A public meeting was held at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss designating a “water trail” on the North Platte River from North Platte to near Hershey.
The meeting was held in the second-floor conference room at the Prairie Arts Center, 416 N. Jeffers, coordinator Muriel Clark said Monday afternoon.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Nebraska Tourism Commission and Lincoln County Emergency Management co-hosted the meeting for landowners and other interested people.
The Visitors Bureau is proposing the trail. It would begin at the public wildlife area on N. Hershey Road and end at Cody Park. There would be another exit-entry point at the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area.
Paddlesports include kayaking, canoeing, rafting, stand-up paddling, and in this area, tubing and tanking, Clark said.
The water trail would have informational signs that include safety information, as well as porta-potties and trash receptacles at the entrance/egress points.
Water trails are inexpensive to develop due to limited needs for land and infrastructure. The proposed trail would utilize existing entrance/egress points, she said.
Clark, the assistant director of the Visitors Bureau, said the water trail could create significant opportunities for tourism, patronage of local businesses including retail, dining and lodging, new business development, gear and equipment sales and rentals, and development of festivals and events related to local rivers and water trails.
(Clark notified the news media at 3:30 p.m. Monday of the public meeting, by email. She said a news release was sent on June 6, but we did not receive it. We were unable to attend the meeting due to a prior commitment.)