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If you're looking for an RV campground with easy access to a neighboring city, look no further than Island Park Campground near Lyons, Nebraska. This family and pet-friendly RV park has everything you need for an enjoyable vacation; there are tennis, basketball, and sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pitches, a nearby baseball diamond, and areas where you can picnic. You can rent the campsites by the day or week, and each one has a pad; some of the sites allow tent camping. The campground is located within Brink Park on an island in a river that passes the city's outskirts.
Once you're settled in, you can start your vacation with a leisurely stroll through the town. There are several churches for you to view, providing an enjoyable blending of nature and architecture, or you can do some shopping for supplies you're low on or just for the sake of shopping. There are cafes and restaurants for you to frequent and some friendly bars where you can relax when the day is getting long. Don't forget to take your RV rental for a spin on the local highways; it's one of the perks of an RV vacation.
Book one of the RV rentals in Burt County, and you can start your explorations by heading towards Summit Lake State Recreation Area; it's a short distance from Tekamah and an ideal area for swimming and other water-based activities due to its no-wake boating policy. You can fish for bluegill, carp, northern pike, and other fish varieties, or take a relaxing canoe or kayak trip (you'll need to bring your own equipment or make arrangements ahead of time). The park has campsites with electrical connections, drinking water, and a dump station, restrooms, and hiking trails that meander through the woods surrounding the lake. Park your camper rental nearby, and you can take your catch straight from the river to the fridge until it's time to prepare dinner.
Black Island State Wildlife Management Area, near the town of Wisner, is a relatively small but still interesting refuge that provides habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds as well as migrating and wintering bird species, and a place for birds to breed safely. The park is equally interesting to nature lovers as well as bird watchers; its environment includes wooded sections mostly consisting of cottonwoods, grass and weed-type vegetation, and some areas that are grassy and wet. The Elkhorn River passes the park along its southern borders, allowing you to view the park from a canoeing or kayaking expedition along the river; the area allows fishing and hunting, so you should exercise caution if hunting season is in effect.
Loess Hills State Forest is a relatively recent addition to state-protected land resources; the idea was first considered in 1985 and then initiated in 1986 using funds from a newly created state lottery. The hills were created thousands of years ago from silt left behind by melting glaciers; today, the area is dominated by open prairie, savannas, and hardwood tree stands of oak, walnut, elm, and other varieties. The forest is managed to provide timber resources, plant and wildlife habitat, public water resources, and public recreation; it's divided into four areas, each one offering its own recreation activities. One of the areas is near the Mormon town Preparation, which has an important history.
You should spend some of your time here exploring the history and culture of the area as well as the outdoors. When you're ready for this, spend some time in Oakland, which has a bi-annual Swedish festival and has been designated “The Swedish Capital of Nebraska” by the Swedish Consul-General and the Governor of Nebraska. Oakland has a city park where you can take a leisurely stroll and some gift shops you can browse. The town is small and has a handful of restaurants offering homestyle food, nothing fancy but cooked to order from fresh ingredients and served by friendly staff.
West Point is a small, friendly town and an excellent place to take an after-dinner stroll to see the town sites. It has a small community theater that presents current movies and hosts a variety of artistic events such as local plays. The town's restaurant scene is a balance of privately owned venues and commercial chain enterprises, so there is something for everyone if you decide to stop here for a meal.
Simple settings with abundant amenities and easy access to nature are how you describe a perfect RV camping vacation and what you'll have in store for you when you go camping at Island Park Campground.