NORFOLK – Starting Wednesday, May 20 select Nebraska Game & Parks will be reopening their campgrounds and the Lower Elkhorn Resources District (LENRD) recreation areas will be included.
According to a release from the LENRD, they plan to open their campgrounds at Maskenthine Lake near Stanton and the Maple Creek Recreation Area near Leigh with some restrictions.
Beginning May 20, the RV only campsites will have to follow several requirements. These campsites are first-come, first serve for $25 per night and no tent camping will be allowed until further notice.
Only self-contained RVs, with factory features that allow them to hold potable water, contain wastewater/sewage and connect to electrical service, will be allowed. LENRD shower houses and restrooms will be closed until further notice but the RV dump stations will be open. Each campsite will be limited to eight guests as the length of stay will be limited to seven days. Also, designated beach and swimming areas are closed until further notice, in part due to recent incidents involving large gatherings and lack of social distancing.
Other waterfront areas are open for day use and fishing as long as social distancing and the 10-person gathering size limit are maintained. Picnic shelters, undesignated campsites and playgrounds are closed until further notice.
LENRD officials will provide updates as they becoming available but they ask that all campers take precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including social distancing even in outdoor spaces.
These LENRD managed recreation areas are multipurpose projects, offering outdoor opportunities to enhance the quality of life for all residents, as well as a range of conservation benefits including: groundwater recharge, wildlife habitat and soil erosion prevention. For more information, visit http://www.lenrd.org/recreation.