LINCOLN, Neb. – The Lower Platte North Natural Resources District (NRD) will assume full management of Lake Wanahoo and the surrounding recreation area beginning Jan. 1, 2019.
Since the area opened in 2012, the Lower Platte North NRD, which owns the property, has co-managed the area with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. That agreement will expire on Dec. 31. Transition of the area’s operations will occur on Oct. 16.
Valid Nebraska Park Entry Permits will be honored at the area through Dec. 31, 2018.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, each vehicle entering the area will be required to have a new permit established by the Lower Platte North NRD. Fees for the new permit will be $15 annually for those who live or own property within the natural resources district and $25 for those who live outside of the district. A day pass will be available for $5 per vehicle. The pass will not be required at Czechland and Homestead recreation areas, which are also operated by the Lower Platte North NRD.
Camping rates at Lake Wanahoo will remain unchanged through Dec. 31, 2018. The NRD will begin accepting camping reservations beginning Jan. 1, 2019. For now, campsites are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Recreation facilities including boat access, the shower building, playgrounds, shelters, restrooms, RV hookups, picnic tables and the entry gatehouse will all remain at the area and will be maintained by the Lower Platte North NRD. Game and Parks will continue to manage the fishery and the mentored youth hunting program there. The lake will remain a 5 mph no-wake lake.
The area is 1,777 acres in size, including a 662-acre reservoir. The state recreation area encompasses the landscape and facilities south of the breakwater structure, including campgrounds, shelters, trails, playgrounds and restrooms.
For more information, contact the Lower Platte North NRD at 402-443-4675 or lpnnrd.org.