Weigand Marina Boat Ramp Complete, Additional Improvements At Ponca State Park

PONCA – A pair of state park area projects have been completed featuring a boat ramp in northeast Nebraska.

According to a release from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, a second boat ramp at Lewis and Clark Recreation Area’s Weigand Marina will alleviate long lines of boats waiting to put in or take out while another 2020 project included several improvements at Ponca State Park.

The marina, located near Crofton offers the state’s second-largest lake and has had two boat ramps, but this past season, one ramp has been out of service. The $390,000 project is funded by Capital Maintenance Fund dollars.

Also, the replacement of the Ponca State Park boat ramp, which was washed out by the 2019 flood, was completed in 2020. Funding for this $250,000 project was from the Capital Maintenance Fund with an expected 50% Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement.

Ponca State Park also completed the addition of cement parking lots to the new Aquatic Center and they recently finished 14 new two-bedroom cottages. Road breakups and erosion issues also were addressed in this $1.2 million project funded by the State Recreation Road Fund. The ongoing Ponca State Park entrance project is a large landscape project initiated in 2019 to renovate and beautify the park’s entrance following the construction of the new Aquatic Center

Campers at Summit Lake State Recreation Area, a popular fishing site in Burt County, will notice improvements. In 2020, 13 50-amp campsites with gravel pads were added to Muskrat Campground along with one Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant campsite. Funding for the $115,000 project came from the Capital Maintenance Fund and the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District.

Work continues on several projects in 2021. At Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, a project to repair and replace logs on some of the fort walls is in the construction phase and at Willow Creek State Recreation Area, work will start on repairing 2019 flood damage to the lake’s west causeway, rock jetties and hike/bike trail. Flood repairs to roadways, fishing accesses and levees also will continue at Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area.

A park entry permit is required of each vehicle visiting a state park area. Buy one at OutdoorNebraska.org.