Nemaha Natural Resources District officials have set May 18-19 as Free Park Permit Weekend at three public recreation areas operated by the District.

Kirkman’s Cove near Humboldt, Iron Horse Trail Lake near DuBois, and Wirth Brothers Lake near Tecumseh. Though a vehicle permit issued by the Nemaha NRD is normally required at these parks, the NRD board has proclaimed this weekend every year as a free weekend. Visitors have an opportunity to try out the parks at no cost for these two days and decide if they wish to purchase a permit for future visits.

Annual permits cost $12; or temporary, two-day permits are available for $5. Temporary permits are available at each park from iron collection boxes near the main entrances. Annual permits may be purchased in a variety of ways: at the NRD office east of Tecumseh weekdays from 8-4:30; through the mail by first calling (335-3325) and requesting an application or by printing one from the NRD’s website,; or through the same temporary permit envelopes available at the parks (just mark the appropriate section and insert $12 in the envelope; your permit will be mailed to you within two weeks).

Proceeds from the sale of the permits help defray costs of maintaining and improving the facilities at these public recreation areas. Over $10,500 was collected last year from the sale of NNRD park permits, which are not the same as Nebraska Game & Parks Commission park entry permits. NNRD permits only admit your vehicle to Kirkman’s Cove, Iron Horse Trail Lake, and Wirth Brothers Lake and expire on December 31, regardless of the date of purchase. Prairie Owl, a small recreation site south of Dunbar in Otoe County, is also operated by the NRD but does not require a permit.

For more information contact the NRD at (402) 335-3325 or check the website at