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Ten Tips For Tubers

Leisurely floating on one of Nebraska’s many scenic rivers or streams in an inflated inner tube is a cool, refreshing, relaxing, way to enjoy a hot summer day with family and friends, isn’t it? Tubers take a break from floating the waters of the Niobrara River east of Valentine, NE. Photo courtesy of Daryl Bauer/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Oh, yes! Summer river tubing is awesome! There is nothing like free-floating a river on an inflated inner tube just about the water level …

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Try The Float Trip Phenomenon Called Tanking

Want something fun, relaxing and unique to do with your family or friends this spring or summer? Well, well. I have an idea for you. How about floating a slow-moving, meandering, scenic Nebraska river downstream in a round, buoyant livestock watering tank? I know what you’re thinking, trust me, I do. But, let me tell you that this is one of the most amusing, interesting and memorable small group outdoor experiences you can have in Nebraska! Originating in the Sandhills …

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Float a Water Trail!

“They connect us. They run through us. Our bodies are roughly 60 percent water. Newborn babies are 78 percent. Is it any wonder we are drawn to rivers, is it any wonder we want to return to them again and again?” –  Amy Souers Kober.  Floating one of Nebraska’s various water trails in the summer is great for so many reasons! You can do it for the adventure of going somewhere you’ve never been. You can do it to make connections and …

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Refreshing Getaways on TV

The school year starts soon and if you’re looking for a refreshing family getaway, I’ll have some options for you on my weekly TV outdoor report. Here’s a hint, we’re going paddling! I’ll be encouraging you to check out the rivers least paddled, least floated in the central Nebraska Sandhills area. Rivers like the Calamus, North Loup, Cedar and Middle Loup offer nice scenery, interesting wildlife, solitude, spring-fed water, a gentle current and not overly deep water. They are ideal …

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Be Wild, Float a Water Trail!

The first river you paddle runs through the rest of your life. It bubbles up in pools and eddies to remind you who you are. — Lynn Noel Floating one of Nebraska’s various water trails in the summer is great for so many reasons! You can do it for the adventure of going somewhere you’ve never been. You can do it to make connections and memories with people and nature. You can do it to re-trace history. You can do it to get …

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Goin’ Tankin’ on TV

Don’t miss my Weekly Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News LIVE this Thursday evening at 6 p.m. CST during the station’s sportscast when we float a Nebraska river in a livestock watering tank. Seriously! We’ll cover why floating scenic Nebraska rivers in livestock watering tanks is so popular. It is something unique and fun to do outdoors with your family or friends this summer. A listing of river outfitters and rental businesses is available here. Tanking offers a perfect opportunity to kick back, …

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Waterfalls in Nebraska? Yes, There Are!

I was talking with folks at the Omaha Boat, Sports and Travel Show this past week who had just moved here to Nebraska from Colorado and they just couldn’t believe that this state (our state) has any waterfalls in it whatsoever. Whoa, folks, not so fast. We do have waterfalls in the Cornhusker State and some really cool ones at that! Look at the stair step falls along the Niobrara River near Valentine, NE. So, new friends and Nebraska residents, this blog post is for you! Enjoy catching a glimpse …

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Goin’ Tankin’ on TV This Week

Perhaps you have already read about and seen photos of livestock tank floating on Nebraska rivers in the June Issue of NEBRASKAland Magazine. If not, you can read Eric Fowler’s cool article about it here.  However, if you want to view video of what we refer to as “tankin’,” then you’ll wanna tune in to my Weekly Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News LIVE this Thursday evening at 6 p.m. CST during the station’s sportscast. Yup, we’re goin’ tankin’! We’ll …

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The Swarp

Those that know me realize that I thoroughly enjoy river recreation. I specifically enjoy fishing Nebraska rivers and catching all kinds of interesting aquatic creatures. The fun of river fishing in Nebraska is the fact that you never know what you might catch! But now, as the waters of my favorite river fishin’ hole become ice-free here in Nebraska, a new strange-looking fish has emerged. What is this? I consulted our very own Daryl Bauer of Game and Parks Fisheries …

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On the Platte Close to Home

This past week, Game & Parks friends and I enjoyed kayaking and canoeing the Platte River just south/southwest of the Omaha-metro area and sure had a nice trip. Unlike most years in August, the Platte has a good amount of water, look! In your float trip plans, I would be sure to include the scenic stretch of the Platte from Schramm Park State Recreation Area to the Louisville Lakes State Recreation Area which is about 4.9 miles and takes roughly …

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