Those planning on taking the boat out this weekend should check conditions first. Greg Wagner with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says river travel will be difficult due to recent rains.
Wagner says, “Expect higher water conditions. Expect more turbulent water conditions. A bit cooler but with our swimming beaches you’re fine. You need to be extra careful on these rivers. They are roiling, carrying a lot of debris and high water.”
The Papio-Missouri River N-R-D reports swift currents on the Elkhorn River combined with a lot of debris and high water prompted them to close all three boating access sites in Douglas County. They will not re-open until the water level drops below the five feet mark.
Wagner says those taking nature hikes this weekend should watch for deer. He says they are plentiful right now and on the move. He says deer are having their young right. If you see what you believe to be an abandoned fawn, stay away. The mother isn’t far away and the fawn is fine so leave it alone.
Campground theft is becoming another problem. Wagner says treat your campsite as you would your front yard. Don’t leave fishing poles or other equipment on picnic tables because it may not be there in the morning. Make sure to lock up bikes, lawn chairs, grills, toys and other valuables before going to bed at night or risk it not being there in the morning.