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Victoria Springs gets spruced up in time for centennial celebration

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — Visitors to Victoria Springs, Nebraska’s first state recreation area, will enjoy upgrades at this oasis in the Sandhills just in time for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission parks system centennial celebration. Recent improvements mean campers will have 50-amp electrical service at 21 new camping sites. Additional basic camping sites are available on the south end of the campground. Later this spring, two new concrete latrines also will be installed to enhance the shower house and …

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Prescribed fires set for Schramm Park SRA through April

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Prescribed fires will be conducted at Schramm Park State Recreation Area in Sarpy County through the end of April as weather allows. These fires are part of an ongoing oak woodland restoration project and will help control the spread of invasive plants. Exact dates of the burns, to be conducted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, will depend on conditions. Affected trails and roads in portions of the park will be marked with signs and closed …

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Public feedback encouraged in Dead Timber SRA virtual meeting

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A plan to redevelop the flood-prone Dead Timber State Recreation Area is being created, and the public is encouraged to participate by giving feedback. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host a virtual public meeting via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. Central time on March 23 to outline potential design concepts of the plan and take public comments. Register in advance for the meeting at OutdoorNebraska.gov/DeadTimber. A significant portion of Dead Timber, a 200-acre area in Dodge …

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Anxiously Awaiting The First Morels Of The Season

Tersh Kepler of Omaha, NE is pumped. Really pumped! You see, Tersh is one of the Midwest’s foremost experts on morel mushroom hunting and he says the conditions are aligning for what could be a spectacular morel mushroom hunting year. Even though Nebraska’s landscape has been dry and is still technically in a drought, he highlights three reasons for predicting what might be a banner year for morels. “First, we’re two years after a major flood on river bottoms when …

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Centennial year patch

LINCOLN, Neb. — Every person and every state park has a story to tell, and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wants yours. With the parks system centennial year underway, we want to hear your best and unforgettable experiences. Your epic camping fails. Your firsts: time on a horse, ski attempt, wildlife encounter or living history adventure. We want to hear your sentimental memories and your “never again” moments experienced at one of Nebraska’s 78 state park areas or trails. …

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Infrastructure upgrades highlight Lake Minatare projects

MINATARE, Neb. – When camping season hits its stride, visitors to Lake Minatare State Recreation Area will enjoy many improvements that were made in 2020. At Lake View, the area of the park that features the 55-foot lighthouse observation tower, workers have replaced the shower’s wastewater system and upgraded electrical service to campsites. Dan Thornton, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission superintendent who manages the park, said the projects may not be obvious to the naked eye, but that they …

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Repairs completed on two boat ramps in northeast Nebraska parks

LINCOLN, Neb. – Boating prospects in northeast Nebraska are looking up with the completion of two state park area projects in 2020. The completion of a second boat ramp at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area’s Weigand Marina will alleviate long lines of boats waiting to put in or take out. The marina at the state’s second-largest lake has had two boat ramps, but this past season, one ramp has been out of service. The $390,000 project is funded by Capital …

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New shelter constructed at Merritt Reservoir

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VALENTINE, Neb. – Visitors to Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area have a new place to gather the shade. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission recently installed a new 988-square-foot shelter at the Cedar Bay area. The $100,000 cost of the project was equally divided between the Game and Parks Capital Maintenance Fund and a grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Cedar Bay, which features 46 campsites, is one of eight campgrounds at the 2,900-acre reservoir. The new shelter is …

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Investment in outdoor recreation continues at Lake McConaughy

LINCOLN, Neb. – Visitors to Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala state recreation areas in 2021 will continue to see improvements to infrastructure, amenities, facilities and accessibility around the two popular reservoirs. Projects the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has scheduled for construction in 2021 are: • A large boating access project at Martin Bay and Cedar View has begun and will include improvements, such as new boat ramps and docks, accessible parking, a fish-cleaning station, restrooms and area lighting. The …

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Many improvements coming to Fort Robinson State Park

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CRAWFORD, Neb. – In addition to a $1.27 million campground expansion, a long list of other improvements is in the works at Fort Robinson State Park. Many of the items are maintenance on the park’s buildings, most of which date back to the 1800s when the park was a base for the U.S. Cavalry and which now serve as lodging, but there is some new construction, too. “Providing the modern amenities that park goers want in a place that has …

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