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Beautiful Sunset At Summit Lake


Sunset at Summit Lake. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Conservation Day at Summit Lake


Lyons-Decatur students along with 6th graders from across the county took part in the 6th Grade Conservation Day at Summit Lake last week. Caleb Schlichting, Kaden Frahm, Trevor Cole and Tretyon Frahm roll the dice and record where they as a water molecule will go next from the Cloud in the Water Cycle during one of the Conservation Day activities. – photo by Mary Loftis

Lyons-Decatur students along with 6th graders from across the county took part in the 6th Grade Conservation Day at Summit Lake last week.
Caleb Schlichting, Kaden Frahm, Trevor Cole and Tretyon Frahm roll the dice and record where they as a water molecule will go next from the Cloud in the Water Cycle during one of the Conservation Day activities. – photo by Mary Loftis

Mary Loftis, Extension Associate in Burt County explains the Water Cycle to this group of 6th grade students during the Sixth Grade Conservation Day at Summit Lake. – photo by Jennifer Hansen

Mary Loftis, Extension Associate in Burt County explains the Water Cycle to this group of 6th grade students during the Sixth Grade Conservation Day at Summit Lake. – photo by Jennifer Hansen

The Beauty of Water, Land and Sky


dsc08388A view from our boat at Summit Lake near Tekamah, NE. The beauty of the water, land and sky all in on picture! Photo Credit/ Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Fishing at Summit Lake


My husband, Jeff, and I went fishing at Summit Lake near Tekamah NE over Labor Day weekend. I brought my camera to take some pictures of the lake. It is a beautiful place! Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

My husband, Jeff, and I went fishing at Summit Lake near Tekamah NE over Labor Day weekend. I brought my camera to take some pictures of the lake. It is a beautiful place! And, in the left corner is a fishing pole.  Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Fishing at Summit Lake Near Tekamah Ne


My husband, Jeff Gilliland, caught this 6 pound catfish at Summit Lake near Tekamah NE yesterday. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

My husband, Jeff Gilliland, caught this 6 pound catfish at Summit Lake near Tekamah NE yesterday. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Pheasants Forever Chapter Reorganizing


The Burt County Chapter of Pheasants Forever will reorganize for 2016 on Thursday, March 31, 6:00 p.m., at Way North Bar & Grill (formerly Cy’s Place) on the north side of Summit Lake. Anyone interested in joining the #1 Habitat Organization in the country is welcome to join.

Our main projects through the year are supporting youth shooting programs (trap teams, 4-H shooting sports), improving habitat for wildlife, we own and rent out a no-till drill for establishing habitat, provide a scholarship for a senior from each school in the county, youth and adult education, sponsoring a Youth Mentor Hunt for kids that might not otherwise get to go hunting… and putting on our annual banquet so we can afford to do all of the other things!

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please join us for our first meeting of the year on Thursday evening at Way North!

A Spectacular View of Summit Lake


A view of Summit Lake near Tekamah and Craig NE. We were out for a drive and I always have my camera with. I also had a new lens and wanted to practice with it. We were much further away than the photos indicate. It was a beautiful day for a drive and Summit Lake just sparkled! All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

A view of Summit Lake near Tekamah and Craig NE. We were out for a drive and I always have my camera with. I also had a new lens and wanted to practice with it. We were much further away than the photos indicate. It was a beautiful day for a drive and Summit Lake just sparkled! All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Summit Lake Receives Nielsen Foundation Grant


Summit Lake Recreation Area will be adding new shower houses, bathrooms that will also serve as a storm shelter and a handicapped accessible fishing pier with a cover over it, thanks to a $166,00 grand from the Don Nielsen Foundation.

“I was so thrilled,” stated Patty Plugge of the Burt County Economic Development Corporation.

Patty worked with a committee formed from of volunteers from Leadership Burt County and Recreation Preservation Association in improving Summit Lake. They initially sought to raise money, when the news of this grant came through.

Previous improvements to the area were new camper pads and electricity to all of the camper pads. “This is the second year of having the new camper pads. We previously had eleven, now we have thirty,” Patty said. “This makes a huge difference in the number of campers during the summer. We have more people coming to Summit Lake from all over.”

The new improvements to the area will start this fall, but most of the work will be done in the spring. “The project is set to be finished by Memorial Day,” Patty stated.

The group contacted Nebraska Game and Parks to do the construction. Former Oaklander Jim Swenson is the Parks Division Administrator for the entire state of Nebraska and will be working on the construction at Summit Lake. “The bathrooms are purchased already made. The footings will be put in and the bathroom will be ready to be placed,” Patty said. “An engineer will be hired to do testing, etc. for the pier.

Patty and the Leadership Burt County and Recreation Preservation Association will be sitting down to discuss improvements at Pelican Point. “We haven’t done much there yet due to the flooding. We will also be talking to Nebraska Game and Parks about Pelican Point and what can be done there,” Patty stated.

The grant from the Don Nielsen foundation is greatly appreciated by everyone involved in improving Summit Lake. “We thank them for their generous donation to us. They wanted to help because they felt like it was a good fit with their mission to help communities and the general public,” Patty said.

 

The Nielsen Foundation awarded a $166,000 grant last week for improvements to Summit Lake State Recreation Area. Those who marked the occasion include, from left, Burt County Economic Development Director, Patty Plugge, Nielsen representative, Clarence Mock, Game & Parks Division Administrator, Jim Swenson, Tekamah Community Foundation member, Sarah Chatt, and Burt County Recreation Preservation Association members Becky Anderson and Trent Olsen. Katie Novak/Burt County Plaindealer

The Nielsen Foundation awarded a $166,000 grant last week for improvements
to Summit Lake State Recreation Area. Those who marked the occasion include,
from left, Burt County Economic Development Director, Patty Plugge, Nielsen
representative, Clarence Mock, Game & Parks Division Administrator, Jim
Swenson, Tekamah Community Foundation member, Sarah Chatt, and Burt County
Recreation Preservation Association members Becky Anderson and Trent Olsen.
Katie Novak/Burt County Plaindealer

Country Hills With Tekamah’s Water Tower in Distance


The hills not far from Summit Lake. Tekamah can be seen in the distance, Their white water tower is in view. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The hills not far from Summit Lake. Tekamah can be seen in the distance, Their white water tower is in view. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Beautiful Day at Summit Lake


Canadian geese are enjoying Summit Lake. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Canadian geese are enjoying Summit Lake. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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