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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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Missouri River Outdoor Expo is Sept. 16-17 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – With more than 90 hands-on activities that showcase outdoor education, sports and recreation, there is something for everyone at the Missouri River Outdoor Expo Sept. 16-17 at Ponca State Park. Those who attend the expo will be able to try a variety of outdoor activities, including archery, kayaking, fishing and more. The expo will also include live wildlife exhibits, exhibition shooting, a canine aquatics competition, a lumberjack show and much more. All activities are offered at no …

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Wetland conditions variable across Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – The conditions of wetlands across the state are varied, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. On Sept. 1, Game and Parks released a report on the status of Rainwater Basin wetlands, as well as pumping plans for the teal season. While conditions were good in some areas, they were dry in others. “Some areas have received a lot of rain, especially in the eastern Rainwater Basin north of Interstate 80 and the southwest part of …

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Incident at Calamus is reminder to Clean, Drain and Dry

LINCOLN, Neb. – A recent incident at central Nebraska’s Calamus Reservoir is a reminder for all water users – especially boaters – to clean, drain and dry their equipment after every use, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. A catfish tournament at Calamus attracted anglers from several states. A Game and Parks aquatic invasive species technician inspected the boat of a nonresident participant and discovered zebra mussel shells in the boat live well. The boat previously had been …

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Northern bobwhite abundance increases statewide

LINCOLN, Neb. – Northern bobwhite abundance has increased statewide compared to 2016, while pheasant abundance appears similar to last year and prairie grouse numbers have declined, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Upland Game Hunting Outlook. The outlook is based on spring and summer upland game surveys, and conditions reported by biologists. Regional weather events that could impact populations are considered. Northern bobwhite abundance increased in most regions of the state compared to 2016. The Southeast, East Central, …

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Family Fun Night scheduled at Wagon Train SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – Bring the entire family to Wagon Train State Recreation Area for a fun night of outdoor activities Sept. 12. Family Fun Night will include fishing, tomahawk throwing, astronomy, Project Wild nature activities, aerial archery and hiking. This free two-hour event begins at 6 p.m. Register at register-ed.com/events/view/108694. Wagon Train is located 2 miles east of Hickman in Lancaster County. A park entry permit is required, as well as a fishing license for anglers age 16 and older.

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