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Road Opens at Blue Lake

NGPC LogoALLIANCE — Nebraska Game and Parks Commission staff members have opened the road to Blue Lake, providing access for ice anglers at the popular fishing spot 22 miles north of Oshkosh.

The two-track trail has been closed since the beginning of firearm deer season in November because of poor ice and road conditions. It was opened Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 30, when Game and Parks fisheries staff surveyed the area and determined conditions to be improved.

A lease agreement between the Commission and a landowner allows for public use of the 2.7-mile road to the lake, which is near Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Despite the better conditions, fisheries biologist Joe Rydell said the trail still has heavy snow cover in places and is passable with only four-wheel drive. He said access may be closed periodically because of future snowfall, especially if drivers don’t respect the landowner’s property by staying on the road.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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