Most Neb. Park Areas Open For Memorial Day Weekend

LINCOLN, Neb. — Park goers will find most of the 76 park areas in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s park system open for Memorial Day weekend.

Nebraska State Parks offer fun activities for people to have fun and create family memories outdoors. With so many diverse areas, park visitors can find adventure or solitude. Some of the most popular activities include camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, huddling around a campfire, hiking, biking, watching wildlife, horse trail rides, Jeep rides, Go Ape treetop ropes course, and family-friendly shooting ranges.

A few parks that were affected by spring flooding and have limited access, camping or services. An update on some park areas includes:

Two Rivers State Recreation Area – The park is open for camping and day use, with the some limitations. Electrical service has been restored to most electrical campsites. The Riverside day use area is accessible, however the Riverside, Cottonwood and equestrian campgrounds are closed temporarily.

Willow Creek SRA – The park is open for camping and day use and electrical service has been restored to most electrical campsites.

Fremont Lakes SRA – The 5 mph/no wake restriction on Lake 10 and Victory Lake (Lake 15) were lifted May 22. A 5 mph/no wake restriction remains in effect for Lakes 16 and 20. Game and Parks urges boaters to heed all safety buoys, signage, and boating regulations.

Game and Parks continues to provide more opportunities for outdoor recreation as it can.

Mormon Island SRA – On May 23, the updated Cedar campground on the park’s east end will open. Contractors have added 38 30/50-amp electrical pedestals; water hydrants will be added later this summer. The campground offers 38 campsites with many located along the edge of Lake 2. Seven of the sites are designated pull-through campsites to accommodate large recreational vehicles and can provide 80-amp service. The campground offers a modern restroom facility with private showers and a large picnic shelter. Half of the campsites will be available on the Nebraska Game and Parks reservation system. Contact the park for camping availability at 308-385-6211.

For a listing of park areas and their status, check out outdoornebraska.gov/weatherclosures/.

Activities are scheduled throughout the park system. For a listing, visit calendar.outdoornebraska.gov/.

Clean! Drain! Dry! Boaters Asked To Help Stop Spread Of Invasive Species

COLUMBUS, Neb. — Cool temperatures in recent days may cause some boaters to wait a little longer to venture into local lakes to kick off the summer boating season this Memorial Day weekend. Nebraska Public Power District wants to alert boaters of the issue of invasive species and remind them of three simple words: Clean. Drain. Dry.

By doing so it will help stop a continuing problem of zebra mussels spreading into lakes and rivers across the Midwest and into Nebraska… and the public can help stop it. Zebra mussels, which look like snails or clams, are small but destructive. They damage boats, clog water intakes and impact the environment of lakes and rivers where they live.

Zebra mussels multiply quickly and, while only the size of a fingernail individually; they attach in groups to solid objects in the water and cause big problems. They have caused millions of dollars in damage to water systems and fisheries across the country, and have been found in recent years in lakes and rivers in and around Nebraska.

The Nebraska Invasive Species Program recommends all boaters clean, drain and dry.

• Clean your boat to remove all visible plants, animals, fish and mud from the boat, trailer or other equipment and dispose of the debris in a suitable trash container or on dry land. Power washing the boat and trailer is another option.

• Drain water from the boat, motor, live wells, ballast tanks and any other equipment holding water. If draining water is not an option, using a cup of diluted bleach will kill zebra mussels.

• Dry your boat, trailer, and all equipment completely before arriving at the next launch ramp to go boating or fishing.

Tips for preventing zebra mussels being introduced into Nebraska bodies of water are available through the Nebraska Invasive Species Program at www.neinvasives.com.

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