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Severe weather closures

Severe weather across Nebraska has resulted in the temporary closure of some state parks, state recreation areas, trails and wildlife management areas across the state. Game and Parks staff are continuing to assess and monitor conditions and may close additional areas. Game and Parks will reopen areas as conditions improve and cleanup is completed.

Weather-related closures as of March 18, 2019

  • Niobrara State Park is temporarily closed until April 15, 2019 due to flooding on the Niobrara River and U.S. Hwy 12 closing. This closure may be extended if necessary.

Weather-related closures as of March 15, 2019

  • Mormon Island State Recreation Area is closed due to flooding caused by ice jams on the Platte River.
  • The south area of Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area is closed due to flooding along the Platte River.

Weather-related closures as of March 14, 2019

  • Two Rivers State Recreation Area is closed.
  • The east campground at Mormon Island State Recreation Area is closed because of flooding.
  • Ash Hollow State Recreation Area is closed due to water across the access road.
  • Minatare State Recreation Area is open
  • Bridgeport State Recreation Area is closed due to heavy snow.
  • Memphis State Recreation Area is closed due to flooding on Silver Creek.
  • Niobrara State park is closed due to flooding on the Niobrara River and U.S. Hwy 12 closing.
  • Willow Creek State Recreation Area is closed due to water across access roads.
  • Pelican Point State Recreation Area is closed due to flooding on the Missouri River.
  • The Cowboy Trail from Norfolk to Valentine is closed due to localized flooding in the tributaries of the Elkhorn River.
  • River View State Recreation Area is closed due to flooding on the Missouri River.
  • Indian Cave State Park has closed the boat ramp and cave areas due to flooding on the Missouri River.
  • Some wildlife management areas in low-lying areas are inaccessible because of flooding. Staff is assessing areas across the state as conditions allow.

Weather-related closures as of March 13, 2019

  • Chadron State Park is closed because of heavy snowfall and flooded roads.
  • Summit Lake State Recreation Area is closed because of impassable roads.
  • Access to the campgrounds and picnic shelter area at Dead Timber State Recreation Area is restricted due to lowland flooding.
  • Access to Louisville State Recreation Area will be temporarily closed due to pending high water flows on the Platte River.
  • Access to Victoria Springs State Recreation Area and Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park is temporarily closed due to water across the entrance roads.
  • Park offices at Wildcat Hills, Chadron, Ash Hollow, Lake Minatare and the Lake Mac Visitor Center have closed for the day and will reopen as soon as access roads are passable.