Papillion Creek Projects
The Papillion (Papio) Creek Projects consist of Glenn Cunningham, Standing Bear, Zorinsky and Wehrspann Lakes and Dams, located within the Greater Omaha area. The Corps of Engineers built the dams and developed the initial recreation plan as part of the Papio Creek and Tributaries lakes project. Extensive flooding in 1964 and 1965 resulted in the loss of seven lives and resulted in $5.5 million in property damage, prompting Congress to authorize construction of the Papio dams.
The dams and reservoirs were built primarily to reduce flooding risks in the Papio Creek watershed. Recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat and improved water quality are additional benefits derived from the Papios Creek Projects. The Corps cooperates with other agencies to manage and protect the natural resources of these lakes and surrounding lands. The Corps of Engineers leases all but one of its Papio Creek Reservoirs to the City of Omaha. Wehrspann Lake is leased to the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District.
Salt Creek Lakes
The Salt Creek and Tributaries Flood Control Project in Nebraska was authorized by the Federal Flood Control Act of 1958 to provide flood damage reduction, water quality, recreation, and fish and wildlife enhancement. The basin drains a 1645 square mile area of southeastern Nebraska, encompassing the City of Lincoln. Salt Creek enters the Platte River from the right bank 25 miles southwest of Omaha and drains the southern and western part of the basin, while Wahoo Creek drains the northeastern portion. The ten Salt Creek Lakes furnish much needed recreation for local residents as well as providing vital habitat for wildlife. These projects cover 11,239 acres, of which 4,289 are surface acres of water. The Corps of Engineers leases all but one of its Salt Creek Reservoirs to the State of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. These projects are referred to as the Salt Valley Lakes. Holmes Lake is leased to the City of Lincoln, Neb.