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COVID-19 Health Information

The health and well-being of Nebraskans and caring for our natural and cultural resources are our top priorities. We are working to restore services while also reducing the spread of the novel coronavirus disease to our guests and the greater community.

Select state park area service centers reopen to the public July 1 for customer service, information and permit sales, and most Nebraska state park swimming pools, aquatic centers and the Platte River State Park spray park will reopen July 4. Learn more on our COVID-19 FAQs page.

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Park grounds remain open for all recreation activities, including fishing, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, and other recreation. We remind park guests to recreate responsibly and take personal precautions, such as using hand sanitizer, when using high-risk areas.

Continued modifications, including our phased approach to expanding services where possible, will be announced by news release, email, and NGPC social media.

State parks and recreation areas

Our state parks and recreation areas are open for camping, fishing, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, and other recreation that provides adequate room for proper physical distancing among guests who are not experiencing signs of illness. Necessary permits, such as fishing licenses and parks entry passes, can be purchased online. Parks permits also can be purchased at self-service stations located at each park area.

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Select state park area service centers reopened to the public July 1 for customer service, information and permit sales. All park service center visitors must wear a face mask. For the most up-to-date listing of openings, including to interpretive displays and gift shops, visit our FAQs page.

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State park and recreation area cabins reopened to the public on a limited basis starting June 18. All camping opportunities were restored in June 2020, and all restroom facilities reopened June 4. Find more additional information on our COVID-19 FAQs page.

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Event cancellations

We will begin hosting some educational and naturalist programs on a limited basis starting July 1, 2020. Contact the park or check the Outdoor Calendar for the most up-to-date information. View Wildlife & Education Event Cancellations.

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Health and safety

We know that cleanliness is more important than ever right now. We’re taking guidance from the CDC, which recommends regular cleaning as one of the most important preventive measures we can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are cleaning our facilities regularly, focusing on high-touch and high-traffic surfaces such as doors and door handles, bathroom surfaces, handrails and light switches.

We also recommend our guests take precautions recommended by the CDC, including social distancing even in outdoors spaces. Any person who is sick, has a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, or has been exposed to sick individuals, should remain at home. Please also use thoughtful consideration regarding your public attendance and group interactions.

Keep in mind, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services recommends travelers coming to Nebraska or back to Nebraska from out-of-state limit public interactions, practice strict social distancing, self-monitor for symptoms, and self-quarantine for 14 days, if feasible.

Responsible recreation

We ask our guests to do their part to keep our communities safe from the spread of the coronavirus. We recommend people follow these tips to recreate responsibly:

  • Stay up-to-date with all local, state and federal advisories.
  • Maintain at least a 6-foot distance from other guests.
  • Engage in recreational activities only with members of your household.
  • Stick to low-risk activities to reduce stress on local emergency response and health care systems.
  • Minimize travel distance from home. If your intended location is congested, come back at another time or move to a nearby, less-crowded site.
  • Pack — and use — hand sanitizer often.
  • Avoid high-touch areas. Clean public use surfaces, such as boat dock handrails and fish cleaning stations, with disinfecting wipes prior to use.
  • If boating, do not congregate at boat ramps, boat docks, and beach areas.
  • If you are sick, or have been exposed to someone who is sick with COVID-19, stay home.
  • Leave no trace: Pack out everything you bring with you.

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FAQ’s

Find our answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding swimming, reservations, fishing, and more.

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