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Hudson Lake, Blue Lake closed to fishing

ALLIANCE, Neb. — Warmer temperatures have caused muddy road conditions and consequently the closure of the two-track pasture trails leading to two Sandhills lakes, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. They are Blue Lake in Garden County and Hudson Lake in Cherry County.

The closure likely marks the season’s end at Hudson Lake, a 160-acre private body of water 27 miles southeast of Valentine near Big Alkali Lake Wildlife Management Area. It is open to the public only for ice fishing.

The road to Blue Lake, which is near Crescent Lake Wildlife Management Area 22 miles north of Oshkosh, will be reopened when road conditions improve.

Access to both lakes is made possible because of agreements with landowners. The closures help prevent damage to the roads on private property.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is urging all ice anglers to use caution as warming temperatures this week are sure to take their toll on ice statewide. More information, including fishing permits and regulations, may be found at outdoornebraska.org.

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About justin haag

Justin Haag serves the Panhandle as a public information officer for the Commission, also 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 enjoy introducing their two children to the many outdoor recreational opportunities of the Pine Ridge region.

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