Nebraska Game and Parks

For those of you who like to take advantage of the state’s many parks and recreation areas for your summer fun, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is pleased to announce the continued reopening of several facilities, activities and amenities across the state. They include:

Most Nebraska state park swimming pools, aquatic centers and the Platte River State Park spray park reopened July 4 with limited hours and reduced capacity. Hours of operation can be found at The swimming pool at Niobrara State Park will remain closed. The floating playground at Louisville State Recreation Area will open later. The paddleboats at Mahoney and Platte River state parks, as well as the Owen Marina concessions and miniature golf at Mahoney, also reopened July 4.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln reopened July 6, as did the Wildcat Hills Nature Center, Schramm Education Center, Water Interpretive Center at Lake McConaughy, and Missouri National Recreational River Interpretive Center at Ponca State Park.

State historical park interpretive centers also reopened July 6. While the historical parks will be open, some facilities may remain closed, including the Buffalo Bill Ranch house, Bowring Ranch house, and Fort Hartsuff visitors’ center. A list of all services now open can be found at

Additionally, Game and Parks will begin hosting some educational and naturalist programs on a limited basis. Contact the park or check the outdoor calendar at for scheduled events.

Visitors to offices, interpretive centers, education centers, nature centers and indoor events are temporarily required to wear a face mask.

Game and Parks is continuing to make services and amenities available and is committed to keeping the public and its staff safe during the COVID-19 health crisis. For more information, or to purchase a park entry permit, go to Find park contact information at