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Lake Manawa State Park

1100 South Shore Drive
712-366-0220

Lake Manawa is also a favorite spot for anglers of all ages. Good catches of crappies, bluegills and catfish may be had throughout the year. Excellent populations of good size bass and walleye can be expected.

Lake Manawa is a great place for swimmers and sunbathers, young and old. A modern beach facility provides opportunities for swimming, as well as refreshments.

Lake Manawa State Park is one of the most popular outdoor recreation facilities in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area. The park's 1,529 acres encompass a beautiful 772-acre lake. Lake Manawa was formed during a flood in 1881 when a portion of the river channel was cut off by the meandering of the great Missouri River. Over the years, the resulting "oxbow" lake, became a major outdoor recreation center for thousands of visitors. "Manawa" is a Native American term meaning "peace and comfort."



Reviews

Jennifer

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Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018
Road a couple of times around the lake on my bike. Parking by the beach felt very unsafe. No one was really around and I noticed quite a bit of broken glass. I was supposed to run as well, but I definitely did not feel safe running on the trails near the beach. Those closer to the main road and connecting to the Wabash were not as bad.

Holly M.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Such a beautiful place to take your kids! They have a massive park playground for the kids. It's even exciting as an adult to wander around it with them. It's about 3 miles from the entrance so you don't have to worry about busy streets and with the wide open spaces, there's no need to worry about the kids roaming away. The beach is beautiful. We look forward to taking our kids there. Plenty of shelters for events and a trail to hike. Definitely recommend this park to anyone.

Forrest Dew

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Friday, July 6, 2018
Good little lake. I've made a lot of good memories around this lake. Would've gave 5 stars if there was a little more to do here. But overall, it's a great place.

Jonnie Altstadt

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Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
I have been boating my whole life and have never been so unnecessarily harassed or targeted by the DNR or any other law enforcement agency! It got so bad that the 20 yr old kids they gave a boat and a badge to likely missed out on 30-40 more tickets while watching us with binoculars for over 3 hours while we were docked, and the harassment continued until we got our boat out of the water. We were not drinking excessively or acting foolish or unsafe, we were spending a beautiful day with our children and another family and their children. When they couldn’t get us they subsequently targeted the second boat in our group. I’ll be keeping my money in Nebraska from now on! I have been boating my whole life and have never been so unnecessarily harassed or targeted by the DNR or any other law enforcement agency! It got so bad that the 20 yr old kids they gave a boat and a badge to likely missed out on 30-40 more tickets while watching us with binoculars for over 3 hours while we were docked, and the harassment continued until we got our boat out of the water. We were not drinking excessively or acting foolish or unsafe, we were spending a beautiful day with our children and another family and their children. When they couldn’t get us they subsequently targeted the second boat in o

Marshall Bruner

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Saturday, May 19, 2018
Clean restrooms. Playground. Swimming beach. Great trails. No more camping at this time. Shelters for parties, follow the speed limit. Fishing, boating, have fun.

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