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Work at Summit, Wagon Train affecting angler, boater access

Aquatic Habitat improvement projects are underway at Summit Lake and Wagon Train Lake in eastern Nebraska that affect angler and boater access.

Summit Lake’s water level is 8 feet below normal. Removal of sediment from the lake’s south basin is almost complete; construction will move to the west sediment basin.

The Summit project is nearly 50% complete, but boaters can expect limited access for watercraft launching this season until the water level returns to normal.

Construction at Wagon Train has concentrated on preparation of the basin where sediment will be stored after removal.

The water level currently is down 4 feet. There are plans to continue to lower the water level before construction in the lake basin and sediment dikes begins. Anglers and boaters can expect limited access this season.

“We hope anglers and boaters are understanding during these maintenance projects as we work to enhance these reservoirs for future recreational use,” said Jeff Jackson, aquatic habitat manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The Aquatic Habitat Program, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2022, works to improve conditions for aquatic life through better management or rehabilitation of existing resources and collaborates with partners to build new waters to make them the best they can be. Funding is provided by the purchase of the Aquatic Habitat Stamp, which is included in the price of a fishing license.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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