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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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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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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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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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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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Health alert in effect for Bluestem Lake, lifted at Willow Creek

LINCOLN, Neb. – A health alert remains in effect for Bluestem Lake in Lancaster County. A health advisory has been lifted at Willow Creek Lake in Pierce County. During water testing last week, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality detected elevated toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms in Bluestem Lake. While toxin levels were lower this week, health alerts are not lifted until algal toxin levels have measured below advisory concentration for two consecutive weeks. Visitors to Bluestem State …

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Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union to meet in Ogallala

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Ornithologists Union (NOU), a statewide group of birders and bird-watchers, will hold its annual fall meeting Sept. 15-17 in Ogallala. This event is open to members and nonmembers. The event will include field trips in which birders will try to record as many bird species as possible and presentations about Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area and bird research. Register at noubirds.org/Meetings/Next.aspx and learn more information on the meeting. The deadline is Sept. 1. To discover …

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