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.
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.
On June 4, camping opportunities returned to normal at most of our state parks, including the opening of parks playgrounds and play structures. Mormon Island and Danish Alps SRAs will remain closed to overnight camping due to high COVID-19 incidence in those communities. Find additional information about camping during COVID-19 here.
Game and Parks closures for cabins, lodge rooms and group shelters has been extended through June 15, with a possible extension. 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.Get your permit
All restroom facilities reopened June 4.
Temporarily closed to the public until further notice are all Game and Parks offices; service, visitor and education centers; museums and historic buildings; shooting complexes; field offices; state park restaurants; and public crane viewing blinds. State park and recreation area lodges and cabins also are closed through June 15, with a possible extension period. All History Nebraska sites are closed to the public until further notice; for more information, visit history.nebraska.gov.
To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we have canceled all group events and programs through June 30, 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, recreation areas, and state historical parks remain open for day-use such as fishing and hiking.
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.
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.