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Changes For Visitors To Nebraska State Park Areas

Out-of-state guests will notice new park entry and boating requirements

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Lincoln,Nebraska (PR MediaRelease) April 24, 2017

Out-of-state visitors to Nebraska’s state park areas and boating waters will notice some changes to requirements as they enjoy the Cornhusker State.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has adjusted park entry permit fees in order to reinvest proceeds into statewide park assets and keep each park vibrant, accessible, fun and safe for all. A park entry permit is required of each vehicle entering a Nebraska state park, state recreation area or state historical park. Beginning in 2017, there is a separate entry permit for vehicles licensed outside of Nebraska. The fees for these permits are $45 for an annual, $22.50 for a duplicate annual, and $8 for a daily.

Boaters on Nebraska waters also are affected by changes. Since 2016, motorized watercraft registered outside of Nebraska have been required to purchase and display an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Stamp before launching from any Nebraska boat ramp – not just waters in the state park system. The $15 annual fee for the decal-like stamp helps fund a program that educates the public about ways to stop the spread of AIS to preserve Nebraska’s aquatic resources.

The AIS Stamp may be purchased at, where the buyer will print a temporary permit. The buyer must keep the temporary permit with him or her while boating. A permanent stamp will be mailed within 15 days. The stamp must be permanently affixed to the starboard and rearward side of the craft, on the outside of the hull above the water line.

To prevent the spread of AIS, boaters are urged to clean, drain and dry their craft, and submit to a voluntary boat inspection at the lakes, if available.

For more information on Nebraska’s state park areas, visit

The mission of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is stewardship of the state’s fish, wildlife, park and outdoor recreation resources in the best long-term interest of the people and those resources.

Jerry Kane
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Public Information Officer


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