Whitetail Campground

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Bessey Ranger District - Whitetail Campground

Located in the southeastern corner of the Bessey Ranger District on the Dismal River, this 10-site campground has potable water, nine horse corrals, picnic tables, fire rings, and modern vault toilets.  It is situated on the OHV trail system.  No electricity is available.

At a Glance

Reservations: None. The sites are first-come, first-served.
Fees $8.00 per night to be paid within 30 minutes of arrival. Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided at the entrance.
Usage: Light-Medium
Busiest Season: November rifle deer season
Restrictions: Livestock must be kept and fed in the corrals.  No portable panels or electric fencing are allowed.  Certified weed-free hay is required.  No livestock are allowed in the campground.
Closest Towns: Halsey, about 13 miles; and Thedford, about 29 miles.
Water: Yes.
Restroom: Yes.

General Information


From Highway 2, turn south into the forest.  After crossing the river, stay right on State Spur 86B.  Follow 86B to Forest Road 203 south (do not turn right at the first 203, take the left up the road).  Follow 203 south about 8 miles to Forest Road 224 east, then follow the signs to the campground.

General Notes:

Forest Road 277 has been closed for resource protection.

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Campground Camping

Ten campsites with picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets.  Potable water is available.  No electric hookups exist.  Nine corrals are available for livestock. The campground is located at one end of the OHV trail system.

Sleeping ShelterNo.
Fire InformationCampfires are allowed in the fire rings are provided. Please don't bring in wood from elsewhere.  You may collect firewood in and around the campground.
No. of Sites10
Fees: $8.00 per night
Reservation info: None. Campground is first-come, first-served.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

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