Lake WMA

Address
West South River Road
North Platte, Nebraska
GPS: 41.125653, -100.902463
Elevation: 2858′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Birdwood Lake WMA is open all year. Free Nebraska boondocking spots. This campsite does not use a reservation system. First come, first served. Beautiful spot but right by a busy highway. Wildlife management area. The route getting here is very scenic with close up cows and horses. Better spot for RV / van than tent. Also it’s a hunting and fishing spot, I guess that means tent camp anywhere but wear orange? :/ It’s sundown so I’m going to car camp.

10. East Hershey WMA

Address
3-399 South Crane View Road
North Platte, Nebraska
GPS: 41.130424, -100.907076
Elevation: 2861′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. This campsite does not use a reservation system. First come, first served. Little spot along the freeway. We parked in a little dirt lot next to the lake and the sign said East Hershey WMA. It looked a bit off from where the GPS locator is above. Lake was beautiful. Lots of little fish jumping at dusk. The parking lot looked like a place that teens might go to drink some beers and there was little bits of trash all over and the occasional beer, red bull, or soda can. Had the kids help clean it up.

11. Kelly Avery WMA

Address
19193-19619 West Oregon Trail Road
Hershey, Nebraska
GPS: 41.134722, -100.99824
Elevation: 2900′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska camping places. Reservations are not accepted at this campsite.This is not a big rig area. The east end road does go back along the expressway side of the lake to the boat launch but if you were pulling a towed or TT you wouldn’t be turning around easily. Even on the side of the lake that runs along the Oregon trail road the spots are mainly for tents or maybe van or class B. Television and cell signal are good.

12. West Hershey WMA

Address
Interstate 80
Hershey, Nebraska
GPS: 41.138583, -101.012908
Elevation: 2910′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska boondocking spots. This campsite does not use a reservation system. First come, first served.

13. East Sutherland WMA

Address
156-198 Lamont Road
Hershey, Nebraska
GPS: 41.141253, -101.059576
Elevation: 2940′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted. This place has been awesome! We’ve fished every day and caught something almost as often. It’s not as popular as the reservoir, which was perfect for us; a few bass boats and swimmers. No one bothered us and the boys (Ace, pitbull/mastiff and Hendrix, pitbull) has plenty of space to run and play and swim. The water is crystal clear. Only real downside is the freeway traffic; you can see the traffic and it can be kinda loud. But that’s the only thing that we can find to complain about. There’s a hay field on the opposite side of the lake; private property.

14. Clear Creek WMA

Address
Road 44
Lewellen, Nebraska
GPS: 41.297168, -102.063181
Elevation: 3271′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Clear Creek WMA is open all year. Free Nebraska camping places. Reservations are not accepted at this campsite. It’s probably abandoned for years, but it’s right at the river, good for tent camping or maybe a pickup camper.

15. Avocet WMA

Address
Nebraska 2
Hyannis, Nebraska
GPS: 41.995149, -101.72948
Elevation: 3694′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Drove by here looking for a place to sleep: fugiddaboutit! This is a tiny, very sloped parking area (probably for fishing) right on Hwy 2, and the BNSF coaltrains [50 a night, at least] are rumblin’ along just across the small lake. See my review of DeFair WMA, less than 3 mi. south of here on Hwy Sixty One: MUCH better option.

16. DeFair Lake WMA

Address
Nebraska 61
Hyannis, Nebraska
GPS: 41.962723, -101.719406
Elevation: 3698′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

DeFair Lake WMA is open all year. Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> first camped. No reservations are accepted. Location: .25 mi E of Neb Hwy Sixty One; 2.4 mi S of Neb Hwy 2 (about 3.9 mi SE of Hyannis, NE). Tiny white state sign (easy to miss) for WMA is next to green road sign for “Bunner Road”, which is a private ranch road that parallels the access road. Access road is a slightly rough two track, but doable for anything with a little bit of clearance (sportscars maybe not advised).

17. Free Dispersed Camping – Circe Rd

Address
Brownlee, Nebraska
GPS: 41.885628, -100.366219
Elevation: 2851′

Management: Public – Forest Service (Official)

The road in is Dirt and 3 miles from a paved road. There are 1-5 Free Nebraska camping places at this location. Nice elevated, shady spot for free dispersed tent/vehicle camping in the Nebraska National Forest – Bessey Ranger District. This spot is on Circle Rd approximately 3 miles off of Nebraska 86B (the paved road that takes you to the Scott Lookout Tower).

18. Cottonwood/Steverson WMA

Address
Unnamed Road
Whitman, Nebraska
GPS: 42.401308, -101.694944
Elevation: 3615′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Cottonwood/Steverson WMA is open all year. Free Nebraska boondocking spots. No reservations. First come, first served.

19. Pibel Lake Recreation Area

Address
Ericson, Nebraska
GPS: 41.757691, -98.532716
Elevation: 2014′

Management: Public – County Park (Official)

About 30 Nebraska boondocking sites around the lake. Pibel Lake Recreation Area is open year round. There are 30 or more campsites at this location. You may stay 14 days at Pibel Lake Recreation Area.

20. Scotia Canal Wildlife Management Area

Address
Hwy 11, North Loup, NE
North Loup, Nebraska
GPS: 41.564457, -98.771496
Elevation: 1954′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife Service (Official)

The road in is Gravel and 4 miles from a paved road. Scotia Canal Wildlife Management Area is open year round. There are 6-15 Free Nebraska camping places at this location. You may stay 14 days at Scotia Canal Wildlife Management Area. Scotia Canal is FREE Primitive tent camping only. It is primarily a bird watching and fishing area. Very limited tree and shade cover with access to the North Loup River. Access to these lands is free, and no entry permit is necessary. Camping is truly primitive, there are no facilities. The town of North Loup is nine miles away with all small town amenities.

21. Arcadia Diversion Dam WMA

Address
Road 462
Comstock, Nebraska
GPS: 41.487125, -99.218183
Elevation: 2208′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Arcadia Diversion Dam WMA is open all year. Free Nebraska boondocking spots. Reservations are not accepted at this campsite.

22. Arcadia Diversion Dam

Address
804 A road, north of Arcadia, NE
Comstock, Nebraska
GPS: 41.489951, -99.238243
Elevation: 2218′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife Service (Official)

The road in is Gravel and 4 miles from a paved road. Arcadia Diversion Dam is open year round. There are 6-15 Nebraska boondocking sites at this location. You may stay 14 days at Arcadia Diversion Dam.

23. Myrtle E Hall WMA

Address
82101-82199 Road 445
Sargent, Nebraska
GPS: 41.720159, -99.549943
Elevation: 2579′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska camping places. First come -> first served. No reservations accepted.

24. Kent Diversion Dam WMA

Address
825th Road
Burwell, Nebraska
GPS: 41.762145, -99.267431
Elevation: 2215′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Kent Diversion Dam WMA is open all year. Free Nebraska boondocking spots. This campsite does not use a reservation system. First come, first served.

25. Mirdan Canal WMA

Address
46368 Nebraska 91
Burwell, Nebraska
GPS: 41.772463, -99.183658
Elevation: 2208′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Mirdan Canal WMA is open all year. Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted.

26. Inman City Park

Address
Main St, Inman, NE
Inman, Nebraska
GPS: 42.381275, -98.533752
Elevation: 1932′

Management: Public – City Park (Official)

The road in is Paved. Inman City Park is open yearround. There are 1-5 Free Nebraska camping places at this location and the maximum RV length is 25 feet. You may stay 3 days at Inman City Park. This is a small city park with lots of trees, a small playground and a restroom. It is located 2 blocks off Hwy 20, so traffic noise is at a minimum. Some town amenities within easy walking distance. Free, with a donation box on site. Located very close to the Cowboy Bike Trail.

27. Swan Lake WMA

Address
Frontier Road
Atkinson, Nebraska
GPS: 42.169265, -99.022468
Elevation: 2310′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Swan Lake WMA is open all year. Free Nebraska boondocking spots. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted.

28. Twin Lakes Rock County WMA

Address
Eagles Nest Avenue
Bassett, Nebraska
GPS: 42.313619, -99.486809
Elevation: 2477′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Twin Lakes Rock County WMA is open all year. Nebraska boondocking sites. This campsite does not use a reservation system. First come, first served.

29. South Pine WMA

Address
Unnamed Road
Long Pine, Nebraska
GPS: 42.36445, -99.740031
Elevation: 2582′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

South Pine WMA is open all year. Free Nebraska camping places. No reservations. First come, first served.

30. Spring Valley Wayside

Address
U.S. 20
Newport, Nebraska
GPS: 42.594026, -99.341529
Elevation: 2231′

Management: Public – City Park

This park is managed by the city of Newport. Free Nebraska boondocking spots. First come -> first camped. No reservations are accepted.

31. Sunshine Bottoms WMA

Address
Utopia Road
Lynch, Nebraska
GPS: 42.921155, -98.407794
Elevation: 1237′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> first camped. No reservations are accepted.

32. Redbird WMA

Address
Avenue 503
Lynch, Nebraska
GPS: 42.756159, -98.43528
Elevation: 1529′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska camping places. This campsite does not use a reservation system. First come, first served.

33. Spring Valley Wayside

Address
U.S. 20
Newport, Nebraska
GPS: 42.594026, -99.341529
Elevation: 2231′

Management: Public – City Park

This park is managed by the city of Newport. Free Nebraska boondocking spots. First come -> first camped. No reservations are accepted.

34. Fred Thomas WMA

Address
Nebraska 7
Bassett, Nebraska
GPS: 42.721031, -99.58878
Elevation: 1965′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. Reservations are not accepted at this campsite. Was going to stay here but decided not to do so. Close to the road, that was OK. Nice platform that overlooks the river. Problem was there is no level place to park other than at the top of the hill, within site of the road.

35. Cub Creek RA North

Address
Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway
Springview, Nebraska
GPS: 42.824529, -99.9125
Elevation: 2388′

Management: Public – State Park

Free Nebraska camping places in Cub Creek RA North is open all year. Wonderful site. 2 pavillions with picnic tables, grill and firepit on each side, with small shacks with pit toilets. Some fishers in the area, they leave before sunset. No traffic noise, closest gas station is 10 miles. Beware of ticks and chiggers though. Short distance from paved road, on dirt tracks.

36. Pine Glen WMA

Address
Unnamed Road
Ainsworth, Nebraska
GPS: 42.671614, -99.700593
Elevation: 2267′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska boondocking spots. This campsite does not use a reservation system. First come, first served.

37. Merritt Reservoir – Powderhorn Trail

Address
Powderhorn Trail
Nenzel, Nebraska
GPS: 42.63367, -100.897786
Elevation: 2982′

Management: Public – Forest Service

Free Nebraska boondocking sites in the Nebraska National Forest’s Bessey Ranger District. This campsite does not use a reservation system. First come, first served. Access is via a 4×4 recommended road.

38. Schlagel Creek WMA

Address
Unnamed Road
Valentine, Nebraska
GPS: 42.720718, -100.614628
Elevation: 2805′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska camping places. First come -> first camped. No reservations are accepted.

39. Anderson Bridge WMA

Address
Unnamed Road
Nenzel, Nebraska
GPS: 42.786758, -100.925587
Elevation: 2585′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Anderson Bridge WMA is open all year. It is many miles on a dirt road over several cattle guards. The last couple hundred yards just before the bridge is very soft sand. I would advise that you use gps to get there. There are several spots where it is hard to tell if you are on a public road or private drive. Once you get there it is great. Several spots to choose from. Very isolated.

40. Borman Bridge WMA

Address
Blue Star Memorial Highway
Valentine, Nebraska
GPS: 42.836987, -100.519161
Elevation: 2530′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites in Borman Bridge WMA is open all year. It was too wet and couldn’t get RV into level area. I did head back to town and pulled into Fishberry RV Park which was reasonable. Wouldn’t recommend camper stops early/late in the season.

41. Bordeaux WMA

Address
6301-6522 Crazy Horse Memorial Highway
Chadron, Nebraska
GPS: 42.807271, -102.898895
Elevation: 3488′

Management:

Free Nebraska camping places. This campsite does not use a reservation system. But if it is, it’s a good spot to stay for one night. It’s really small and close to road. So you won’t spend an afternoon there, but if you arrive late and plan to leave after breakfast, that might be your spot. The road doesn’t have a lot of traffic.

42. Ponderosa WMA

Address
24-62 Squaw Creek Road
Crawford, Nebraska
GPS: 42.634445, -103.322962

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska boondocking spots. No reservations. First come, first served.

43. Petersen WMA

Address
Bridges to Buttes Byway
Harrison, Nebraska
GPS: 42.644264, -103.532682
Elevation: 4094′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> first served. No reservations accepted. Mostly just a parking area just off the Hwy. with 2 good turn-around areas. Would imagine the road noise would be high untill evening when traffic dies down but the areas are secluded from sight of the road. Could spend the night here but not a very ‘attractive’ location but a good ‘stop over’ if needed.

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East Nebraska Boondocking Sites

In Nebraska, boondocking leads you to campsites tucked away in the rolling hills or along the banks of lovely rivers and reservoirs. You’ll have the state’s unspoiled wilderness to yourself as other adventurers head north to South Dakota or west to Wyoming.

Start with the national and state forests when deciding where to boondock in Nebraska. They’re strewn across the state’s northern reaches, providing easy access to the state’s vast, sparsely populated wilderness areas. Another great option is to visit national meadows. The majority of free campsites are found away from I-80.

Nebraska is one of the most underestimated camping and outdoor adventure destinations in the United States. On I-80, many travelers simply pass through. However, once you get off the freeway, you’ll be rewarded with a plethora of breathtaking natural scenery.

Nebraska boondocking sites

79 East Nebraska Boondocking Sites

1. Loch Linda WMA

Address
Interstate 80
Grand Island, Nebraska
GPS: 40.815285, -98.429801
Elevation: 1896′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted. Just a small parking area. Lots of traffic noise from I-80. Good enough for an overnight. Another person pulled in late and fired up their gas generator.

2. Streeter Park

Address
US Hwy 34 (Q St) off 12th St
Aurora, Nebraska
GPS: 40.873058, -98.002777
Elevation: 1762′

Management: Public – City Park (Unofficial)

The road in is Paved. Streeter Park is open April-Oct. There are 16-29 Nebraska camping places at this location and the maximum RV length is 35 feet. You may stay 3 Nights at Streeter Park. Historic Streeter Park is located on the north side of Aurora, just off of Hwy 34.

3. Hord Lake SRA

Address
Flatwater Acres
Central City, Nebraska
GPS: 41.108222, -97.954984
Elevation: 1683′

Management: Public – State Park

Hord Lake SRA is open all year. Free Nebraska boondocking spots. First come -> first camped. No reservations are accepted. Nice hidden place few miles of 30 in NE Nebraska. Big loop on a lake. We 60ft total. Bit tight. But very nice.

4. Mormon Trail State Wayside

Address
Nebraska 92
Clarks, Nebraska
GPS: 41.191793, -97.873317
Elevation: 1637′

Management: Public – State Park

Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted. Found this spot in the dark. Nice level area. We were the only people camping here on this snowy cold night.

5. Clarks City Park in Nebraska

Address
Clarks, Nebraska
GPS: 41.21969, -97.83701
Elevation: 1621′

Management: Public – City Park (Official)

The road in is Paved. There are 1-5 Nebraska camping places at this location and the maximum RV length is unlimited. You may stay 3 at Clarks City Park in Nebraska. This is a very nice little park that lets you stay 3 days for free. There are restrooms,water, and electricity.

6. Lake North/Lake Babcock

Address
83rd Street.
Columbus, Nebraska
GPS: 41.496596, -97.356893
Elevation: 1530′

Management: Public – County Park (Official)

The road in is Paved. Lake North/Lake Babcock is open May-Sept. There are 16-29 Nebraska boondocking spots at this location and the maximum RV length is unlimited. You may stay 7 days at Lake North/Lake Babcock.

7. Whitetail WMA

Address
County Road 10
Schuyler, Nebraska
GPS: 41.409378, -97.079089
Elevation: 1358′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted. Not a good site for anything larger than a class B RV. Gravel road narrows to 1 1/2 track wide, then to a narrow single track that starts between a large tree and a fence post at a turn.

8. Smith Creek RA

Address
820-856 County Road 448
Utica, Nebraska
GPS: 40.803553, -97.329133
Elevation: 1499′

Management: Public – State Park

Smith Creek RA is open all year. Nebraska camping places. First come -> first served. No reservations accepted. This is a lovely and interesting little area. There are vault toilets that are built so that in the ladies’ room there are two toilets next to each other, separated by a railing made of pipe.

9. Straight Water WMA

Address
Seward, Nebraska
GPS: 40.871373, -97.228364
Elevation: 1552′

Management: Public – State Forest (Official)

You may stay 3 days in 6 in Nebraska boondocking spots at Straight Water WMA. Free to all. WMA’s, which are State public nature/hunting/viewing areas, allow year round camping unless otherwise signed, and do not require a paid yearly pass or sticker. Open to all. Usually a large open gravel parking lot that you can pull into with RV/caravan, trailer or car/motorcycle tent camping.

10. North Lake Basin WMA

Address
1500-1562 462nd
Utica, Nebraska
GPS: 40.909594, -97.349301
Elevation: 1585′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

North Lake Basin WMA is open all year. Nebraska boondocking sites First come -> first served. No reservations accepted.

11. Twin Lakes WMA (Wildlife Management: Area)

Address
Pleasant Dale, Nebraska
GPS: 40.828787, -96.944081
Elevation: 1352′

Management: Public – Wildlife Management: Area (Official)

You may stay 3 days in 6 in Nebraska camping places at Twin Lakes WMA (Wildlife Management: Area). Free to all. WMA’s do not require a paid yearly pass or sticker. Open to all. Usually a large open gravel parking lot that you can pull into with RV/caravan, trailer or car/motorcycle tent camping. Most are undeveloped without water or electricity. Some have pit toilets.

12. Little Salt Creek WMA

Address
Raymond, Nebraska
GPS: 40.944484, -96.711425
Elevation: 1178′

Management: Public – State Forest (Official)

You may stay 3 days in 6 in Nebraska boondocking spots at Little Salt Creek WMA. Free to all. WMA’s do not require a paid yearly pass or sticker. Open to all. Usually a large open gravel parking lot that you can pull into with RV/caravan, trailer or car/motorcycle tent camping. Most are undeveloped without water or electricity. Some have pit toilets.

13. Oak Glen WMA

Address
Garland, Nebraska
GPS: 40.966676, -96.985549
Elevation: 1562′

Management: Public – State Forest (Official)

You may stay 3 days in Nebraska boondocking sites in 6 at Oak Glen WMA. Free to all. WMA’s, which are State public nature/hunting/viewing areas, allow year round camping unless otherwise signed, and do not require a paid yearly pass or sticker. Open to all. Usually a large open gravel parking lot that you can pull into with RV/caravan, trailer or car/motorcycle tent camping. Most are undeveloped without water or electricity. Some have pit toilets.

14. Branched Oak WMA

Address
Valparaiso, Nebraska
GPS: 40.999637, -96.890827

Management: Public – State Forest (Official)

You may stay 3 days in 6 in Nebraska camping places at Branched Oak WMA. This adjoins a Nebraska State Rec. Area which you have to pay, but if you stay in the WMA area, it’s Free to all. There is a Bar and Grill at the Branched Oak Marina called the “Boat House Bar and Grill”. WMA’s, which are State public nature/hunting/viewing areas, allow year round camping unless otherwise signed, and do not require a paid yearly pass or sticker.

15. Meadowlark RA

Address
1460 Little Salt Road
Valparaiso, Nebraska
GPS: 41.031586, -96.91907
Elevation: 1407′

Management: Public – State Park

Meadowlark RA is open all year. Free Nebraska boondocking spots. Reservations are not accepted at this campsite.

16. Oxbow Trail NRD

Address
Ulysses, Nebraska
GPS: 41.078, -97.1705
Elevation: 1552′

Management: Public – NRD (Official)

The road in is Paved. Oxbow Trail NRD is open All year. There are 1-5 Nebraska boondocking sites at this location and the maximum RV length is 35 feet. You may stay 14 days at Oxbow Trail NRD. Upper Blue River Natural Resource District. Nice vault toilets, gravel parking. No water or electric. Great fishing for channel cat, bass, crappie.

17. Larkspur WMA

Address
County Road C
Valparaiso, Nebraska
GPS: 41.089823, -96.906741
Elevation: 1476′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska camping places. Reservations are not accepted at this campsite.

18. Red Cedar RA

Address
3022-3038 County Road H
Weston, Nebraska
GPS: 41.162466, -96.875046
Elevation: 1427′

Management: Public – State Park

Nebraska boondocking spots in Red Cedar RA is open all year. Wildlife management area with reservoir lake. Free camping, hunting, fishing, boat ramp, dock. No water, trash service or electric. No outhouses or bathrooms. Forests and meadows surrounding lake. I visited on a Saturday in perfect weather in May and there were no other people there.

19. Timber Point NED

Address
Brainard, Nebraska
GPS: 41.16329, -96.96385
Elevation: 1483′

Management: Public – Natural Resource District (Official)

Timber Point NED is open All year. There are 1-5 Nebraska boondocking sites at this location and the maximum RV length is unlimited. You may stay 3 days at Timber Point NED.

20. Walnut Creek WMA

Address
2421-2447 County Road C
Crete, Nebraska
GPS: 40.667093, -96.924883
Elevation: 1444′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska camping places. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted. Not a bad little spot. We parked at top of hill in parking area, as other 2 spots were blocked off.

21. Yankee Hill WMA

Address
5805 West Yankee Hill Road
Denton, Nebraska
GPS: 40.726686, -96.794498
Elevation: 1250′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Yankee Hill WMA is open all year. You may stay 3 days in a 6 day period at Yankee Hill WMA. Free Nebraska boondocking spots. Reservations are not accepted at this campsite. It’s a WMA but the state has taken over, so it’s 3 day limit instead of 14. 10 miles from downtown Lincoln. It’s kind of busy. The locals have been using this place for years. There are a couple parking spots along the entry road that are close to the water for fishing.

22. Killdeer WMA

Address
Martell, Nebraska
GPS: 40.677894, -96.765617
Elevation: 1332′

Management: Public – WMA Wildlife Management: Area (Official)

Free Nebraska boondocking sites. WMA’s do not require a paid yearly pass or sticker. Open to all. Usually a large open gravel parking lot that you can pull into with RV/caravan, trailer or car/motorcycle tent camping. Most are undeveloped without water or electricity. Some have pit toilets.

23. Cottontail RA

Address
Southwest 29th Street
Martell, Nebraska
GPS: 40.645277, -96.763957

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife Service

Cottontail RA is open all year. Nebraska camping places. This campsite does not use a reservation system. First come, first served. Found site using phone gps. Takes you to south entrance. North entrance has small parking area. South entrance first has small boat ramp parking, if you take road further, it goes thru deep pot holes/ mud holes (at the time we were there). Best to have high clearance vehicle to get to main parking for 1-2 RVs on loop drive by lake.

24. Tanglewood RA

Address
22333-22747 Southwest 128th Street
Crete, Nebraska
GPS: 40.589014, -96.896
Elevation: 1394′

Management: Public – State Park

Tanglewood RA is open all year. Free Nebraska boondocking spots. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted. We went here to see the eclipse. It’s easy to find. It’s not very well maintained. Tall weedy grass everywhere. You can get down to the lake but it was muddy and you couldn’t set up a tent.

25. Orchard City Park

Address
Hwy 20
Orchard, Nebraska
GPS: 42.335437, -98.250847
Elevation: 1960′

Management: Public – City Park (Official)

The road in is Gravel and 0 miles from a paved road. Orchard City Park is open year round. There are 1-5 Nebraska boondocking sites at this location and the maximum RV length is 25 feet. You may stay 3 days at Orchard City Park. This is a very small, nice little city park. Located on highway 20 so there is traffic noise all the time. But Hwy 20 is a slow small highway, so it’s not like an interstate. Flush toilets and small playground on site. Walk to all amenities. Hookups available as well.

26. Teal WMA

Address
Hallam, Nebraska
GPS: 40.55535, -96.87631
Elevation: 1414′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife Service (Official)

You may stay 3 days in 6 in Nebraska camping places at Teal WMA. Free to all. WMA’s do not require a paid yearly pass or sticker. Open to all. Usually a large open gravel parking lot that you can pull into with RV/caravan, trailer or car/motorcycle tent camping. Most are undeveloped without water or electricity. Some have pit toilets.

27. Swan Creek WMA

Address
County Road North
Friend, Nebraska
GPS: 40.511433, -97.25146
Elevation: 1480′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Swan Creek WMA is open all year. Free Nebraska boondocking spots. First come -> first camped. No reservations are accepted. Thanks Carolyn! This is a lovely, peaceful looking place. Just what I need when I come to Nebraska in the Fall to be with my dearest friend. I’m from Seattle, too! Loving your YouTube videos, hun!

28. Strang City

Address
68444 Main Street
Strang, Nebraska
GPS: 40.413113, -97.58677
Elevation: 1617′

Management: Public – City Park

The city of Strang manages Nebraska boondocking sites here. I have an RV and had no problem driving on the grass. Be sure and eat at Bubba’s Anytime Restaurant.

29. Hastings Lake

Address
936-972 South Shore Drive
Hastings, Nebraska
GPS: 40.60869, -98.392394
Elevation: 1923′

Management: Public – City Park

Nebraska camping places in Hastings Lake is open all year. Stayed end of Oct for one night in 2019. Was quiet and peaceful. Pulled up next to the boat ramp facing the water and had a level spot. I called the local police before I stayed to make sure it was okay.

30. American Legion Park

Address
2205 Osborne Drive East
Hastings, Nebraska
GPS: 40.607467, -98.383487
Elevation: 1906′

Management: Public – City Park

Hastings maintains this city park and free camp area. Free Nebraska boondocking spots. First come -> first served. No reservations accepted.

31. DLD State Recreation Area

Address
Hastings, Nebraska
GPS: 40.58223, -98.28969
Elevation: 1900′

Management: Public – state recreation area (Official)

The road in is Paved. There are 1-5 Nebraska boondocking sites at this location and the maximum RV length is unlimited. This is a former picnic area/campground that is no longer maintained as such but is still opened to the public. There isn’t a sign on the road so it’s hard to spot the entrance road.

32. White Front WMA

Address
Road L
Clay Center, Nebraska
GPS: 40.549459, -98.089343
Elevation: 1788′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska camping places. First come -> first served. No reservations accepted.

33. Smith Waterfowl Production Area

Address
Edgar, Nebraska
GPS: 40.433, -97.976
Elevation: 1722′

Management: Public – State Park (Unofficial)

The road in is Dirt and 1/2 miles from a paved road. There are 1-5 Nebraska boondocking spots at this location and the maximum RV length is 35 feet. This is a hunting area for waterfowl, with a very beautiful, quiet, private area to camp.

34. Sandpiper WMA

Address
Road 7
Geneva, Nebraska
GPS: 40.495882, -97.710071
Elevation: 1667′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> first served. No reservations accepted.

35. Bluebill WMA

Address
Road East
Grafton, Nebraska
GPS: 40.64024, -97.705253
Elevation: 1683′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska camping places. First come -> first camped. No reservations are accepted.

36. Marsh Hawk WMA

Address
Randolph Avenue
Grafton, Nebraska
GPS: 40.640457, -97.715577
Elevation: 1670′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska boondocking spots. First come -> first camped. No reservations are accepted.

37. Dry Sandy Wildlife Management: Area

Address
Bruning, Nebraska
GPS: 40.347427, -97.505829
Elevation: 1535′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife Service (Unofficial)

The road in is Gravel and 4 miles from a paved road. There are 1-5 Nebraska boondocking sites at this location and the maximum RV length is 25 feet.

38. Bruning Dam

Address
Road Aa
Bruning, Nebraska
GPS: 40.352598, -97.504934
Elevation: 1558′

Management: Public – County Park

Nebraska camping places Reservations are not accepted at this campsite.

39. Diamond Lake WMA – Big Indian Creek Reservoir 5 – F

Address
10301-11065 Nebraska 8
Odell, Nebraska
GPS: 40.041481, -96.869025
Elevation: 1365′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Diamond Lake WMA – Big Indian Creek Reservoir 5 – F is open all year. Free Nebraska boondocking spots. First come -> first served. No reservations accepted.

40. Arrowhead WMA

Address
Southwest 103 Road
Diller, Nebraska
GPS: 40.097949, -96.866856
Elevation: 1345′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Arrowhead WMA is open all year. Nebraska boondocking sites. Reservations are not accepted at this campsite.

41. Feits Memorial

Address
500-598 East Broad Street
Blue Springs, Nebraska
GPS: 40.139721, -96.655045
Elevation: 1230′

Management: Public – City Park

Feits Memorial is open all year. The town of Blue Springs maintains the Nebraska camping places here. We only drove thru did not stay. It is a small loop with one pull out/parking spot right on the edge of town and next to the river. Lots of shade.

42. Bruce Park – Creighton City

Address
Hwy 59
Creighton, Nebraska
GPS: 42.466458, -97.911944
Elevation: 1631′

Management: Public – City Park (Official)

The road in is Paved. Bruce Park – Creighton City is open year round. There are 1-5 Nebraska boondocking spots at this location and the maximum RV length is 35 feet. You may stay 3 at Bruce Park – Creighton City.

43. Bear Creek WMA

Address
2609-2665 East Hickory Road
Beatrice, Nebraska
GPS: 40.31749, -96.680721
Elevation: 1309′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted. Plenty of room in the lot for RVs but it slopes in two directions so leveling is necessary. Tenting areas are fenced off to keep vehicles off the grass. Some activity from people coming to fish in the evening but they all left by nightfall. Peaceful and quiet spot.

44. Leisure Lake

Address
57838-57850 720th Road
Plymouth, Nebraska
GPS: 40.259062, -96.985173
Elevation: 1358′

Management: Public – County Park

Leisure Lake is open all year. A level gravel lot with enough room for RVs and grassy areas for tents. The lake is small but it has a ramp for launching non- power boats. One picnic table. Very quiet. Nebraska camping places. No reservations. First come, first served.

45. Cub Creek RA South

Address
71835-71851 575th Avenue
Jansen, Nebraska
GPS: 40.238766, -97.048682
Elevation: 1394′

Management: Public – County Park

Free Nebraska boondocking spots. Reservations are not accepted at this campsite. – A PASS or PERMIT is required at this campsite.

46. Meridian WMA

Address
7196 River Road
Alexandria, Nebraska
GPS: 40.200292, -97.399476
Elevation: 1378′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. No reservations. First come, first served.

47. Deshler City Park

Address
4th and park
Deshler, Nebraska
GPS: 40.135753, -97.721908
Elevation: 1541′

Management: Public – City Park (Official)

The road in is Paved. Deshler City Park is open all year. There are 6-15 Nebraska camping places at this location and the maximum RV length is unlimited. Free hookups, nice city park setting, don’t know of a limit on stay, bathrooms at swimming pool during summer

48. Chester Park

Address
Chester, Nebraska
GPS: 40.01639, -97.61634
Elevation: 1637′

Management: Public – City Park (Official)

The road in is Gravel. There are 1-5 Nebraska boondocking spots at this location. You may stay 1 night at Chester Park. Just stopped in to get water, very high pressure, watch it if your gonna hookup. Water already on, not sure about electric.

49. Guide Rock Diversion Dam WMA

Address
Unnamed Road
Guide Rock, Nebraska
GPS: 40.069736, -98.376764
Elevation: 1644′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. No reservations. First come, first served.

50. Elm Creek WMA

Address
Road J
Red Cloud, Nebraska
GPS: 40.118857, -98.442772
Elevation: 1719′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska camping places. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted.

51. Mayberry WMA/Rock Creek Reservoir

Address
717 Road
Steinauer, Nebraska
GPS: 40.219031, -96.324139
Elevation: 1306′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Mayberry WMA/Rock Creek Reservoir is open all year. You stay here for 14 days as well it’s really nice free campsite get yourself all from the original pattern of daily life I liked it it decided to snow where I was at I’ve been camping here for about a week now. Free Nebraska boondocking spots. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted.

52. Burchard Lake

Address
713 Rd Burchard, NE
Burchard, Nebraska
GPS: 40.165031, -96.309128
Elevation: 1325′

Management: Public – County Park (Official)

There are 1-5 Nebraska boondocking sites at this location.

53. Wolf – Wildcat

Address
36612-37042 South 162nd Road
Liberty, Nebraska
GPS: 40.157392, -96.498599
Elevation: 1345′

Management: Public – County Park

Wolf – Wildcat is open all year. Nebraska camping places. First come -> first served. No reservations accepted. Real nice little lake. A few locals were already set up camping on the left of the road in so we just backed onto the right hand side off the road in. Easy. No fire pit. No amenities. Lots of catfishing going on. There is a boat ramp. Real nice for the night.

54. Arrowhead WMA

Address
Southwest 103 Road
Diller, Nebraska
GPS: 40.097949, -96.866856
Elevation: 1345′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Arrowhead WMA is open all year. Free Nebraska boondocking spots. Reservations are not accepted at this campsite.

55. Cub Creek RA South

Address
71835-71851 575th Avenue
Jansen, Nebraska
GPS: 40.238766, -97.048682
Elevation: 1394′

Management: Public – County Park

Nebraska boondocking sites. Reservations are not accepted at this campsite.

56. Hedgefield WMA

Address
Hickman, Nebraska
GPS: 40.604076, -96.570668
Elevation: 1309′

Management: Public – Wildlife Management: Area (Official)

You may stay 3 days in 6 in Nebraska camping places at Hedgefield WMA. Free to all. WMA’s do not require a paid yearly pass or sticker. Open to all. Usually a large open gravel parking lot that you can pull into with RV/caravan, trailer or car/motorcycle tent camping. Most are undeveloped without water or electricity.

57. Tripple Creek WMA


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Address
Palmyra, Nebraska
GPS: 40.662038, -96.40632
Elevation: 1191′

Management: Public – Wildlife Management: Area (Official)

You may stay 3 days in 6 in Nebraska boondocking spots at Tripple Creek WMA. Free to all. WMA’s do not require a paid yearly pass or sticker. Open to all. Usually a large open gravel parking lot that you can pull into with RV/caravan, trailer or car/motorcycle tent camping. Most are undeveloped without water or electricity. Some have pit toilets.

58. Wilson Creek WMA

Address
Unnamed Road
Dunbar, Nebraska
GPS: 40.704378, -96.059096
Elevation: 1125′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Wilson Creek WMA is open all year. Definitely a hammock camping area (large rodent and snake population crawling on the ground). Be sure to have varmint-proof container for food too. Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> first camped. No reservations are accepted.

59. Kansas Bend WMA

Address
Olive Street
Peru, Nebraska
GPS: 40.483396, -95.698452
Elevation: 902′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Kansas Bend WMA is open all year. I like it. No people, at the coast of the Missouri River. Need to take 4 wheel drive, no big rig, no vans. Other than that very good place. Beavers do not hesitate to seat right next to the campsite. Nebraska camping places. First come -> first camped. No reservations are accepted.

60. Aspinwall Bend WMA

Address
Unnamed Road
Nemaha, Nebraska
GPS: 40.334394, -95.663561
Elevation: 883′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Aspinwall Bend WMA is open all year. GMaps took us to a road that was marked no trespassing which was right off of 67. Further along the road there’s a mitigation area managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Bring deet. Free Nebraska boondocking spots. First come -> first served. No reservations accepted.

61. Walnut Creek WMA

Address
2421-2447 County Road C
Crete, Nebraska
GPS: 40.667093, -96.924883
Elevation: 1444′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted. Not a bad little spot. We parked at top of hill in parking area, as other 2 spots were blocked off. Other area next road down has playground and dumpster. Still nowhere to really park except parking lot. That side has $5 charge.

62. Hooper Memorial Park

Address
416 Main Street
Hooper, Nebraska
GPS: 41.615981, -96.547402
Elevation: 1220′

Management: Public – City Park

Nebraska camping places in Hooper Memorial Park is open all year. Free city park, drive down main street, located past downtown on the left. Golf course across the street. Free electric by baseball diamond, also electric under covered picnic area and water. Bathroom available but closed in winter. City owned swimming pool in park.

63. Buckskin Hills WMA

Address
Unnamed Road
Newcastle, Nebraska
GPS: 42.625876, -96.925169
Elevation: 1365′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska boondocking spots. This campsite does not use a reservation system. First come, first served.

64. Mulberry Bend WMA

Address
889 Road
Newcastle, Nebraska
GPS: 42.714266, -96.943765
Elevation: 1142′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites in Mulberry Bend WMA is open all year. Had a great stay at the Mulberry Bend WMA! The gravel road to get to the site was decently maintained and mostly used by locals. Our GPS did not have us take the correct road so note you need to take “579 Ave” which takes you under the bridge and to the camping area, which does have a boat launch. We did have cell service and there is a clean outhouse with power, no potable water.

65. Wiseman WMA

Address
892 Road
Wynot, Nebraska
GPS: 42.758767, -97.089694
Elevation: 1158′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska camping places. No reservations. First come, first served.

66. St Helena Access

Address
563 Avenue
Saint Helena, Nebraska
GPS: 42.850114, -97.269955
Elevation: 1161′

Management: Public – County Park

Free Nebraska boondocking spots. This campsite does not use a reservation system. First come, first served. Open parking lot with boat ramp and a fenced off grassy area – picnic table, bbq, and bench. The boat ramp seems to be popular w locals, so expect some parked cars / trucks. The grassy area is good for tenting, and the parking area is large enough for RVs etc.

67. Chalkrock WMA

Address
55781-55787 895th Road
Fordyce, Nebraska
GPS: 42.798947, -97.373797
Elevation: 1263′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Chalkrock WMA is open all year. Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> first camped. No reservations are accepted. Be sure to turn slow down when you see the tractor crossing sign. the lakes sign and turn are hidden by brush. I did not stay here, but just stopped by to check it out and take photos. This spot is easy for a large RV to turn around at the boat ramp if theres not too many vehicles parked down there.

68. Bazile Creek WMA

Address
528 Avenue
Niobrara, Nebraska
GPS: 42.757579, -97.952874
Elevation: 1217′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Bazile Creek WMA is open all year. Nebraska camping places. No reservations. First come, first served.

69. Chilvers City Park

Address
105 N Pine St
Plainview, Nebraska
GPS: 42.351666, -97.790604
Elevation: 1686′

Management: Public – City Park (Official)

Chilvers City Park is open Year round. There are 1-5 Nebraska boondocking spots at this location. Four paved camp spots, swimming pool, flush and pit toilets. Electric hookup. Free. Many large shade trees. One block north of Highway 20. Do not miss the Klown Muesum on the south side of the park.

70. Ferry Landing WMA

Address
Standing Bear Memorial Bridge
Niobrara, Nebraska
GPS: 42.763792, -97.991972
Elevation: 1220′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Ferry Landing WMA is open all year. Nebraska boondocking sites. No reservations. First come, first served.

71. Verdel – GPC

Address
51847 Cotton Wood Drive
Niobrara, Nebraska
GPS: 42.83013, -98.15177
Elevation: 1230′

Management: Public – State Park

Nebraska camping places. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted.

72. Sunshine Bottoms WMA

Address
Utopia Road
Lynch, Nebraska
GPS: 42.921155, -98.407794
Elevation: 1237′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska boondocking spots. First come -> first camped. No reservations are accepted.

73. Redbird WMA

Address
Avenue 503
Lynch, Nebraska
GPS: 42.756159, -98.43528
Elevation: 1529′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. This campsite does not use a reservation system. First come, first served.

74. Bruce Park – Creighton City

Address
Hwy 59
Creighton, Nebraska
GPS: 42.466458, -97.911944
Elevation: 1631′

Management: Public – City Park (Official)

The road in is Paved. Bruce Park – Creighton City is open year round. There are 1-5 Nebraska camping places at this location and the maximum RV length is 35 feet. You may stay 3 at Bruce Park – Creighton City. This very nice tree lined city park has 4-5 camper pads with electricity and water. The road in is paved and does a circle thru the park. The city pool and ball park is within easy walking distance.

75. Black Island WMA

Address
Unnamed Road
Wisner, Nebraska
GPS: 42.001667, -97.005477
Elevation: 1398′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Black Island WMA is open all year. Free Nebraska boondocking spots. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted.

76. Red Fox WMA

Address
83876 574th Avenue
Pilger, Nebraska
GPS: 41.986301, -97.058035
Elevation: 1411′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Red Fox WMA is open all year. Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> first camped. No reservations are accepted.

77. Yellowbanks WMA

Address
Unnamed Road
Meadow Grove, Nebraska
GPS: 42.046859, -97.66995
Elevation: 1663′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Yellowbanks WMA is open all year. Nebraska camping places. Reservations are not accepted at this campsite.

78. Arnold Hansen Memorial Park

Address
400-446 Nebraska Street
Belden, Nebraska
GPS: 42.410623, -97.20702
Elevation: 1565′

Management:: City Park

Nebraska boondocking spots within a Belden city managed park. Small neighborhood park between 2nd & 3rd St on Nebraska Ave. On street parking. Did not see any RV services.

79. Poolside Park

Address
300-308 West 2nd Street
Osmond, Nebraska
GPS: 42.357236, -97.599905
Elevation: 1650′

Management: Public – City Park

Free Nebraska boondocking sites at the park for up to 7 days, dump station too. Sites are best the tennis courts. Park near by for kids to play in. The town of Osmond maintains this camping area.



West Nebraska Camping Places

Nebraska is an excellent spot for boondocking. Whether you head to the Sandhills region in the southern part of the state or the remote grasslands in the north, you’re more likely to encounter local outdoor enthusiasts than tourists. The state’s legendary wide-open spaces offer exceptionally beautiful campsites and views that extend for miles.

Like its fellow Great Plains states to the north and south, Nebraska is largely a state without much change in elevation or extensive forested area. However, what it holds that those neighbors do not is an abundance of free camping, more than nearly any other state one would need to cross to get from the east to west in these United States.

Nebraska Dispersed camping is an excellent way to get away from technology and disconnect. Each dispersed site offers quick access to one or more of Nebraska’s most popular destinations.

Nebraska camping places

31 Free West Nebraska Camping Places

1. Martin’s Reach WMA

Address
Interstate 80
Wood River, Nebraska
GPS: 40.738695, -98.632708
Elevation: 1985′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted. You could probably camp here in a pinch but we found a better option less than 2 miles NE. This is just a turnaround spot right beside I-80. We went over the freeway to a nicer spot at the Wood River West State Wildlife Management Area. It’s on a fishing pond and a little further from I-80.

2. Wood River West State Wildlife Management Area

Address
Wood River, Nebraska
GPS: 40.756589, -98.610602
Elevation: 1965′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife Service (Official)

Free Nebraska camping places in a state wildlife management area. It is on a small lake with a boat ramp and a gravel & grass parking area. There are no other developed facilities. Signs posted in area note the rules and camping was not mentioned as being prohibited. Another family was tent camping. There were 6 other cars there on a Saturday in August with plenty of room for more. I-80 is only 300 yards away so it was not quiet here.

3. Prairie Lake SRA

Address
South Reprisal Avenue
Hastings, Nebraska
GPS: 40.538862, -98.490171
Elevation: 1946′

Management: Public – State Park

Nebraska boondocking spots. First come -> first camped. No reservations are accepted. Pretty area. Out of the way which is good and bad. Decent sized lake but had to walk my stuff to my site. Mosquitos were pretty bad for early. summer. Wasnt worried about people stealing my stuff or anything at night though.

4. Bassway Strip WMA

Address
Bassway Strip Road
Gibbon, Nebraska
GPS: 40.68647, -98.948591
Elevation: 2093′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. No reservations. First come, first served. Not a bad place to stay. We stayed for 3 nights. Can hear and see I-80 but it is easy to get to. Several pull outs to stay at. River is close enough to walk. There were deer and we heard the coyotes in the distance. No fires, garbage or restrooms. There was some trash laying around.

5. Bufflehead WMA

Address
East 1st Street
Kearney, Nebraska
GPS: 40.670455, -99.017985
Elevation: 2119′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska camping places. No reservations. First come, first served.

6. Archway Parkway

Address
Kearney, Nebraska
GPS: 40.671258, -99.032749

Management: Public – National Park Service (Unofficial)

The road in is Paved. There are 1-5 Nebraska boondocking spots at this location and the maximum RV length is 35 feet. Gravel area across from the Archway. Sits next to a small lake. Has a picnic table and a garbage can. No signs. Across from a NPS park with walking trail. Update: we stayed here May 20, 2018, 27 ft fifth wheel and van, no problems, nice level site, be careful of sandy areas.

7. Kea Lake WMA

Address
985 Platte Road
Kearney, Nebraska
GPS: 40.66889, -99.0901
Elevation: 2142′

Management
Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> first served. No reservations accepted. This site is actually overflow parking for a hockey arena/rink. We asked management and they allowed us to stay a few days. Every dirt road off the road in says “private property, no trespassing.”

8. Kea West WMA

Address
246-298 Kea West Avenue
Kearney, Nebraska
GPS: 40.671986, -99.108859
Elevation: 2149′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska camping places. No reservations. First come, first served. Kea West WMA This WMA has an 8-acre lake. Fish species: Largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, rock bass, yellow perch Amenities: Primitive boat ramp Directions: From Exit 272, go 1 mile north to 11th Street. Turn left and go 1.3 miles west to Kea West Avenue. Turn left again and go south, past Yanney Park, about 1 mile to the area, which is on the left.

9. East Odessa WMA

Address
186 West Road
Kearney, Nebraska
GPS: 40.6705, -99.16471
Elevation: 2169′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife Service

Nebraska boondocking spots. First come -> first served. No reservations accepted.

10. Coot Shallows WMA

Address
12501-12947 11th Road
Odessa, Nebraska
GPS: 40.68345, -99.287968
Elevation: 2218′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> first camped. No reservations are accepted. To start, the name is Coot Shallows with a T, not Cool. Nice quiet place beside a sport fishing pond. Only 4 or 5 sites – simple level gravel spots with lots of trees. Traffic noise from I-80 almost non-existent. Stayed one night in Sept of 2017.

11. Blue Hole WMA

Address
Interstate 80
Elm Creek, Nebraska
GPS: 40.689289, -99.366499
Elevation: 2244′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska camping places. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted.

12. Dogwood WMA

Address
Interstate 80
Lexington, Nebraska
GPS: 40.698029, -99.612799
Elevation: 2333′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking spots. This campsite does not use a reservation system. First come, first served. We arrived around 11:30pm in mid July, you have to drive on gravel roads for about 18 min to get there if you’re driving west on the highway. There’s some mosquitos and some ticks, but not a ton. Right by a small body of water. Stars are beautiful and crickets are plenty. The highway is right there so the noise is really loud and the vehicle lights are very visible. A little bit of trash was littered around.

13. Phillips lake

Address
Smithfield, Nebraska
GPS: 40.68512, -99.77684
Elevation: 2533′

Management: Public – State Park (Unofficial)

Down a rough dirt road by a shallow lake. Absolutely DO Not get caught down the road after the rain. It’s a mile of clay on the way out. Clean up some garbage on the way out. Nebraska boondocking sites.

14. Plum Creek WMA

Address
42201-42249 Road 750
Elwood, Nebraska
GPS: 40.700932, -99.917833
Elevation: 2635′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska camping places. Reservations are not accepted at this campsite.

15. Eustis City

Address
103 East Allison Street
Eustis, Nebraska
GPS: 40.659934, -100.026394
Elevation: 2615′

Management: Public – City Park

The city of Eustis manages this park. Nebraska boondocking spots.

16. Darr WMA

Address
Interstate 80
Lexington, Nebraska
GPS: 40.783667, -99.84958
Elevation: 2425′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted. This place was easy to get to. Right off the hwy. Just pulled off the drive, real close to level.

Thursday night, had the place all to ourselves.

17. Cozad WMA

Address
704-798 Clayton Yeutter Highway
Cozad, Nebraska
GPS: 40.84069, -99.985065
Elevation: 2484′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska camping places. First come -> First Camped. Reservations not accepted. Cozad WMA is open all year. Pretty nice for one night. Four or five couples fishing off and on. Very close to freeway and train nearby but the rain covers most of the noise. Saw a few deer and catfish. I would stay here again there are several pond/campgrounds along this strip of i80. No water but there is a truck stop across the freeway.

18. East Willow Island WMA

Address
Interstate 80
Cozad, Nebraska
GPS: 40.860086, -100.028548
Elevation: 2503′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking spots. First come -> first served. No reservations accepted.

19. Willow Island WMA

Address
76224-76236 Road 416
Willow Island, Nebraska
GPS: 40.87813, -100.071085
Elevation: 2520′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> first served. No reservations accepted. It Was A little trashy but not real bad. I liked it cause no one was there. It is a gravel road to this place and was kinda hard traveling on a bicycle but do-able. I think it’s mainly a fishing whole for the locals and there ain’t to many locals. I really had a good time and would probably rough it again going down that gravel road with my bicycle and stay there again. They even had a lot of areas mowed. I was there in August of 2016 and to my surprise, there wasn’t to many mosquitoes.

20. East Gothenburg WMA

Address
Road 763
Gothenburg, Nebraska
GPS: 40.888095, -100.10647
Elevation: 2533′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska camping places. This campsite does not use a reservation system. First come, first served. Camped here in Oct. 2019, and well this is a place to sleep for free, it is VERY noisy from the interstate. Dirt lot, no facilities. Washboard road getting here, but any car can make it. Set up my tent, but even the rain didn’t drown out the traffic.

21. Wapiti WMA

Address
Unnamed Road
Maxwell, Nebraska
GPS: 40.8962, -100.566452
Elevation: 3146′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking spots. No reservations. First come, first served.

22. Wellfleet WMA

Address
South Somerset Road
Wellfleet, Nebraska
GPS: 40.754882, -100.740315
Elevation: 2769′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. This campsite does not use a reservation system. First come, first served. I had a pleasant stay. My site, at the very end of the road, was small but nice. There’s only one tent platform, and it’s only big enough for a smallish tent. Easy lake access at this site too. There are a few tables and garbage cans scattered throughout the area, and a remarkably clean and pleasant port o potty. Very quiet, with no one else camping there, on Friday of Labor Day weekend.

23. Cedar Valley WMA

Address
43998 South Mitchell Road
Wellfleet, Nebraska
GPS: 40.735113, -100.690889
Elevation: 2766′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Free Nebraska camping places. First come -> first camped. No reservations are accepted.

24. Frenchman WMA

Address
Unnamed Road
Palisade, Nebraska
GPS: 40.357881, -101.098113
Elevation: 2733′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking spots. No reservations. First come, first served. This site has three little lakes with clearings for camping. Follow the signs from 25A. We drove straight at the T intersection to a large clearing where there are two spurs. One is an old road that is not longer accessible. This is where we camped. One goes to the lake shore and has a grassy area where a tent could be set up. There’s also a road that makes a loop back to the T intersect. We did not drive on the other roads because they looked too rough.

25. Karrer Park

Address
McCook, NE
McCook, Nebraska
GPS: 40.197965, -100.601871
Elevation: 2493′

Management: Public – City Park (Official)

The road in is Paved. There are 1-5 Nebraska boondocking sites at this location and the maximum RV length is 45 feet. You may stay 3 nights at Karrer Park. Nice paved circular city park with electricity. Clean flush restrooms with showers. Close to train tracks. Donation requested.

26. Red Willow Diversion Dam WMA

Address
Road 390
McCook, Nebraska
GPS: 40.279756, -100.539533
Elevation: 2451′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Red Willow Diversion Dam WMA is open all year. Free Nebraska camping places. First come -> first camped. No reservations are accepted. Didn’t make it all the way in our 30’ motorhome. About 5 miles on dirt roads, and then the road gets really small with tall grass. Better for a truck than motorhome.

27. Ash Grove WMA

Address
31 Road
Franklin, Nebraska
GPS: 40.031433, -98.971059
Elevation: 2001′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking spots. Reservations are not accepted at this campsite. Ash Grove WMA is open all.

28. Cambridge City RV Park

Address
Cambridge, Nebraska
GPS: 40.28294, -100.158844
Elevation: 2260′

Management: Public – City Park (Official)

There are 6-15 Nebraska boondocking sites at this location. Great place to stay. Cambridge has several things to see. Stay a while. Has lots of trees. 30/50 amp service. Donations invited. There are 11 Electrical and water hook-ups, and a shared dump-station near the entrance. Conveniently located near the walking trail and just a short distance to restrooms, showers, and all the recreation of McKinley Park and the Medicine Creek.

29. Cambridge Diversion Dam WMA

Address
U.S. 34
Cambridge, Nebraska
GPS: 40.285193, -100.121035
Elevation: 2244′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Cambridge Diversion Dam WMA is open all year. Free Nebraska camping places. No reservations. First come, first served. Small area, not room for more than 3 campers. Has 2 small shelters with picnic tables. Grass was nicely mowed. Small dam you can walk on. UNUSEABLE restrooms!!!!

30. Narrows WMA

Address
Road 800
Red Cloud, Nebraska
GPS: 40.074911, -98.595804
Elevation: 1709′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking spots. This campsite does not use a reservation system. First come, first served.

31. Limestone Bluffs WMA

Address
10 Road
Riverton, Nebraska
GPS: 40.002462, -98.880273
Elevation: 2096′

Management: Public – Fish and Wildlife

Nebraska boondocking sites. First come -> first served. No reservations accepted.



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