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Merritt Reservoir’s Main Landing temporarily closed

LINCOLN, Neb. – The construction of a new boat-launch facility at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area’s Main Landing has begun. The Main Landing area will be closed temporarily. Reservoir water levels are typically at their lowest now, following irrigation season. This will facilitate the construction of the new ramp, as well as a protective rock breakwater adjacent to the parking area for the old high-water ramp. Construction will continue into mid-October as the reservoir refills. An alternate fish-cleaning station is …

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Fall wild turkey season opens Sept. 15

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska’s fall wild turkey season begins Sept. 15, giving hunters a chance to harvest two turkeys on a single permit. Nebraska offers unlimited and affordable permits (youth permits are just $8) and a long season (through Jan. 31). Each hunter can buy up to two permits. Turkeys can be found in every county of the state, and hunters will find opportunities on more than 500,000 acres of public and public access land in Nebraska. Visit outdoornebraska.gov/wildturkey or …

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Health alert in effect for Bluestem Lake

LINCOLN, Neb. – A health alert remains in effect for Bluestem Lake in Lancaster County. During water testing, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality detected elevated toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms in Bluestem Lake. Visitors to Bluestem State Recreation Area 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 are urged to keep pets out of the water and not allow …

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Hunters may enter lottery for deer hunting access on central Platte

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. Fifty-six hunters will be chosen from a random drawing in early October and allowed to hunt deer on designated PRRA lands Nov. 16-19. Applications, limited to one per person, will be accepted by mail or in person at the Game and Parks service center in Kearney …

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Northern third of Langdon Bend WMA closed

LINCOLN, Neb. – The northern third of Langdon Bend Wildlife Management Area (WMA), on the riverward side of the levee, is closed until further notice. That portion of the WMA, located east of Auburn along the Missouri River in Nemaha County, is closed for safety reasons because of a bank-widening project. “Langdon is a large WMA and still offers excellent hunting opportunity on a major portion of the area still open to public access,” said Mike Remund, Nebraska Game and …

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Hiding painted rocks in state parks violates regulation

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Game and Parks officials ask that visitors to Nebraska’s state parks and recreation areas refrain from hiding painted rocks so others may find and re-hide them. The practice of hiding rocks with painted messages is becoming more common at state and national parks across the United States, including in Nebraska. Placing rocks in parks distracts from an area’s natural beauty,” said Jim Swenson, state parks administrator for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Additionally, the practice …

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Enjoy a free concert at Fremont Lakes SRA Sept. 30

LINCOLN, Neb. – Bring the entire family to Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area for a free concert on Sept. 30. The Continental Drift Music Festival, to be held from 2-10 p.m., features artists such as Third Frate, Ten O’clock Scholars, Brother Tandem, Robo Dojo, Edge of Arbor and Kait Erreckman. The festival will be held at the group lodge parking lot at Lake 16. Guests are invited to bring a packed lunch and lawn chairs or blankets. For more information, …

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Game and Parks accepting wildlife viewing grant proposals

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting grant proposals that will enhance watchable wildlife opportunities and nature-based experiences in Nebraska. Watchable Wildlife Grants, funded through the Wildlife Conservation Fund, help to develop wildlife-viewing and nature-based experiences in Nebraska. The intent of these grants is to help people build appreciation and stewardship for natural resources through practical experience. Individuals, nonprofit, governmental, and for-profit entities are encouraged and eligible to apply. Potential projects include, but are not limited …

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Celebrate Halloween at a state park

LINCOLN, Neb. – Make your Halloween truly memorable this year and celebrate at a state park. Throughout October, Nebraska state parks and recreation areas will host more than a dozen family-friendly events filled with Halloween fun. Events include: – Howl in the Hills Night Hike, Oct. 14, Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area: Experience the Wildcat Hills like never before, at night. Discover all the creatures that go “bump” in the night during a half-mile hike. – 22nd Annual Haunted Hollow …

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Health alert in effect for Bluestem Lake

LINCOLN, Neb. – A health alert remains in effect for Bluestem Lake in Lancaster County. During water testing this week, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality detected elevated toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms in Bluestem Lake. Visitors to Bluestem State Recreation Area 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 are urged to keep pets out of the water and …

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