On Saturday, May 21, you can go fishing or visit a Nebraska state park area (including state recreation areas and state historical parks) without the need for a permit to do so. It’s Free Fishing and Park Entry Day, and the day is yours to enjoy.
Perhaps you can get everyone together for a picnic at your favorite park, or visit somewhere new for the first time. Interested in trying fishing? This is the perfect day to see what it’s like. Or, bring a fishing newbie out on the water with you!
We’re planning a bunch of fun events to celebrate the day; come out and enjoy:
- A kids’ fishing derby at Fort Robinson State Park; 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
- An introduction to fishing at Platte River State Park; 9 a.m. – noon
- A Writing Hike for Beginners at Schramm Education Center, introducing participants to nature journaling; 10 a.m. – noon
- Bill Morris Fishing Derby at Ponca State Park, for anglers of all ages
- Fishing for kids at Ash Hollow State Historical Park. Children under age 18 are invited to fish the pond and keep everything they catch. A free hot dog lunch will be served from 1 to 3 p.m.
- Wildlands Day at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area, which will include a bird hike, wildflower walk, children’s crafts and live animal presentation.
Learn more about these events on our website! Remember, all fishing regulations and regular camping, lodging and other user fees still apply; so do entrance fees for museums at state historical parks and Schramm Education Center.