In the Wild with Greg Wagner


With scrimmages happening this week, the opening of the high school and college football season is right around the corner. Some teams have to travel good distances for games this fall such as Bellevue West High heading to Kearney and Papillion-La Vista High venturing to North Platte. Even Class B’s Ralston Rams here in the Omaha-Metro have to make the 2-hour jaunt to Beatrice to play the Orangemen August 27th.

So, football fans may want to think about going early and enjoying a nearby Nebraska state parkland, even spending the night in one. Take the Ralston Rams faithful. They could leave early on Friday, August 27th and enjoy a nice picnic lunch and maybe even wet a fishing line at Rockford Lake State Recreation Area just outside of Beatrice well before the 7 p.m. kickoff.

On the college football scene, Doane College fans in Crete have to make the 3-hour trip to play Morningside in Sioux City, IA at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 4th. They should definitely think about trying to reserve a couple of nights in one of the newer cabins or parking their RV overnight at Ponca State Park near Ponca, NE just to the northwest of Sioux City.

Here’s a link to our state park page for information on all of our parklands:

See you out there, enjoying a state parkland before or after the game!


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