WP-5 Reservoir, Prairie Queen Recreation Area


WP-5 named Prairie Queen Recreation Area


(Above- 2013 photo courtesy NE Game and Parks Commission).
Construction is continuing on the Papio-Missouri River NRD’s WP-5 Reservoir – recently named Prairie Queen Recreation Area. The new 135 acre reservoir, surrounded by an additional 335 acres of public parkland, is being built near 132nd St and Cornhusker Rd in Sarpy County, just northwest of the Werner Park Stadium.

Omaha World-Herald story on Prairie Queen 11-5-2014

The reservoir project will help protect lives and property downstream along the West Branch Papillion Creek, including the cities of Papillion and Bellevue. Studies have shown that this area of Sarpy County is in dire need of additional flood protection. In addition to the construction of the flood control reservoir, the project also calls for the construction of a hiking/biking trail, boat ramp, picnic shelters, upstream water quality structures and a Lincoln Rd. extension and bridge.

This multi-purpose flood control and outdoor recreation project is the first to be implemented under the Papillion Creek Watershed Partnership’s watershed management plan.  The partnership, established in 2001, includes representatives from Omaha, Papillion, Bellevue, Gretna, Boys Town, Ralston, LaVista, Sarpy County and the Natural Resources District. The organization has a mission to address issues related to flooding and water quality in the Papillion Creek watershed in Douglas and Sarpy Counties.

Opening of the recreation area is planned for 2015.

Project Partners:

Papio-Missouri River NRD
City of Papillion
Sarpy County
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

WP-5 Fact Sheet and Project Map

Rules and Regulations for all NRD Recreation Areas 




NRD General Manager John Winkler joins NRD Board members  Gus Erickson, David Klug, Fred Conley, Larry Bradley and Jim Thompson
at the October, 2012 groundbreaking.

(click on photo to enlarge)


For more Information on the WP-5 project contact:

Amanda Grint, Water Resources Engineer 402-444-6222 agrint@papionrd.org









Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District. Copyright © 2012. All Rights Reserved.


Javascript is currently disabled. For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are the instructions how to enable JavaScript in your web browser.


You are using an outdated browser. Sorry, this web site doesn't support Internet Explorer 6. To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend that you upgrade to a newer version or other web browser. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below. It is completely free for download: