NE Parks Commission Extends Campsite Stays to 90 Days

August 10, 2011
Filed under Trailer News

The following article was written by Algis J. Laukaitis for the Lincoln Journal Star.

Recreational vehicle owners and other campers who want to stay longer than two weeks at some state parks and recreation areas will be able to do so beginning in January.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Friday, July 29 extended campsite stays for up to 90 days — but only at 25 state parks and recreation areas across Nebraska. Currently, campers can stay no longer than 14 days.

The commission made the change after getting feedback from campers who said the high cost of fuel made it expensive to haul their RVs and fifth-wheelers back and forth, said Roger Kuhn, administrator of the parks division.

About 5 percent of the campsites in a designated state park or recreation area will be set aside for longer stays, Kuhn said, adding that they will be in low-use areas.

Regulations that allowed the change were approved by the commission in May and a fee schedule was approved Friday at the commission’s meeting in Lincoln.

Campers who stay longer will receive the following discounts on their nightly overnight camping fee: 20 percent for 15-to-30 days; 30 percent for 31-to-60 days, and 40 percent for 61-to-90 days.

Fees at each state park and recreation area will vary, depending on what facilities are available, Kuhn said.

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