Prairie Queen Recreation Area, Papillion

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Water Body · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Prairie Queen Recreation Area is located in northcentral Sarpy County, Nebraska, U.S. and approximately 10 miles (16 km) west of downtown Omaha. Prairie Queen consists of between 260 and 335 acres (105 and 136 ha) of parkland of which 135 acres (55 ha) will is an artificial reservoir. The recreation area opened in 2015 as part of Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District efforts to provide flood control and improve recreation opportunities. The recreation area is near Werner Park and served by a road with bicycle lanes.

Prairie Queen Recreation Area is part of ongoing flood control initiatives, with dam construction and water impoundments creating fishing opportunities and increasing wetlands. Groundbreaking for the recreation area was held in 2012 and the project was budgeted at 14.5 million dollars. The recreation area has a boat ramp, picnic areas and 4 miles (6.4 km) of hike/bike paths. Prairie Queen Recreation Area is named after a one-room-schoolhouse that stood on the site that was used from the years 1884 to 1957. After that the school was used as the Papillion Grange Hall until 2002.
Project partners include Papio-Missouri River Natural Resource District, City of Papillion, Sarpy County, Nebraska and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
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  • We wanted to see the recreation area, as it is new. It's well taken care of & it will be a popular place this summer.  more »
  • A beautiful park that is close to Werner Park makes it a great family destination location. Good walking and biking paths that are now connected to the Omaha bike paths.  more »
  • Nice place to fish or slowly boat around. It has well thought out fishing areas for bank fishing. It would have been nice if the boat ramp was wider to accommodate kayaks better. It is easier to step into them from the side at boat ramps and this ramp doesn't have enough width for my 14' kayak. But, it IS a fun lake to fish and is not choked with water vegetation like Walnut Creek is.
  • It's pretty nice here for a rec area in the middle of a growing town. Ease boat access but a small area. It's very crowded for fishing with only one main jettie. I wish there were more paths to the shore for fishing. It's a pretty walk and a nice place to spend a morning.

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