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If you’re careful about where you walk, stand and sit, and mindful of what you touch, many of these hazards can be avoided. Plants can’t run away. In order to protect themselves from being eaten by deer and other animals, they have to be more creative in their defenses. Some produce dangerous toxins to keep from being eaten. Others grow sharp thorns to protect their fruits and flowers.

Willow Creek State Recreation Area
(402) 329-4053
Pierce, NE
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Laundry
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Cottonwood Lake State Recreation Area
(308) 684-3428
Merriman, NE
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground

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Mormon Island State Recreation Area
(308) 385-6211
Grand Island, NE
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Playground

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Gothenburg KOA
(800) 562-1873
Gothenburg, NE
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pool, Wading Pool, River Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Sunny Meadows Campground
(308) 440-4541
Elm Creek, NE
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Laundry
Recreation
Stream Fishing, Play Equipment

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Walgren Lake State Recreation Area
(308) 432-6167
Hay Springs, NE
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground

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Fort Robinson State Park
(308) 665-2900
Crawford, NE
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Wading Pool, Boating, Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Tennis, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Nebraska National Forest (Bessey Recreation Complex)
(308) 533-2257
Halsey, NE
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, River Swimming, Wading Pool, Canoeing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Tennis, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Crystal Lake State Recreation Area
(308) 385-6210
Ayr, NE
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Playground, Tennis

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Atkinson Lake State Recreation Area
(402) 684-2921
Atkinson, NE
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Poison IvyPlants don’t often top the list when we think of dangers awaiting us outdoors, but they can carry defenses ranging from annoying thorns to dangerous poisons. If we don’t treat some plants with the respect they deserve, the consequences can range from uncomfortable to deadly. As your outdoor activities heat up this summer, keep these tips in mind to help ensure your outdoor fun remains happy and safe.

If you’re careful about where you walk, stand and sit, and mindful of what you touch, many of these hazards can be avoided. Plants can’t run away. In order to protect themselves from being eaten by deer and other animals, they have to be more creative in their defenses. Some produce dangerous toxins to keep from being eaten. Others grow sharp thorns to protect their fruits and flowers.

POISON IVY
Poison ivy, western poison oak and poison sumac are the leading contenders in the annoying plant competition. These related plants contain a poisonous sap called urushiol, which inflicts a painful rash in 90 percent of the people who touch them. Other plants, such as Virginia creeper and milkweed, can also cause allergic reactions, although they’re rarely as serious.

There are many myths about poison ivy, oak and sumac. Let’s dispel some of them so you can have an accurate understanding of the dangers.
      •  The rash is not contagious. You cannot get or spread it without touching the sap directly.
      •  Scratching the rash and popping blisters will not spread the rash, unless you haven’t washed off
         all the sap. By breaking open the skin, however, scratching can lead to infection. Try to resist
         the itch.

PREVENTION
      •  Learn to recognize these plants in order to avoid contact. “Leaves of three, let them be” is a helpful
         saying to remind you to avoid poison oak and poison ivy. Poison sumac has from six to 10 parallel
         leaves on each branch, with a single leaf at the end. Check out www.poisonivy.aesir.com for
         good photos and more information about these plants.
      •  Wear long pants and sleeves to prevent the sap from contacting your skin. Run the clothes through
         the laundry if there’s a chance urushiol may be on them.
      •  Hose off your dog before petting her, if she’s been romping through areas where these plants
         grow. Oil on her fur can transfer to you.
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