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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.

Opportunities for outdoor summer fun flourish at Nebraska’s state parks

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraskans looking for outdoor summer fun have numerous options right in their backyard: the state boasts 76 state park areas filled with amazing wildlife and diverse opportunities for outdoor recreation. Nebraska’s state park system has long been a go-to for outdoor recreation. Park areas are carefully managed to support a variety of activities, such as camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, wildlife viewing and more. Excellent equestrian trails at Fort Robinson State Park and Jeep rides at Chadron State …

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See Pony Express re-ride at Rock Creek Station and Fort Kearny state historical parks

LINCOLN, Neb. – Watch the Pony Express ride again June 11-12 at two Nebraska state historical parks. Each year, members of the National Pony Express Association recreate the Pony Express in a commemorative re-ride over a 10-day period. Riders carry letters in a mochila over the original trail. The 1,966-mile, eight-state event is conducted 24 hours a day until the mail is delivered to its destination. Riders will hand off the letters to a fresh team at Rock Creek Station …

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Public urged to leave wildlife babies alone

LINCOLN, Neb. – It is natural for some people who see a young wild animal apparently abandoned by its mother to want to rescue it. The correct course of action is to leave it alone. Here are some rules of thumb from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission regarding wildlife babies: — A lone fawn, or other young bird or mammal, may appear to be abandoned or injured, but the mother frequently is off feeding or drinking. Do not move …

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Roads to Indian Cave State Park’s boat ramp, cave closed temporarily

LINCOLN, Neb. – The access roads to the boat ramp and the historic cave at Indian Cave State Park are closed temporarily due to impacts from rising Missouri River water flows and heavy rainfall in the area. The cave access road is closed due to recent heavy rainfall that caused a portion of the bluff to slide onto the road. Also, portions of hiking trails 10 and 11 adjacent to the landslide area will be closed until they can be …

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Highway from Mullen to Merritt Reservoir SRA closed temporarily

LINCOLN, Neb. – Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area in Cherry County currently is only accessible via Nebraska Highway 97 from Valentine. The highway north from Mullen to Merritt is closed temporarily because of water on the road following recent heavy rains.

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Game and Parks receives NET grant for Cool-Water Stream Management project

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will receive $200,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the Cool-Water Stream Management project. This project involves cooperation with private landowners, government agencies and other organizations to manage and assess cold-water streams in Nebraska. It uses stewardship practices within watersheds and riparian zones, and stream enhancements to provide long-term benefits to landowners and aquatic communities. Public and private streams will be managed and appropriate stream reaches will be demonstration sites, where …

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Rains cause flooding on some southeastern WMAs

LINCOLN, Neb. – Recent heavy rains have caused flooding on some wildlife management areas (WMA) in southeastern Nebraska. Water is over the west road leading into Yankee Hill WMA in Lancaster County, resulting in the road closure until water recedes. Caution should be used when accessing any WMA in southeastern Nebraska because of potentially dangerous water conditions.

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Some access temporarily closed at Big Alkali Lake

LINCOLN, Neb. – High water and forecasted heavy rain at Big Alkali Lake Wildlife Management Area have forced the temporary closure to vehicle access of the rental cabins and recreational vehicle camping pads on the east side of the fish camp. Only foot traffic is allowed. The rest of the area remains open to all access. Access may be closed with little notice due to water over the entrance road.

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Community Fishing Night cancelled at Lincoln’s Holmes Lake

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Community Fishing Night event scheduled for Tuesday, May 28 at Lincoln’s Holmes Lake has been cancelled by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Parking lots and the trail around the lake flooded after heavy rain brought the lake level up. For a complete schedule of other fishing events scheduled by Game and Parks this summer, visit outdoornebraska.gov/familyfishing/.

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Drinking water access restored to Memphis State Recreation Area

LINCOLN, Neb. – Drinking water access has been restored at Memphis State Recreation Area in Saunders County. The area had been without drinking water since 2018 because of groundwater conditions, and guests were asked to bring their own water. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission worked with the Village of Memphis to restore drinking water to the 163-acre area. The area offers primitive camping, fishing, hiking and non-powered boating. A valid Nebraska park entry permit is required for each vehicle …

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