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Commission to consider Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider a staff recommendation to approve the Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan when it meets Oct. 21 at Ponca State Park (SP). If approved, the plan would serve as a road map for future development and desired conditions at the Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala for the next 20 years. More information about the proposed plan is available at OutdoorNebraska.gov/LakeMcConaughyPlan. The Commission meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at Ponca SP’s …

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Great Weekend!


Got home Sunday afternoon from our annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekend.  What a great weekend it was!!!!!  The weather was the best ever this year, but it was so much more than that. . . . For the first time this year, the workshop was held at Ponca State Park.  If you have never been to Ponca, you should be required to go.  It is a beautiful park in a beautiful location.  Here was sunrise over the foggy Missouri River …

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Nature and Outdoor Recreation Workshops Set for Aug. 27 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN – Enjoy hands-on presentations and workshops on outdoor recreation and wildlife at Ponca State Park (SP) Aug. 27. Introductory courses on archery and shotguns will be offered, with all equipment provided. Participants can also see, touch and sometimes smell live critters, furs, feathers and shells at the Critter Corner. Stop by the Sneaky Snakes presentation to touch and learn more about Nebraska’s snakes, and take a hayrack park tour to learn everything you’d like to know about Ponca SP. …

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Ponca SP to Host Day Full of Family Activities Aug. 20

LINCOLN – Bring the family to Ponca State Park on Aug. 20 for a day full of fun and educational activities. Kids can participate in introductory courses on archery, shotguns and fly fishing, learn about wildlife found along the Missouri River, and discover interesting things about insects while they decorate their own “bug visors.” The entire family can learn everything there is to know about the Ponca State Park with a hayrack tour of the park. A park permit is …

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Prairie Restoration and Management Workshop at Ponca State Park on Aug. 30

LINCOLN – Learn new management techniques for prairie restoration and pollinators at a free workshop Aug. 30 at Ponca State Park. The event, which is open to the public, also will include a tour of a Nebraska Natural Legacy Project Demonstration Site. This workshop will focus on high-diversity grassland plantings and restoration. This event is for landowners, conservation practitioners, Conservation Reserve Program owners, game farm and lodge owners, ranchers, agency managers, county weed inspectors, backyard native garden enthusiasts, natural resource …

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Activities for All Ages Aug. 9-14 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN – Enjoy a variety of hands-on workshops based on nature and outdoor sports at Ponca State Park Aug. 9-14. Introductory courses on archery, kayaking, tomahawks, slingshots and various types of firearms will be offered. Participants can also make crafts and learn more about fossils, bugs, wildflowers and different types of fish found in the Missouri River in nature-related workshops. A park permit is required of each vehicle entering the park. Fees apply to some activities. For more information, call …

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Family Activities Planned for Aug. 3-7 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN – Families and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy a series of educational workshops at Ponca State Park Aug. 3-7. During nature-related workshops, participants can make crafts and learn about topics such as wildlife identification, catfish and birds. Participants can also try activities such as kayaking and archery or learn about various types of firearms. Hayrack tours will be offered on Aug. 6. A park permit is required of each vehicle entering the park. Fees apply to some …

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Educational Workshops Planned for July 26-31 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN – A variety of fun workshops based around nature and outdoor activities is scheduled for July 26-31 at Ponca State Park (SP). Outdoor recreation enthusiasts can enjoy introductory sessions on archery, kayaking, wilderness survival skills and various types of firearms. Wildlife and nature sessions will highlight species such as owls, butterflies and nighttime creatures. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about different habitats at Ponca SP and to compete in outdoor games. A park permit is required …

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Activities for All Ages July 9-10 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN – A full weekend of fun and educational activities for all ages is scheduled July 9-10 at Ponca State Park. On July 9, park visitors may participate in an introduction to shooting archery, shotguns and .22 rifles, learn about wildlife species found along the Missouri River, discover the difference between native and invasive species, and learn how to identify wildlife by tracks and scat. In addition, backwater kayaking and hayrack park tours are scheduled throughout the day. July 10’s …

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News Items Before Holiday Weekend

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There are a couple, three, water-related, fishing, boating news items I want to mention, spread the word about, before this holiday weekend. Goose Lake WMA Open in Time for Memorial Day Weekend LINCOLN – Goose Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located southeast of Chambers in Holt County, will reopen to public access beginning May 28. The area had been closed earlier this spring while the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission treated the lake to suppress the growth and spread of …

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