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

Operational Hours: Open all year.
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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Camping & Cabins

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Horse Camping

The campground has nine paddocks for riding stock.  Water is available.

Fire InformationCampfires are allowed in the fire ring provided. Please don't bring in wood from elsewhere.  You may collect firewood in and around the campground.
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No. of Sites10
Reservation InfoNone
No. of Accessible sitesAccessible vault toilet.
Fees: $8.00 per night
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Horse Riding

Horseback riding on the OHV trails is permitted - caution is advised.  Horseback riders are allowed to ride anywhere in the forest and grasslands.

Status: Open
Fees: $8.00 per night
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

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