In the Wild with Greg Wagner

Heading to the Gavins Point Dam Area? by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

A message and pics for those heading to the Gavins Point Dam Area in northeast Nebraska from my good friend Rich McShane of Omaha, NE who is with the Nebraska Walleye Association … 

These pictures were taken by me at 5:00pm on Saturday Oct 2nd below Gavins Point Dam at Yankton.  They show opening paddlefish snagging weekend anglers and how the opening of all 14 of the gates on the dam affects fishing downstream.  I believe the gates had not been opened since 1998 until being done so earlier this year. The area manager told me they are scheduled to remain open through November.  Unbelievable amount of water. I was up there for a walleye tournament and go back Oct 15-16 for paddlefish.

Thanks a million Rich, appreciate the message and the photos! Let us know how you do with your paddlefish snagging, will ya’?  Never know, might see you up that way. Take care, be safe and wear your life jacket! GW.



With many of you, like the Wagner family, planning that final summer season getaway, one of Nebraska’s crown jewels for outdoor recreation should not be overlooked.  This is scenic Lewis and Clark Lake State Recreation Area near Crofton, Nebraska.


Lewis and Clark Lake is about a 4-hour drive north and slightly to the west of the Omaha-metro. At 30,000 water acres, it is the state’s 2nd largest reservoir with lots of shoreline access. 

 Boating, skiing, swimming, fishing, hiking and camping are enjoyed there. Modern cabins are even available for year-round rental.

Click the link below for complete information about the Nebraska side of Lewis and Clark Lake.

Nebraska’s Lewis and Clark Lake State Recreation Area would make for a nice Labor Day weekend retreat! I think that’s where we-the Wagner’s are heading this weekend! Maybe we’ll see you out there! 



Nebraska's most challenging river to canoe - the Dismal.

I had my broadcast compatriot Ralph Wall of Game and Parks in Lincoln load this Dismal River canoeing adventure video on our 


YouTube website 

 I thought I’d share it with you here as well. I have never met anyone as good as Ralph at compiling these short video pieces. He is a treasure at Game and Parks. Here’s the video from a canoe trip Ralph, I and buddies took on the Dismal in 1998 (you’ll see a much thinner version of Greg Wagner in the piece, ha!). Enjoy, and we’ll see you out there, I’m sure!


Quick blog to remind those of you planning to float Nebraska rivers on inner tubes yet this summer of these two quintessential points. First, a U.S. Coast Guard-approved, wearable life jacket is required to be on-board that inner tube vessel, and preferably worn!   

A young fella wearing a life jacket tubing on the North Loup River in central Nebraska.

Second, a tuber must have permission from private landowners to access their properties.  

See you out there, having fun and abiding by the laws and regulations governing your outdoor activity!

Katie’s Beyond B.O.W. Adventure by Greg Wagner

Guest blogger Katie Stacey here again to talk about last weekend’s Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman kayak adventure based at Niobrara State Park and on the Upper Missouri River. 

I drove from my home in Bellevue to the park on Thursday and arrived a little after noon. Already I wasn’t sure how the weekend would go. I had been detoured off Highway 12 because there was water over the road just east of Niobrara. Along the detour I saw both Bazile and Verdigre creeks rushing along over their banks. The lovely Niobrara was the color of chocolate milk and looked like it had developed a taste for human flesh. 

Photo courtesy of Dina Barta

I learned there had been a severe storm in the night, and around seven inches of rain had fallen upstream from where we wanted to launch. Still, we had a job to do. We loaded up the kayaks and drove around the area. There was water everywhere and we could see flattened grass where it had been even higher. The boat ramps on the Missouri were not accessible, and I wasn’t pitting my limited kayak skills against the Niobrara’s current mood. 

There would be no kayaking for our B.O.W. participants on Friday. Instead, we enjoyed a day at the park. Horseback riding, hiking, swiming or just kicking back at camp. We also loaded all who wanted to go into vans and visited Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park. Even though I’m a Nebraska native, I had never yet been. We are incredibly lucky to have such a site in our state. It’s incredible to think, the glaciers that would have scoured it from the plains came to a halt only eight miles away. Eight miles! A miniscule distance for a glacier and all the knowledge gained from Ashfalls would never have been. 

Inside the Hubbard Rhino Barn at Ashfall Fossil Beds SHP

I bet you’ll never guess what happend while the group was finishing up with dinner in town that night. 

Photo Courtesy of Dina Barta

Oh yeah, more rain. But, it was a quick storm and the earlier flooding had all day to receed. We were still able to kayak the Missouri River the next morning.
We coudn’t have asked for a better day. The river rolled smoothly along as the group paddled and played on the strech from Sunshine Bottoms to the Verdel boat ramp. We had water fights and races. Nobody tipped over and fell in the river, although most of us were wet enough to have done as much.
In spite of the weather’s initial disagreeableness, I think of the weekend as a great success. Part of being outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen is understanding that we are at the mercy of Mother Nature’s whims. We have to be flexible with our plans and our patience will be rewarded with adventures we will remember all our lives.
For information on upcoming B.O.W. and Beyond B.O.W. adventures check out the Game and Parks Commission’s page at :
See you out there! – –  Katie Stacey


One river that many folks seem to overlook when planning summer float and fishing trips is the tranquil, beautiful Cedar River in east-central Nebraska.  


The Cedar River near Fullerton is quite scenic!  

Located near the Cedar River in Nance County is the site of the historic Moses Merrill Baptist Camp which is now Broken Arrow Wilderness Camp.

 Tanking is popular on the Cedar. One of my favorite stretches to float on the river is from about Belgrade to Fullerton.  

Livestock tank floaters on the Cedar River by Fullerton.

 Here’s a link with all kinds of information on floating the Cedar River:  

Two outfitters are available. Go to this website for one outfitter: or e-mail this address for the other one:  

Oh, and did I mention that the Cedar River is an excellent catfishing resource? You darn right it is!  

The Cedar River is full of plump, skillet-sized channel catfish.

Nebraska has some wonderful rivers to float and fish, and the Cedar is defintely one of them! Don’t overlook it! See you out there, or on there! Perhaps a fall trip is in order for you and your group?

Lover's Leap at the Broken Arrow Wilderness Camp along the Cedar River in full fall color.


Ever tried fishing from a kayak? You should. I did. It’s easy, it’s comfortable and I caught fish. Plus, IF I CAN DO IT, YOU CAN DO IT! Check out the video piece below that we did last night on kayak fishing on WOWT-TV/Channel 6 here in Omaha. Thanks for watching! See you out there, in a kayak fishing of course!