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Chautauqua Park Campground

If you're looking for a family-friendly RV campground in southeast Nebraska, look no further than Chautauqua Park Campground in Beatrice. Located on the banks of Big Blue River, the campground is close to shopping areas and museums in the town center. Lincoln is less than an hour's drive north of the RV campground, and Omaha is less than two hours northeast. Book an RV in Gage County, Nebraska to explore the area's natural and tourist attractions.With three playgrounds, a duck pond, and sports courts, Chautauqua Park is a great kid-friendly RV campground. Other activities include horseshoe pits, a disc golf course, and a lot of room to play. If you prefer spending time in nature, you'll find hiking and biking trails close by, or you can enjoy fishing on the river. This wooded campground comes complete with picnic tables, fire pits, full hookups, restrooms, and showers.When you camp in an RV at Chautauqua Park Campground, you'll have the opportunity to see less-traveled areas of Nebraska. With natural parks, historical areas, and museums nearby, a visit to Beatrice is more than just a vacation.



Find the perfect RV for your campsite

Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

How Outdoorsy Works

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Find the perfect RV

Choose your location, dates, and send the owner a request to book.

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Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

Let us help

Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.

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Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

Rockford State Recreation Area is about a 20-minute drive from Chautauqua Park Campground, and it's one of the most popular natural areas in the county. This 300-acre park, home to a 150-acre lake, offers an abundance of outdoor activities, including boating, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. You can also enjoy picnicking, swimming, and camping. Fish species found in the lake include bluegill, bullhead, crappie, carp, and catfish.Pawnee State Recreation Area is a beautiful state park surrounding Pawnee Lake. Covering over 2,500 acres of land, including 740 acres of water, this is a popular hunting and fishing destination near Lincoln. Here, you can hunt small game animals, waterfowl, and white-tailed deer. Some other activities here include two swimming beaches, boating, archery, a shooting range, and more. Several multi-purpose trails open to hiking, biking, and horseback riding put visitors up close with the park's scenery.Another scenic natural area near Lincoln is Branched Oak State Recreation Area, only about an hour's drive north from the RV campground. Branched Oak Lake is one of the largest lakes in this part of Nebraska, covering 1,800 acres. A sailing club, marina, swimming beaches, and campgrounds make this an ideal destination for those keen to spend some time by the water. This is a popular wildlife viewing park in spring, when you can see bald eagles. The multi-use trail system is open year-round, while visitors can also enjoy hunting, fishing, and picnicking.

Exploring the City

While RV camping at Chautauqua Park Campground, take time to visit the museums and historic sites in the city of Beatrice. Learn a little local history at Gage County Museum. Permanent exhibits detail the county's railroad and agricultural industries and give visitors a glimpse into the lives of Gage County's citizens past and present. Wander through the museum at your own pace, or take a guided tour. Check the museum's events schedule to see what temporary exhibits are on display during your visit.Filley Barn is a short drive out of town and another must-see for history buffs camping at Chautauqua Park. This beautifully restored barn once belonged to the Filley family and is now open to the public. The barn is a popular spot for community events, including the Harvest Festival in the fall. Attendees can see vintage farm equipment, watch live demonstrations, and learn more about what life was like for a Nebraska homesteader in the 19th century.Homestead National Monument of America commemorates the brave homesteaders who moved out West to start a new life after the Homestead Act was passed in 1862. Get your bearings at the Homestead Heritage Center, where you can learn more about homesteading and how the Homestead Act influenced the area's immigration and agriculture. The hands-on activities and demonstrations at the Education Center are sure to be a hit with the kids. When you've had all the history you can handle, venture out to hike through the tallgrass prairie. This unique, restored ecosystem allows visitors to explore the same landscapes the homesteaders saw when they arrived here. Before you head back to the campground, be sure to see the Palmer-Epard Cabin and the Freeman School.


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Find the perfect RV for Chautauqua Park Campground

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All towables

Trailer

Trailers for all types of towing vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.

Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

Utility Trailer

All other types of towable trailers.

All drivables

Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.

Other

All other types of drivable vehicles.

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Questions about RVs?

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What type of RV should I choose?

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Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


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Do the RVs have bathrooms?

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Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


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How does check-in work?

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Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.