Game And Parks Provides Tips For Successfully Memorial Day Weekend Camping Trip

LINCOLN – As Memorial Day weekend approaches, the official kick-off to summer camping season is near.

According to a release from Nebraska Game and Parks, there are still plenty of options for those hoping to snag a perfect camping spot.

While many prime reservation-only spots already have been reserved, many more sites are available first-come, first-served at state parks across Nebraska. Those open to camping a bit further from the lake or a bit further from home can find a peaceful setting or a fun opportunity for adventure.

Nebraska Game and Parks encourages you to have fun in the outdoors and always keep safety top of mind.

Reserve a spot online as several state parks still have sites available for booking and you can find this information at reserveamerica.com. Make sure to be patient as Memorial Day weekend is a historically busy one in state parks. Practice patience and understanding with fellow campers and park staff.

Game and Parks officials state plan to travel further from urban centers. More remote campgrounds offer the opportunity for the perfect place to stretch out for a weekend. To find a just-right campground, visit outdoornebraska.gov/maps then choose state park and recreation areas. This interactive map provides a summary of each park area with location, park amenities and contact information if you have questions.

Also, plan ahead for what you may need, especially if your preferred site is already taken. Consider packing a shower caddy to get to and from the shower houses and bottled water or a water cooler. Don’t forget traditional supplies, as well, such as lawn chairs, bug spray and sunscreen.

Make sure to arrive early during the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend to claim a first-come, first-served site that meet your needs. Pack a fishing pole as fishing is fun for all ages. Youth ages 16 and under don’t need a permit to fish and adults can buy a one-day or annual fishing permit online.

Practice campfire safety. Guests should call park areas before arrival to determine whether a burn ban is in effect. Where campfires are allowed, use designated fire rings, never leave a fire unattended, keep water nearby and extinguish completely before leaving.

Other tips include wear life jackets when boating or swimming, check the weather forecast and stay aware of changing conditions and remember to have fun by bringing camp games and plenty of food.

Visit outdoornebraska.org for more information.

 

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