LINCOLN – Although Game and Parks officials have extended closures through the remainder of the month, Nebraskans may begin enjoying recreational vehicle camping at select state park areas on May 20.
According to a release from the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, the health and well-being of Nebraskans as well as caring for natural and cultural resources are their top priorities. The commission continues to monitor the public health situation closely and are continually working to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus disease to guests, employees and the greater community.
Later this month, recreational vehicle camping will be allowed where social distancing and group-size recommendations can be maintained to help ensure compliance with the state’s public health directives amid the COVID-19 health situation. A list of the available park areas will be posted on the agency website and updated as additional areas are established.
RV campsites will have to follow requirements of designated sites being spaced at least 25 feet apart (online reservation beginning May 17) as first-served and tent camping will not be allowed; only self-contained recreational vehicles with factory features that allow them to hold potable water, contain wastewater/sewage and connect to electrical service will be allowed to reserve a site; no parks’ shower houses or modern restrooms will be open until further notice as vault toilets and RV dump stations will be open and each campsite will be limited to eight guests as the length of stay will be limited to seven days.
The Mormon Island State Recreation Area (SRA) near Grand Island and Danish Alps SRA near Hubbard will not be available since they are near communities with high COVID-19 incidence. Park areas may be added to or deleted from the list as warranted and upon recommendations of health officials
Park grounds remain open to the public for day use but state designated beach and swimming areas will be closed until further notice. Some undesignated beach areas will remain open only for walk-in access and fishing if social distancing and the 10-person gathering size limit are maintained. The closure of designated beach and swimming areas managed by the agency was necessitated, in part, by recent incidents involving large gatherings and lack of social distancing at multiple state park venues.
Game and Parks closures for cabins, lodge rooms, group shelters, undesignated campsites and tent camping at state park areas and wildlife management has been extended through May 31, with a possible extension. As of March 30, state park and recreation area playgrounds and play structures are closed until further notice.
Group events and programs have also been canceled through May 31 or until future notice. This includes National Archery in the Schools Program, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, community fishing, Schramm Education Center, wildlife brewery and park events; the Fort Kearney Expo; hunter education courses; the outdoor discovery program or any other event requiring a gathering of individuals. Nebraska State Parks and recreation areas remain open for day-use such as fishing and hiking.
Continued modifications, including the state’s phased approach to expanding services where possible, will be announced by news release, email and NGPC social media. Visit outdoornebraska.gov for more information.