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News Items, Niobrara SP and Willow Creek SRA

I saw a couple of items in a recent news release that will be of interest to anglers.  Let me spread the word:

Niobrara State Park getting new river access

Work will be completed this spring on a new Niobrara River kayak/canoe access at Niobrara State Park.

This river access project includes a put-in/take-out for canoes and kayaks, a scenic overlook with interpretive signage and access road.

This project is a part of flood mitigation requirements for the construction of the new Mormon Canal Bridge on Highway 12 west of Niobrara. The previous bridge was washed out during the 2019 flood. Construction on the new bridge was completed in 2021.

The project was funded by Nebraska Department of Transportation in partnership with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


Causeway, jetty repairs completed at Willow Creek SRA

Repairs were completed in 2021 on the west causeway/trail and seven jetties at Willow Creek State Recreation Area near Pierce.

Ice and high water caused extensive damage to these rock structures during the 2019 flood. The jetties serve as both breakwaters and angler access on this 700-acre lake. The west causeway is part of area’s 10-mile hike/bike trail.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency funded 90% of the project; the remainder was paid by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District.

Eric Fowler photo, Nebraskaland Magazine.

About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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