Ponca State Park
Ponca State Park
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EC13091
Ellicott City, MD1,489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
This was one of the best state parks we have visited recently. Admission for non-Nebraska residents was $12, but wait, because we paid admission at another park yesterday and arrived here before noon today, there was no charge! There is an excellent visitor center and interpretive center about the Missouri, and for us it was great to go to the overlook and see the unchannelized Missouri. There are walking trails which we opted to skip, but the park has much to offer visitors, including rental cabins. If you’re interested in Lewis and Clark, this is an especially good stop.
Written August 31, 2022
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Christian G
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Ponca never ceases to amaze me. I usually pass through in the summer, camping at one of the primitive sites. But this year, I called ahead and in the dead of winter, they rented me my own cabin for next to nothing. It was heaven — after a long drive, to come home to my own space, a "roaring" fireplace (which was electric) and all... perfection. Not to mention that I arrived after hours and they left the key on the front door of the visitor center. Really kind, thoughtful people here.
Written March 21, 2024
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Linda J
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
We have been coming to the park for many years. We've stayed in the older cabins, the newer houses & brought our camper to the campsites with friends. It has always been clean & well taken care of. Once we came up to their Halloween Hayride & that was So much fun. They put a lot of work into it. Their Nature Center is very nice & they have many scheduled events. Great place for families & get together s.
Written August 31, 2022
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Dianna S
Titusville, FL2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Solo
Beautiful campground. It got a 3 because we brought our motor home in towing a vehicle with a total of 3 people and they charged us a state park fee for both the motor home and truck. Did not find that fair as we had paid for 3 nights at the campground and it’s not like we would be driving the RV in and out of the campground. The travel trailers don’t get charged why on earth would they charge for our RV?
Had we not paid in advance we would have left.

As far as who was with our party it was myself, spouse and elderly mother.
Written July 28, 2020
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Chet C
Las Vegas, NV28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
Beautiful, beautiful state park along the Missouri River. The hiking is easy and peaceful, the staff extremely friendly and the park very well kept.
What surprised me most, however, were the number of activities available even during the week, many of which are child friendly.
Camping along the river (with electric only) is non-reservable but in my experience not even remotely crowded during the week. Do no let the lack of trees in this campground keep you away as it falls into shade quickly thanks to the backdrop bluffs. There is a more modern campground further into the park if you prefer.
To sum it up, one of the most peaceful, engaging state parks I have ever visited.
Written July 12, 2015
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HJHM
Cedarburg, WI176 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
We just recently held a family reunion at Ponca State Park and had a great time. There’s something for everyone from hiking to fishing to shooting ranges (guns, archery and slingshots) plus a nature center, classes and horseback riding. The swimming pool is very nice and when the river isn’t flooded they offer kayaking too. Some of our party stayed in the mini lodges with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathes plus full kitchens. They were perfect for having meals together. Others camped in the campground. Great weekend.
Written July 23, 2018
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firefly331
South Dakota58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
We stayed at the rustic cabins on a hill. Even though it was very hot out, we were cool with all the trees. It is a very nice park that is not to over developed. You can ride horses or swim in there nice, new swimming pool. It is a good place to come and decompress after a long work week.
Written July 10, 2017
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Huskr
Lincoln, NE43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
Ponca State Park facilities have been upgraded and made more family friendly. You can still rent a rustic cabin (with pretty complete kitchens and air conditioning) but you can also rent new lodges that are lovely with a home-in-the-woods feel. New swimming pool, shooting range, the Missouri River, lots of nature programs for kids, and not far from Vermilion, SD and Sioux City, IA. GREAT WEEKEND GET AWAY.
Written September 8, 2016
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R T
Omaha, NE1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
We made Trip to Ponca State Park this Easter weekend. We had the best weekend getaway ever.
It starts from the new lodge they had. It has 4 bed rooms with kitchen (with everything you needed), 2 bath rooms, back end decks; both wood and gas grill stations and daily supply of towels.
There is a kid’s park, trout fishing lake at walking distance from lodge. Lake must have a lot of trout; even 8 years old kid caught some fishes.
They have bike trails, running trail and even a 9 holes full golf course. Within a mile of drive, you get to catch the bank of Missouri river and have picnic, and do river fishing.
They do have swimming pool too, but, it was too early to open up during Easter time.
They had bunch of kid’s activities for Easter, all free of charge. They showed kids how to make egg baskets, gave away birds houses and bird food trays. Staffs were excellent and very interactive and knowledgeable and finally, show of the day egg Hunt. Kids really enjoyed it!!!!
In about a mile and ½ drives back to Ponca City, there is a small food mart place. You pretty much find anything, from beer, wood logs and even birthday cake!!!
Amazingly, the park happens to be the migratory rest area for many different kinds of birds and you get to see colorful birds near bird feeding area.
From Omaha, Nebraska, it is only 2 hours drive, if you take I-29. If you want a good weekend getaway, don’t miss the fun and visit Ponca!!!
Written April 6, 2015
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Drew T
Milwaukee, WI37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Family
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 a weekend.
Written December 12, 2014
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