LINCOLN – As select state parks in Nebraska have opened their campgrounds to RV’s, cabin and lodge closures have been extended through mid-June.
According to a release from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, lodging and group activity shelter closures at state park and recreation areas will now last through June 15, with further possible extension. This update is in a proactive effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The closures are being continued until proper disinfection between reservations can be achieved for the safety of guests and their communities.
Game and Park officials know this may be an inconvenience to those who have reservations for facilities but they want to make sure rentals are safe for their visitors and staff. The top priority of the NGPC at this time has to be the health and safety of all Nebraskans. The commission will continue to restore services as conditions allow and they thank everyone for their patronage and understanding during this difficult time.
If a reservation has been affected by the closure, Game and Parks staff will contact guests directly about a refund or transfer, if applicable. Refunds will be provided to those whose reservations are cancelled. Those with questions about their reservation can contact Game and Parks at outdoornebraska.org/reservation-inquiry. Inquiries are being answered in the order they are received and response time is dependent upon call volume and available staff.
Game and Parks offices, visitor’s centers and welcome centers also are currently closed to public walk-in traffic until further notice, as are playground structures at state park and recreation areas.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission continues to monitor the public health situation and will phase-in services where possible that comply with guidance issued by local and state health officials.
State parks and recreation areas remain open for day use, including fishing, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing and limited camping services were made available at sites across the state on May 22. All permits can be purchased online and for a list of parks or recreation areas that currently offer camping, visit outdoornebraska.org/parksfaqs.