Planned Closures for Upgrades in State Parks Throughout North-Central Nebraska

Access to certain areas of parks in north-central Nebraska and the Panhandle will be temporarily closed to make way for improvements.

Each of the projects is being started early enough in the fall to be finished before visitation peaks next year if all goes according to plan.

A list of the park closures and dates is below.

The wooden walkway to Smith Falls will be replaced with composite decking and a steel frame. The project is scheduled to begin in September. (NGPC/Justin Haag)

Smith Falls State Park near Valentine: Access to Nebraska’s tallest waterfall, Smith Falls, will be closed from September 6 through May 2023 as workers replace the aging wooden walkway that leads to it. The 500-foot walkway will be replaced with durable composite decking on a steel frame.

Keller Park State Recreation Area near Ainsworth: The campground will be closed from September 6 through May 2023 as workers upgrade the electrical service to the campsites. Following the upgrade, all 24 electrical sites at Keller will have 50-amp service.

Fort Robinson State Park near Crawford: The Soldier Creek Campground along U.S. Highway 20 will be closed from September 12 through May 2023 to make way for an electrical upgrade. Following the project, the campground’s 70 electrical sites will all provide 50-amp service. The park’s recently expanded Red Cloud Campground will remain open until Sept. 30, and the campground near the Mare Barn that usually serves visitors with horses will remain open through the November firearm deer season.

Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area near Valentine The Cedar Bay Campground will close from September 6 through May 2023 for an electrical upgrade. When complete, all 37 electrical sites at the campground will have 50-amp service. The park’s seven other campgrounds will be available during the project.