NEBRASKA – With more than 1.2 million acres of publicly accessible land throughout Nebraska, keeping straight where one can and can’t go can be difficult.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has just the solution: the annual Public Access Atlas, recently published for 2022-2023. The resource identifies and consolidates public access lands for all the state’s hunters, trappers, and anglers.
Printed copies of this year’s atlas are available at Nebraska Game and Parks Commission headquarters and soon will be available in its district offices and service centers, as well as wherever hunt and fish permits are sold.
The Public Access Atlas also is available online in several different formats: an interactive atlas map, a mobile-friendly online atlas, a digital flipbook, and Google Earth files.
The atlas is updated every year and displays all publicly accessible lands throughout the state, including state, federal, and conservation partner lands.
Private lands enrolled in Game and Parks’ Open Fields and Waters Program also are included in the atlas. Open Fields and Waters provides financial incentives to private landowners allowing walk-in, and public access for hunting, trapping, and fishing.
Finding places to hunt and fish can be a challenge for hunters and anglers but, thanks to Nebraska’s landowners, 381,000 acres of private lands are available through this voluntary program.