Ponca SP, NE

Summary Situated astride the picturesque Missouri River bluffs in northeastern Nebraska, Ponca State Park is the eastern gateway to the 59-mile section of the Missouri National Recreational River, one of two unchannelized stretches of the river bordering Nebraska Attractions...
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Ponca State Park Office Hours:

Memorial Weekend - Labor Day Hours are 8 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Saturday - Thursday; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday; Labor Day - Mid November Hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily; End of November - April 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Satuday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday.

Ponca State Park is along the Missouri River and Cabins 1-14 are available mid April through mid November. Ponca State Park 4 bedroom Mini Lodge cabins are available year round.Cabin Check-in is at 4 p.m. and check-out is at 11 a.m. Check-in prior to 4 o'clock is not allowed. If arriving after office hours, please make arrangements with park office for cabin check-in procedures.

When a reservation is made one year to the date in advance, no cancellation of that arrival date is allowed.

Swimming pool is open mid June through mid August. Please call park office for detail information regarding pool operating hours.

Camping (Tents & Campers) is prohibited in the cabin loop area of the park. Guests wishing to camp must use the designated camping area.
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Overview

Description

Summary

Situated astride the picturesque Missouri River bluffs in northeastern Nebraska, Ponca State Park is the eastern gateway to the 59-mile section of the Missouri National Recreational River, one of two unchannelized stretches of the river bordering Nebraska

Attractions

Ponca State Park features one of the state's most comprehensive outdoor/environmental education programs. Onsite staff and volunteers help guide and educate visitors on the history, biology, ecology, astronomy, geology and archeology of the area. Many how-to programs on outdoor recreation are also given, including fishing, backpacking, wilderness survival, cooking and others. During late spring, summer and early fall, programs are given daily for both adults and children.

With more than 20 miles of trails, the park provides hikers and mountain bikers many opportunities to explore the park's backcountry. Several mountain bike races are held every year making the Park's trail system noted for its diverse and often challenging trails.

In the summer, swimmers can cool off at the Park's swimming pool where lifeguards are on duty(As a general rule, the swimming pool does not open until the second Saturday of June and is open on weekends only from the middle of August until Labor Day). Experienced wranglers guide organized horseback rides through the scenic woodland bluffs and river overlooks. The Highland Oaks Public Golf Course is located on the southern boundary of the park. The challenging 9-hole course offers spectacular park vistas and a luxurious clubhouse. A boat ramp and 2 miles of river access offers boaters and anglers many opportunities to experience the Missouri National Recreational River. A canoe/kayak launch is located 6 miles upriver on Ponca State Park's North Addition offering a more adventurous outdoor experience. The park also has Youth Fishing Programs twice a week and a Fishing Tackle Loaner Program. Hayrack tours are available during the spring, summer and fall. Reservations are taken for groups of 15 or more. Haunted hayrack rides are given for two Saturday nights during the Park's annual Hallowfest - in October. Call the park office for specific dates and for when reservations for the hayrides can be made as space is limited. The park has an annual Mother's Day and Father's Day Buffet along with periodic cookouts on holiday weekends and special events. Call the park office for details. Buffalo burgers, Lewis and Clark Stew and fish fries are given in the summer and fall. Call the park for more details.

The Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center houses the park office and new opportunities in education and recreation are being developed. This 17,000 sq. ft. facility has a large interpretive display/exhibit area, a field laboratory and conference rooms. Meeting rooms will accommodate groups up to 250 or can be subdivided for smaller gatherings. A fully-equipped kitchen is available for rent.

Campground Notes: Ponca State Park provides excellent camping. Paved electrical camp sites in two modern campgrounds with 30/50 amp electrical hookups. There are showers, picnic tables, fire pits, dump station, and playground. Modern facilities operate from April - October, weather permitting. Primitive camping is available year-round.

Cabin Notes: Ponca State Park has 14 modern, two-bedroom, air-conditioned housekeeping cabins. Each has two double beds, bedding, bathroom with shower, kitchenette and large screened porch. Kitchenettes are furnished with a range, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, cooking utensils, dinette, dishes and tableware for six. Lodging is normally available from mid April through the mid-November, but dates are subject to change.

Booking Window

CABIN

Wed Oct 01 2014 - Wed Sep 30 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

GROUP AREA

Fri Oct 03 2014 - Wed Sep 30 2015

Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

SHELTER

Wed Oct 01 2014 - Wed Sep 30 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD

Fri Oct 03 2014 - Wed Sep 30 2015

Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri Apr 11 2014 Sun Oct 19 2014
Walk In Mon Oct 20 2014 Thu Apr 09 2015
Peak Fri Apr 10 2015 Sun Oct 18 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Admin Service, Copying/Faxing
  • Archeological Sites
  • Archery
  • Bath House
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Ramp
  • CAMPING, BACKCOUNTRY
  • Cabins
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Catering
  • Comfort Station
  • Dining
  • Dump Station
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Emergency Services
  • Fire Rings
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Fishing, PARK LAKE
  • Fishing, River/Stream
  • Golf
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Group/Community Facility
  • HORSEBACK RIDING
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Difficult
  • Hiking Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Horse Rentals
  • Hunting
  • Information/Contact Station
  • Interpretive Center
  • Interpretive Display
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kiosk
  • LIFEGUARDS (SEASONAL)
  • Lodging Cabins
  • Lodging, Group Facilities
  • MEETING SPACE
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Center
  • Nature Study
  • Newspapers
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • PROGRAMS, INSTRUCTIONAL
  • PROGRAMS, NATURE
  • Parking
  • Pay Telephone
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicing
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • Scenic Driving Routes
  • Showers
  • Sightseeing
  • Stargazing
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Telephone
  • Trails - Hiking/Walking, Easy
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Trails, Difficult Hiking
  • Trails, Horse
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Trails, Mountain Bike
  • Walking
  • Water Access, River/Stream
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golfing
  • Grocery Store
  • Laundry
  • Motel
  • Restaurant
  • Retail, Drinks/Ice/Snack
  • Retail, Seasonal Concessions
  • Retail,Supplies
  • Town
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The Ridge Golf Club

The Ridge Golf Club is designed and constructed in and around two large drainage basins that are divided by a prominent "ridge" upon which the clubhouse area is located. Each basin contains 9 holes laid out in a parkland style arrangement. Views from both the residential and mixed-use commercial areas are generally downhill across a park like setting and are frequently ? to ½ mile across to the next residential area.
2997 S Main Ave, Sioux Center, IA, 51250
712-722-4866
Distance*: 40.9 miles

Sports and Recreations

Indian Trails Country Club

Eighteen holes of championship golf are waiting for you at Indian Trails Country Club. This course features lush greens and fairways, picturesque views and enough challenge to make it fun for everyone, from beginners to seasoned veterans. Also Indian Trails was rated 4 stars on Best Place to Play by Golf Digest.
1128 River Rd, Beemer, NE, 68716
402-528-3404
Distance*: 49.05 miles
*All Distances shown are as-the-crow-flies (measured as a straight line between two points). See Driving Directions for approximate driving distances.
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 $7.00 non-refundable on-line reservation fee will be charged for each reservation.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard

Cancellation Policy
All cancellation requests must be submitted by mail, fax or e-mail to the park where the reservation is held.

A non-refundable fee of $5.00 will be charged for any reservation cancellation. Additional late cancellation fee may apply to cancellations less than 30 days prior to the scheduled arrival date, depending on your reservation

Please read the Fee and Cancellation Policy for more information


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Apr 11 2014 -
Oct 19 2014
STANDARD $20.00-$270.00
SHELTER $50.00-$270.00
GROUP AREA $101.50-$270.00
CABIN $85.00-$270.00
Walk In Season
Oct 20 2014 -
Apr 09 2015
STANDARD $13.00-$270.00
SHELTER $50.00-$270.00
GROUP AREA $101.50-$270.00
CABIN $59.50-$270.00
Peak Season
Apr 10 2015 -
Oct 18 2015
STANDARD $20.00-$270.00
SHELTER $50.00-$270.00
GROUP AREA $101.50-$270.00
CABIN $59.50-$270.00

*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
2 miles North of Ponca, NE on Spur 26E. About 25 miles north/west of Sioux City, IA on the Missouri River.

From Omaha, we are about 2 hours. North on I-29 to just south of Sioux City. Take the Highway 20 West about 14 miles. Turn North (right) on Highway 12. It is 9 miles to Ponca from this point. Turn into the town of Ponca - there is a sign on each intersection and you will dead end into the park.

From Lincoln we are about 3 hours. Take Highway 77 North to South Sioux City. Go west on Highway 20 to Highway 12. It is 9 miles to Ponca. Turn into Ponca, there is a sign on each intersection and you will dead end into the park.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Ponca SP
88090 Spur 26 E
Ponca  NE  68770

Phone Number:

Project Office: (402)755-2284
Additional Information
Special Events

The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • Hallowfest: The 16th Annual Halloween celebration features haunted evening hayrack rides, a pumpkin rolling and carving contest, campsite decorating contest and much more! Hayrack reservations begin October 6th. on Oct 11 2014
  • Hallowfest 2: The 16th Annual Halloween celebration features haunted evening hayrack rides, a pumpkin rolling and carving contest, campsite decorating contest and much more! Hayrack reservations begin October 6th. on Oct 18 2014
  • Winterfest: Every Saturday, December through February, bring the family out to the park to make homemade nature ornaments, winter and holiday crafts as well as participating in some of our winter programming. Enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on our groomed trails (snow permitting). (Dec 6, Dec 13, Dec 20, Dec 27, Jan 3, Jan 10, Jan 17, Jan 24, Jan 31 and Feb 7, Feb 14, Feb 21 and Feb 28). from Dec 06 2014 to Feb 28 2015
  • Annual Christmas Bird Count: This event coincides with the Audubon Society National Christmas Bird Count. Birdwatchers of all ages are invited to compare notes and sighting reports. Chili feed to follow. FREE! on Dec 14 2014