BEATRICE – The Lower Big Blue Natural Resources District is increasing camping rates in its public usage areas starting May 1st.
The NRD Board of Directors has decided to increase the price of electric camping pads from USD 10 per night to USD 20. Non-electric pads stay at $ 5 per night.
The district has electrical outlets in the Willard Meyer Recreation Area and the Big Indian Recreation Area. The change was made due to the cost of maintaining the ten recreation areas within the Lower Big Blue NRD.
Excess funds are reinvested in the parks in items such as play equipment, shelters, picnic tables and boat docks.
NRD officials have announced that the annual Youth Fishing Derby will resume this year after a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic. The event will take place on May 22nd in the Willard Meyer recreation area near Tobias.
A fishing competition, archery, Nebraska Game and Parks Fishery Display, casting competition, and lunch are offered. Supporters of the event include the NRD, the Swan Five Advisory Council, the Big Indian Archers, the Beatrice Optimist Club, and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.