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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

Horses graze at Fort Robinson State Park.  Amy Kucera/NEBRASKAland Magazine

    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 »

Goose and Duck Kabobs

Goose kabobs. Canada goose grilled with onions and bell peppers and bacon.

  There’s something special about cooking over an open flame. Which is why I don’t understand the ads that start in the spring telling me it’s grilling season. I’ll fire mine up and melt snow off the top if I have to in the winter. But being cheap/frugal, I guess it does make more sense to grill in the summer, when you don’t want to heat up the house with the stove. There is also something special about grilled food ... Read More »

Canoeing the Scenic Niobrara River on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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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! I’ll also address how to avoid a lot of other water traffic on this scenic river. The ecologically unique Niobrara River valley is also home to ... Read More »

Out of Your Comfort Zone

Sunset on Beaver Dam Lake/Reservoir in Wisconsin. Photo by Jill Davis.

I sincerely enjoy traveling, especially throughout our beautiful state of Nebraska. I can say that I have been to all 93 Nebraska counties for work purposes or outdoor pursuits. Another one of my ‘claims to fame’ is that I have driven every highway in the Cornhusker State. I have also floated all of Nebraska’s water trails. However, as an avid outdoor enthusiast, I think what’s important to do is to get out of your comfort zone and even consider venturing to another state. Enter into a different environment, a different ... Read More »

Big Mac on Great Outdoor Radio Show

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Nebraska’s massive, scenic outdoor playground, the Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala complex in Keith County, will be highlighted on my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. My special guest will be Scott Eveland who is a boating safety officer for us at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He works the Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala area along with the western portion of the state. Scott thoroughly knows the waters and landscape of Keith County. Scott will also talk about the impressive trout fishery at Lake Ogallala. Don’t miss an opportunity to chat ... Read More »