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Explore Nebraska history with these state park trails

By Renae Blum/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Nebraska’s state parks hold a wealth of history that can be discovered by walking a few of the trails tied to the past. Here are our top suggestions for parks to visit when you’re ready for a good stroll that allows you to explore — and experience — Nebraska history. Ash Hollow State Historical Park A major stopover on the Oregon and California pioneer trails, Ash Hollow State Historical Park near Lewellen has …

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Enjoy fall education opportunities at Nebraska’s Venture Parks

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Join us at Nebraska’s Venture Parks in southeast Nebraska for a variety of educational opportunities this fall. Daily programs are planned throughout the week in September; for more information, visit Schramm Education Center on Facebook. Our event highlights include: Celebrate hatch day of world’s largest common snapping turtle Visit Schramm Education Center in Gretna in September to help celebrate the hatch day of the world’s largest common snapping turtle, Big Snap Daddy. The turtle is estimated to be 93 years …

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‘Ghost of a Chance’ melodrama opens at Mahoney SP Aug. 26

The melodrama “Ghost of a Chance” opens at the Denman and Mary Mallory Kountze Memorial Theatre in Eugene T. Mahoney State Park at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26. The play, which runs through Oct. 23, tells the story of a banker with a heart of stone and his quest for the beautiful young May. Find out if May can be saved, or if she only has a “ghost of a chance.” Find the schedule at Melodrama.net or Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Ticket prices are …

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Commissioners to consider changes to wild turkey seasons for 2023

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider recommendations for 2023 wild turkey hunting seasons at its Aug. 31 meeting at Fort Robinson State Park. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. Mountain time at the park’s Buffalo Barracks, 3200 U.S. 20, Crawford. The proposed changes to orders for the 2023 turkey season are: Limit Nebraska resident hunters to two spring permits and nonresidents to one; Limit the number of spring permits available to nonresidents to 10,000; Amend the daily bag …

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Tentrr provides a new way to camp in Nebraska State Parks

Tentrr, the leader in ready-to-go camping accommodations with over a thousand fully-equipped campsites across the country, announced a new partnership with Nebraska State Parks on Aug. 11, 2022. Over 25 fully-equipped Tentrr campsites are now available to book at three parks: Louisville State Recreation Area, Ponca State Park and Sherman Reservoir State Recreation Area.  Additional Tentrr sites are being considered at other park locations in the Cornhusker State. Located on the south bank of the Platte River, Louisville State Recreation …

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Louisville SRA’s Floating Playground temporarily closed for repairs

Louisville State Recreation Area’s Floating Playground is closed until further notice so repairs may be made to pieces vandalized Aug. 11. The Floating Playground is made up of 70 separate pieces, but eight are damaged and currently partially submerged. Divers are needed to release the Floating Playground from its anchors to make a full assessment of damages to determine a repair plan. To learn more about the Floating Playground, go to outdoornebraska.gov/floatingplayground.

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Public areas in Panhandle closed due to wildfires

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is closing several areas in the Panhandle southwest of Gering to help firefighters battling wildfires. Cedar Canyon Wildlife Management Area, Montz Point WMA, and Carter Canyon and Montz Point, both part of Platte River Basin Environments, are closed so firefighters are not hindered by vehicle traffic. These areas are closed to all public access. The public is asked to stay away as area residents may be using the roads to evacuate personal belongings or move …

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Gering man drowns at Lake Minatare

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A 42-year-old Gering man drowned in a swimming accident July 29 at Lake Minatare State Recreation Area near Minatare. At about 2:30 p.m., the man jumped from his boat to swim and as his boat drifted away, he went under. The passengers on his boat attempted to rescue him and nearby boaters assisted, performing CPR on the man as they returned to shore. Nebraska State Patrol troopers met them at the boat ramp and continued life-saving measures. The man was …

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Mountain lion spotted on security camera at northwest edge of Lincoln

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A mountain lion was confirmed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission through video footage captured July 20 at the northwest edge of Lincoln. This mountain lion was recorded by a household security camera at about 4 a.m. in a backyard in the Air Park neighborhood. If the animal is observed by the public, or additional photos capture the animal, contact the Game and Parks office in Lincoln at OutdoorNebraska.org. Mountain lions found in southeastern Nebraska typically are dispersing young animals …

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Mayflies a natural phenomenon that passes quickly at Lewis and Clark Lake

Mayflies cover a rocky escarpment hanging over the water at Lewis and Clark Lake near Crofton.

They’re almost here. The annual emergence of mayflies at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area near Crofton means the insect soon will be plentiful near and around the lake as they swarm to lights from the marina, cabins, facilities and campers. Nebraska Game and Parks asks for patience during the aquatic insect’s short-lived emergence period, which typically occurs in July or August over a very short period of time — typically a few days or a week. Mayflies are aquatic …

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