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Commission to consider recommendation June 22 for mountain lion season

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider a staff recommendation to approve a proposed 2019 mountain lion season when it meets June 22 in Ogallala. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the Mid-Plains Community College conference room, 512 East B St. A public hearing on the mountain lion recommendation will begin at 9 a.m. The proposed season would provide a harvest opportunity for up to eight mountain lions in two sub-units within the Pine …

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New spray park now open at Platte River State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – A new, two-tiered spray park is now open at Platte River State Park (SP) near Louisville. The spray park, one of the only two-tiered spray parks in the region, includes various spray features, three waterslides, a waterfall, dump buckets and a fountain, among other water features. The upper level is designed for younger children and the lower level for older kids. It also has an area that may be reserved for birthday parties, as well as picnic …

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Enders Reservoir kid’s day

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. –  A kid’s day will be held Saturday, June 16 at Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area (SRA) hosted by the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The public is invited to come and enjoy fishing, kayaking, games, door prizes, and fun at the lake. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. MT at the North 40 boat ramp area at Enders Reservoir. Enders Reservoir SRA is located about 10 …

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Ash Hollow pageant

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. –  The 26 annual Ash Hollow Historical Pageant at Ash Hollow State Historical Park (SHP) will be on stage Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, giving park visitors a glimpse back in time with live performances of The Great Cowboy Race; Chadron to Chicago a celebration of the pioneer spirit. The event has a regional cast and band of lively volunteers that will tell a panhandle story of endurance, horses, horsemanship, and the great western cowboy, …

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Red Willow SRA family fun nights

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – Red Willow State Recreation Area (SRA) will be starting their summer Family Fun Nights on Wednesday, June 13. The free fun nights will be held every other Wednesday, running from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. At 6 p.m. there is a family cookout at the Spring Creek tent camping area near the marina boat ramp followed by kayaking, family fishing, archery, hiking and biking at 7 p.m. Then enjoy s’mores at the campfire at Spring Creek …

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Visitors to Pawnee SRA advised of road construction

LINCOLN, Neb. – Those planning to visit Pawnee State Recreation Area (SRA) in Lancaster County should be aware of upcoming road construction. Portions of Northwest 126th Street on the west side of the lake will be closed beginning June 12 while a culvert is replaced. Construction is expected to take approximately one week. The Area 2 and Area 3 campgrounds, which are accessible via Northwest 126th Street, will remain open during construction, and will be accessible via a detour. Those …

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‘Granddaddy of them all’ remains a gem

This is a big week for Chadron State Park,  the Nebraska attraction I call the “granddaddy of them all.” Chadron State Park. The park, which serves as a serene Pine Ridge getaway, gets that designation for being the first state park in a system that now has 77 diverse properties throughout Nebraska. On June 9, Chadron State Park will celebrate its 97th anniversary, and consequently the 97th anniversary of our state park system. The park actually got its beginning 99 …

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Nebraska’s first state park celebrating anniversary

Sunrise at Chadron State Park

CHADRON, Neb. – Chadron State Park, which became Nebraska’s first state park in 1921, will commemorate its 97th anniversary with its annual celebration Saturday, June 9. New to the event this year are trail running races of 1-mile, 5k and 10k and a 110-mile bicycle race, both part of the Pine Ridge Trails Race Series. The Panhandle Pedal Grinder bicycle race, which leads participants through forest and county roads of the scenic Pine Ridge landscape, will begin at the junction …

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Fort’s Market highlighting area crafts, arts, entertainment

CRAWFORD, Neb. – Arts, crafts and music are on tap for the fourth annual Fort’s Market at Fort Robinson State Park on Saturday, June 9.  The activities and vendor displays will be based at the park’s centrally located Buffalo Barrack’s from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to live musical entertainment, a bouncy house will be on-site for children. More information about the event may be found on a Facebook page titled “Fort Robinson Vendor Blender.” The event is …

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Guided wildflower hike this week at Wildcat Hills

Hoary Vetchling

GERING, Neb. – The Wildcat Hills Nature Center at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area will celebrate National Wildflower Week with a guided hike through the park’s flora. The Wildflower Walk, an installment of the Wildcat Weekends series of events, will be Friday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at the nature center. Participants will learn keys to identifying flowering plant species during the mile-long journey. Amanda Filipi, the Commission outdoor education specialist who is leading the hike, said the unusually wet …

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