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Thinning project beginning at Fort Robinson State Park

Sunset at Saddle Rock

CRAWFORD, Neb. – Fort Robinson State Park will soon enjoy the benefits of a forest and woodland management project. To encourage forest health and improve wildlife habitat, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has contracted the thinning of ponderosa pine trees in a 97-acre portion of the 22,000-acre park. Most of the thinning area is on property that surrounds Saddle Rock, the prominent landform at the eastern end of the Red Cloud Buttes. About 20 acres of the thinning area …

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Haunted Trail is Oct. 21 at Branched Oak SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – Tickets go on sale Sept. 15 for the Haunted Trail, a family Halloween event Oct. 21 at Branched Oak State Recreation Area. The Haunted Trail is a spooky 1,000-foot walk along a trail through hilly terrain and a wooded area. This will take place from 7-10 p.m. on the east end of Area 1. Tickets are $5 (children under age 3 are free) and available only at the park office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. …

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Special enforcement aimed at reducing accidents on SRAs

LINCOLN, Neb. – Conservation officers with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conducted special enforcement patrols during the summer on state recreation areas in Lancaster County. These efforts were designed to help ensure users have a safe and enjoyable experience on Commission-managed areas. Enforcement efforts aimed to reduce serious and fatal vehicle and boat accidents resulted in two arrests for driving under the influence, three for boating under the influence, 23 citations for drug possession, four for driving during suspension, …

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Fall Into The Great Outdoors

Unquestionably, fall in Nebraska is one of the best times of the year to spend outdoors! The days are getting shorter and the summer heat is waning: the air is crisp; the leaves and other foliage are transforming into canopies of deep orange, bright yellow, and brilliant red; and the fall gardens are abundant with brightly colored fruits and vegetables. If you are looking for new and different opportunities to have fun, burn calories, acquire more Vitamin D, remain active, and maintain …

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Liberalized fishing regulations declared for Stagecoach Reservoir

LINCOLN, Neb. – Stagecoach Reservoir will be drawn down this fall for the construction of a new boat launch facility. In addition, the fishery will be renovated and a public salvage will be allowed. A 10-foot drawn-down will allow for the construction of a new, lighted boat ramp, gravel kayak launch, and a new breakwater to protect the ramp and increase access for shoreline anglers. Stagecoach’s fishery has been degraded by the presence of common carp and gizzard shad. The …

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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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