WAHOO, Neb. --- The gates are open at Lake Wanahoo.
Anglers and recreationalists in a line of more than two dozen vehicles -- many towing fishing boats -- defied overnight rain and chilly morning temperatures Saturday to inaugurate Nebraska's newest state recreation area.
The lure of a big, new fishing hole in eastern Nebraska has been the buzz of the local outdoor recreation world for months.
Lake Wanahoo is a 662-acre reservoir on the north edge of Wahoo, roughly 30 minutes from both Omaha and Lincoln. The lake is two miles long and is the largest new body of water in eastern Nebraska in years. Its surface covers more than one square mile.
The 1,777-acre recreation area features picnic shelters, a four-mile walking and biking trail of limestone, mowed walking trails through prairie grass, camping pads for tents and recreational vehicles, fishing piers and a boat ramp built to handle three vessels simultaneously.
Lake Wanahoo is a no-wake reservoir designed for fishing. It is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, blue catfish, crappie, northern pike and walleye.
A Nebraska Game and Parks Commission parks permit ($5 daily/$26 annual) is required for entry. Permits are sold online, at vendors and at the site.
The Game and Parks Commission manages the site. The Lower Platte North Natural Resources District is the owner.