NEBRASKAland June 2016

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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18 NEBRASKAland • JUNE 2016 Five Great Beaches By Jeff Kurrus While we don't have an ocean view, Nebraska does has plenty of waterside beaches that allow you to close your eyes, bury your feet in the sand, and feel water creep between your toes. Here are a few of my favorites: Lake McConaughy Let's go big first. Whether you're here with a group of friends or by yourself enjoying the sounds of a windy western Nebraska day, sitting lakeside at Lake Mac can sometimes feel like you're sitting oceanside. Calamus State Recreation Area The sun-filled afternoon sky at Calamus State Recreation Area, on the edge of the Sandhills, is enough to make anyone stay on vacation with their family for an extra day. Louisville State Recreation Area This Cass County beach, located on Lake No. 2, welcomes couples as well as kids. Windmill State Recreation Area You may have this one to yourself, as many travelers passing by on Highway 80 will drive right by. But it's their mistake. You'll definitely enjoy this quiet beach at Lake No. 5. Summit State Recreation Area Adjacent to the area's campground, this beach is a one-stop shop for summer fun for the entire family. ■ PHOTO BY JEFF KURRUS

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