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Buffalo Bill’s mansion, Fort Hartsuff buildings to reopen Aug. 7

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Several historic buildings at Buffalo Bill Ranch and Fort Hartsuff state historical parks will reopen to the public beginning Aug. 7. The historic buildings operated by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission had remained closed during the current public health crisis so staff could devise plans to protect important historical resources, which cannot be disinfected the same way as other facilities or items. “We have developed methods whereby visitors can still see firsthand some of the historic facilities …

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Missouri River Outdoor Expo at Ponca State Park cancelled for 2020

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PONCA, Neb. — The 2020 Missouri River Outdoor Expo at Ponca State Park has been cancelled due to the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 health situation and potential public health restrictions for the fall. The expo, originally set for Sept. 19- 20, typically is a field trip destination for schools across the state, as well as a draw for families who love the outdoors. The event features hands-on activities, such as rock climbing, shooting, outdoor cooking and competitions, all of …

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Rock Creek Lake Road limited to local traffic at state rec area, hatchery

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Access into Rock Creek Lake State Recreation Area and Rock Creek Hatchery in Dundy County are limited to local traffic only until further notice. A rainfall flood event July 24 damaged Rock Creek Road access to both the hatchery and the recreation area, as well as roads within the park. Though Dundy County Roads Department and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission repaired those damages, water that was being held back by the county road access later …

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Registration open for virtual Hunting, Fishing R3 Summit

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The 2020 Hunting and Fishing R3 Summit is going virtual this year, streaming live over Zoom from 10 a.m. to noon CST Aug. 5. Register at OutdoorNebraska.org/r3summit on or before Aug. 2 to receive the virtual meeting Zoom link via email. Those unable to attend will be able to watch a recording of the summit online at a later date. “We hope this adjustment will allow more people and organizations to tune in live,” said Jeff Rawlinson, …

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Women’s outdoor subscription boxes offered through pilot program

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A pilot program is providing Nebraska women the opportunity to purchase subscription boxes designed to help them develop and expand their outdoor skills. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission; Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; and Iowa Department of Natural Resources have joined Becoming an Outdoors-Woman and Women in the Outdoors in creating this opportunity. Each subscription box, which will include gear, educational resources, field guides and more, can be purchased for $50. No long-term commitment …

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Rock Creek Lake SRA, hatchery temporarily close after storm washes out road

Rock Creek Lake State Recreation Area has experienced back-to-back storms that have washed out roads in July 2020. | Photo courtesy Julie Fraley

LINCOLN, Neb. — Rock Creek Lake State Recreation Area and Rock Creek Hatchery in Dundy County are closed until further notice after a Thursday night storm washed out access roads. The storm dumped enough rain that Rock Creek Lake rose 10 inches, said Beau Licking, Enders and Rock Creek Lake SRA superintendent. The north entrance to the state recreation area, sections of Rock Creek Lake Road to the hatchery, and portions of roads within the park are impassable. Park staff …

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Rockford, Wagon Train, Willow Creek on health alert for harmful algal blooms

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A health alert for harmful algal blooms, also known as toxic blue-green algae, has been issued at Rockford Lake in Gage County and Wagon Train Lake in Lancaster County. Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County remains on alert. The alert has been removed at Bluestem Lake in Lancaster County. Visitors to Rockford, Wagon Train and Willow Creek state recreation areas should avoid full-body contact activities that could lead to swallowing water, such as swimming, wading, skiing or …

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Nebraska Game and Parks launches discovery adventure at Venture Parks

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has launched an outdoor discovery adventure at its Venture Parks system, a network of four parks nestled in the Platte River Valley between Omaha and Lincoln. This adventure was designed to take participants to all four parks — Eugene T. Mahoney and Platte River state parks and Louisville and Schramm Park state recreation areas — to discover six of their unique gems and find the answers to clues revealed in the …

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Louisville SRA floating playground to reopen July 17

LINCOLN, Neb. — The floating playground at Louisville State Recreation Area will reopen for use July 17 as part of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s continuing effort to restore park opportunities and amenities across the state. The playground, one of the only floating obstacle courses in the region, will operate at about half capacity, allowing 55 people access at one time. “We are excited to restore this popular opportunity for outdoor recreation this summer,” said Parks Division Administrator Jim …

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Go Ape Treetop Journey Course and Monkey Drop open at Mahoney State Park

ASHLAND, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Go Ape, the nation’s premier Zipline & Adventure Park company, opened two new additions to the already popular Treetop Adventure course at the Eugene T. Mahoney State Park on July 11. The new activities — the Treetop Journey course and Monkey Drop freefall activity, give guests of all ages more opportunities for aerial adventure. It is a welcome addition to the robust amenities already available to families at the state …

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