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Boating safety courses offered across Nebraska in June

LINCOLN, Neb. – With summer approaching, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds boaters to be mindful of the state’s education requirements for boating. Nebraska law requires any motorboat or personal watercraft operator born after Dec. 31, 1985 to complete one of the two types of boating safety courses and be in possession of a course certificate. Operators must be at least 14 years old to drive motorboats and personal watercraft in Nebraska. The Commission has scheduled required boating safety …

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National Trails Day in state parks is June 3

LINCOLN, Neb. – Get outdoors and celebrate National Trails Day on June 3 in Nebraska’s state parks. Activities will be held in three state park areas to commemorate the day. Ash Hollow State Historical Park (SHP) – Meet at the picnic area at 10 a.m. for a 3-mile guided hike through the park along the historic Oregon Trail. Refreshments will be served following the hike. The park is located 3 miles southeast of Lewellen in Garden County. Indian Cave State …

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Lied Bridge to close temporarily for repairs

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Lied Platte River Bridge, a pedestrian bridge that spans the Platte River near South Bend, will temporarily close for repairs at the end of May. The Sarpy County side of the bridge will close beginning May 31 for pavement and abutment repairs. Construction is expected to last about a month. There will still be limited access to the Cass County side. The Lied Platte River Bridge was initially used by the Rock Island Railroad. After the …

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Ponca State Park aquatic center grand opening June 3

LINCOLN, Neb. – The public is invited to the grand opening of the new aquatic center at Ponca State Park on June 3. A welcome will kick off the event at 11 a.m., with guest speakers and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The aquatic center will open at noon, with food and concessions available. Family activities will start at 1 p.m. The aquatic center, which replaces a swimming pool that was built in 1956, can accommodate 250 people and showcases a combination …

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Boat ramp improvements planned at Twin Lakes WMA

LINCOLN, Neb. – Angler access improvements are planned this summer at Twin Lakes Wildlife Management Area in north-central Nebraska. New boat ramp facilities will be built at both north and south Twin lakes. South Twin will have an access road, parking area and walkways to a restroom and a concrete boat ramp built at this accessible launch facility. North Twin will have a gravel access road, rocked parking area and concrete boat ramp. Work should begin in early June and …

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Start summer with fun activities at Platte River SP, Louisville SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – Kick off the summer with some fun family activities at Platte River State Park and Louisville State Recreation Area. — The Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex at Platte River SP will have an open house May 26 from 4-8 p.m. Come to the shooting range for an evening of fun, with most of the activities free. — Students who have completed the online hunter education certification can take a Hunt Safe Session at Platte River …

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Conservation officers to conduct special patrols

LINCOLN, Neb. – From June through August, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conservation officers, in conjunction with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol, will conduct special enforcement patrols focusing on state recreation areas (SRA) and other Commission-managed property in Lancaster County. The special patrols will focus on reducing the potential for alcohol-related vehicle and boat accidents around Branched Oak SRA, Pawnee SRA, Bluestem SRA, Wagon Train SRA, Stagecoach SRA and Wildwood Wildlife Management Area. The efforts …

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June outdoor calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in June. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. June 1 – Underwater spearfishing season begins at Box Butte Reservoir and on private waters June 1-30 – Archery paddlefish season June 2 – Final day eligible landowners may apply for one elk permit June 3 – National Trails Day, Indian …

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Join Family Nature Club in Norfolk this summer

LINCOLN, Neb. – Get outside and get dirty like you did when you were a child. This summer, the Family Nature Club will provide that opportunity. A Family Nature Club event will take place June 8, July 6, July 13 and Aug. 3 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Outdoor Classroom, located at 2201 N. 13th St. in Norfolk. “Everyone needs an evening of unstructured play,” said Jamie Bachmann, wildlife education assistant. “At the outdoor classroom, you can climb …

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