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Ponca State Park

Address: 88090 Spur 26 E, Ponca, NE 68770
Phone Number: (402) 755-2284 ‎
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Ponca
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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Lead, South Dakota
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Every summer my family extended family gathers for a long weekend at Ponca State Park. We reserve and stay in the Retreat cabins. What amazing facilities these are! Clean, modern and very comfortable. Only negative is availability and reservations. You can only make reservations 364 days in advance and with high demand its very difficult to book multiple cabins for... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We rent a cabin at a State Park every year for Thanksgiving. We park up the cars, kids, dogs and turkey and go relax for 5 days. This year - we tried out Ponca, which we had never been before. We rented Whitetail, a mini lodge. First things first, the mini lodge is amazing! Open layout, super clean, well decorated,... More 

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Sioux City, Iowa
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The trails are in very poor shape in this park, lack of trail maintenance is evident. Dead timber all over the trails, severe erosion. The problem with this park, it has become to commercialized at the expense of its true resources.

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Kingwood, Texas
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69 reviews 69 reviews
31 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The Indians were here before the French claimed the land and then sold the land as part of the Louisiana Purchase to the United States under Thomas Jefferson. Lewis and Clark were the first Americans to came to this area of the Missouri River to explore it. Thus the beginnings of civilization to the area along the banks of the... More 

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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Stayed here for two nights in a mini lodge and it was fantastic! The lodges were reminiscent of something in the Rocky Mountains. The parks offers amenities galore, including fishing, shooting, cooking, and archery. The staff is super. Wish we had more time there!

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

One of the best state parks for amenities that I have been at. The mini lodges were beautiful and very clean. Woke up to wild turkeys walking around our yard. Something to do for young and old alike. The full moon hike was a challenge for some of us "older hikers" but a great experience. The swimming pool is very... More 

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Columbia, Missouri, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We stayed here for a reunion and it was great! The new mini lodges are awesome and so nice. The main conference building is wonderful and my kids loved the little museum a lot. I would jump at the chance to come back

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Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We stayed in Ponca State Park for a family get together over July 4 weekend. It was a fantastic experience. We stayed in the mini lodge which was fabulous. 4 good size bedrooms, 2 full baths, full kitchen, all the amenities. Wi fi was slow, but hey, you're in a beautiful outdoor space, turn your electronics off anyway. The park... More 

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Copper Mountain, Colorado
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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I was amazed to find friendly staff on duty at the huge, modern Visitor Center when I arrived a couple of hours before the 8:00 PM closing time. The day use $5 and campsite $12 fees were extremely reasonable. I was a little disappointed by the over-development of the four-mile deep park, with fancy cabins for rent. Of course, I... More 

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York, NE
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56 reviews 56 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

If you have never traveled to north east nebraska and had the opportunity to stay at the Ponca State Park you have missed out. A wonderful park with activities for all ages or if you don't want to do anything a peaceful place where you can climb to the look out point and see, Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa. Alright... More 

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