BESSEY RECREATION COMPLEX, NE

Bessey Recreation Complex and campground is located in central Nebraska, adjacent to Middle Loup River, offering visitors opportunities to enjoy the scenery, relax, and recreate.The Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands are located in central and western Nebraska and South Dakota...
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Know Before You Go
  • For the group campground a $3 per pedestal electrical fee will be charged at the campground.
  • Off-road vehicles can only be ridden to the trailhead and back within the campground
  • Horse corrals available at primitive campsites
  • The main restroom facilities and showers will be closed from mid-October through mid-May
  • Double camping in sites prohibited
  • Click here for more information about the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.
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BESSEY RECREATION GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC 150 35 Back-In
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
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BESSEY RECREATION GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC 50 Accessible 0
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CEDR STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 27 Back-In
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CEDR STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 40 Back-In
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CEDR STANDARD NONELECTRIC 6 35 Pull-Through
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CEDR STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 35 Back-In
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CEDR STANDARD ELECTRIC 6 35 Back-In
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CEDR STANDARD ELECTRIC 6 35 Back-In
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CEDR STANDARD ELECTRIC 6 30 Pull-Through
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CEDR STANDARD ELECTRIC 6 35 Back-In
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CEDR STANDARD ELECTRIC 6 30 Back-In
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Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
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CEDR STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 30 Back-In
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CEDR STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 35 Back-In
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CEDR STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 40 Back-In
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CEDR STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 30 Back-In
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CEDR TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 8 30 Back-In
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FSPD TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 8 0 Pull-Through
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FSPD TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 8 0 Pull-Through
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HRWD STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 30 Pull-Through
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HRWD TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 8 30 Back-In
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HRWD TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 8 30 Pull-Through
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HRWD TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 8 25 Back-In
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HRWD TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 8 25 Back-In
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HRWD TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 8 0 Back-In
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Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

Bessey Recreation Complex and campground is located in central Nebraska, adjacent to Middle Loup River, offering visitors opportunities to enjoy the scenery, relax, and recreate.

Natural Features:

The Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands are located in central and western Nebraska and South Dakota. This area is made up of two national forests, three national grasslands, a tree nursery and is host to a Job Corps facility.

An unusual combination of the native ponderosa pine forest and mixed grass prairies, combined with hand-planted forests, sand hills and grasslands, is unique to the National Forest System.

The campground within the Bessy Recreation Complex is located next to the Charles E. Bessey Nursery, the oldest tree nursery in the Forest Service.

Wildlife in the area abounds. Prairie chicken, sharp-tailed grouse, mule-deer, whitetailed deer, pronghorn antelope, prairie dogs, turkeys, coyotes, bobwhite quail, eagles, hawks and falcons all find habitat in surrounding ecosystems.

Recreation:

Waterfront activities are popular and plentiful at this facility. Adjacent to the campground, Middle Loup River is shallow and steady flowing, providing good conditions for tubing and canoeing. A seven acre pond stocked with largemouth bass, blue gill, trout and catfish offers great fishing for the whole family. There is also an accessible fishing pier.

Facilities:

Bessy Recreation Complex has camping sites able to accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs, including one group site and several tent-only sites.

The campground is equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings, flush toilets and drinking water. Electric hookups are available at the group site and several of the standard sites. For the group campground a $3 per pedestal electrical fee will be charged at the campground. A group picnic area is also available for use.

Restaurants, gas stations and a grocery store are available in Thedford, Nebraska, 16 miles to the west.

Nearby Attractions:

Drive or hike to the Scott Lookout Tower for a fantastic panoramic view of Nebraska's sand hills and prairies.

Booking Window

GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC

Sat Oct 25 2014 - Wed Oct 21 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC

Sat Oct 25 2014 - Wed Oct 21 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD ELECTRIC

Sat Oct 25 2014 - Tue Apr 21 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Sat Oct 25 2014 - Tue Apr 21 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC

Sat Oct 25 2014 - Tue Apr 21 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Walk In Tue Sep 02 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Walk In Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu May 21 2015
Peak Fri May 22 2015 Mon Sep 07 2015
Walk In Tue Sep 08 2015 Thu Dec 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Group Shelters
  • Accessible Picnic Area
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Pier
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Group Cooking Facilities
  • Group Picnic Shelters
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Off Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Pay Telephone
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • RV sites
  • Ranger Station
  • River Access
  • Security Lights
  • Self Pay Station
  • Showers
  • Softball Fields
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Tubing
  • Vault Toilets
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Water Spigot
  • Wildlife Viewing
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Walk In Season
Sep 02 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC N/A
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $8.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC N/A
GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC $0.00
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $25.00
Walk In Season
Jan 01 2015 -
May 21 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC N/A
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $8.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC N/A
GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC $0.00
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $25.00
Peak Season
May 22 2015 -
Sep 07 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $8.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $8.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $11.00
GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC $0.00
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $25.00
Walk In Season
Sep 08 2015 -
Dec 31 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC N/A
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $8.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC N/A
GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC $0.00
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $25.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.90061, -100.29914
41°54'2"N, 100°17'57"W

From Interstate 80, travel north from North Platte, Nebraska on U.S. Hwy 83 for 65 miles to Thedford, Nebraska. Continue East for 16 miles on Nebraska Hwy 2, then South .05 miles from Hwy 2 on State Spur 86B.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

BESSEY RECREATION COMPLEX
STATE SPUR 86B OFF HIGHWAY 2
HALSEY  NE  69142

Phone Number:

Project Office: (308)533-2257