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Statewide Park Improvement Projects

In order to keep our 76 state parks, state historical parks and state recreation areas vibrant, beautiful and well-maintained, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission continually works to upgrade aging infrastructure and add new amenities, in addition to performing regular maintenance on infrastructure.

Our 10-year capital maintenance plan prioritizes critical infrastructure needs so we can ensure our parks and facilities meet current safety and functionality standards, as well as the demand for new experiences.

Learn more about these projects by exploring our ongoing and completed improvements below.

Ongoing Park Projects

The following park projects are under development:

Alexandria SRA
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement (2)
  • New south dike design
Ash Hollow SHP
  • Camp host sites upgrade
  • Museum accessibility upgrades
Box Butte SRA
  • Campground expansion and upgrade
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement (2)
Branched Oak SRA
  • Campground areas 1 and 4 electrical upgrade
  • Vault toilet restrooms replacement (4)
  • Wastewater lagoon installation
Bridgeport SRA
  • Vault toilet restrooms replacement (2)
Calamus SRA
  • Hatchery gates operator installation
  • Shop upgrades
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement
Chadron SP
  • Campground ADA and electrical upgrades
  • Entrance sign replacement
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement (2)
  • Trading Post HVAC upgrade
Cheyenne SRA
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement
Cowboy Trail
  • Bridge replacements
  • Culvert replacements
  • Erosion mitigation and control
  • Flood repair resurfacing
  • Sign repair/replacement
  • Storm damage repairs
Cozad WMA
  • Campground design
Eugene T. Mahoney SP
  • James Family Conservatory upgrades
  • Cabin repairs (2)
  • Dump station utility upgrades
  • Lakeside Campground electrical and ADA improvements
  • Little Creek Campground electrical upgrade
  • Peter Kiewit Lodge and park erosion mitigation and prevention
  • Telecommunications fiber upgrade
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement
Fort Atkinson SHP
  • Entrance relocation
  • Fort restoration; fort wall log replacement
Fort Kearny SHP
  • Shower house replacement
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement
Fort Robinson SP
  • Red Cloud Campground expansion
  • ADA playground equipment and surfacing installation
  • Adobe cabins electric upgrade
  • Adobe cabins foundation replacement (5)
  • Aquatic habitat and angler access
  • Mare Barn Campground expansion
  • Mare Barn Campground shower house replacement
  • Soldier Creek Campground expansion
  • Steel shed door replacement
  • Vault toilet restrooms replacement
  • Water tower painting
Fremont Lakes SRA
  • Lake Leba dike repair
  • Public dock system installation
  • Pathfinder and Victory Lake campgrounds electrical upgrade
  • Pathfinder shower and dump station replacement
  • Victory Lake shoreline erosion
Indian Cave SP
  • Boardwalk repairs and replacement
  • Museum building renovations
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement (2)
  • Water line installation
Johnson Lake SRA
  • Dump station upgrade
  • Campground electrical upgrade
Keller SRA
  • Campground electrical upgrade
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement (2)
Lake McConaughy SRA
  • Campground ADA upgrades
  • Martin Bay boat access upgrades
  • Motorized water trail improvements
  • Directional wayfinding signage
  • Traffic counting system
Lake Minatare
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement (4)
Lewis & Clark SRA
  • Burbach Campground electrical and other upgrades
  • Marina expansion
  • Miller Creek water system improvements
Long Pine SRA
  • Campground expansion
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement (2)
Louisville SRA
  • Campgrounds (2) electrical upgrades
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement
Memphis SRA
  • Shower house and dump station replacement
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement
Merritt Reservoir SRA
  • Breakwater and dock upgrades
  • Campground expansion and upgrades
  • Shower house repair
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement (2)
Mormon Island SRA
  • Campground expansion
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement (2)
Pawnee SRA
  • Campground areas 3 and 4 electrical upgrade
  • Marina building upgrade
  • Shower house replacement
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement
Platte River SP
  • Platte River Trail Project
  • Decker Creek bank stabilization
Ponca SP
  • Boat ramp electrical and water repairs
Red Willow SRA
  • Indoor Airgun Range development
Riverview SRA
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement
Rock Creek Lake SRA
  • Drinking well installation
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement, ADA sidewalk and ADA parking
Rock Creek Station SHP
  • Campground electrical upgrade
  • Wastewater system upgrade
  • Station bridge
Rockford SRA
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement
Schramm Park SRA
  • Install yurts
Sherman Reservoir SRA
  • Archery range
  • Campground expansion
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement (2)
Smith Falls SP
  • Walkway accessibility upgrade
Stagecoach
  •  Vault toilet restroom replacement
Summit Lake SRA
  • Maintenance shop installation
Sutherland SRA
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement
Two Rivers SRA
  • Caboose ADA-accessibility upgrade (1)
  • Caboose renovations (all)
  • Lakeside Campground ADA and electrical upgrades
Victoria Springs SRA
  • ADA cabin renovations and other upgrades
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement
Walgren Lake SRA
  • Campground upgrades
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement
War Ax SRA
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement
Willow Creek SRA
  • Electrical upgrades
Windmill SRA
  • East well upgrade
  • Variable frequency drive well pump installation
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement (2)
  • Sewer lagoon and collection system repairs

Completed Projects

Projects were completed at all of our parks and recreations areas between 2014 and 2021. They include:

Alexandria SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Arbor Lodge SHP
  • Mansion renovations, including shutter replacements, portico plaster and painting
  • New shutters, portico plaster, and painting at the mansion
  • HVAC system replaced
  • ADA-compliant modern restroom
Ash Hollow SHP
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
  • Aging infrastructure building removal (2)
Bluestem SRA
  • Two ADA-compliant precast latrines
Bowring Ranch SHP
  • Window replacements
Branched Oak SRA
  • Area 4 campground electrical upgrade
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Bridgeport SRA
  • Latrine at swimming beach area upgraded with ADA-compliant features
  • Group fire rings and special event bleachers and platform
  • Entrance signs installed
  • Three horseshoe pits installed
Box Butte Reservoir
  • New precast vault latrine installed at the main campground
Buffalo Bill SHP
  • Mansion renovations, including porch improvements and window installations
  • Barn roof refinished
  • Hardwood floors refinished in mansion
  • Porches and railings on mansion rebuilt
Calamus SRA
  • Fish-cleaning station with grinder installation (2)
  • Hatchery waterline upgrade and valve replacement
  • Installed two boat docks with ADA-accessible railings
  • Replaced shower building with ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • Installed two ADA-compliant precast latrines
  • 63 campground pedestals upgraded
  • 10 50-amp camp pads added
Chadron SP
  • ADA-compliant camping pad and electrical upgrades
  • New shower house
  • New precast vault latrines
  • Installation of new ADA-compliant playground equipment and surfacing
  • Construction of new shooting range building
  • Cabin upgrades
  • Updated six camping pads to meet ADA standards
  • Updated 25 camping pads to 50-amp service
  • Built ADA-compliant precast latrine
  • Renovated Cabin 106 for ADA-accessibility
  • Improved cabins
  • Updated plumbing in group cabins
  • Audio visual system and lighting at group meeting facility upgraded
Conestoga SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Cottonwood Lake SRA
  • Two ADA-compliant precast latrines
Cowboy Trail
  • Storm damage repairs, including fencing
Danish Alps SRA
  • ADA-compliant cement walkway
  • ADA-compliant fishing pier
  • ADA-compliant fish cleaning station
Dead Timber SRA
  • Two vault toilets replace
  • New grills and picnic tables installed
Enders Reservoir SRA
  • ADA-compliant camping pad installation
  • Installed boat dock with ADA-accessible railings
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
  • Upgraded all pedestals to 50-amp
  • Drinking water well, distribution lines and eight hydrants installed
  • Five target archery ranges installed
Eugene T. Mahoney SP
  • Lakeside Campground electrical upgrade
  • Elevator modernization
  • New group rental facility
  • New precast vault latrines
  • Cabin upgrades (2 per year)
  • Facility audio and visual capabilities upgraded
Fort Hartsuff SHP
  • New roofs on Quartermaster’s Storehouse, Quartermaster’s Stable and Commanding Officer’s Quarters
  • Chimneys tucked on Storehouse, Laundress Quarters, Stables, Officers Quarters, Commanding Officer’s Quarters and Hospital
Fort Kearny SRA
  • Campground electrical upgrades
  • Three ADA-compliant precast latrines
  • ADA-accessible camping pad
  • Pressurized drinking water well installed
  • New two-lane dump station
  • Wastewater lagoon system installed
Fort Robinson State Park
  • New precast vault latrines
  • Installation of new ADA-compliant playground equipment and surfacing
  • Maintenance shop upgrades
  • Cabin upgrades
  • Replaced siding on Buffalo Barracks
  • Reroofed Firehall, Barn 105 and 106
  • Porch roof replacement
  • Post Playhouse updated HVAC
  • HVAC in Bricks group lodging facilities
Fremont Lakes SRA
  • Victory Lake erosion prevention improvements
  • Installed boat dock with ADA-accessible railings
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
  • ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • Sewer system upgrade at Victory Lake shower houses and dump station
Fort Atkinson SHP
  • Replaced logs and repaired west wall of the fort
Fort Robinson State Park
  • Upgrades to the exterior of the Adobe buildings
  • Cabin upgrades
  • Electrical and HVAC upgrade in 309 Building
  • New duplex-style lodge combining historical features with modern amenities
  • New roof and siding added at the Post Playhouse storage facility
  • Decking and porches replaced at Officer’s Row
Gallagher Canyon SRA
  • Boat dock with ADA-accessible railings
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Johnson Lake SRA
  • Wildlife viewing blind installed
Indian Cave SP
  • Concrete repair for parking/boat ramp
  • Transformer upgrade
  • New precast vault latrines, including two that meet ADA-compliance
  • Upgrade shower house to meet ADA regulations
  • New ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • 44 new 50-amp electrical installed at campground
  • Upgraded water system
  • Road improvements to park and equestrian camping area
  • New gatehouse
Johnson Lake SRA
  • Fish-cleaning station upgrade
  • Shower building replaced with ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
Grove Trout Rearing Station
  • Flood repairs
Lake Maloney SRA
  • Wastewater system upgrades
  • 56 pedestals at Kansas Point campground upgraded
Lake McConaughy SRA
  • Added ADA-compliant campsites
  • Renovated shower buildings and restroom facilities at four campground areas
  • Improved sanitary sewer, expanding trailer dump stations and building two wastewater treatment lagoons
  • Completed three new campgrounds with a total of 170 sites and updated electrical at 42 sites
  • Added two ADA-compliant precast latrines
  • Added six ADA-compliant constructed latrines
  • Expanded Visitor’s Center Nature Trail
  • Expanded contracted services for refuse removal and portable restrooms
  • New gatehouses installed
  • Angler access improvements made
  • New boat docks installed, one with ADA-accessible kayak and canoe launch
  • Upgraded fish cleaning stations
  • Pollinator gardens established at the Outdoor Discovery Area at the Lake McConaughy Water Center
  • The Ethel Abbott Theater, Balancing Unlimited Needs topographic display and Water for Communities displays were upgraded with new automated audio/visual systems
Lake Minatare SRA
  • Lakeview campground electrical upgrades
  • Installed boat dock with ADA-accessible railings
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
  • ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building and ADA-compliant constructed latrine
  • Upgraded 62 campground sites to 50-amp
  • Electrical pedestals upgraded to 50-amp at main campground
Lake Ogallala SRA
  • Installed boat dock with ADA-accessible railings
  • Angler access improvements, including an ADA-accessible sidewalk, accessible gangway and stairwell access
  • Shower and latrine replaced with ADA compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • 44 pedestals upgraded
  • 82 sites at Lake Ogallala Campground upgraded to 50-amp
  • New gate house installed
  • ADA-compliant floating fishing bridge installed
  • Fish cleaning station upgraded
Lewis and Clark SRA
  • Fish-cleaning station upgrade
  • Boat ramp installation
  • Restroom removal
  • Cabin upgrades
  • Installed boat dock with ADA-accessible railings
  • ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
Long Pine SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
  • Replacement well installed at campgrounds
Louisville SRA
  • Fishing pier installation
  • Boat dock replacement
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine and ADA compliant precast shower/latrine building
Maloney Reservoir SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Medicine Creek SRA
  • Aging infrastructure building removal
  • Installed boat dock with ADA-accessible railings
  • 44 sites upgraded to 50-amp service
  • Eight electrical pedestals installed
  • New transformer installed
  • Four new hydrants installed
  • Nine-hole disc golf course added
  • Four target archery ranged installed
Memphis SRA
  • Installed 18 new 50-amp electrical campsites
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Merritt Reservoir SRA
  • Constructed new large picnic shelter
  • 41 pads upgraded to 50-amp
Milburn Dam
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement
Mormon Island SRA
  • Campground improvements
  • Sewer lagoon collection system repairs
  • ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • Shower building renovated with LED lighting, new siding, and improved shower stalls
  • Maintenance shop resided
Niobrara SP
  • Dump station enhancement and repairs
  • Cabin upgrades
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
  • ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • Campsites upgraded
  • New cookout shelter constructed
North Platte Fish Hatchery
  • Furnace replacement
Pawnee SRA
  • Campground electrical upgrades
  • New shower building installation
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Platte River SP
  • ADA-compliant duplex renovations
  • Two shelter installations
  • Natural playground installation
  • Cost summary to install fiber
  • Cabin upgrades
  • Two ADA-compliant precast latrines
  • Water tower established and rural water connection and distribution system updated
  • Shoreline enhancements improved angler access
  • Water supply system modifications
Ponca SP
  • Gray Fox Cabin HVAC upgrade
  • Shower house removal
  • Boat ramp repairs
  • Renovated landscapes at the entrance of Ponca State Park, including adding fill and topsoil to identified areas; planting trees, shrubs and perennials; removing of power poles; trail work; constructing of a small shelter; patio addition to Towers in Time; and other landscape features
  • Two ADA-compliant precast latrines
  • Shower house replacements, including an ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • ADA-compliant zero-depth entry pool, splash pad, water slide and new restroom and shower house installed
  • New boat ramp
Red Willow Reservoir SRA
  • Two ADA-compliant precast latrines
  • 33 pedestals upgraded to 50-amp service
  • Two 400-amp panels installed
Riverview SRA
  • Silt removal
Rock Creek Lake SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
  • New boat ramp and dock
Rock Creek SHP
  • New lagoon and septic system
Rock Creek Station SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
Rockford SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Sandy Channel SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
  • Rock-surface camping pads installed with new grills and picnic tables
  • Camping improvements
Schramm Park SRA
  • Sidewalk improvements
Sherman Reservoir SRA
  • Fish-cleaning station upgrade
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Smith Falls SP
  • Deck replacement
  • HVAC upgrades
  • Shower house replacement
  • Removed and replaced roof on the office and shop
Stagecoach SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Summit Lake SRA
  • Boat dock replacement
  • Campground expansion to include 13 updated camping pads and other improvements
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine and ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • ADA-compliant fishing pier
Sutherland SRA
  • Campground electrical upgrade
  • Fish-cleaning station upgrade
  • New precast vault latrine
Swanson Reservoir SRA
  • Precast latrines, two ADA-compliant
  • ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • Five electrical pedestals upgraded to 50-amp service
  • Four target archery ranges installed
Two Rivers SRA
  • ADA-improvements to offices
  • Sewage treatment repairs and improvements
  • Two ADA-compliant precast latrines
  • ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • Upgrade bathrooms, kitchens, and cupolas lodging cabooses
Union Pacific SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Valentine Fish Hatchery
  • Roof replacement
  • Flood damage assessment
Verdel Landing
  • Vault toilet restroom replacement
Verdon SRA
  • New vault latrines
Victoria Springs SRA
  • New precast vault latrine
Wagon Train SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Walgren SRA
  • Installed new vault latrine
  • Replaced boat dock
  • Repaired fishing pier
Wildcat Hills SRA
  • Roof repair
  • Family-friendly shooting range installed
  • Visitor’s center expanded to include conference rooms and a larger area for exhibits and educational activities.
Willow Creek SRA
  • Installed boat dock with ADA-accessible railings
  • Two ADA-compliant precast latrines
Windmill SRA
  • Shower building replaced with ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • Archery range

Other improvements have included:

  • 403 new grills and 401 new picnic tables, including ADA grills and tables, from Cornhusker State Industries were distributed to 23 park areas statewide for campsite additions and to replace damaged items. In addition, 353 new picnic tables made from recycled tires were distributed across 35 park areas.
  • Regularly scheduled maintenance, including common repairs and paint

Project funding sources

These projects are funded through one or a combination of the following resources:

  • Park Cash Fund, money generated from Game and Parks user fees from park entry permits, lodging, camping, activities, equipment rentals and facility rentals for improvement, maintenance and operation of the state park system.
  • The Capital Maintenance Fund, established by the Nebraska Legislature in 2016 to help preserve Nebraska’s public outdoor recreation facilities and parklands. Read the 2021 report.
  • The Nebraska Outdoor Recreational Development Act Cash Fund, approved by the Nebraska Legislature in 1980, with a portion of the taxes collected funding park maintenance and improvements.
  • The Land and Water Conservation Fund, established by the U.S. Congress in 1964 to safeguard natural areas, water resources and cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities to all Americans.
  • Title 28 funding from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • The 309 Task Force for Building Renewal program through Nebraska
  • Nonprofit, state, or agency support or grants from the Keith County Visitor’s Committee; the Papio Missouri Natural Resources District; the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District; the University of Nebraska’s Water for Food Institute; the Nebraska Water Center Foundation; the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality through the Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Program; aquatic habitat funds; and/or legislative appropriations.

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