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From the desk of Jerry Kane, Public Information Officer for NGPC.

June Outdoor Calendar

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LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in June: June 1 – Underwater spearfishing season begins at Box Butte Reservoir and on private waters June 1, 15 – Pistol League, Platte River State Park (SP), Louisville, 402-471-5547 June 2 – Outdoor Chef Junior, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 10 a.m., 402-471-6141 June 2, 16 – Ladies’ Day at the Range, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, ... Read More »

Burchard Lake Filling Slowly; Boat Ramp Remains Closed

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LINCOLN – While Burchard Lake in Pawnee County is slowly filling, the new boat launch facility there is still closed until water levels allow for the safe launching of boats from trailers. While access to the shoreline is open for bank angling, launching of small vessels, including Jon boats, kayaks, canoes and float tubes, is allowed provided they are carried from the road and launched from the shoreline. All vehicles must remain on roads or in parking lots. Electric trolling ... Read More »

Wild Elk Being Monitored

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LINCOLN – A wild elk observed in the South Bend, Neb., area is being monitored for public safety by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The elk’s proximity to Interstate 80 and major roadways is a public safety concern. The wild elk is not part of the herd at the Wildlife Safari Park. Wild elk have been sighted near the Safari in the past. The Wildlife Safari Park is located just south of Interstate 80 across from Eugene T. Mahoney ... Read More »

Enders’ Center Dam Boat Ramp Can Launch Small Craft

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LINCOLN – Because of a rising lake level following recent rains, the boat ramp at the Center Dam Area of Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area (SRA) can be used for launching small boats and personal watercraft. The dock has been put in place and the boat ramp, which has been out of service approximately a year because of a low lake level, can accommodate small boats that don’t require a lot of water to launch and low-profile trailers. Enders Reservoir ... Read More »

Rimfire Sporter Rifle Clinic Scheduled at Platte River SP

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LINCOLN – Learn all aspects of rimfire sporter rifle shooting at a clinic at Platte River State Park this summer. Choose from clinics on June 8 and 10, July 13 and 15, and Aug. 10 and 12. They will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex. Participants will learn safe rifle handling and range procedures, sight picture and alignment, competitive shooting rules, proper use of a sling, natural point of aim, and shooting ... Read More »

Beyond BOW Outdoor Adventures Available

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LINCOLN – Women looking for new adventures or a fun-filled weekend with friends and family can find what they’re looking for in Becoming an Outdoors-Woman activities in Nebraska. Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, or BOW for short, teaches outdoor skills to women of all ages and experiences in a fun and welcoming environment. BOW activities are a great way for women to develop new outdoor skills while surrounded by like-minded in the beautiful setting of a Nebraska state park or recreation areas. ... Read More »

Boating Ban Still in Place at Bridgeport SRA’s Center Lake

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LINCOLN – The temporary boating ban on Center Lake at Bridgeport State Recreation Area remains in effect until further notice. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission recently enacted the ban because of moose activity in the area. Officials say there has been a regular occurrence of at least one moose in and around Center Lake, the largest body of water in the park that is most often used by boaters. A moose has been known to visit an island at ... Read More »

Archery, Shooting Events Available for Women in June

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LINCOLN – Women interested in learning all aspects of archery shooting are invited to participate in a series of classes this summer at Platte River State Park. The Beyond Becoming and Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program will host classes each Wednesday in June from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex. The cost is $5 per class. A park entry permit is required. The class schedule: June 3 – Introduction to Archery; June 10 – Shopping for Women’s ... Read More »

Platte River SP Education Complex Open House Is May 22

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LINCOLN – The Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex at Platte River State Park will have an open house May 22 with free activities. From 4-8 p.m., visitors may try pellet gun, archery, atlatl throwing and sling shot for free. This family-friendly facility also has a small-bore rifle range, a shotgun trap and five-stand sporting clays range. The complex’s summer hours begin May 23 and run through Aug. 9. It will be open to the public Monday, Wednesday and ... Read More »

Moose Triggers Temporary Boating Ban at Bridgeport Lake

A moose trots through Bridgeport State Recreation Area earlier this week. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

Officials of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission have implemented a temporary boating ban on Center Lake at Bridgeport State Recreation Area because of moose activity in the area. Officials say there has been a regular occurrence of at least one moose in and around Center Lake, the largest body of water in the park that is most often used by boaters. A moose has been known to visit an island at the lake in recent weeks. “It’s unfortunate that ... Read More »