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Nebraska’s Fishing State Park?

When discussing Fort Robinson State Park, fishing may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Perhaps it should be. Tall buttes rising over pine forests and sweeping grasslands. Herds of bison, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and other megafauna. Historical architecture. Theatrical performances, weekly rodeos, two museums, cookouts and an indoor swimming pool. More than 120 miles of trails suited for horse hooves and hiking shoes. With so much to see and do at Fort Robinson State Park, it is …

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Venture Outdoors for an Adventure this Autumn in Nebraska!

Unquestionably, fall in Nebraska is one of the best times of the year to spend outdoors. Truth be known, it is my favorite season! The days are definitely getting shorter, the air is getting crisper, the crop harvest has started; the leaves and other foliage are beginning to transform into canopies of deep orange, bright yellow, and brilliant red. The brilliant red leaves of smooth sumac in the fall at Schramm Park State Recreation Are near Gretna, NE. Photo by …

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Enjoy Halloween fun in Nebraska state parks in October

LINCOLN, Neb. — State park areas are wonderful places to celebrate Halloween in Nebraska. Many of them have family-friendly activities on weekends in October. This year is no exception. Aside from Halloween-themed events at parks, enthusiasts of history and crafts will find activities to enjoy in October. See what opportunities for adventure you can find. Learn more at YourNebraskaParks100.org. A park entry permit is required of each vehicle entering a state park area. Living History Scheduled Oct. 2-3 at Fort …

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Electrical upgrades coming to Box Butte Reservoir

Aerial photo of Box Butte Reservoir

HEMINGFORD, Neb. — Campers at Box Butte Reservoir State Recreation Area will have to go without electricity for a while, but they will have more juice when the wait is over. Beginning Oct. 1, all of the electrical camping sites at Box Butte will be closed while construction workers upgrade six sites from 30 to 50 amps. The upgrades will result in all of the lake’s 14 electrical sites having 50-amp service. The campground’s 40 non-electrical sites will remain open …

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Deadline to take state park survey is Oct. 4

Park survey graphic

LINCOLN, Neb. – Visitors to Nebraska state parks have until Oct. 4 to take a survey online to share their experiences this summer. More than 4,000 park users have completed the survey since April, when crews started conducting surveys in select state parks. Additional responses will only help the study, survey organizers say. “Public feedback helps our agency make informed and intentional decisions that enhance experiences within our state park system,” said Hannah Jones, assistant planning division administrator for the …

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Boardwalk construction to begin at Indian Cave State Park

LINCOLN, Nebraska — Construction will begin Sept. 20 at Indian Cave State Park to replace the boardwalk that was damaged by landslides in 2019. Flooding at that time caused numerous landslides and resulted in the removal of a section of the boardwalk leading up to the cave that bears prehistoric Native American petroglyphs. Those rock carvings previously could be viewed from the boardwalk that extends the length of the cave wall. The boardwalk has been inaccessible since May 2019. Construction …

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Scout’s Rest Ranch Landmark Celebration

NORTH PLATTE, Neb – This Saturday, Sept. 18, is the Scout’s Rest Ranch Landmark Celebration at Buffalo Bill State Historical Park celebrating 100-years of Nebraska State Parks. The free festivities start at 9 a.m. with a historical scavenger hunt. Tours of the Cody mansion begin at 10 a.m. followed by old fashioned games at 11:30. At noon enjoy hayrack rides and a buffalo chip throwing contest. A plaque unveiling by the National Park Service and Nebraska State Parks will be …

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Game and Parks seeks input on Buffalo Bill draft master plan

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking input on a draft master plan being developed to improve Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park and State Recreation Area in North Platte. The master plan covers potential new development, programming and recreational activities that enhance the experience for future visitors. The plan incorporates new interpretation and programming goals centered around the life of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and his home at Scout’s Rest Ranch. The public is …

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Arbor Lodge SHP to host final signature event Oct. 1-2

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park (SHP) mansion in Nebraska City, Otoe County.

LINCOLN, Neb. – Help Nebraska state parks wrap up their summerlong centennial celebration by attending a final signature event Oct. 1-2 at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City. Guests may compete in Baskets and Blankets: An Evening Harvest Picnic contest on Oct. 1 for a chance to win a custom picnic set-up for two courtesy of Pic’d on Purpose of Omaha or a two-night cabin stay at a Nebraska state park. Judges will look for tablescapes incorporating natural …

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Construction to begin for Merritt Reservoir breakwater

rv at sunrise

VALENTINE, Neb. — A new breakwater planned at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area will protect a nearby boat launch and shoreline. The construction project is scheduled to begin this month as workers capitalize on the low water levels at the Sandhills irrigation reservoir. The new breakwater of rock and soil will extend northwesterly from the Willow Cove area at the northeast part of the lake. Also, at the adjacent Main Area boat launch, the contractors will install a new dock …

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