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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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  • Took our kids here a while back. This is a hidden treasure in Omaha. I don't think many people know about it. Lots of trails. Great for walking or bike riding. Seems really huge once you get inside. 
  • 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 ...  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 ...  more »
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  • For a city like Omaha this is a great outdoor park. Fun to explore. There are a few geocaches in the area.
  • 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.
  • Love to walk this area & so do my dogs! Have seen many deer & a few turkey!
  • My boys LOVE the "nature park" area and hiking trails. So much fun!