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Water Flowing to Chadron State Park Pond

Chadron State Park Pond
The Chadron State Park pond begins to fill with water, signifying that the renovation project is nearing completion. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

Water has begun flowing into the Chadron State Park pond, signifying that the renovation of the two-acre lagoon is nearing completion.

Workers from Fuller Construction and park employees began diverting water Thursday morning from nearby Chadron Creek. The pond is expected to fill within 15-20 days, making it ready for fishing and paddle-boating during the summer tourism season.

The pond has been empty for the construction project since it was drained in fall 2013. While empty, workers repaired its dilapidated outlet structure, removed eroded sediment and lined it with impermeable clay. With the removal of about 12,000 cubic yards of sediment, the pond will now hold 10 acre-feet of water instead of the previous four acre-feet. It will be about 13 feet deep when full.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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