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Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

Willow Creek, Rockford lakes remain on health alert

LINCOLN, Neb. – Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County and Rockford Lake in Gage County remain on health alert. During water testing earlier this week, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality detected elevated toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms in both lakes. Visitors to Willow Creek and Rockford Lake state recreation areas (SRA) should avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing, jet skiing, etc. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing and camping are OK. Dog owners …

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Adult zebra mussels confirmed in Cunningham Lake

LINCOLN, Neb. – The presence of adult zebra mussels in Omaha’s Cunningham Lake has been confirmed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. As a result, the lake now is listed as an infested water body. Microscopic young zebra mussels – or veligers – recently were detected in a water sample collected at Cunningham Lake by Game and Parks. Additional sampling found zebra mussels in various stages of development, including adults. A zebra mussel is an aquatic invasive species that …

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Floating playground to open Aug. 1 at Louisville State Recreation Area

LINCOLN, Neb. – A new floating playground will open Aug. 1 at Louisville State Recreation Area (SRA). One of the only floating playgrounds in the region, this new addition to Lake No. 2 offers a climbing wall, monkey bars and other obstacles sure to challenge and entertain guests of all skill levels. “This is truly a unique feature,” said Jim Swenson, parks administrator for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “Guests will be challenged, get wet and make memories, while …

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Fort Atkinson event to include Air Force flyover, Native American demonstrations

LINCOLN, Neb. – Visitors to Fort Atkinson State Historical Park in Fort Calhoun have long enjoyed the park’s rich tradition of living history. During an Aug. 4-5 event, visitors also will get to see something new for the park: an Air Force flyover and Native American dancers. A TC-135 aircraft from the 55th Wing at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue will make the flyover Aug. 4 at 12:15 p.m. In addition, Steve Tamayo, a Sicangu Lakota artist and consultant …

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Squirrel season a great introduction for new hunters

LINCOLN, Neb. – Small game, particularly squirrel, is a great way to introduce youth or novices to hunting. Skills, equipment and licensing are more basic than other types of hunting. “A hand-me-down .22 rifle or smaller gauge shotgun and almost any hardwood stand of trees can offer a successful endeavor for a new hunter,” Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Hunter Education Coordinator Jackson Ellis said. Squirrel season – Aug. 1 through Jan. 31, 2019 – is the first of Nebraska’s …

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Willow Creek, Rockford lakes on health alert

LINCOLN, Neb. – A health alert has been issued for Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County and Rockford Lake in Gage County. Rockford Lake remains on health alert for the second straight week. During water testing earlier this week, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality detected elevated toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms in both lakes. Visitors to Willow Creek and Rockford Lake state recreation areas (SRA) should avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing, jet …

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Sutherland team wins high school bass tournament

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Sutherland team of brothers Hunter and Jaron Cooper won the Bass Federation – Student Angler Federation Nebraska High School Bass Tournament Championship at Lewis and Clark Lake’s Weigand Marina on July 21. The team, coached by Kent Priel, caught five fish weighing a total of 12 pounds, 4 ounces. A Star City Anglers team from Wahoo took second place. Colton Kelle of Beatrice and McKael Gollin of Firth caught five fish weighing 9 pounds, 13 ounces. …

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August outdoor calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in August. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. July 31-Aug. 2 – Learn to Hunt Camp, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln Aug. 1 – Squirrel hunting season opens Aug. 1 – Registration begins for Harvest Information Program Aug. 1 – Family Fishing Event, Mormon Island State …

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Game and Parks Omaha office closed until further notice after fire

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Omaha service center will be closed until further notice. The office, located at 8495 Frederick St., was damaged when the Popcorn Shop, located in the same shopping center, caught fire early Monday morning. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Game and Parks staff were evaluating the extent of the damage to the Omaha office Monday morning. It is unclear how long the office will remain closed. In the meantime, …

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Branched Oak habitat tour to focus on brush removal, mulching

LINCOLN, Neb. – Participate in a free workshop on brush removal and mulching July 26 near Branched Oak State Recreation Area. Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host this habitat tour from 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Branched Oak Maintenance Shop, 13401 W. Branched Oak Road. The tour will include demonstrations of brush removal techniques, chipping and mulch dispersal. Contact Bruce Sprague for more information at 402-335-7531 or bruce.sprague@ne.usda.gov.

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