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Footsteps Through McKelvie

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The following essay was submitted by freelance writer Zeke Brummels from Winside, Nebraska: A lot of people can tell you about the beauty of the Sandhills from the road, the forever green dunes rolling by at sixty five miles an hour. Or they can wax poetic from the seat of a canoe or tube—the slow meander of sandy bluffs and horizontal cedar trees. To many Nebraskans, the Sandhills are its scenic secret, an entire ecology different from anything else in ... Read More »

Turning Ten: The Missouri River Outdoor Expo

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More than 52,000 visitors in two days. Nearly 1,000 volunteers. Over 100 hands-on exhibits. Sixteen trolleys. Three locations in one park. Two world-record holders. One decade. As the Missouri River Outdoor Expo reaches a number of milestones, perhaps the most notable is the countless memories created each year at Ponca State Park. Located along the Missouri River near Ponca, the park transforms into a busy city – Nebraska’s fourth largest during the event – accommodating thousands of outdoor enthusiasts of ... Read More »

Reel ‘em in Roadtrip: Dog Days of Summer

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Our kids were all home this past week, and family time and Johnson Lake time go hand in hand with the Berggrens. Grandkids enjoy the water dragon, and our kids still enjoy going for a pull. Jeanne and I even took our turn! The gulls are just starting to arrive so surface activity should heat up this week. Persistence really paid off over the weekend as we opted to troll searching for white bass. Continuing to change speed and lure selection finally hit ... Read More »

Buffalo Bill Ranch SHP and SRA

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Trail Rides are a new addition to Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park (SHP) and State Recreational Area (SRA) this year. The rides, provided by Dusty Trails LLC, take visitors through the SRA traveling along the scenic North Platte River. The hour-long rides are a great way to show visitors the beautiful area, some wildlife including deer, turkeys and many bird and plant species. Jason Tonsfeldt, Superintendent of Buffalo Bill Ranch SHP and SRA is pleased with the amount of ... Read More »

Many Rivers Run Through It

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I have a passion for and addiction to floating Nebraska rivers! Whether it’s leisurely floating a kayak in an eastern Nebraska river like the Platte with co-workers, to the challenge of paddling a remote Sandhills river such as the Dismal with buddies, I thoroughly enjoy Nebraska’s varied water trails! Nebraska has an array of neat rivers that offer tremendous potential for summer outdoor recreation, especially float trips. Water trails for float trips have been established by us at Game and Parks on various ... Read More »

Good Life, Great Rides: Nebraska Horse Camp and Trails

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    From a moonlit ride along the riverside, to a deep canyon descent into forested bluffs, witnessing the beauty of Nebraska from the saddle is an exhilarating experience. With accommodations for both the two- and four-legged, the following locations offer a glimpse of the myriad of riding opportunities to be had throughout the state, which include diverse terrain, unique wildlife viewing opportunities and the wide horizon lines that make Nebraska worth riding. Remember, trail and camp availability is subject ... Read More »

New Digs at 84th and Frederick

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If you have not heard, your Nebraska Game and Parks’ Omaha office has a new home! The office has moved to 8495 Frederick St., located about a quarter of a mile north of Interstate 80 at the 84th Street Exit in the Frederick Square Plaza. We are excited to be here in this new, bright, easily accessible space which is centrally located in the Omaha-metro area for you! The new office also sits not far off of one of Nebraska’s most popular recreati0nal trails ... Read More »

Buffalo Cookouts at Niobrara State Park

Deb Grimes (left) and Ruth Grimes enjoying buffalo burgers and music at Niobrara State Park's Buffalo Cookout.

Last two Buffalo Cookouts of the summer will be held July 19 and August 30 at Niobrara State Park. Cookout meals of buffalo burgers, beans, salads and ice cream will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a special program. Attendees must register and purchase meal tickets at the park office before noon on the day of the cookout; tickets for adults (13 and older) is $12 and children is $8. Program is free to attend. The cookout on July ... Read More »

Boating: The Way We Were

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The quiet boating times of the early 1900s are almost impossible to imagine today, their last vestige being yellowed and dog-eared photo postcards from a time when men wore straw boater hats and women wore long white dresses, when boating was nearly as silent as the photographs of it. In those days there were two means of propelling most boats in Nebraska – an oar on the starboard side, an oar on the port side. The only sound was a ... Read More »

Salt Creek Jewels

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A fog rising through the Salt Creek valley led me quietly out the door and down the driveway, past a series of dirt road intersections and directly to the gate of the Little Salt Fork Marsh Preserve near Raymond, just in time to greet the dawn. It was the barbed-wire spun in silk that first made me stop to consider the hidden creatures residing here that revealed a soft touch in sharp contrast to the tamed highway cutting through the creek. As I crossed ... Read More »