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Kayak Kid Essay Contest deadline is Oct. 15

LINCOLN, Neb. – It’s not too late to enter the Southwest Reservoirs Kayak Kid Essay Contest, which rewards two youth who best express their appreciation for the outdoor recreational opportunities in southwest Nebraska. Fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, boating and kayaking are just a few of the many outdoor opportunities available in southwest Nebraska. Spending time outside teaches life lessons that young men and women can treasure and value. The contest requires a hand-written 250-word essay explaining why the writer values …

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Enjoy Halloween-themed state park events this month

LINCOLN, Neb. – There is no better place to enjoy the changing leaves and fall breezes than a state park. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission state park areas have several Halloween-themed events in October to bring families together outdoors. In addition to trick-or-treating, parks areas will have pumpkin carving, campsite decorating, hayrack rides, hikes, crafts, pumpkin rolls and more. Some of the events, with dates and locations, are: Trick or Treat in the Town – Oct. 12, Indian Cave State …

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Trick or Treating at Branched Oak SRA on Oct. 20

LINCOLN, Neb. – Branched Oak State Recreation Area will be in the Halloween spirit Oct. 20 for its annual trick-or-treating event. Campers in South Shore Area 1 are encouraged to decorate their campsites and hand out treats to kids from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Visitors must enter Area 14 (south end of the dam), where parks staff will transport them to and from Area 1 via hay racks. There will be no guided Haunted Trail this year in preparation of moving the …

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Family Rendezvous set for Oct. 7 at Platte River SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Come enjoy a day of fall outdoor fun and sight-in your muzzleloader at the Family Rendezvous on Oct. 7 at Platte River State Park. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex. Activities will include traditional muzzleloaders, archery, tomahawks, slingshots, pellet guns, atlatl throwing, camping games and marshmallow roasting. New this year are a traditional archery equipment making demonstration, Wildlife Crimestoppers trailer, naturalist tent with …

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Youth Hunter Education Challenge is Oct. 13 at Platte River SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – There is still time to register for the Youth Hunter Education Challenge. This free competition for young hunter education graduates will be Oct. 13 at Platte River State Park. The fun and practical Youth Hunter Education Challenge offers participants the chance to hone their shooting skills and learn more about wildlife, survival skills and hunter responsibility. It is for youth age 11 or older who have successfully completed hunter education and not yet graduated from high school. …

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Special deer hunts at Mahoney SP, Platte River SP, Schramm Park SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is offering special antlerless deer hunting opportunities within Eugene T. Mahoney and Platte River state parks (SP), as well as Schramm Park State Recreation Area (SRA). Successful applicants will be issued a special access permit that allows them to hunt antlerless deer in designated areas of a park on certain dates, using specific equipment. Successful applicants and interested alternates must attend an orientation session in order to receive the access permit. …

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Fall Is For Being Outdoors!

Unquestionably, fall in Nebraska is one of the best times of the year to spend outdoors! The days are getting shorter, the air is crisp, the crop harvest is underway; the leaves and other foliage are transforming into canopies of deep orange, bright yellow, and brilliant red. And, look at those fall vegetable gardens! They are abundant with tender, brightly colored vegetables. If you are looking for new and different opportunities where you can have fun, burn calories, get more Vitamin D, remain active, and …

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Lower Platte North NRD to assume management of Lake Wanahoo recreation area

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Lower Platte North Natural Resources District (NRD) will assume full management of Lake Wanahoo and the surrounding recreation area beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Since the area opened in 2012, the Lower Platte North NRD, which owns the property, has co-managed the area with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. That agreement will expire on Dec. 31. Transition of the area’s operations will occur on Oct. 16. Valid Nebraska Park Entry Permits will be honored at the …

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Riverview Marina SRA, Indian Cave boat ramp temporarily closed

LINCOLN, Neb. – Riverview Marina State Recreation Area (SRA), which is located along the Missouri River in Nebraska City, is closed until further notice because of flooding. Campgrounds, restrooms and all other amenities are closed to public use at Riverview Marina SRA. Additionally, the boat ramp at Indian Cave State Park near Shubert is also closed because of high waters. The cave, campground, and other amenities at Indian Cave State Park remain open. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds …

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Willow Creek Reservoir remains on health alert

LINCOLN, Neb. – Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County remains on health alert. During water testing last week, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality detected elevated toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms in the lake. Visitors to Willow Creek State Recreation Area (SRA) should avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing, jet skiing, etc. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing and camping are OK. Dog owners are urged to keep pets out of the water and …

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