LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission important dates in July.
July 1 – Select state park area service centers will reopen to the public for customer service, information and permit sales (OutdoorNebraska.gov/healthinfo).
July 1 – Year-to-date reservation process returns for Nebraska state park area cabins, lodge rooms meeting rooms, group lodges, cabooses, pavilions, and picnic shelters
July 1 – Outdoor shooting range reopens, Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area, Gering
July 1 – Some limited educational and recreational programming at select state park areas returns
July 1 – Archery fishing of game fish is allowed statewide through Dec. 31
July 1 – Underwater spearfishing of game fish allowed in certain waters through Dec. 31 (See the 2020 Nebraska Fishing Guide at OutdoorNebraska.gov/guides.)
July 1-14 – Paddlefish snagging permit application period
July 1-31 – Application period for Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area special access permits for deer hunting
July 3 – Results of the draw for deer, antelope and elk permits will be available on or before this date
July 3 – Final day to apply for Nebraska Super Tag and Combo lottery permits
July 4 – Most state park swimming pools, aquatic centers and the Platte River State Park spray park will reopen to the public. Check OutdoorNebraska.org.
July 4 – Eugene T. Mahoney State Park’s miniature golf and Owen Marina concessions and paddleboats at Mahoney and Platte River state parks reopens
July 6 – Reopening of Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln; Wildcat Hills Nature Center, Gering; Schramm Education Center, Gretna; Water Interpretive Center at Lake McConaughy, Ogallala; and Missouri National Recreational River Interpretive Center at Ponca State Park, Ponca
July 6 – Reopening of state historical park interpretive centers, except Buffalo Bill Ranch house, Bowring Ranch house, and Fort Hartsuff visitors’ center
July 17 – Deadline for successful applicants of elk, antelope and deer draw units to complete the purchase of their awarded permits
Amid the COVID-19 health crisis, Game and Parks continues to work on opening and allowing additional activities and events that can be conducted safely with the protection of our customers and staff.