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Alcohol ban in Nebraska’s state parks ends PDF Print E-mail

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Friday ended the ban on alcohol consumption in state park and wildlife management areas (WMAs) at its meeting in Gering.

The new regulations that end the ban on alcohol consumption in state park and WMAs, effective Jan. 1, 2011, include the following restrictions:

• consumption of alcohol may be prohibited on any state park and wildlife areas, or portions thereof, with the use of appropriate signage;

•  consumption is prohibited between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.;

•  consumption is prohibited on all roadways, designated swimming areas and parking areas;

•  and all containers of alcoholic beverages whose single liquid capacity is greater than one gallon, are prohibited.

The new regulations must be approved by the governor and posted on the secretary of state's Web site.

In other action, the board amended wildlife regulations to allow all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles on the frozen lake surfaces of WMAs, except where prohibited by signs.