LINCOLN, Neb. – Public access to the Burchard Wildlife Management Area remains closed while an aquatic rehabilitation project on the 150-acre reservoir nears completion, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
Work completed on the area includes a new outlet structure, reconfigured boat launch area with wave protection, several new angler access pads, handicap-accessible fishing pier, offshore breakwaters to protect and repair shorelines, and a sediment dike on the north arm. In addition, the aquatic habitat was enhanced by near-shore deepening near breakwaters, creation of underwater rock shoals and placement of cedar tree piles in the reservoir basin.
The project was ahead of schedule because of last year’s dry summer. The reservoir was drawn down 11 feet to facilitate construction while protecting the quality fishery. It remains low due to drought conditions.
Final work on the outlet structure is scheduled for this month. Water levels must rise to complete construction of a floating dock – the final piece of the project. Spring precipitation and inflows will influence the future opening date.