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

Go Boating on Radio Show


Herb Angell, who’s heads the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Boating Law Enforcement Section, drops by my Great Outdoor Radio Show on Saturday morning to talk about various boating-related topics and of course, water safety, for the big 4th of July holiday weekend and the entire summer. Here’s Herb on boat patrol in the Missouri River! You’ll find our Nebraska boating discussion to be light, conversational and very informative. One of the key boating safety messages we’ll be emphasizing is for you, to: ... Read More »

Special Family Fishing Night


On my weekly TV outdoor report, I’ll be inviting you and your family to come to come join me for a fun, special Game and Parks/WOWT 6 Family Fishing Night event at Lake Halleck in Papillion, NE next week. It’ll take place from 6-8 p.m. next Thursday, July 9th at the lake which is located just a quarter mile to the east of the intersection of Washington and Lincoln Streets in downtown Papillion. It’s nice! Look below. You’ll note that we at Game and Parks provide the ... Read More »

Canoe the Niobrara on WOWT 6


Grab a life jacket and hop aboard, we’re gonna canoe the spring-fed waters of the gorgeous Niobrara River east of Valentine, NE this week on my WOWT 6 News Weekly Outdoor Report. I’ll talk about and show you why a summer float trip on this Nebraska water trail through an outfitter should be on everyone’s bucket list! Weekday trips are strongly suggested to avoid a lot of other water traffic on this scenic river. The ecologically unique Niobrara River valley is also home to the ... Read More »

Radio Show features Big Mac

Photo Source: Daryl Bauer/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Nebraska’s massive, scenic outdoor playground, the Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala recreational complex in Keith County will be highlighted on my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. This is a popular location for fishing, boating, water sports, camping and sightseeing. Lake McConaughy’s water capacity is expected to reach 100 percent later this month! My special guests will be Elise Lockhart of the Keith County Visitors Committee and Colby Johnson who is the Superintendent of Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Obviously, fishing will ... Read More »

Carp-O-Rama on Outdoor Report


If you know me, you know that I loooove fishin’ for carp! So, it’s only fitting that I will be promoting the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s ‘carp carnival’ called Carp-O-Rama on my WOWT 6 News Outdoor Report this week. Carp-O-Rama will be held at Branched Oak Lake SRA‘s Lieber’s Point northwest of Lincoln, NE on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and you’re invited! Carp fishing is fun for all ages so bring the whole family!       ... Read More »

Ride the Ridge Coming to Fort Robinson State Park

Riders cross Soldier Creek at Fort Robinson State Park during last year's Ride the Ridge. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

One of northwestern Nebraska’s most popular annual trail rides will occur at Fort Robinson State Park this weekend, drawing riders and their horses from near and far. The annual Ride the Ridge will be Saturday, June 20, highlighting the beautiful scenery and terrain of the Pine Ridge near Crawford. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on Soldier Creek Road, with the first ride of the day following at 9 o’clock. A second ride is offered at 1 p.m., each consisting of ... Read More »

Bowring Ranch Celebrating Sod House Sunday


The Bowring Ranch State Historical Park near Merriman is inviting the public to step back in time this Father’s Day, June 21, by attending its annual Sod House Sunday event. Numerous activities will depict Sandhills ranch life of yesteryear, including praise music and worship from 10 a.m. to noon. Team penning will begin at 1 p.m., along with children’s activities and an open house for the Bowring ranch home and sod house. The visitor center will be open from 8 ... Read More »

Camping Options for Series

Mahoney State Park Campsite.

Coming to Omaha for any of the big men’s college baseball games June 13 – 24? Need a place to camp? There are some very nice, scenic state park lands with camping options within about a 35-50 minute drive of TD AmeriTrade Park in downtown Omaha where the games will be played. Those state park lands are: – The Eugene T. Mahoney State Park off of I-80 Exit #426 near Ashland (Ph: 402-944-2523) – Louisville Lakes State Recreation Area 1/2 mile northwest of Louisville just west of Louisville, NE (Ph: ... Read More »

Nebraska’s First State Park Celebrating 94 Years

Free paddleboat rides on the newly renovated pond will be a highlight of Chadron State Park's anniversary celebration this weekend. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

Chadron State Park will celebrate its distinction as Nebraska’s first park and its 94th anniversary Saturday, June 13, with a wide variety of activities for all ages. All of the park’s regular offerings will be in full swing, in addition to many special activities at the Trading Post and other points. There’s plenty to entertain the children at the annual celebration, including free paddleboat rides at the newly renovated pond from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Hippity Hop Horse ... Read More »

Intertribal Gathering Celebrating American Indian Culture

The annual Intertribal Gathering attracts hundreds of dancers and spectators. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

Fort Robinson State Park will again celebrate Native American culture during one of the High Plains’ premier powwows. The 16th annual Intertribal Gathering will be Friday through Sunday, June 12-14, featuring traditional dancing, drumming and singing in a family-friendly environment. The event annually attracts hundreds of dancers and spectators. Grand entries are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon Sunday under the direction of master of ceremonies Billy Good Voice Elk Jr. A wide ... Read More »