North Platte, Neb. – Frenchman Wildlife Management Area (WMA) northeast of Palisade, NE has a new access road. Previously, the public was using a bridge that crosses the canal to access the Frenchman WMA but that bridge was condemned and closed a few weeks ago. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has secured a Special Use Permit from the United States Bureau of Reclamation to allow the public to use the road to the east of Hwy 25A to access Frenchman WMA. Hayes County Department of Roads and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will keep the road maintained and additional improvements will be made to the access road in the near future.
Frenchman WMA is very popular among local residents and others traveling through for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreational activities. The ninety-six acre WMA has three sandpits and the Frenchman Creek borders the west and south boundary of the area.