The Ponca State Park is located alongside the Missouri River near the city of Ponca in Nebraska. If you've never been on an outdoor adventure with your pet, then this is a perfect place to start. The park caters to those who are experienced in the ways of the wild and also offers day courses to those who are novices but interested in learning how to camp out, fish and cook safely in the open air.
To be able to enter the Ponca State Park, all visitors are required to hold a Nebraska State Park Permit for their vehicle. A daily pass for residents of Nebraska costs $6, and a yearly permit is $30. For non-residents, the charge for an annual permit is $45 and for a daily one $8. It is possible to purchase permits online in advance of a visit, or at the park office on the day.
The Ponca State Park has over twenty miles of trails where dogs can accompany their owners on a hike so long as they are leashed. Some of the trials at the Ponca State Park are used for equestrian purposes. In addition, pet owners must make sure their dog is quiet and well-controlled when horses pass by.
Chasing or frightening wildlife by barking should also be prevented. Pet parents are wholly responsible for cleaning up after their pet and must carry adequate supplies of poop bags with them wherever they venture in the park. The Ponca State Park is a great park to spend a couple of weeks vacation time either camping out primitive style or in an RV.
The Ponca State Park is open for twelve months of the year, but hook-ups to water and electricity are only available from April through to October. There are a host of organized activities during the summer months including hayrack rides, swimming, and mountain bike competitions. There are facilities for launching boats and an eighteen hole golf course on the southern edge of the park.