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This year’s long warm season has been great for Nebraska state parks.
“It’s an amazing year,”Kirk Nelson, west region parks manager, told the Lincoln Journal Star. “This year the sun came out and it warmed up in March, and everybody came out.”
It translated to big numbers and big weekends early on at the parks, especially in the east. It was one of the best Memorial Day weekends ever.
As the heat came on in July, the tent campers and people who like to rough it dropped off, but the pop-up camper and RVs have remained steady.
“Water-based recreation has been the name of the game after the heat started,” Nelson said.
Calamus reservoir campground has been full every weekend.
“McConaughy, they’ve been ringing that lake. Denverites, Coloradoans have been showing up in huge numbers,” he said.
The lake may be down some, but it started brim full, so it’s still at 60 percent, he said.
“We’re going to have a heck of a year. It’s going to be a barn burner,” he said.