Nebraskaland July 2020

NEBRASKAland Magazine is dedicated to outstanding photography and informative writing with an engaging mix of articles and photos highlighting Nebraska’s outdoor activities, parklands, wildlife, history and people.

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PHOTO BY JUSTIN HAAG Cover: Colin Lodl of Omaha flies off a flat ramp on the new mountain bike trails at Platte River State Park. Photo by Eric Fowler. Volume 98 No. 6 July 2020 F E A T U R E S 22 PRACTICE MAKES BETTER Story and photos by Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley 30 OUTDOOR NEBRASKA What to Do in July By Renae Blum 32 IT'S A WASP MANTIDFLY Story and photos by Chris Helzer 36 RIOT IN LOUP CITY By David L. Bristow, History Nebraska 38 LAKE MCCONAUGHY STATE RECREATION AREA By Julie Geiser 44 THOSE FIERY REDHEADS Story and photos by Justin Haag 48 TECHNIQUES FOR JULY BASS Story and photos by Jeff Kurrus 50 PLATTE RIVER STATE PARK BIKE TRAILS Story and photos by Eric Fowler 56 THE PERFECT TACKLEBOX Story and photo by Jeff Kurrus D E P A R T M E N T S 6 Your Nebraska 10 In the Field 58 Mixed Bag 68 Portraits from the Past 70 The Last Stop O N T H E W E B To see additional content including photos, videos and additional articles, visit Nebraskaland (VOL. 98 / NO. 6 ISSN 0028-1964) is published monthly, except for the combined Jan./Feb. and Aug./Sept. issues, by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, 2200 N. 33rd St., Lincoln, NE. Periodicals postage paid at Lincoln, Nebraska, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Nebraskaland, P.O. Box 30370, Lincoln, NE 68503-0370.

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