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Water Level Updates, September 2023


I know, I know, Labor Day weekend is over.  However, some of you will be on the water fishing yet this fall and if you are you might need to know these things: Boat ramp access limited at Sherman, Calamus Seasonal irrigation drawdowns at some north central reservoirs have caused boat ramp closures at two Nebraska Game and Parks state recreation areas. At Calamus Reservoir SRA, the Valley View Flat boat ramp is closed. Boaters can still use Homestead Knolls, …

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More Low Water News


I know these news releases have been circulating for a few days.  I also know that it is fall and fishing activity is winding down.  However, if you are still fishing, or hoping to fish, on any of these waters, then this is news you need to know.  So, I am spreading the word again: Drawdown will affect boating access at three SRAs A planned drawdown of Lake Ogallala for infrastructure maintenance will affect boating access at three Nebraska state …

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More Access Updates

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I have other things I could blog about, but these updates keep coming and if you fish these waters, you will want to know about them.  So, I am going to “spread the word” some more: Boating access limited on some Nebraska reservoirs Drought conditions have limited public boating access on some reservoirs across Nebraska, but the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is working to improve boating access where possible. Conditions at many boat ramps, piers and access points are …

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Updates, Water Levels


I have several water level-related updates to call attention to today.  The first one comes from one of our power and irrigation districts: Fall fishing at Keystone Diversion will not be available; NPPD plans maintenance work for the dam’s gates Columbus, Neb. – Fishing activities near the Keystone Diversion at Lake Ogallala will not be available this fall as maintenance work on the gates of the Keystone Diversion Dam will be undertaken by Nebraska Public PowerDistrict (NPPD).  Prep work for …

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Some of us pointy-headed fish biologists share an adage, “The only constant in nature is change.” If you live in Nebraska, you should know that is truth.  Our weather is always changing.  Our climate changes from year to year.  We have wet spells, dry spells.  I have heard sandhillers say, no matter how wet it has been, that we are never more than about three weeks away from the next drought. That is life in the Great Plains. If you …

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Dam Repairs at Box Butte


I have had several questions about the exceptionally low water at Box Butte Reservoir this fall.  If you have not seen it already, this news release should tell you why: Box Butte Reservoir to remain low for coming year HEMINGFORD, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports the water level at Box Butte Reservoir will remain low for at least 12 more months as construction workers repair the dam’s toe drain system. During this period, the Commission encourages …

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NEWS FLASH! Attention Central Nebraska Canal Anglers


I debated whether to blog about this or not, but then I thought if you were an angler that fishes the canal system in central Nebraska, you need to know about this.  I know several of you are! News Release (HOLDREGE, Neb.) – The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District, working in conjunction with the Nebraska Public Power District, has decreased outflows from Lake McConaughy significantly to aid in a recovery effort related to a vehicle entering NPPD’s Keystone …

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Update on Merritt Reservoir Boat Ramp Project


I know folks who fish Merritt have been wondering about our boat ramp improvement plans, there are some details in this old blog post, Angler Access Improvements.  Getting that work accomplished is dependent on end-of-summer water levels at Merritt.  So, the bad news is that water levels again this fall are too high for the work to be accomplished.  On the other hand, you will never hear me complain about water in our Nebraska reservoirs, so the good news is …

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Missouri River Update

I got this update on Missouri River flows recently: NEWS  RELEASE For Immediate Release: June 11, 2013 Contact: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Northwestern Division Phone: (402) 995-2420 (888) 835-5971 E-mail: Monique.l.farmer@usace.army.mil Omaha, Neb. — Despite wetter-than-normal conditions across much of the Missouri River basin during May, drought persists across much of the region and mainstem reservoir levels remain below normal. “Even though rainfall was two to three times normal in eastern Montana, and western North Dakota during May, runoff …

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