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Private event cancelled at Lake Minatare

LINCOLN, Neb. – A private event that would have affected two entrances at Lake Minatare State Recreation Area (SRA) Sept. 27-29 has been cancelled. Park staff expected that the West Wind and Lake View (Lighthouse) entrances to Lake Minatare SRA would be closed to public access periodically throughout the two days. These and all other park entrances will remain open Sept. 27-29. All vehicles entering Lake Minatare SRA must have a valid state park permit. -30-

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Youth hunters invited to Youth Hunter Education Challenge at Platte River State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. — Youth over the age of 11 who have successfully completed hunter education are invited to take part in Nebraska’s state Youth Hunter Education Challenge. The Youth Hunter Education Challenge, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 15, will allow youth to compete for prizes in a simulated hunting experience. The event, which is sponsored by the National Rifle Association, will help youth build their skills, get real-world hunting experience and learn about hunter safety and …

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Lone Eagle Campground to close for upgrades beginning Sept. 19

LINCOLN, Neb. — Lone Eagle Campground at Lake McConaughy State Recreation area will be closed to the public starting Sept. 19 for camping site upgrades. The closure will allow construction crews to complete installation of a wastewater and drinking water system, which will bring RV dump and fill locations to each of the 84 sites. In 2013, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission received a $740,000 appropriation from the Nebraska Legislature to upgrade all 84 camping sites at Lone Eagle …

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City Foxes

city foxes

A Facebook post leads to a mystery being solved. by Cara Pesek City Foxes Whether or not they’re distracted by a freshly killed chicken, foxes are more common in Lincoln and other cities than one might think, said Sam Wilson, the furbearer and carnivore program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.  Foxes compete with larger canids, such as coyotes, for habitat and prey. Coyotes kill foxes when they have the chance, Wilson said. But coyotes are less likely …

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State parks and recreation areas sustain storm damage

LINCOLN, Neb. — Strong storms Friday evening caused damage at state parks and recreation areas in Dodge, Lancaster, Cass, Saunders and Sarpy counties, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. High winds and heavy rain caused damage to trees, as well as power outages and minor damage to structures at virtually all state parks and recreation areas from Fremont, south to Lincoln and Omaha. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission crews were working to clean up fallen trees and other …

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Public invited to Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala open house on June 28

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host an open house to share updates on current and future activities as part of the 20-year Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Management Plan recently adopted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners. The open house will take place on June 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. Mountain Time at the Lake McConaughy Visitor Center/Water Interpretive Center. Nebraska Game and Parks staff will share information on and answer questions about …

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Commissioners prepare for full agenda at June meeting

LINCOLN, Neb. – Three public hearings will take place when the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission meets June 22 in Gering. The meeting will start at 8 a.m. in the Gering Civic Center, 1050 M St. The first hearing will allow for public input on the creation of regulations for the Killdeer Wildlife Management Area (WMA) sight-in range in Lancaster County, and the restriction of centerfire rifles or handguns on a portion of Bordeaux Creek WMA in Dawes County. Public …

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Join the Great Park Pursuit for a Nebraska outdoor adventure

LINCOLN – Enjoy an outdoor adventure with family or friends and experience Nebraska parks by joining The Great Park Pursuit (GPP) for a chance to win prizes. The goal of GPP, a partnership between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Recreation and Park Association, is to promote active lifestyles while increasing awareness of the state’s nature-rich outdoor recreation opportunities. This is done by encouraging participants to visit up to 20 GPP sites located across Nebraska between May …

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Dump station to temporarily close at Niobrara State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – The dump station at Niobrara State Park will be unavailable from May 8-18, 2017.  During that time, compression concrete testing will take place at the dump station site. This testing is part of a park-wide road renovation project that will add an asphalt overlay to the approximately 7 ¾ miles of roads within the park.  All vehicles entering the park must have a valid Nebraska park entry permit. Permits are available at outdoornebraska.org, as well as at …

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Buckskin Hills WMA boat ramp temporarily closed for replacement

LINCOLN, Neb. – The boat ramp at Buckskin Hills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is closed temporarily through the remainder of May. The existing boat ramp will be replaced and concrete parking pads will be added by the end of the month. Anglers are encouraged to use Powder Creek Reservoir in Dixon County, Chalkrock Lake WMA in Cedar County, or Kramper Lake in Dakota County as alternatives until construction is complete. Buckskin Hills WMA is located 5 miles southwest of Newcastle …

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