Nebraska Game and Parks

Game And Parks Commission Bans Alcohol At NE Lakes

Jun 12, 2020

A ban on possession and consumption of alcohol is in effect at Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala.  The ban is an effort by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Ogallala and Keith County partners to make the state recreation areas more family friendly. The regulation can be viewed in detail at s-o-s-dot-Nebraska-dot-gov.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is closing public access to its Lincoln headquarters until further notice due to coronavirus spread prevention efforts.  District offices in North Platte, Norfolk and Alliance, as well as service centers in Kearney and Bassett, are also temporarily closing on Friday.  The agency's service center in Omaha is already closed. All Game and Parks visitor centers and park offices will close on Monday.

A wildlife biologist will present a program next month about people-powered science and wildlife observation. The presentation March 15 is part of a Sunday speaker series at Schramm Education Center. The presenter will be Alie Mayes, a biologist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Her program is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at the center. It sits along Nebraska Highway 31 near the Platte River, about 6 miles south of Exit 432 off Interstate 80.

OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) — A proposal by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission would drastically limit overnight campers and beachgoers at Nebraska's largest reservoir, Lake McConaughy in western Nebraska. The North Platte Telegraph reports the proposed change follows complaints from last Fourth of July of overcrowding and rowdy behavior. Those changes are meant to lower attendance to address the overcrowding on the lake’s beaches. Under the plan, public access to boat ramps at McConaughy and neighboring Lake Ogallala would remain unchanged.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has prepared special Valentine’s Day offers for people who want to mark the day at a state park. Discounts and special packages are available at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Ponca State Park, Platte River State Park and Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area. A park entry permit is required.

Bobcat Captured At Lincoln VA Campus

Oct 3, 2019

(Lincoln, NE)  --  A bobcat is in Game and Parks custody after it was found inside a building on the Lincoln Veterans Affairs campus.  The chief electrician at the V-A says he thinks the cat got into the building through an open garage door over the weekend.  A trap with a dead fish was set up Tuesday afternoon and the cat was found early this morning.

Man Wins Boat For Taking Daughter Fishing

Sep 24, 2019

(La Vista, NE)  --  A man from Battle Creek is the winner of the inaugural Take 'Em Fishing Challenge.  The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops awarded Tanner Hess a brand-new Bass Tracker Pro fishing boat during a ceremony on Friday at Cabela's in La Vista.  Hess' name was drawn from a pool of nearly five-thousand anglers who were invited to take a new fisher with them on a trip and submit a photo.  Hess took his five-year-old daughter fishing near their home.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The annual Sensory Safari at Lincoln Children's Zoo will give students with disabilities a chance to explore through sight, sound, touch or smell.

The Oct. 2 event is organized by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, along with the Lincoln Children's Zoo and the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired.

Stations will include a live fish touch tank; live native reptiles and amphibians; prairie plants; skulls and pelts of Nebraska mammals; birds of Nebraska; live insects and arthropods; smells of nature and many others.

The event costs $3.50 per person. Preregistration is required at

Contact Aimee Johns at or at 402-475-6741, Ext. 130, for more information.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials are urging members of the public to leave baby wild animals alone even if they appear to be abandoned.

Commission officials say lone fawns, birds or mammals may appear to be abandoned or injured, but in many cases the mother is off feeding or drinking and will return. In some cases, other deer will adopt an orphaned fawn.