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RV camping means adventure, a chance to see and learn something new, an opportunity to build memories, and in Buffalo County, Nebraska, that equals Fort Kearny SRA Campground. This family and pet-friendly RV campground is basic, offering all the usual amenities and with access to everything you'll need to have a memorable vacation. Individual campsites have either electric hookups or electric and water, with a dump station and a water outlet where you can draw potable water; the electrical hookups have 30/50 amp service. The RV park is nestled amongst a stand of cottonwood trees, some of which are more than 100 years old, providing all the shade you'll need.
Once you're settled in, there is an abundance of things to see and do in Fort Kearny State Historical Park, which the campground is a part of. You can swim in the nearby lake and river, check out the hiking trails to go for a jog, take some photos and view the plant and wildlife, and much more. There's a playground for young kids, a fishing pier, and scenic driving routes that put you in touch with nature from the comfort of your rental RV. In fact, driving an RV is a thrill all of its own, and one of the reasons why RV vacations are so unique. You will need a Nebraska state park permit to enter the park and the campground, and some of the campsites allow for tent camping.
Book an RV in Buffalo County, and you're all set to begin the adventure of a lifetime. Start your trek by pointing your RV rental towards Sherman Reservoir SRA, a popular destination for hikers and water sports enthusiasts. The reservoir was built in 1961 to prevent flooding and assist farmers in obtaining water for irrigation; it later became widely known as a recreational area. Water-based activities you can enjoy include water skiing, sailing, and tubing; canoeing and kayaking can help you access remote coves and inlets where you can fish or simply take in the views. The lake is stocked with many varieties of fish, and there are cleaning stations available once you're done.
Harlan County Lake, near Franklin, was created by the construction of the Harlan County Dam, which was completed in 1952; it was built in response to earlier floods that claimed numerous lives and heads of cattle. Republican City, located in the valley that was to be flooded, had to be moved to higher ground; when the reservoir levels are low, the structures of the original city can still be seen. You can fish for walleye and catfish amongst other species or go boating or water skiing. The area around the lake allows for hunting and has been a popular hunting destination as early as the days of Buffalo Bill Cody, who often trapped in the area, and there are trails in the woods surrounding the lake that are perfect for hikers.
Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area and Wildlife Management Area is a multi-use park providing outdoor recreation, wildlife habitats, and irrigation water for local farmers. The reservoir is fed by the Calamus River so that the reservoir doesn't run low even in the driest months. In the summer months, the lake has a sandy beach, and there's a designated swimming area free from boat traffic. Hunting is allowed in the park in season, and bird watchers will be thrilled spotting the array of bird species such as eagles and waterfowl. The park has a visitor center and a fish hatchery, and there are cleaning stations where you can take your catch before taking it home to your motorhome rental.
Nebraska is full of history, and it shows in the attractions you'll find here, especially in the town of Kearney. There are too many museums to mention as well as historical and heritage parks and an archway monument that is dedicated to the pioneers who settled the land. There are shopping malls and farmers markets, and a paved trail leading to a lookout where you can watch the local cranes depart at sunrise and return at sunset. Kearney has a long list of restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines on hand, making it an ideal destination when dinnertime is approaching.
Gibbon is a friendly community, and it was the county seat before being replaced by Kearney. The town is home to the Audubon Rowe Sanctuary, making it a natural choice for bird watchers to visit. The sanctuary has hiking trails, a visitor center, a gift shop, and seasonal observation blinds you can use.
Buffalo County has everything you're looking for on an adventure-seeking vacation, from picturesque settings to culture and history, and camping at Fort Kearny SRA Campground is where it all begins.