Chalco Hills Recreation Area, Omaha

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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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  • Easy access off 144th (Hwy 50) and Giles. Bike trails leading into the park and all around. Walking trails are quiet and serene. Lots of waterways and birds. Nesting for Bald Eagle on the east side of...  more »
  • We love to walk and drive around Chalco. It has great paths with gorgeous scenery! We pass by there a lot in the evenings and it is great to drive through just to see the deer.  more »
  • We took engagement photos here for the first visit but it's so beautiful and so much to hike that we'll be back!  more »
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  • Wow. To my own embarrassment (as a backpacker, hiker and trail runner) I hadn't visited this area before trying out a 10 mile run. What a beautiful course! The path followed a mix of mowed trail, deer trail and some paved path. The foliage and wildlife certainly made the whole experience awesome. Definitely a gem for the Omaha area. If you haven't yet go check it out.
  • We were in the recreation center. You feel like you are out in nature looking through the banks of huge windows. We saw several deer come right up to the center. We were overlooking the lake.There are biking & walking trails. You can have gatherings here but no alcohol is allowed. The place is very nice. All it was missing was a fireplace.
  • Very nice area for getting away for a bit, kayaking and fishing are good. I have been to a couple company picnics here and the area was good for the over 100 people who showed up. nice trails but not very long, just casual walking.
  • I visited recently for an ice fishing excursion, the park was well maintained as usual. I had heard they renovated the fishery 2 years ago, but had heard a rumor there were still nice fish there, we couldn't locate any, but it was nice to get out.
  • Great place to take the family. Always well maintained. Lots of wildlife and just far enough away from the interstate that you don't hear the traffic.

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