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Enders’ Center Dam Boat Ramp Can Launch Small Craft

LINCOLN – Because of a rising lake level following recent rains, the boat ramp at the Center Dam Area of Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area (SRA) can be used for launching small boats and personal watercraft. The dock has been put in place and the boat ramp, which has been out of service approximately a year because of a low lake level, can accommodate small boats that don’t require a lot of water to launch and low-profile trailers. Enders Reservoir …

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Rimfire Sporter Rifle Clinic Scheduled at Platte River SP

LINCOLN – Learn all aspects of rimfire sporter rifle shooting at a clinic at Platte River State Park this summer. Choose from clinics on June 8 and 10, July 13 and 15, and Aug. 10 and 12. They will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex. Participants will learn safe rifle handling and range procedures, sight picture and alignment, competitive shooting rules, proper use of a sling, natural point of aim, and shooting …

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Beyond BOW Outdoor Adventures Available

LINCOLN – Women looking for new adventures or a fun-filled weekend with friends and family can find what they’re looking for in Becoming an Outdoors-Woman activities in Nebraska. Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, or BOW for short, teaches outdoor skills to women of all ages and experiences in a fun and welcoming environment. BOW activities are a great way for women to develop new outdoor skills while surrounded by like-minded in the beautiful setting of a Nebraska state park or recreation areas. …

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Boating Ban Still in Place at Bridgeport SRA’s Center Lake

LINCOLN – The temporary boating ban on Center Lake at Bridgeport State Recreation Area remains in effect until further notice. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission recently enacted the ban because of moose activity in the area. Officials say there has been a regular occurrence of at least one moose in and around Center Lake, the largest body of water in the park that is most often used by boaters. A moose has been known to visit an island at …

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Archery, Shooting Events Available for Women in June

LINCOLN – Women interested in learning all aspects of archery shooting are invited to participate in a series of classes this summer at Platte River State Park. The Beyond Becoming and Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program will host classes each Wednesday in June from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex. The cost is $5 per class. A park entry permit is required. The class schedule: June 3 – Introduction to Archery; June 10 – Shopping for Women’s …

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Platte River SP Education Complex Open House Is May 22

LINCOLN – The Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex at Platte River State Park will have an open house May 22 with free activities. From 4-8 p.m., visitors may try pellet gun, archery, atlatl throwing and sling shot for free. This family-friendly facility also has a small-bore rifle range, a shotgun trap and five-stand sporting clays range. The complex’s summer hours begin May 23 and run through Aug. 9. It will be open to the public Monday, Wednesday and …

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Moose Triggers Temporary Boating Ban at Bridgeport Lake

Officials of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission have implemented a temporary boating ban on Center Lake at Bridgeport State Recreation Area because of moose activity in the area. Officials say there has been a regular occurrence of at least one moose in and around Center Lake, the largest body of water in the park that is most often used by boaters. A moose has been known to visit an island at the lake in recent weeks. “It’s unfortunate that …

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Game and Parks Urges Safety While Boating

LINCOLN – With the busiest boating season of the year just around the corner, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds the public of ways to stay safe on the water this summer. Boaters should not take safety for granted. Since May 16-22 has been declared Nebraska Boating Safety Week by Gov. Pete Ricketts, the Boating Safety Section of Game and Parks suggests ways boaters may reduce the risk of incidents and help ensure a safe and enjoyable day on …

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Commission Holds Meeting at Lake McConaughy

LINCOLN – Nebraska’s second largest tourism attraction, Lake McConaughy, was the location of the May 15 Nebraska Game and Parks Commission meeting. The meeting took place at the Visitor and Interpretive Center. The Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (RMBO) reported on its work with partners to conserve birds in Nebraska and across the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. RMBO collaborates with Game and Parks through Nebraska Prairie Partners. Current work on mountain plovers, a shorebird of national concern and listed as …

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Free Entry Day Activities Planned for Panhandle Parks

Parks throughout the Panhandle are planning special activities for Free Park Entry and Fishing Day on Saturday, May 16. Free Park Entry and Fishing Day is an annual opportunity in which the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission allows fishing and entry to parks without requiring permits. It provides an opportunity for people to experience the state’s diverse park areas and fishing resources free of charge. Following is a list of special activities at the region’s State Parks, State Recreation Areas …

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