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Public Invited to Open House at Burchard Lake

LINCOLN – The public is invited to an open house to see the new aquatic habitat and fishing access improvements at Burchard Lake. The event is set for Aug. 21 from 5-7 p.m. at Burchard Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The event will be held at the boat ramp on the north side of the lake. Staff from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will be on hand to answer questions. Families are invited to bring their fishing poles, but some …

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Algae Alert Extended at Willow Creek Lake

LINCOLN – A health alert has been extended for Willow Creek Lake in Pierce County after high levels of blue-green algae were detected at the lake earlier this week. High levels of the algae were first detected last week, and a health alert was implemented at the lake. The health alert will remain in effect for at least two weeks. It is recommended that visitors to the lake, located on Willow Creek State Recreation Area, avoid full body contact activities …

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Hubbard Community Celebrates Danish Alps SRA

Thank you to all who attended the grand opening at Danish Alps State Recreation Area (SRA) at the beginning of August. For those who missed it, there’s plenty of summer left to visit this new SRA. Whether you RV, tent or horse camp, Danish Alps offers many amenities, including full hookups for RV campers, an equestrian camping area with electricity, plenty of tent camping sites, ADA cement pads, picnic tables, fire rings and showers. Kramper Lake has been stocked with …

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Angler Access Project Dedication on Aug. 15 at Johnson Lake

LINCOLN – The public is invited to attend the Johnson Lake Angler Access Project Dedication on Aug. 15 at the Gosper County lake’s inlet. The dedication ceremony is set for 11 a.m. A family fishing clinic will take place from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The project was initiated by Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioner Lynn Berggren of Broken Bow and completed in memory of his father, Myron Berggren, and his uncle, Oliver Berggren. The project, completed in May, includes the following …

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Shooting Range Hours Extended at Platte River SP

LINCOLN – Summer hours have been extended through this week at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Complex at Platte River State Park (SP). This week, the facility will be open Tuesday and Thursday from 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Beginning Aug. 15 and running through Oct. 10, the range will be open on weekends only from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The following are special events and openings, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in coming months: Oct. …

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Fort Hartsuff SHP to Celebrate Rally ’Round the Flag, Boys!

LINCOLN – Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park will host the summer celebration Rally ’Round the Flag, Boys! on Aug. 22-23 to commemorate the re-dedication of the newly painted Post flagpole. The flagpole re-dedication will take place at noon on Aug. 22. There will be a flag-raising ceremony and other activities, including a barbeque and watermelon feed from 1-2:30 p.m., horse-drawn wagon rides, Civil War re-enactors, blacksmith demonstrations, music by the Fun Bunch at 2 p.m., and 1860s-style of military training …

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Algae Alert Issued for Willow Creek Lake

LINCOLN – A health alert has been issued for Willow Creek Lake in Pierce County because high levels of blue-green algae were detected at the lake earlier this week. It is recommended that visitors to the lake, located on Willow Creek State Recreation Area (SRA), avoid full-body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing and jet skiing. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing and camping are not affected by the alert. A limited number of vouchers to the swimming pool …

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Game and Parks Accepting 2016 Trail Grant Applications

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting recreational trail grant applications for fiscal year 2016 funding. The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a grant program through the Federal Highway Administration that reimburses political subdivisions such as communities, counties and natural resources districts up to 80 percent of project costs for trail acquisition, development, renovation and support facilities. Applicants must have the financial means to undertake and maintain the project and all funding should be on hand. This …

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Fall Turkey Permits Available Beginning Aug. 10

LINCOLN – Hunters may begin purchasing fall turkey permits Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. Central Time. Permits will be available at OutdoorNebraska.org and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission permitting offices. A fall turkey permit is valid statewide and allows a hunter to harvest two turkeys of either sex with a shotgun or archery equipment. Each hunter may have up to two permits. There is no minimum age requirement for youth. Turkey permits cost, not including an issuing fee, $23 for …

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Game and Parks Accepting Grant Applications for Outdoor Projects

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting grant applications for parks and other outdoor recreation facilities promoting outdoor recreation. The grants are funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a program administered by the National Park Service for outdoor recreation projects. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, baseball fields, soccer fields, swimming pools, picnicking facilities, playgrounds, park acquisition and development, shelter houses and related support facilities. All projects must encourage outdoor recreation. Project …

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