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Public advised to avoid area of Elkhorn River in Dodge County

LINCOLN, Neb. – The public is advised to avoid an area of the Elkhorn River in Dodge County where natural gas pipelines have become exposed after recent flooding. Northern Natural Gas will be replacing the pipelines, so the public is advised to avoid the river north of Highway 91 and south of County Road J through June 25. Northern says that neither the pipeline nor efforts to replace it pose a risk to public health and safety. However, any boating, …

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Don’t drink while operating a motorboat

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraskans are urged to not drink alcohol while operating a boat during the Memorial Day weekend, warns the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Boat operators can become impaired with less alcohol than motor vehicle drivers due to heat and dehydration. In Nebraska, it is unlawful to operate a motorboat with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater. Doing so constitutes Boating Under the Influence (BUI), which carries a penalty of up to $1,000 fine, up …

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Nebraska boat ramps unavailable south of Interstate 80

LINCOLN, Neb. – No boat ramps are usable in Nebraska along the Missouri River from Interstate 80 to the Kansas border. The river is running high and flood warnings remain in effect for portions of the Missouri from Burt County to the southern border. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission crews recently assessed most of the river boat access. Their findings: From Fort Randall Dam (South Dakota) to Lewis and Clark Lake, Sunshine Bottoms, Verdel Landing WMA, Running Water, and Santee …

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Swanson Reservoir 5 mph/no wake restriction removed

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – The 5 mph/no wake boating restriction has been removed at Swanson Reservoir State Recreation Area in Hitchcock County. The restriction was put in place because of floating tree debris on the lake’s surface. Much of the debris has either been removed or is hung up on shorelines. Even though the restriction has been lifted, the potential of some floating debris remains. Boaters should use extreme caution on the reservoir.

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‘The basics’ weigh heavy in boat safety

Lake Minatare water scooter

As the temperature heats up, so does the activity at our lakes. Each summer, Nebraska’s lakes bring great memories to countless visitors who board boats and water scooters. There are few better ways to beat the heat on a summer afternoon than by skimming across the water. Unfortunately, the occasional bad accident puts a damper on the fun – an accident that in most cases could be prevented by taking common safety measures. Scott Eveland of Ogallala has been a …

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Plastic prevalence: Kayaks continue to gain popularity

Kayaks at Carter P. Johnson Lake

Just over a decade ago, I purchased a kayak from an outfitter in Texas — the nearest place I could find what I wanted. For quite a while after that, it seemed I was the only one on the water up this way using this type of vessel for fishing. That’s changed. It has been fun watching the popularity of these boats grow. While I certainly have enjoyed my big green hunk of plastic for its convenience, functionality and price, …

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Duck Creek Recreation Area is newest fishing opportunity in southeastern Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – A new fishing opportunity is available in southeastern Nebraska with the June 2 grand opening of Duck Creek Recreation Area. The Nemaha Natural Resources District owns and manages Duck Creek, which is located 5 miles northwest of Peru in Nemaha County. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission manages the fishery, is a funding partner in the construction of the area, and assisted with boating and angler access, as well as in-lake features. The reservoir site inundated several …

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Boating restrictions temporarily in place below Gavins Point Dam

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska anglers and boaters should be aware of restrictions on the Missouri River below Gavins Point Dam because of spillway flows. Boaters are urged to use caution when water is released through the spillway, as hazardous conditions may exist. Signs located on the north and south bank of the Missouri River, approximately 500 yards below the spillway, mark a restricted area for boats. During spillway releases, boaters will not be allowed to go upstream of these signs. …

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Nebraska Game and Parks urges safety while boating

LINCOLN, Neb. – Boating is one of many ways Nebraskans celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has reminders for ways to safely enjoy a day on the water with friends and family. Boaters should not take safety for granted. The Boating Safety Section of Game and Parks suggests ways boaters may reduce the risk of incidents and help ensure a safe and enjoyable day on the water. Wear a Life Jacket – Children under …

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