Lake Wanahoo

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In addition to environmental restoration and flood control benefits, the Lake Wanahoo/Sand Creek Watershed Project offers public recreation, including fishing, no-wake boating, tent and RV camping, hiking/biking, picnicking, and more. The Lake Wanahoo State Recreation Area, managed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, first opened on April 28, 2012.

The area takes its name from Wanahoo Park, a popular recreation area that operated in the Wahoo area through the mid-1960s (see pictures and a history of Wanahoo Park here).

Rules & Regulations

Recreational Facilities

The 1,777-acre recreation area straddles the 662-acre Lake Wanahoo, with camping and boating access on the west side and a day use area on the east.

Wanahoo Trail

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A rocked hiking/biking trail winds throughout the park, linking the east and west side recreation areas over a breakwater levee one mile north of the dam. Mowed trails north of the levee provide access to undeveloped areas set aside for wildlife habitat.


Connector Trail

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Rec Map

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Camping & Boating

The camping area on the west side offers 74 camper pads, 60 tent camping sites and a shower house (on the southwest end of the RV area). All camper pads are equipped with electrical hookups and 50 of them are hard surfaced, with the remainder on grass. All tent sites have fire rings and picnic tables. Lake Wanahoo Dump Station now available on the east side of the lake!

The camping area also offers easy access to a large boat ramp that's wide enough to accommodate three boats at a time. Boating at the lake is no-wake only.

Day Use

The day use area on the east side of the lake is a great location for groups both big and small, with two large picnic shelters and two smaller ones, all offering scenic views of the lake.


Both the camping and day use areas provide excellent fishing access, with a total of seven fishing jetties. One jetty on each side has an attached handicapped pier.

Numerous habitat structures and shoreline protection features were designed into the lake to provide a high-quality fishery. The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, blue catfish, crappie, northern pike, and walleye.

Youth Hunting

Limited hunting opportunities will continue to be available at Lake Wanahoo through the popular PATH Program, where adults can schedule a time to mentor a youth hunter at designated hunting sites north of the recreation area. Get more details here.

Sand Creek Diagram

Future Developments

The four-lane Highway 77 bypass will run across the dam. The Nebraska Department of Roads is expected to complete construction on the bypass by the end of 2015.

Contact Us

Lower Platte North NRD
PO Box 126
Wahoo, NE 68066
toll-free 1.888.764.0543
Fax 402.443.5339

Office Hours

8 am - 4:30 pm M-F

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