Hunters and anglers pay the entire bill for the acquisition, development and maintenance of these areas through the purchase of hunting and fishing permits and Habitat Stamps and through excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment.
Current, valid State Park Entry Permits may be required on your vehicle for access to these lands. To protect these areas and their many assets, there are certain rules that all must abide by. This pamphlet lists most general regulations that apply to public use of these wildlife areas. However, this is just a synopsis. For answers to specific questions, please contact your local Game and Parks Commission office or conservation officer.
We hope your outing is an enjoyable one … but remember, the true nature enthusiast leaves nothing behind but footprints.
Special permission is required for group camping on any state wildlife area by any type of group, such as Scouts, 4-H, civic clubs or other organizations. To obtain a “Special Occasion Permit,” contact the area manager, District Wildlife Manager or the Game and Parks Commission in Lincoln.
House Pets, Horses and Livestock
House pets (dogs, cats, etc.) are allowed when camping or on other outings, unless otherwise posted or prohibited by special area regulations. However, they must be kept on leash or otherwise physically restrained.
Horseback riding is permitted, except where posted otherwise.
Grazing or ranging domestic livestock or poultry is not permitted, except by written permission of the Game and Parks Commission.
Wildlife areas are open to dog training, exercise, running and hunting (in season), except from May 1 through July 31 of each year. However, some areas may be posted as closed or special area regulations may apply. Professional dog trainers are prohibited from using these areas for training.
Where an area is posted as an “Authorized Dog Training Area,” training is permitted year-round. Lands posted as “Dog Trial Areas” are closed to dog training activities.
Fires and Fireworks
Open fires are permitted only in fireplaces, grills, or fire rings where provided by the Commission. Visitors may also use their personal gas/propane stoves, charcoal grills and the like. All other fires are prohibited.
The use of any kind of fireworks is unlawful at all times.
Swimming, Wading and Boating
Swimming is prohibited in waters on state wildlife areas, except where swimming facilities are specifically provided and the area is posted to allow swimming. Where swimming is permitted, all flotation devices are prohibited except for U.S. Coast Guard approved life preservers.
Wading is allowed when fishing, hunting or trapping, although some areas may be posted against wading due to hazardous conditions.
Boating is permitted as posted on each area or as specified in the current Nebraska Boating Guide.
All motorized vehicles are restricted to roadways, parking areas or trails specifically designated for vehicle use. No off-road vehicles are permitted.
Traffic signs are posted on some areas, but regardless of whether signed or not, all vehicles must be operated at a speed and manner that is reasonable and prudent under prevailing conditions.
Fishing, Hunting, Trapping and Target Shooting
State wildlife areas are open to fishing, hunting, and trapping, in season, except where closed (or restricted) by signing or special area regulations. Please check the current Hunting Guide or Fishing Guide for specific regulations. Target shooting is permitted on most areas, although there are a few where this activity is prohibited. They are posted with appropriate signs. Use caution when using these lands during a hunting season.
BIRDWOOD WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – 20 acres, from the North Platte exit 177 I-80 interchange, go ½ mile south, 3 ½ miles west, 1 mile north, then northwest across overpass. Species include channel catfish, largemouth and rock bass, bluegill, yellow perch, and rainbow trout in winter.
EAST HERSHEY WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – 20 acres, from the North Platte exit 177 I-80 interchange, go ½ mile south, 7 ¾ miles west, 1 ½ miles north, northeast across overpass. Species include channel catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch, rock and small mouth bass.
EAST SUTHERLAND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – 27 acres, from the Hershey I-80 interchange, go ¼ mile south, 3 miles west, ½ mile north, northeast across overpass. Species include northern pike, channel catfish, hybrid sunfish, largemouth and rock bass and yellow perch.
FREMONT SLOUGH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – 30 acres, from the North Platte exit 177 I-80 interchange, go 1 ½ mile south, 4 ¾ miles east, ¼ mile north, right turn across canal, ¼ mile north under overpass. Species include bluegill, channel catfish, carp and largemouth bass.
N-CORPE has opened up about 2,000 acres to outdoor recreation, including trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Regulations: Day use only No motorized bikes or ATVs/UTVs Stay on trails No camping No open fires No smoking Pack in Pack out, No littering No destruction of property and/or No removal of property material, ex. soils, plants No Hunting and/or target shooting No alcohol on property No dogs on property from May 1 through July 31
NORTH RIVER WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA (PLATTE RIVER) – 2 ½ miles north of Hershey. Species include carp, channel and flathead catfish. The area encompasses 2 miles of North Platte River. Hunting; Deer, Dove, Pheasant, Quail, Rabbit, Squirrel, Turkey, Waterfowl; 681 acres. Target shooting prohibited.
3,000 acres, 2 miles south of Sutherland on Hwy 25. Species include channel catfish, walleye, white bass, wiper, yellow perch, freshwater drum. Ice fishermen use caution due to heated discharge from power plant. There is primitive camping available. All boats are allowed; there is a wheelchair-accessible fishing pier available at the inlet. Hunting: Dove, Pheasant, Waterfowl;