Gov. Ricketts, Games & Parks Commission highlight opportunities for outdoor recreation in Nebraska

Nebraska News

LINCOLN, Neb. (KCAU) – On Friday morning, Governor Pete Ricketts held a news conference with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) to highlight opportunities for outdoor recreation in the state.

It also encouraged Nebraskans to take advantage of the many outdoor activities that the state has to offer.

“If you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors, Nebraska’s state parks, historical parks, and recreation areas provide a wealth of opportunities for socially-distanced fun,” said Gov. Ricketts. “Nebraska has more miles of rivers and streams than any other state, with plenty of places to go kayaking, tanking, and floating. We’re also a top destination for anglers. Our rivers and lakes are home to lots of different fish including walleye, catfish, bluegill, white bass, largemouth bass, crappies, and more. Susanne and I encourage all Nebraskans to get outdoors and explore Nebraska in the coming weeks and months.”

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission oversees eight state parks, 10 historical parks, and about 60 other recreation areas.

“With state parks and recreation areas across the state, we have abundant opportunities for families to make memories and enjoy their favorite activities at their state parks,” said Parks Division Administrator Jim Swenson. “Whether you’re seeking the ultimate modern conveniences in a picturesque outdoor setting or want to get back to nature amid the natural beauty of Nebraska’s wild places, our state parks are here for you.”

The Commission has reopened activities with the health and safety of the public and State teammates in mind.

It’s also reminding people to practice responsible recreation while they’re having fun spending time in the outdoors, which means staying home when you’re sick, avoiding crowded areas, maintaining physical distancing, and abiding by local directed health measures.

NGPC also reopened designated swimming areas and public beaches in June and opened pools at the state parks on the first weekend of July.

They began offering limited lodging reservations in late June. In addition, educational and interpretive centers have reopened to the public.

Camping is now open at all of the park and wildlife management areas. Guests can make reservations for overnight camping on the Commission’s website, or find first-come, first-serve camping spots at parks located across Nebraska.

NGPC’s Take ’em Fishing Contest is currently underway and anglers can participate by introducing a friend or family member to fishing, taking a picture, and uploading it online by clicking here.

For more information about the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, visit their website.

To view a map of the state parks, historical parks, and recreation areas, click here.

Watch the replay of the news conference above or on the KCAU 9 News Facebook page.

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