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Lake Wanahoo

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About the Lake

Located on the North Side of Wahoo, NE.
Contact: michael.carrick@nebraska.gov

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Lake Wanahoo is part of the Flood Control/Environmental Restoration Project for the Sand Creek watershed. The project area comprises 1,777 acres, including a 662-acre lake.

The project area is owned by the Lower Platte North Natural Resources District (LPNNRD) and was developed in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission provided in-lake and recreation design input and will manage the recreation facilities south of the breakwater, known as Lake Wanahoo State Recreation Area (SRA).


The boat ramp facility is on the west side of the SRA. The ramp is wide enough to accommodate three boats at the same time. There is a 5 mph/no wake boating restriction on the entire reservoir.  Boaters are urged to use caution because of underwater hazards and shallow areas that are prevalent in the upper end of the reservoir especially north of the bridge. 


All state fishing regulations apply, with the following special regulations:
  • All northern pike are catch and release.
  • Use or possession of live baitfish is not allowed.
  • Largemouth bass must be at least 21 inches in length to be harvested.

The lake has been stocked with largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, blue catfish, walleye and northern pike. The SRA has four fishing breakwaters on the west shore and three on the east. One breakwater on each shore is handicap accessible.

Tagged Fish

Anglers are encouraged to report the following information on tagged fish caught: tag number, date caught and the fish length. 

Anglers can report this information by any of these methods:

Phone: 402-471-7647

E-mail: ngpc.fishtags@nebraska.gov

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Wildlife Habitat Area

The area north of the breakwater is a wildlife habitat area managed in a cooperative agreement between the LPNNRD, Game and Parks and Pheasants Forever and serves as a Passing Along the Heritage (PATH) site for mentored youth hunts. Fishing is allowed by bank or boat on the lake north of the breakwater. Access is either by boat via the gap in the breakwater or on land via mowed grass trails.


Camping facilities on the west side of the lake include:
  • 50 gravel RV pads with electricity -- $19/night
  • 24 grass pads with electricity -- $15/night
  • 60 tent camping sites -- $8/night
  • ADA compliant coin-operated modern shower/latrine.

Self-service boxes will be available for depositing required fees when the entry station is not staffed.

Day Use

The day-use area is on the east side of the lake. It closes at 10 p.m. Day-use facilities include picnic shelters, picnic tables, hike/bike trail, fishing breakwaters, parking and restrooms. No swimming allowed at the lake.

Park Permit

A valid Nebraska park entry permit is required for each vehicle entering Lake Wanahoo SRA. Permits can be purchased OutdoorNebraska.org or at the park.

Future Development

  • The park will offer reservable campsites beginning in 2014.
  • Nebraska Department of Roads will create a four-lane bypass for U.S. Highway 77 across the dam.
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