Gov. Dave Heineman has outlined a plan to make improvements in two of Nebraska's state parks in order to increase tourism.
The governor's plan involves a $1.7 million investment towards improvements and expansion of Mahoney State Park in eastern Nebraska and Lake McCounaughy State Recreation Area in western Nebraska.
Heineman said, "Tourism is important to Nebraska, and these strategic investments will help meet the current demands at two of our outstanding, popular state parks."
In 2010, nearly 1 million people visited Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area, generating more than $44 million in retail sales. With all trip related expenditures factored in, the yearly economic impact of Lake McConaughy is more than $73 million. This economic activity supports 950 jobs.
McConaughy State Recreation Area will be receiving improvements to Lone Eagle and Cedar Vue campgrounds.
At Lone Eagle, campers will enjoy full service capabilities at 84 sites that provide water and sewage hook-ups, in addition to 50 amp electrical hook-ups. The project will also allow upgrades to the Cedar Vue campground providing 20 full service sites, 40 electrical sites, and new equestrian friendly accommodations at 35 of the 60 sites.
In 2010, more than 1 million people visited Mahoney State Park, generating more than $52 million in retail sales. When all trip related expenditures are factored in, the yearly economic impact of Mahoney State Park is nearly $87 million. The economic activity from just this park supports more than 800 jobs.
Funding for Mahoney State Park will go to expanding deluxe cabins, of which there is a significant demand. The luxurious six bedroom cabins are modern full service units, which sleep twelve and have three full bathrooms. The cabins also sport a great room with a wood burning fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and dining and a deck offering scenic views.
The funding for this plan is included in the governor's proposed beinnium budget.