Outdoor Files: Leave your fireworks at home


The 4th of July is a week from today and if you’re planning a trip to a park area…in most cases…leave the fireworks at home.

Fireworks are allowed in only 7 park areas. Branched Oak near Malcolm, Fort Kearny, Memphis, Fremont Lakes, Two Rivers, Pawnee northwest of Lincoln and Wagon Train near Hickman. Fireworks at those 7 parks can be lit from 8 til midnight on the 4th only and in sign designated areas.

Practice safe boating this holiday weekend. Remember that children under age 13 on a boat and anybody on a personal water craft, must wear a Coast Guard approved flotation device. It is best to avoid alcohol while boating. Operators can be impaired with less alcohol than vehicle drivers due to heat and dehydration. Read over all boating regulations in the boating guide booklet from Game and Parks, or see it online at

Also remember that web address for taking boater education. You’re not hearing things. Last week, folks started taking boater education through an online course. The physical classroom option will still be available around the state if you prefer that traditional setting. But boater education is now available online at

A 20 year management plan for Lakes McConaughy and Ogallala was recently approved by the Game and Parks Commissioners. If you’re interested in a discussion on current and future aspects of the plan, attend an open house Wednesday June 28th from 5-7 PM Mountain time at the Lake McConaughy Visitors Center.

Two state historical parks have living history activities, cannon firings and more planned this holiday weekend and holiday. Check out the details and hours online at Then click on Calendar for the schedule of entertainment and education at Fort Kearny and Fort Atkinson in the town of Fort Calhoun north of Omaha.

I'm Ralph Wall reminding you time outdoors is time well spent.

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