There are more than 45,000 registered and licensed recreational vehicles in Nebraska, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

And there are nearly 11,200 campsites in Nebraska parks. Commercial campgrounds offer nearly 3,500 more campsites.

With RVs outnumbering state campsites by four to one, the future is looking positive for Nebraska park campgrounds, if not a bit overwhelming, said Jim Swenson, parks division administrator for the State Game and Parks Commission.

Swenson won approval from Nebraska Game and Parks commissioners meeting Friday (March 17) in Grand Island to update camping regulations to better position the state to meet growing demand for a limited number of campsites.

One of the key changes defines the process for how first-come, first-served campsites can be purchased and includes a requirement that someone physically occupy the site immediately with a camping vehicle or tent.

Park superintendents will be given discretion to allow late arrivals in some situations, not to exceed noon of the following day.

Campground hosts said some people have abused the first-come, first-served privilege by parking vehicles at a site and never showing up.

Another regulation change establishes a limit of 14 consecutive days for occupying a location in a park or campground during a 30-day period, but provides a way for guests to extend their stays.

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