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Lake Wanahoo State Recreation Area

511 Commercial Park Rd.
Wahoo  Nebraska  68066
United States
(402) 443-4675
(888) 764-0543

Midwest Living Review

Tina King
Anglers will find a peaceful escape and a lake stocked just for them, but visitors without fishing poles will quickly get bored.

The walleye and the largemouth bass lure Nebraska fishermen to this new 662-acre lake, which opened in spring 2012. The folks who designed it definitely had anglers in mind. Jetties and breakwaters, some handicapped-accessible, allow for fishing without a boat. Maps provide those with water transportation a detailed depth guide for maneuvering around the wetlands and Pork Chop Island. Once you cast your line, you'll likely be rewarded with crappie, bluegill, blue catfish, walleye and northern pike, although the latter are a catch-and-release-only prize.

What you won't find here is shade, staff or programming. There’s no swimming or wake-boating allowed. Although there are some walking trails, they don't lend themselves to hiking. There’s no outlet on-site where you can get fishing licenses or bait, though experienced fishermen probably know to come prepared. The adjacent small town of Wahoo has some beautiful homes, but not much by way of restaurants or shopping.

Campers have the option of gravel or grass sites, many with electricity. The bathroom shelters are up and functioning, but the shower house was still under construction as of summer 2012. Fans of this state recreation area probably won't get too wrapped up in its lack of play equipment or concession stands. It's all about the fishing. Entrance requires a Nebraska state park permit, available online and at local vendors. 

June 22, 2012

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