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Nebraska’s Smaller State Recreation Areas: The Hidden Gems

From casting a line in a pristine trout stream to a kicking back while camping at a scenic, serene oasis, Nebraska’s state park system, celebrating its 100th anniversary, is an outdoor lover’s dream. There are 76 areas in our park system and they truly offer something for everyone. I know. I have firsthand knowledge of all of them. In my 42 years with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. I have been to EVERY. SINGLE.ONE and even worked in our …

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Scout’s Rest Ranch earns National Historic Landmark status

Aerial view of Scout's Rest Ranch

LINCOLN, Neb. — Scout’s Rest Ranch at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park has been designated a National Historic Landmark, for the significant role William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody played in the creation of the Wild West entertainment movement of the late 19th century. About 8.25 acres of Cody’s former ranch property in North Platte — including the mansion, barn, outbuildings, irrigation system, windmill and landscaped lawns — earned the designation on Jan. 13. National Historic Landmarks are determined by …

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Wanted: Nebraska parks photos from the past

Women enjoying Indian Cave State Park in 1905

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking vintage photographs highlighting Nebraska parks for the Nebraska State Parks 100-year anniversary in 2021. The photographs will be featured in Nebraskaland Magazine and online throughout the year. Priority will be given to unique photos taken before 2000 that feature people enjoying outdoor Nebraska activities, such as boating, camping, hunting or fishing at our state parks and recreation areas. Photos taken after 2000 can be shared with Game and Parks …

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October outdoor calendar highlights

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The following are highlights of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in October. Get a more complete listing at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Oct. 1 – The Science of Wildlife Diseases, online webinar Oct. 1-31 – Paddlefish snagging season in specific area of Missouri River Oct. 3 – Dark goose hunting season opens in North Central unit Oct. 3 – Light goose hunting regular season opens statewide Oct. 3 – White-fronted goose hunting season opens statewide Oct. …

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Game and Parks issues park permit, camping reminders

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LINCOLN, Neb. – With many offices closed because of the coronavirus public health situation, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages the public to purchase their park entry permits online prior to their outdoors excursions. Park entry permits are required for each motorized vehicle entering a state park, state recreation area or state historical park. To purchase one, click on the “buy a permit” link at OutdoorNebraska.org and follow the instructions. Once purchased, a temporary permit may be printed for …

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Some state park area RV camping opportunities to be restored

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LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraskans may begin enjoying recreational vehicle camping by reservation only at select state park areas starting May 20, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Limited RV camping will be available at select park areas where social distancing and group-size recommendations can be maintained to help ensure compliance with the state’s public health directives amid the COVID-19 health situation. A list of the available park areas will be posted on the agency website and updated as additional …

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Waterfowl among recommendations on revised Commission agenda

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider 2020/2021 waterfowl hunting season recommendations at its March 20 meeting in Hastings. So that fewer staff will be required to travel to the meeting, and to reduce the size of the gathering, the agenda has been revised in recent days, with several items removed. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. in the Cottonwood Room at the Hall Student Union of Central Community College, 35055 E. Community Drive. The 2020/2021 …

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March outdoor calendar

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in March. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for more event details and a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. March 1-14 – Archery paddlefish permit application period March 2 – Fisheries public informational meeting, Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District, Chadron March 3 – Fisheries public informational meeting, Mid-Plains Community College North Campus, North Platte March 7 – Jesse James in Nebraska, …

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See debut of ‘Exploring Nebraska’s State Parks’ March 1 on NET

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Some of Nebraska’s most scenic, natural and cherished destinations will be spotlighted when “Exploring Nebraska’s State Parks” premieres at 8 p.m. CT on Sunday, March 1 on NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations. See why all eight state parks – Chadron, Fort Robinson, Smith Falls, Niobrara, Ponca, Eugene T. Mahoney, Platte River, and Indian Cave – are special not only to people who return to visit year after year, but by those who work at them. Separately, …

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February outdoor calendar

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in February. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes. Feb. 1 – Pheasants Forever State Habitat Meeting, Kearney Feb. 2 – Buffalo Bill’s Nebraska, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, Fort Calhoun Feb. 2 – Youth fishing instructor certification, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln Feb 3, 10, 17, …

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