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Park Lodging, Camping and Activity Pricing

Welcome to Nebraska’s state park areas. The Game and Parks Commission operates them for your enjoyment. You’ll find a vast array of things to see and do – from picnicking along the Platte River to hiking the high country, from camping under the cottonwoods to boating our vast lakes. All this and more awaits your pleasure.

Park Permits

A valid Nebraska park permit is required for all motor vehicles entering all state parks, recreation areas and historical parks. They are available wherever hunting/fishing permits are sold, from any Commission office, at staffed state park areas and at OutdoorNeraska.org

Resident park permit prices

Residents $30 for an annual permit, duplicate annual permits are available for $15 and daily permits for $6.

Non-Resident park permit prices

For vehicles not registered and licensed in Nebraska $45 for an annual permit, duplicate annuals permits are available for $22.50 and daily permits for $8.

Lodging and camping areas

All areas within this section accept reservations. If you have further questions, please contact the park and/or the Reservation Call Center 402-471-1414.

Reservation and cancellation policies

Reservations
Call 402-471-1414 9 am – 6 pm (CT) Monday through Friday. Year to date reservations begin at 9 am (CT). The Reservation Call Center hours are Monday-Friday 9 am – 6 am (CT). The call center observes all state holidays and will be closed. Web reservations are avaliable 24 hours, 7 days a week at OutdoorNebraska.org to reserve your fun today!

Pet fees
There is a $15 one-time pet fee per unit for pets staying in cabins. Service animals are exempt.

Picnic shelters
Group picnic shelters may be reserved at some areas. A reservation may be made online, phone, or in person up to a year in advanced. Fees are $60 with electricity and $45 without. Reservations require a $7 reservation fee in addition to the regular shelter fee.

Lodging
Lodging reservations are available up to a year in advance on a first-come, first-served basis online at OutdoorNebraska.org or by calling the Nebraska State Parks Reservation Center at 402-471-1414. During peak season a two night minimum stay is required. (This requirement may be waived if a room or cabin is available for one night between two prior reservations or walk-in registration.) During non-peak season, one-night stays are accepted for Sundays through Thursdays. Reservations require a $7 reservation fee per unit in addition to the regular lodging fee. Cabin check-in time is 4 pm and check-out time is 11 am (except at Fort Robinson State Park, where check-in time is 5 pm and check-out time is 10 am).

Camping
Designated camp sites may be reserved up to a year in advance at 26 park locations across the state. Reservations require a $7 reservation fee in addition to the regular camping fee. Reserved sites may not be available until 4 pm the day of arrival. Reservations for primitive tent campsites are also accepted at Smith Falls State Park. To make reservations to camp at Smith Falls, please call the park number at 402-376-1306. Camping at all other areas is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Camping sites must be vacated by the time posted unless you re-register.

Payment
Payment in full is required at the time the reservation is made. Payment may be made by Discover, Visa or MasterCard, check, money order, cash, or Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Bucks. There is a non-refundable $7 (plus tax) reservation fee per lodging unit, camp site, picnic shelter or facility. To reserve a horse stall there is a nonrefundable $5 (plus tax) reservation fee. Payment in full is required within 10 calendar days of making reservation when paying by check and when reservation is made more than 30 days ahead of your arrival. Payment must be received at the park within 10 calendar days of making a reservation or the reservation will be canceled.

Cancellations and refunds
Reservations may be cancelled online or by email to the Nebraska reservation call center at ngpc.reservations@nebraska.gov or directly to the park where the reservation(s) are held. If you check out early, the unused portion of your payment will be forfeited.

Partial cancellations
On year-to-date reservations, canceling dates from the beginning dates of a reservation is not allowed and is non-refundable at any time during peak season. Reservations that encompass both non-peak and peak season dates are governed by the peak season partial Cancellation Guideline. Guests are not allowed to transfer their arrival date to a later date within the same existing reservation dates.

Cabins, lodge rooms, cabooses, overnight and day use group lodges
Except the Comanche Hall at Fort Robinson, see below
Reservation fees per unit are not refundable. If cancelling less than 30 days prior to arrival date, a refund is given, minus a 1 night’s rental per unit being cancelled and cancellation fee of $5 per unit. If cancelling 30 days or greater prior to arrival date, a refund is given, minus a cancellation fee of $5 per unit.

Camping, tepees, horse stalls, boat docks and picnic shelters
Reservation fees per unit are not refundable. If cancelling less than 7 days prior to arrival date, a refund is given, minus a 1 night’s rental per site/unit being cancelled and cancellation fee of $5 per site/ unit. If cancelling 7 days or greater prior to arrival date, a refund is given, minus a cancellation fee of $5 per site/unit

Comanche Hall (Fort Robinson State Park)
If cancelling less than 90 days prior to arrival date, a refund is given, minus a 1 night’s rental and $5 cancellation fee. If cancelling 90 days or greater prior to arrival date, a refund is given, minus a cancellation fee of $5.

Chadron State Park

Camping: $13.00 – $20.00

Lodging Season: mid-April – mid-November

Cabins: 2-bedroom, $80 and $90

Group Facilities: Central building only; $85 day (with kitchen, $170)

Reserve a Picnic Shelter: $45 per day; $60 with electric hookup

Horse Trail Rides: $18

Jeep Ride: Adults, $13; Children, $10

Swimming Daily: Adults $4; Children, $3

Swimming Season Pass: Adult $65, Child $45, Family $120

Paddleboat Rental: $5 for 2 people or $8 for 4 people per half hour

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Camping: $22.00-$28.00

Lodging Season: Year-round

Modern Housekeeping Cabins:
Standard 2-bedroom (2STD) – sleeps 4, $135
Standard 2-bedroom (2SGL) – sleeps 6, $160
Treetop 2-bedroom (TREE) Sleeps 6-8, $170
Two bedroom deluxe (2DLX) – sleeps 4-6, $170
Four bedroom deluxe (4DLX) – sleeps 8-10, $275
Six bedroom standard (6STD) – sleeps 12, $300
Six bedroom deluxe (6DLX) – sleeps 16-20, $455

Modern Housekeeping Lodge Rooms:
24 standard rooms with 2 queen beds – Park or river view, $80
8 loft rooms with 2 queen beds and sofa sleeper – Park view (LPVD) sleeps 6, $90
8 loft rooms with 2 queen beds and sofa sleeper – River view (LRVD) sleeps 6, $95

Group/Conference Facilities:
Meeting Rooms:
Upper level lodge conference rooms – Abel/Nebraska Room, $150
Red Oak & Cedar rooms, $80
Sandstedt-Platte Room, $65
Lower lodge conference rooms, $50 each
Riverview Lodge (including kitchen), $325
Kountze Theater, $225
LCD Projector Rental, $75 per day
Pavilion:
Rental without park food service – 1-250 people, $850; 251- 600, $1,000; 601-1,000, $1,500; 1,001+, $2,500

Ice Rink: Admission $2; Skate rental, $3

Activity Center: Admission, $2

Kountze Theater: Summer Theater – Adults, $7; Children, $5 Winter Theater Adults, $10; Children, $8

Reserve a Picnic Shelter: $45 per day; $60 with electric hookup

Water Slide/Swimming Complex:
Single Admission – Adults, $10 Children, $8.00;
Season pass – Adults, $135; Children, $110; Family (2-5) $300, (6-10) $350, (11-15) $400

Paddleboat Rental: $8 per half-hour

Driving Range: Balls – $3 per bucket; golf club rental – free with ID

Miniature Golf: $3.50 per person

Recreation Equipment Rental: Fees vary

Trail Ride: $18

Pony Rides: $7

Fort Robinson State Park

Camping: $8.00 – $26.00

Lodging Season: mid-April – mid-November

Cabins: Sleeps 6, $150; Sleeps 8, $160

L10/L11 Cabins: (sleep 6) $160

Adobes: Sleep 10, $180; Sleep 12, $190

Bricks: Sleep 14, $205; Sleep 18, $225; Sleep 20, $245

Bandmaster or Nurses Quarters: Sleep 6, $160

Lodge Rooms: Queen bed, $65; 2 twin beds, $70

Officer Quarter Duplex: Sleeps 16, $425

Comanche Hall: Full facility with kitchen (60 people), $850

Meeting Rooms:
Buffalo Soldier Meeting Room, $90-140
Dodd Hall, $50-65/day
Annex Multi-Use, $60/day

Reserve a Picnic Shelter: Picnic shelter, $60 per day including electric hookup

Grill Rental: $25/day

Horse Stall Rental: $13 per day

Horse Trail Rides: Short ride, $18; Long ride, $24

Hay Rack Breakfast: Adults, $13; Children, $10

Chuckwagon Cookout: Adults, $12; Children, $8

Steak Cookout: Adults, $20; Children, $10

Swimming:
Daily – Adults, $5; Children, $4
Season Pass – Adults, $65; Children, $45; Family, $120

Jeep Ride: Adults, $13; Children, $10

Stagecoach: Adults, $3; Children, $2

Horse-drawn tour: Adults, $7; Children, $5

Pony ride: (children 5 & under), $3

Other Activities: Fort Robinson State Historical Park continued

Historic buildings tour: $10

Mountain bike rental: $8 hour/$25 day

Kayak rental: $15

Float tube: $15

Post Playhouse run by Chadron State College

Lewis & Clark Lake State Recreation Area

Camping: $8-$20 per night

Lodging Season: Year-round

Cabins: 2-bedroom, $140 per night

Reserve a Picnic Shelter: $45 per day; $60 with electric hookup

Marina: Slips available for rent by day, month or season

Medicine Creek State Recreation Area

Camping: $8-$20

Lodging Season: April – Dec.

Cabins: 2 bedroom, $95

Niobrara State Park

Camping: $10.00-$20.00 per night

Lodging Season: Year-round

Cabins: 2-bedroom, $130; 3-bedroom, $140; House, $140

Eagle View Group Lodge: (Day Use) Kitchen & dining, $175 per day

Reserve a Picnic Shelter: $45 per day; $60 with electric hookup

Buffalo Cookout Pavilion: (Day Use) Kitchen & covered picnic shelter, $175 per day

Horse Trail Rides: $18

Swimming:
Daily – Adults, $4; Children, $3
Swimming Season Pass – Adults, $65; Children, $45; Family, $120

Cookout: Adults, $12; Children, $8

Platte River State Park

Camping: Available at nearby Louisville SRA & Eugene T. Mahoney SP

Lodging Season: Housekeeping cabins available year-round.

Rent-a-Tepee: Sleep 6-8, $20 per night

Camper Cabins:
(bedding & towels provided)
1-bedroom, $40
2-bedroom, $50/$65
3-bedroom, $75
Strawberry cabins 1-6, $60

Modern Housekeeping Cabins:
(Bedding, towels, dishes, tableware and limited cooking utensils provided)
1-bedroom, $85
2-bedroom, $105/$120
3 & 4-bedroom, $115

Red Barn: Sleeps 20, $130

Group Facilities:
(Day Use) Mallet or Scott lodges (including kitchen), $260
Decker Creek Lodge (upper level), $90
Bison Hollow, $55
Outdoor Amphitheater $100

Reserve a Picnic Shelter: $45 per day; $60 with electric hookup

Horse Trail Rides: $18

Swimming:
Daily – Adults, $4; Children, $3
Swimming Season Pass – Adults, $65; Children, $45; Family, $120

Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex: $1-7.50

Paddleboat Rental: $8 for 4 people per half-hour

Ponca State Park

Camping: $13-$20 per night

Lodging Season: Mini Lodges & Green Cabins are open year-round

Cabins:
2-bedroom, $85
4-bedroom Mini Lodges $270
2-bedroom Green Cabins, $145

Meeting Rooms:
Willow Room, $80
Sandbar, $125
River Bluff, $225
Oxbow, $100
Classrooms, $35
Kitchen, $80

LCD Projector Rental: $75 per day

Horse Trail Rides: $18

Swimming:
Daily – Adults, $7; Children, $5.
Swimming Season Pass – Adults, $95; Children, $75; Family, $180.

Cookout: Adults, $12; Children, $8

Reserve a Picnic Shelter: $60 per day with electric hookup

Haunted Hollow Hayrack Ride: Adults, $8; Children, $6. Pumpkin Roll, $2.

Hayrack Rides: Adult, $4; children, $2

Group Hayrack Rides: $50 per group

Kayak Rental: $12

Naturalist Programs: $1-$5

Outdoor Weddings: $100

Two Rivers State Recreation Area

Camping: $13-$23 per night

Horse Camping: $13 (primitive)

Caboose Lodging Season: May – September

Union Pacific Caboose Cabins: Sleep 6, $75
To enjoy your caboose to the fullest, please plan ahead to bring the following items: Bedding or sleeping bags (mattresses provided), towels and soap, eating utensils, charcoal and lighter fluid for grill cooking, cooking utensils, pillows. No pets are allowed in the cabooses.

Bicycle Rentals: (seasonal) $4 hour

Trout Lake: Opens 2nd Saturday in March (weather permitting) $6 a tag

Victoria Springs State Recreation Area

Camping: $12-19 per night

Lodging Season: May – November

Cabins: 2-bedroom, $65

Paddleboat Rental: $5 for 2 people

Reserve a Picnic Shelter: $60 per day with electrical hookup

Modern Camping

Most modern camping facilities are open from April through October with reservations accepted at 26 parks. Camping fees range from $8 for primitive to $35 for full service sites. Many areas use self-registration envelopes. These areas have a $5 late fee for failure to register on time. Group rates in group campgrounds are $1 per person, and there is a $5 fee for each extra picnic table for groups. Pay showers, where available, are 75 cents. Camping is available year-round, including campsites with electricity. Most modern facilities are closed November through March (weather depending).

Modern camping locations

Areas marked with a * accept reservations. If you have further questions, please contact the park and/or the Reservation Call Center 402-471-1414.

Key: SP = State Park; SHP = State Historical Park; SRA = State Recreation Area

  • Branched Oak SRA*: Camping: $8-$26; Reserve a Picnic Shelter: $45 per day or $60 with electric hookup; Horse Camp: (Area #2) $24
  • Calamus SRA*: Camping: $8-$20; Valley View Community Group Camp: $28; Reserve a Picnic Shelter: $45 per day
  • Danish Alps SRA: Camping: $8-$24
  • Enders SRA: Camping: $8-$17
  • Fort Kearny SRA/SHP*: Camping: $13/$20; Reserve a Picnic Shelter: $60 per day, electrical, $45 per day, non-electrical
  • Fremont SRA*: Camping: $13-$20; Group Facility: Monday-Thursday, $150 or Friday-Sunday, $275
  • Indian Cave SP*: Haunted Hollow Hayrack Ride: Adults, $8 or Children, $6; Reserve a Picnic Shelter: $45 per day
  • Johnson Lake SRA*: Camping: $13/$20
  • Lake McConaughy SRA*: Camping: $10-$35; Visitor Center meeting room: $50 part / $100 whole; Private dock mooring fee: $200
  • Lake Minatare SRA*: Camping: $8-$20; Reserve a Picnic Shelter: $45 per day
  • Lake Ogallala SRA*: Camping: $10-$35
  • Lake Wanahoo SRA*: Camping: $8 – $19
  • Louisville SRA*: Camping: $12-$20
  • Mormon Island SRA*: Camping: $13/$20
  • Pawnee Lake SRA*: Camping: $8-$20
  • Red Willow SRA: Camping: $8-$20
  • Rock Creek Station SHP/SRA*: Camping: $13/$20; Reserve a Picnic Shelter: $45 per day, non-electrical
  • Smith Falls SP*: Camping: $5 per person per night; Group Shelter: w/kitchen, $45; Scout Shelter: $30
  • Swanson Lake SRA: Camping: $8-$20
  • Willow Creek SRA*: Camping: $13/$20; Horse Camping: $24
  • Windmill SRA*: Camping: $13/$20

Non-Modern Camping

Non-modern and day-use areas are available year-round. These unstaffed areas use self-registration envelopes.

Non-modern camping locations

Areas marked with a * have electricity.
Key: SP = State Park; SHP = State Historical Park; SRA = State Recreation Area

  • ALEXANDRIA SRA*: $8/$15
  • BLUESTEM SRA: $8
  • BOX BUTTE SRA*: $8/$15
  • BRIDGEPORT SRA: $8
  • BUFFALO BILL SRA*: $8/$15
  • CHEYENNE SRA: $8
  • CONESTOGA SRA*: $8/$17
  • COTTONWOOD SRA: $8
  • DEAD TIMBER SRA: $8/$17
  • GALLAGHER CANYON SRA: $8
  • KELLER PARK SRA*: $8/$17
  • LAKE MALONEY SRA*: $8/$17
  • LONG PINE SRA: $8/$10
  • MEMPHIS SRA: $8
  • MERRITT SRA*: $8/$20
  • OLIVE CREEK SRA: $8
  • PELICAN POINT SRA: $10
  • RIVERVIEW MARINA SRA*: $12-$19
  • ROCK CREEK LAKE SRA: $8
  • ROCKFORD LAKE SRA*: $8/$17
  • SANDY CHANNEL SRA: $8
  • SHERMAN SRA: $8
  • STAGECOACH SRA*: $8/$17
  • SUMMIT LAKE SRA: $8/$17
  • SUTHERLAND SRA: S25 – $8
  • UNION PACIFIC SRA: $8
  • VERDON LAKE SRA: $8
  • WAGON TRAIN SRA*: $8/$17
  • WALGREN LAKE SRA: $8
  • WAR AXE SRA: $8
  • WILDCAT HILLS SRA & NATURE CENTER
    Nature Center Hours: April-September, 8 am – 4 pm daily; October-March,
    8 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday only
    Nature Center Rental: Facility Rental – $185; Classroom, $75, Lower Meeting
    Room, $110, ½ day $50
    Camping: $8

Historical parks

From May 23 through September 7, 2015, grounds at all state historical parks are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. After season and hours tours may be conducted at the superintendent’s discretion.

Ashfall Fossel Beds State Historical Park

Visitor Center:
May 1 – Memorial Day weekend 10 am – 4 pm Tuesday – Saturday, Closed Sunday and Monday; Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day 9 am – 5 pm
Monday – Saturday & 11am – 5 pm on Sunday; After Labor-Day Second weekend in
October 10 am – 4 pm Tuesday – Saturday & 1 pm – 4 pm on Sunday Closed Monday.

Admission: $5 per person for age 3 and older. Age 2 and younger free.

Ash Hollow State Historical Park

Visitor Center: May 23 – September 7; Tuesday thru Sunday, 8 am – 4 pm (closed Monday thru Thursday)

Park Grounds: Open 8 am-sunset; year round

Admission: Adults (13 & up), $2; Children (3-12), $1; Under 2, free

Bowring Ranch State Historical Park

Visitor Center:
May 23 – Sept 7, Monday-Saturday (closed on Wednesdays), 10 am – 4 pm and Sundays noon – 4 pm

Admission: Adults (13 & up),$2; Children (3-12), $1; Under 2, free

Buffalo Bill State Historical Park

House & Barn:
March 30 – May 22, Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm (closed weekends)
May 23 – September 7, open seven days a week, 9 am – 5 pm
September 8 – October 2, open Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm (closed weekends)

House Admission: Adults (13 & up),$2; Children (3-12), $1; Under 2 free

Historical Barn Rental: $500

Wedding Rental: $300

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

Harold W. Andersen Visitor Center & Buildings:
May 3 – 16 and September 5 – October 11, open weekends only from 10 am – 5 pm
May 23 – September 7, open daily from 10 am to 5 pm

Living History:
Schedule with interpretations from 10 am to 5 pm as follows:
May 2 & 3; June 6 & 7; July 4 & 5; August 1 & 2; September 5 & 6; Oct. 3 & 4.

Admission: Adults (13 & up),$2; Children (3-12), $1; Under 2, free

Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park

April 1 – September 30
Most buildings open: 8 am – 8 pm seven days a week
Grounds open: 8 am – sunset

May 23 – September 7
Office & Gift Shop open: 10 am to 5 pm Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment
Buildings open: 8 am – 5 pm seven days a week
Grounds open: 8 am – sunset

October 1 – March 31
Most buildings open: 8 am – 5 pm
Grounds open: 8 am to sunset
Admission: Adults (13 & up),$2; Children (3-12), $1; Under 2, free

Fort Kearny State Historical Park

Visitor Center & Buildings:
First Friday in March – Second Friday in April, 9 am – 5 pm. Daily (Crane Information Center).
Second Tuesday in April – May 10, by appointment only or at superintendent’s discretion.
May 11 – Sept 7, 9 am to 5 pm. Daily.
September 8 – October 15 by appointment only or at superintendent’s discretion.

Admission: Adults (13 & up),$2; Children (3-12), $1; Under 2, free

Rock Creek Station State Historical Park

Visitor Center & Buildings: May 1 – Sept 20, 10 am – 5 pm, Daily; Sept. 21 – Oct. 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekends only.

Admission: Adults (13 & up),$2; Children (3-12), $1; Under 2, free

Picnic Shelter: $60, a day

Wedding Fee: $300.00

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION: Any program that receives federal funding from the National Park Service, or the United States Fish and Wildlife Service prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, marital status, national origin, age, disability or political affiliation. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any program, activity, facility, or service, should contact the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Lincoln, NE 402-471-0641, the Equal Opportunity Commission, Lincoln, NE 402-471-2024, TTY/TDD 402-471-4693; United States Fish Wildlife Service, Civil Rights Coordinator, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203; Director, Equal Opportunity Program, U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW, Mail Code 0008, Washington, D.C. 20240-0001