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Main ramp area upgrades continue at Merritt SRA

Declining water levels at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area near Valentine has provided the opportunity for additional upgrades to the main ramp area. The work will result in temporary closure of the ramp.

Upgrades include extending the concrete boat ramp to accommodate safe low-water elevation launching, installing a new dock and rail system, and extending the breakwater off Willow Cove to protect the ramp area.

Construction will take place over the next few weeks, weather and water-level depending. 

The Beeds Landing and Cedar Bay boat ramps remain open and usable at the state recreation area. Smaller vessels also can use the Powderhorn ramp.

Find a map of the available boat ramps at OutdoorNebraska.org/MerrittReservoir

The project is funded by the Aquatic Habitat Program, supported by anglers through the purchase of the Aquatic Habitat Stamp. The program restores water bodies, but also improves boat and angler access. Learn more at OutdoorNebraska.org/AquaticHabitatProgram.

For questions about this project, email ngpc.boataccess@nebraska.gov.

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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