Nebraska's Free Fishing and Park Entry Day is Coming

Free Fishing and Park Entry Day, Saturday, May 21, is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy fishing or a state park area in Nebraska without being required to have a permit.


Although no fishing or park entry permits will be required on the free day, which is celebrated annually on the Saturday before Memorial Day weekend, all other fee requirements, laws and regulations will be in effect. Anglers at Two Rivers State Recreation Area (SRA) trout lake will be required to purchase a daily trout tag.

As part of the Free Fishing and Park Entry Day activities, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host Family Fishing Day events at several locations across the state.

While the public is encouraged to bring their own fishing gear, tackle will be available for children to use, including rods and reels, bobbers, hooks, sinkers and bait. Game and Parks employees and volunteer fishing instructors will hand out materials and offer fishing tips to the participants. Catfish or trout will be stocked at most of the lakes to increase the odds of everyone catching a fish.


Family Fishing Day activities are scheduled at the following areas:

  • Alexandria SRA, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Fort Robinson State Park (SP), 9 a.m.-noon
  • Fort Kearny SRA, 9 a.m.-noon
  • Fremont SRA, Lake No. 3, 9 a.m.-noon
  • Louisville SRA, 9 a.m.-noon
  • Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Owen Marina 9-11 a.m.
  • Platte River SP, 9 a.m.-noon
  • Ponca SP, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Two Rivers SRA, Lake No. 1, 9 a.m.-noon
  • Victoria Springs SRA, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Parks events will take place at the following areas:

  • Summit Lake SRA, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Arthur Bowring Sandhills Ranch State Historical Park, 9 a.m.-noon
  • Wildcat Hills Nature Center, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Contact the parks for more information.


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