The newest lake in the Omaha area is Zorinsky Lake, named for the late U.S. Senator Edward Zorinsky. Located in west Omaha, the 253 acre lake opened to the public in 1993 and is operated by the City of Omaha.Visitors at this day-use only facility can enjoy a variety of activities including fishing, no-wake boating, hiking, cycling, nature study, baseball, soccer, football and winter sports.
The Zorinsky lake project has one of the few native tall grass prairies remaining in eastern Nebraska. The 40-acre Bauermeister Prairie, named for the former landowner Fred Bauermeister, is home to numerous birds, animals, and 120 species of plants.
Many of the facilities at Zorinsky are universally accessible, including the fishing pier, located near the dam.
The lake has a surface area of 255 acres and a maximum depth of 30 feet, perfect for the angler in all of us.
Asphalt trails exist for hiking and bicycling.
Trails are available for the four legged, ridable friends.
Seven picnic shelters may be reserved by contacting the Omaha Parks Department; otherwise they are available on a first come first serve basis.
Although the youngest in its class, responsible boating is observed.
Sledding, ice skating, ice fishing and cross-country skiing are permitted in the winter months.
Cool dry winters are followed by an explosion of spring annual plant specie. Look out for hot summers, often characterized by wet summer rains.
South of West Center Road with entrances on 156th and 168th streets.