Lake Wanahoo State Recreation Area

  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Canoe/Kayak
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Playground

Lake Wanahoo State Recreation Area is a flood control reservoir two miles north of Wahoo. It offers excellent fishing, no-wake boating and camping.

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Lake Wanahoo is stocked with largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, blue catfish, walleye and northern pike. Four fishing breakwaters are located on the west shore and three are located on the east. One breakwater on each shore is handicap accessible. View the lake contour map

Northern pike are catch and release. Some tagged northern pike are stocked in the lake, and anglers are encouraged to report these by calling (402) 471-7647 or sending an email to NGPC Fishtags.

For more information on fishing opportunities here and at parks across the state, visit the interactive public fishing areas map. This map provides detailed information on available species, regulations, public boat ramps, fish cleaning stations and ADA-accessible boat ramps and docks, among other features in reservoirs, lakes, streams and rivers statewide. Lake contour maps can be found for many other areas too.


Lake Wanahoo is a no-wake lake. There is a boat ramp on the west side of the lake. Boaters are urged to use caution because of underwater hazards and shallow areas. Additionally, Lake Wanahoo offers two canoe/kayak launch sites on the west shoreline and one on the east shoreline.

Day use

A day use area on the east side of the lake offers a playground, picnic shelters, picnic tables and a hike-bike trail. The hike-bike trail encircles the lake and a connector trail provides access to nearby Wahoo. The day use area closes at 10 p.m.


RV and tent camping

Lake Wanahoo offers 24 grass pads with 20- and 50-amp electrical hookups, 50 gravel pads with electrical hookups and 60 tent camping sites without electricity. A playground is located on the west side of the park in the electrical campground. Modern restrooms are available as well as coin-operated showers.




A park entry permit is required and may be purchased at the park, statewide Game and Parks offices and permit vendors or in advance of your arrival online.

Residents $30 for an annual permit, duplicate annual permits are available for $15 and daily permits for $6.
For vehicles not registered and licensed in Nebraska $45 for an annual permit, duplicate annuals permits are available for $22.50 and daily permits for $8.

Primitive tent camping – $8
Camping no camp pad, non-electric – $8
Camping no camp pad, with electric – $15
Camp pad with electric – $14-$19
Winter camping rate with electric – $14-$15

For a complete list of all state park, state recreation area and state historical park fees, click here.

Nearby attractions

City of Wahoo

Dining, groceries, lodging, fuel and other amenities are available in nearby Wahoo. A bird viewing area is located 2 miles north of Hwy. 77/92 on County Road O on the south side of the road.

Contact Information

Address: Lake Wanahoo SRA | Wahoo, NE
Phone: NA

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