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Road Opened to Blue Lake

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has opened the access road to Blue Lake in the Sandhills of Garden County.

The 2.7-mile two-track trail through private property has been impassable in recent weeks because of high water in the area. Joe Rydell, a Commission fisheries biologist, said portions of the trail have been rerouted to higher elevations to make the lake accessible.

Blue Lake is a popular fishing destination 22 miles north of Oshkosh near the Crescent Lake Wildlife Management Area and Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Because access to the lake is allowed only through a lease agreement with the landowner, Commission officials ask that visitors be especially mindful of rules, such as staying on the trail and closing all gates behind them.

The lake is open only during daylight hours and allows no camping, hunting, ATVs, horses or littering. Only four-wheel drive vehicles are allowed and heavy use of the trail can cause it to become impassable.

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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