Free Fishing and Park Entry Day

Enjoy an afternoon of fishing or exploring state parks, recreation areas and historical parks on May 21 – no permit purchase required. Free Fishing and Park Entry Day is held annually on the Saturday before Memorial Day Weekend.

“It’s kind of an open house in our great outdoors,” said Nebraska Game and Parks Public Information Officer Greg Wagner. “Special hands-on, family-friendly events will be held around the state.”

Below are several events planned for May 21. A full list is posted at

Platte River State Park – Free Fishing Clinic (9 a.m. – 11 a.m.): Bringing your own poles and bait is encouraged, but a limited number of rod and reel poles and bait will be provided. All people and organizations are welcome to enjoy this event and the rest of the park.

Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area – Free Park Entry Day (9 a.m. – noon): Activities will include a birding hike, a wildflower hike and kids’ crafts.

Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area – BioBlitz 2016 (5 a.m. – 9 p.m., but come and go as well): Spend the day in free guided activities and nature walks. Become a citizen scientist as you measure, record and catalogue Nebraska’s diverse flora and fauna, all data that scientists will use. Be prepared to tromp through weeds and forest and get muddy in streams.

Camping, lodging and all other user fees still apply at state park areas. Anglers must observe all fishing regulations.


About katcountryhub
I am a graduate of Northeast Community College with a degree in journalism. I am married to Jeff Gilliland. We have two grown children, Justin and Whitney and four grandchildren, Grayce, Grayhm, Charli and Penelope. I will be covering Lyons, Decatur, Bancroft and Rosalie and am hoping to expand my horizons as time progresses!

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