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Chalco Hills Recreation Area, Omaha

Categories: Biking Trails, Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.6/5 based on 50 reviews on the web
Chalco Hills Recreation Area is located in northwestern Sarpy County, Nebraska, and approximately 12mi west of downtown Omaha. Chalco Hills consists of 1186acre of which 246acre is covered by Wehrspann Lake, an artificial reservoir. The recreation area was opened in 1988 as part of Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District efforts to provide flood control and improve recreation opportunities. The Dam was built by the Corps of Engineers and the recreation area is managed by the Natural Resources District.RecreationThere are seven picnic areas and several have covered pavilions, the largest of which can accommodate up to 100 people and can be reserved. Seven miles (11 km) of walking trails encircle Wehrspann Lake. Several soccer fields and one baseball field, along with two playgrounds adjacent to picnic areas are easily reached from nearby parking areas. The soccer fields are also used as launch sites for hot-air balloons and radio controlled airplanes. The area is used for cross-country running events during the fall, and cross-country skiing and ice fishing are popular in the winter. Fishing is more popular in the warmer seasons, and there is parking for 30 trailers. Motorized boats must comply with the no-wake regulation by maintaining speeds under 5 miles (8 km) per hour.Wehrspann LakeWehrspann Lake is a man-made reservoir that covers 246acre and is up to 30ft deep. It is located on tributary streams that flow into Papillion Creek. A "universally accessible" fishing pier and boat launch provide fishing access to Wehrspann Lake. On the southeast side of the lake, a waterfowl viewing platform permits closer observation of the numerous species of birds that frequent the area. The lake is stocked with a variety of fish species including bluegill, channel and blue catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, walleye, and carp.
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  • I love this park, the loop around takes us about 45 min on bike, and you can always double around over the bridge to add and extra 15 minutes. We always see some wildlife and the fresh air and nature ...  read more »
  • We try to get out to Chalco a couple times a month for a walk with the dog, run or bike ride. Great place to see the seasons change. Kept fairly clean all the way around. Will always see some sort of ...  read more »
  • We traveled out to Chalco Hills to walk around the lake on a volkswalk. It was paved the whole way, was fairly flat, but a few hills. Saw some wildlife including deer. 
  • This recreational area is a gem of the Millard area. The trails, waterways, and wildlife are plentiful and beautiful. This is a great place to bring the family without having to drive to an out-of-the-way state park. You will find plenty to do here. See nature up close without leaving the city.
  • Very well kept park. In fact I hesitate to post this because I like having it to myself. I run and bike around this lake several times a week. The bike trails connects to the west papio trail.
  • We love to walk at the trails. There's always something to see! An owl, a deer, a one-legged turkey, bunnies, turkey families, deer families that are friendly! Beautiful views especially around the lake. The lake has picturesque view especially in the fall and spring. Winter makes it more beautiful as well. My husband and I love Chalco Hills Recreation Park! People should pick up after their 4-legged members though!
  • Took a relaxing trail walk through some trees. They also have lots of good paved trails for walking and biking.
  • Best kept secret for cyclist. The trail is smooth and free of debris. The walkers and runners are considerate on the trail as most will call out announcing their presence. We almost always see deer and other wildlife.
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