- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

HUBBARD, Neb. (AP) - Summer rainfall has helped fill a new recreational lake near a northeastern Nebraska city more quickly than expected, giving residents a preview of what to expect when it opens next summer.

Kramper Lake is less than a mile southeast of Hubbard and is south of Nebraska Highway 35, the Sioux City Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1uj9tzy ).

“We’re a year ahead of where we thought we might be. We’re really thrilled that it’s filled this quickly,” said Marlin Petermann, assistant general manager of the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, which sponsored the project.

The 226-acre lake and accompanying recreational area will be a part of the 520-acre Danish Alps Recreation Area. The project, estimated at $17 million, will include RV and equestrian campsites and miles of hiking, biking and horse trails.

The lake is named after Vince Kramper, a retired member of the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission. Kramper lives in Dakota City and said it has been a pleasure to watch the lake fill up so quickly.



“How often do you get to watch the birth of a lake and a recreational area?” he said.

When a boat ramp and fishing pier were built last summer, Kramper said it was hard to picture water reaching either structure. But after this year’s heavy rainfall, it became easier, he said.

Hubbard Village Clerk Charlene Jensen said many residents have visited the lake to see how high it’s risen. The lake has already attracted bald eagles, ducks and other waterfowl.

“I think they’re anxious to get out there and get fishing,” Jensen said.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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