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Celebrate Game and Parks’ aquatic habitat program with Day at the Lake

Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for a Day at the Lake, a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Aquatic Habitat Program at the recently renovated Conestoga State Recreation Area, just southwest of Lincoln.

A Day at the Lake, set for 3 to 7 p.m. June 18, will offer opportunities to fish from the bank or by kayak, experience fly-fishing or bowfishing — as well as the chance to use a stand-up paddleboard with PaddleLyfe, go kayaking or take a pontoon tour of the lake.

Participants may bring their own tackle, or use bait and tackle provided by Game and Parks. Volunteers will be available to help guests fish. Those age 16 and older will need a valid Nebraska fishing permit and can get one at OutdoorNebraska.org.

Anglers can talk with biologists and consultants who designed the renovation and learn about new features and fish species in the lake.

The Aquatic Habitat Program, funded by anglers, was the first of its kind in the nation when implemented. The program works to enhance aquatic ecosystems by implementing restoration techniques in-lake and in the watersheds that feed them. In addition to improving aquatic habitat and water quality, the program also works vigorously to improve boat and bank angler access at Nebraska waterbodies.

Conestoga Lake was the site of the largest Aquatic Habitat Program project in the program’s 25-year history. The fishery now offers largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, walleye and tiger muskellunge. Access enhancements included a new boat launch facility, separate kayak launch area, several new fishing piers and pads, and Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible features to get anglers closer to deep water.

Learn more about the rehabilitation and the program at OutdoorNebraska.org/AquaticHabitatProgram.

And then grab some sunscreen, get your park entry permit at OutdoorNebraska.org, and head to the lake for a day of fun.

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