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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.

Road leading to Rock Creek Lake SRA reopens

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The section of Rock Creek Road leading into Rock Creek Lake State Recreation Area and to Rock Creek State Fish Hatchery has been reopened. The road was assessed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and cleared for reopening by the Dundy County Roads Department. Users of the road are advised to use caution as there are a few soft spots in the road surface and the road shoulders. For more information on Rock Creek Lake State …

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Nebraska state fish hatcheries remain closed

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Due to heavy visitor traffic, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds guests that the state’s five fish hatcheries remain closed. For the safety of staff, the following hatcheries remain closed until further notice: Rock Creek in Dundy County, North Platte in Lincoln County, Valentine in Cherry County and Calamus in Garfield County. The buildings at the Grove Trout Rearing Station in Antelope County are closed, while the grounds are open. The hatcheries will continue to produce …

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Hunters may enter lottery for deer hunting access on central Platte River

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters may enter a lottery to gain deer hunting access to Platte River Recreation Access (PRRA) lands in the central Platte River Valley, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Forty-seven hunters will be chosen from a random drawing in early September and allowed to hunt deer on designated PRRA lands Nov. 16-22, 2020. Applications, limited to one per person, will be accepted by mail or drop box at the Game and Parks service center in …

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Whether releasing or keeping, handle fish with care

By Jerry Kane Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Whether you intend to release a fish you catch or you plan to legally keep it, the fish should be handled properly. For the fish’s sake – and yours. Any caught fish that you do not intend to keep should be returned to the water immediately with as little stress to the fish as possible. That means minimal handling of the fish. One thing can make handling fish challenging: Fish are slimy, …

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Temporary waiver for online Hunter Education still in place

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LINCOLN, Neb. – With fall hunting seasons coming up, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters of temporary Hunter Education changes from which they can benefit. Until further notice, online-only Hunter Education courses, without the Hunt Safe Session requirement, is allowed for ages 11 and older in Nebraska. Youth ages 11-15 who take the online Hunter Education course normally are required to attend a two-hour Hunt Safe Session before they can receive a certificate of completion. That Hunt Safe …

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Damaged Calamus boat ramp closed temporarily

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The west lane of the Nunda Shoals boat ramp at Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area in Loup County is closed temporarily due to damage. The lane will remain closed at least until the water level drops low enough so park staff can assess the damage to the boat ramp. The east lane of the ramp remains open. To view an interactive map of other boat ramps available at Calamus or across Nebraska, visit Maps.OutdoorNebraska.gov/Boating. A park entry …

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Game and Parks receives NET grant for Natural Legacy Project

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has been awarded a $315,000 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project: New Approaches to Biodiversity Conservation. The Nebraska Natural Legacy Project has been the blueprint for conservation of Nebraska’s plants, animals, and natural habitats since 2005. The plan identifies at-risk species, threats to those species, conservation actions, and prioritizes Biologically Unique Landscapes (BULs) for effectively conserving Nebraska’s biodiversity. Natural Legacy partners have worked with hundreds …

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Wagon Train Lake, Willow Creek Reservoir remain on health alert

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A health alert for harmful algal blooms, also known as toxic blue-green algae, remains in effect at Wagon Train Lake in Lancaster County and Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County. Rockford Lake in Gage County has been removed from the list of lakes under health alert. Visitors to Wagon Train and Willow Creek state recreation areas should avoid full-body contact activities that could lead to swallowing water, such as swimming, wading, skiing, jet skiing, etc. Non-contact activities …

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Red Willow’s Willow View boat ramp closed due to damage

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The damaged Willow View boat ramp at Red Willow Reservoir State Recreation Area is expected to be closed for the remainder of the year. A concrete extension to the ramp sloughed away over time, creating a hazard for boat trailers. In addition, the north lane of the Spring Creek Area boat ramp will close for the year starting July 31, as the end of the concrete ramp is getting close to the water line. Two other boat …

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How to plan successful fishing trip

By Larry Pape Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Having a successful fishing trip depends on how you plan for success. Planning will help regardless if your goal is to catch a state record fish, or escape from chores for the day. Remember that some days we catch fish on bare hooks, while others days we just go fishing. Prepare and plan to have fun and you will never be disappointed. The following are few planning tips and hints: Plan where …

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