Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ponca State Park - Ponca, Nebraska

Camping Review – Ponca State Park – PONCA NEBRASKA

Location Information:

Park Name: Ponca State Park
Address: 88090 Spur 26 E City: Ponca State: Nebraska Zip: 68770
Phone Number: 402-755-2284 Email: ngpc.Ponca@nebraska.gov


Electric: Yes
Water: No
Sewer: No
Dump Station: Yes - One
Comments: Water is officially a no but they are in the process of putting spigots all over the campground, it appears they are upgrading and there will eventually be water offered at each campsite.

Site Details:

Length: 45 to 60 Ft      Pad Material: Asphalt
Fire Ring: Yes      Site Number/s: 37, 38, And 51
Comments: Sites are well maintained and flat with an asphalt surface

Visit Detail:

Times Visited: We have visited this park multiple times, including tent camping and cabin camping years ago. Numbers below represent camping in our TT.
Total # of Nights Stayed: 7
Most Recent Dates Stayed: 9/18/09 to 9/20/09

Nightly: 30 Amp: $17      50 Amp: $17      Full Hook Ups: N/A
Fees: $7      Park Sticker Required: Yes      PS Cost: $4 Daily/$26 Annual
Comments: There is a $7 reservation fee (not per night only one time) for reserving online through the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website.

Bath House: Yes      Comments: Not the newest and most modern bath houses but clean and lots of hot water.
Laundry: No      Comments:
Play Ground: Yes      Comments:
Swimming: Yes      Comments: Swimming Pool
Trail System: Yes      Comments: Hiking, Mountain biking and Horseback riding
Fishing: Yes      Comments: Missouri River access for fishing
Boating: Yes      Comments: Missouri River
Cabins: Yes      Comments: Multiple options but they book very fast.
Concessions: No      Comments:

Visitor Center: Yes      Comments: Fantastic new state of the art Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center – If you haven’t been to Ponca State Park in several years it has changes a LOT. The new educational center, waterfall and entrance area are all new in the last few years.

Other: Comments:

Golf Nearby: Yes      Comments: Highland Oaks Public Golf Course borders the park.

Park Upkeep:
Site Mowed: Grass was a bit shaggy for our taste.
Trees Trimmed: Generally yes, no problems in the campgrounds. There are a few small branches that can be a nuisance while driving through the park especially if meeting another car coming the other way. Some of the scenic drives are a bit tight for two lane traffic. Nothing major by any means.
Garbage Overflowing: Yes, dumpsters emptied regularly

Interaction with Staff: Limited
Comments: Only had limited interactions with staff and they were pleasant and friendly.


Video: None

Overall Comments: Overall Ponca State Park is one of our favorite parks in Nebraska. It is very picturesque and scenic. The observation deck on the road above the swimming pool is breathtaking and you can see three states from its location. A short hike to the old OAK tree is well worth it. They have several special events throughout the summer and we recently attend The Missouri River Outdoor Expo, fantastic experience especially if you have children.