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On the Platte Close to Home

This past week, Game & Parks friends and I enjoyed kayaking and canoeing the Platte River just south/southwest of the Omaha-metro area and sure had a nice trip. Unlike most years in August, the Platte has a good amount of water, look!

In your float trip plans, I would be sure to include the scenic stretch of the Platte from Schramm Park State Recreation Area to the Louisville Lakes State Recreation Area which is about 4.9 miles and takes roughly about an hour or so to do. I grew up canoeing and working this segment of the Platte and never tire of being on it! You’ll paddle by Platte River State Park. See the park’s lookout tower in the background of both shots?

This neat natural, recreational resource is just outside of the state’s largest city and metropolitan area – a mere 35-minute drive from the Wagner abode in the Metcalfe Park neighborhood of Omaha. So, my message to you here on the blog is this: For fun outdoor activities with friends, family members or co-workers in beautiful, natural settings, you don’t have to go far at all! Find out from us at Game and Parks what’s in your big backyard! Here are a few more pics of the Platte for you to enjoy. You’re in the kayak in the first one, you’re watching my friend Carly kicking back on her boat in the second one, and you’re getting ready to follow the crew reading the main channel in the third!

For details on floating the river, click this link: http://www.outdoornebraska.ne.gov/trails/WaterTrails/pdf/PlatteRiver.pdf For kayak/canoe rental info, click here: http://www.outdoornebraska.ne.gov/trails/WaterTrails/pdf/River_Outfitters_Updated_2010.pdf See you on the Platte!

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About greg wagner

A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Public Information Officer and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media sites, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!

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