COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Updated May 19, 2020

NRD Operations

  • The Nemaha NRD office is closed to public access.
  • NRD staff are working daily at the office. If you need to meet with a staff member, please call in advance to schedule an appointment. However, whenever possible, face-to-face meetings are discouraged.
  • NRD field staff continue working on projects (i.e. watershed maintenance, park maintenance, grass drilling, tree planting, etc.)

NRD Recreation Areas

  • All NNRD recreation areas are currently open. If Federal, State, or local mandates are issued, a plan is in place to address future operations.
  • Effective Monday, April 13, all playgrounds and picnic shelters are closed at all NNRD parks. Expect them to remain closed until further notice. Please abide by the closures and do not allow children to play on the playground equipment. We do not have the capacity to regularly disinfect those areas.
  • As of Friday, May 8, the concrete restrooms at Duck Creek, Kirkman's Cove, and Iron Horse have been opened. The wooden restroom at Wirth Brothers is open. Staff will clean/sanitize restrooms on Mondays and Fridays; please help keep them clean so they may remain open for everyone. Soap or hand sanitizer is not provided, so bring your own. If you have your own facilities in your RV, you are encouraged to use them instead.
  • Camping is still allowed as long as campers abide by social distancing and other posted rules and guidelines. Fees are still required for electrical hookups. (Tent camping is allowed but only in designated areas.)
  • NNRD park permits are still required at Kirkman’s Cove, Iron Horse Trail Lake, Duck Creek, and Wirth Brothers Lake.
  • Permits may be purchased online, at the parks, or by mail. Because our office is closed to the public, we have discontinued in-person sale of permits.
  • Visitors should be prepared for potential changes in status during their stay. Any changes will be posted on our website and Facebook page. Every effort will be made to give adequate notice (24-48 hours) if possible.
  • Although campers may stay a maximum of 14 days, if park status changes, campers may be required to leave.
  • Social distancing recommendations should be followed in campgrounds and other use areas. If areas are crowded, please find another area or come back at another time.
  • Group activities of more than 10 persons are prohibited, and no group park permits will be issued until further notice.
  • The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services recommends travelers coming to Nebraska from out-of-state should limit public interactions, practice strict social distancing, self-monitor for symptoms, and self-quarantine for 14 days, if feasible.
  • Staying in NRD campgrounds should not be considered as an alternative to self-quarantining.
  • Although outdoor activities such as using NRD park facilities are considered a lower risk, do not assume that park facilities that are open mean there is no risk of contracting the virus if you use these facilities. Take precautions recommended by the CDC, including social distancing even in outdoors spaces.
  • Failure to follow social distancing guidelines or observe posted closures could result in complete closure of the parks.

Other NRD Activities

  • All meetings scheduled in the NRD’s conference room have been cancelled until further notice.
  • Watershed of Wonders Day Camp – cancelled.