Prairie Queen Recreation Area, Papillion

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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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  • Community Fishing Night by the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission was really nice for us with our son and two young grandsons! They had a lot of fun catching fish even though we arrived late! Staff... 
    Community Fishing Night by the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission was really nice for us with our son and two young grandsons! They had a lot of fun catching fish even though we arrived late! Staff...  more »
  • 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. 
    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 »
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  • This lake is awesome. Well-maintained and relaxing, even when there are a lot of people. I love running the lake, 4 miles. And my dog loves it too.
  • Lovely winter walk around the 4 mile lake. I love prairie grass!

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