In the Wild with Greg Wagner


SPRING OPEN HOUSE IN NEBRASKA’S GREAT OUTDOORS by Greg Wagner

Our spring open house in Nebraska’s great outdoors is fast approaching! I’m talkin’ about Nebraska’s free fishing and state park entry day on May 22nd. No fishing or state park entry permits are required for that entire day for residents and nonresidents. All other fees and regulations remain in effect.  Now listen, why not make plans to hop in your vehicle (like the Wagner’s will) and discover or re-discover one of Nebraska’s many fine state parklands. There are over 80 of them available to you! We – the Wagner’s – will be heading to Platte River State Park near Louisville where I worked back in the early 1980s. I plan on taking my family there on the free day to experience a good old-fashioned picnic lunch and a hike on the Stone Creek trail to see the small waterfall along it. Glance below. Isn’t it cool?

At times, overshadowed by highly popular Mahoney State Park nearby, Platte River State Park is truly a hidden treasure. Here is a link with more information about it:  http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/parks/guides/parksearch/showpark.asp?Area_No=224  

I thoroughly enjoyed working for park superintendent Roger Sykes at Platte River. He continues to maintain a beautiful, well-manicured area! The park, by the way, will be transformed into a full-fledged outdoor education-type facility in the near future. Look for it to offer even more hands-on outdoor activities for kids and families. Following the park adventure at Platte River for us, it’ll be time to wet some lines. It’ll be off to a private pond a buddy of mine owns in western Sarpy County for some bass and panfishing action. Hungry fish will await us! Our 12-year old Son Noah will be the main fishing guide for the family (he’s been there before, you know)!

What about you and your family, what will you be doing on May 22nd? I can’t think of a better opportunity than that day to step outside and enjoy our abundant state park and fishing resources. We’ll see you out there, won’t we?

FYI, here is a link to our Game and Parks outdoor calendar for special events happening on that day in our state parklands, just click on May 22:  http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/admin/calendar/events.aspx

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