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COVID-19 Health Information

The health and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. Based on health concerns regarding COVID-19, we are working to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus disease to our guests, employees, and the greater community. Therefore, the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission is canceling all group events and programs through May 31, 2020, or until further notice.

  • NGPC is monitoring the public health situation closely, as it changes daily. We will provide updates on this webpage as they become available. All closures or modifications to services, facility hours, staff assistance and special event cancellations also will be announced by news release, email, and NGPC social media.
  • Nebraska State Parks and recreation areas currently remain open for day use, camping, fishing, and recreation.
  • NGPC is taking proactive measures to protect our customers and our employees by using CDC-approved cleaning supplies and frequently disinfecting areas regularly visited by the public.
  • Public safety and the safety of our staff are our top priorities. 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.

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Park permits, fishing permits, and hunting permits can all be purchased online at OutdoorNebraska.org.

FACILITY CLOSURES

ALL NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS OFFICES,  SERVICE CENTERS, AND EDUCATION CENTERS ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. All PARK OFFICES AND VISITOR CENTERS ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, including:

  • Nebraska Game and Parks Headquarters Building in Lincoln
  • All park lodging facilities and cabin rentals, as well as public shower buildings, from April 1-30, with a possible extension period.
  • The Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln
  • The Omaha Service Center in Omaha
  • The Schramm Education Center near Gretna
  • The Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Group Activity Facility
  • Peter Kiewit Lodge at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, including lodge rooms, the restaurant, and park offices
  • Fort Robinson State Park Lodge, including lodge rooms and park offices
  • The Wildcat Hills Nature Center near Gering
  • The Wildcat Hills Shooting Complex
  • Southwest District Office in North Platte
  • Northwest District Office in Alliance
  • Northeast District Office in Norfolk
  • Kearney Service Center in Kearney
  • Bassett Service Center in Bassett
  • Fort Kearny State Historical Park Visitor Center near Kearney
  • Two Rivers State Recreation Area Service Center near Waterloo
  • Ponderosa Wildlife Management Area Field Office near Crawford
  • Public crane viewing blind at North River Wildlife Management Area north of Hershey
  • Additional facilities may be temporarily closed.
  • The following state historical sites are closed to the public until further notice: Arbor Lodge Mansion and Carriage House (closed until April 1 or further notice; contact the Arbor Foundation), Ashfall Fossil Beds, and History Nebraska sites. For other state historical site closures, please visit https://history.nebraska.gov/.

Park grounds remain open for day use and campgrounds remain open at this time. Tent camping and RV camping are available and will be evaluated regularly, following state and federal directives as well as local health departments. Park restrooms are sanitized regularly following suggested CDC guidelines and will remain open at this time.

Guests with reservations are encouraged to contact the park offices for payment and check-in instructions. Guests can purchase park permits at OutdoorNebraska.org or at a self-service station. Guests with questions can check the FAQ site.

Game and Parks will continue to look at other ways to self-limit occupancy and reduce congregations of people to prevent the spread of the virus.

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

We have always taken pride in our clean and well-run facilities and offices, and 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. We are cleaning our facilities and parks lodging continuously throughout each day, focusing especially on high-touch and high-traffic surfaces such as doors and door handles, bathroom surfaces, dispensers, sinks, handrails and light switches.

EVENT CANCELLATIONS

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission is canceling all group events and programs through  May 31, 2020, or until further notice. This includes our National Archery in the Schools Program, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, community fishing, Schramm Education Center, wildlife brewery and park events; the Fort Kearney Expo; hunter education courses; the outdoor discovery program; or any other event requiring a gathering of individuals. Nebraska State Parks and recreation areas remain open for day-use and camping.

Please reference our Outdoor Calendar to view canceled events through May 31.

View Wildlife & Education Event Cancellations

For questions, changes or modifications to your park camping reservations, please call (402) 471-1414 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. (CST) Monday-Friday.

FOUR WAYS TO HELP

1. Please stay up to date with all local, state and federal advisories.

2. Follow CDC and health professional guidelines of maintaining good hygiene, including frequent washing of your hands, and avoid touching your face, mouth, and eyes.

3. Talk to your doctor before if you’re feeling ill. If you’re sick or more susceptible to complications, please stay home, rest and recover.

4. KEEP GOING OUTDOORS! Fresh air and exercise regimes are a great way to support your health year-round. You can purchase park permits, fishing permits, and hunting permits online at OutdoorNebraska.org.

FAQ’s

VIEW FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING PARK CLOSURES, RESERVATIONS, PARK EVENTS, PERMITS, HUNTING, FISHING, CAMPING, AND MORE.