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Park related articles and blogs from the staff of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Great Family Getaway on WOWT 6 Outdoors


Looking for a great family outdoor getaway for Memorial Day Weekend or perhaps this summer where you can pitch a tent, hike or bike a nature trail, ride a horse, kick back, relax and have fun with the family? Well, I have just the place for you and I’ll tell you all about it on my Weekly Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News. In fact, this scenic Nebraska state park is only about a 90-minute drive from the ... Read More »

Get Your Grill Game Going!


Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick off of America’s summer grilling season. The fire grates at Nebraska’s many state park lands will be in use. Look at these yummy, lean hot Italian sausages on the Wagner grill! In my view, there’s no better person to ask about grilling food for the holiday weekend than the “Master Griller and Processor of Fine Meats,” Mr. Ken Stoysich. Ken and his family own, manage and work the famous Stoysich House of  Sausage in Omaha (as they have for decades) with its ... 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 »

Free Fishing/Park Entry Day on TV


I’ll be telling you why you should go fishing with your family and visit a Nebraska state park land this Saturday on my Weekly TV Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News. That’s because this Saturday, May 16th marks Nebraska’s Free Fishing and State Park Entry Day, woo-hoo! It’s kind of an open house of sorts in our great outdoors! Special, how-to, fun family oriented fishing events events will also be held around the state. Be sure to bring all the kids! ... Read More »

Free Entry Day Activities Planned for Panhandle Parks

Lillie Schmidt of Gordon and other children try out binoculars during a bird watching activity at Chadron State Park. Three birding hikes are scheduled at parks throughout the Panhandle on Saturday. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

Parks throughout the Panhandle are planning special activities for Free Park Entry and Fishing Day on Saturday, May 16. Free Park Entry and Fishing Day is an annual opportunity in which the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission allows fishing and entry to parks without requiring permits. It provides an opportunity for people to experience the state’s diverse park areas and fishing resources free of charge. Following is a list of special activities at the region’s State Parks, State Recreation Areas ... Read More »

Ranch Couple Honored as Fort Robinson Dedicates New Building

The ceremonial ribbon cutting. From left, Mike Morava, John Gottschalk, Jim Abel, Jim Douglas, Kent Forney, Roger Kuhn and Jim Miller. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

The newly reconstructed 1891 Officers Quarters at Fort Robinson State Park was described as “a welcome addition to a world-class place” as it was dedicated in honor of a highly-regarded Sandhills ranch couple during a ceremony Saturday morning. The event at the new building paid tribute to the late Don and Olive Forney of Rushville, whose friends and family contributed a majority of the funding for the $1.7 million building. About 75 percent of the project’s costs came from private ... Read More »

Preview of Ft. Atkinson Living History on WOWT 6 Outdoors


Join me this week on my WOWT 6 News outdoors/park segment (The Weekly Outdoor Report) when we preview the exciting living history weekend of May 2nd and 3rd at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park located on the east edge of Fort Calhoun. Fort Atkinson has fascinating history and is one of my favorite state historical parks in Nebraska! Most likely the reason Fort Atkinson is so special to me is that Park Superintendent John Slader lets me borrow and use the ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed at Branched Oak and Verdon Lake State Recreation Areas May 2

LINCOLN – The public will have the opportunity to volunteer at two state recreation areas during Take Pride in America Day on May 2. Volunteers are invited to Verdon Lake State Recreation Area near Verdon and Branched Oak Lake State Recreation Area near Raymond beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. Volunteers will assist park staff with light labor including painting tables and signs, picking up litter and trimming trees. Work begins at 9 a.m. For more information or ... Read More »

Come on, Disconnect for a Day!


What would it be like to go without ultra-modern technology? What if you had to give up your mobile communicating device (cell phone), iPad, iPod, laptop computer, digital cable television, satellite car radio, etc. for 24 hours. That would mean no texting, no Tweeting, no Facebook, no Snapchat, no Facetime, no IM-ing, none of that stuff! Could you do it?  Is it even remotely possible? I know, I know. Call me what you want. I’m an old fart, an “old schooler,” a soon-to-be grandpa. But, come on, face ... Read More »

Dedication Set for New, Historic Fort Robinson Building

The reconstruction of the 1891 Officers Quarters at Fort Robinson State park is nearing completion. A dedication for the new building, which will add to Fort Robinson's lodging attractions, will be May 2. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

The new lodging facility blends the best of old and new. Fort Robinson State Park near Crawford is gearing up to celebrate its reconstruction of an 1891 Officers Quarters, a duplex-style lodge that combines historical features with modern amenities. The public grand opening and dedication will be Saturday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m. MDT near the new building. The short ceremony will be followed by tours of the building. “We are certainly proud to be adding this beautiful, modern facility ... Read More »