While most state park areas across the state are open, some state parks, state historical parks, state recreation areas and wildlife management areas located along rivers and streams in eastern and central Nebraska remained temporarily closed following recent flooding.
Game and Parks staff have been working diligently to assess the damage and develop recovery plans for affected areas. A list of parks that are closed, partially closed or accessible only by alternate route is available on the Commission’s website at OutdoorNebraska.org/weatherclosures. Visitors to the page will also find a list of park areas unaffected by flooding.
Staff have been proactively assessing conditions at state park and recreation areas. Safety and the serviceability of the facilities is the agency’s main priority before access to temporarily closed areas will be allowed. Game and Parks is optimistic that portions of affected areas will be open in the near future.
The Cowboy Trail from Norfolk to Valentine will remain closed until repairs can be made to the trail surface and bridges. The public is advised to stay off the trail until it has reopened.
Access to some wildlife management areas may be difficult because county roads and bridges have been washed out in some areas. For information on specific wildlife management areas, contact your local Game and Parks district office. Contact information is available online at OutdoorNebraska.org/locations.
Questions about specific park closures should be directed to Game and Parks headquarters at 402-471-0641.