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News Release: Lake Cunningham Announces Park Opening Date

Renovated Campgrounds Now Taking Reservations Online Only

Lake Cunningham Development Trust announces an opening date for Lake Cunningham. Thursday, August 5th at 12:00pm the park will debut $23 million in improvements to the community. There will be a small evening celebration for the park from 4:00pm-7:00pm. The event will take place by the organization’s trademark, the green and white lighthouse, located in the marina area of the park. People are encouraged to park in the parking lot at Entrance #1 (8965 State St, Omaha, NE 68122) and walk to marina area. The opening celebration will include food trucks, community partners, DJ, activities, and giveaways.

“We are so excited for the community to come and enjoy the lake and recreation area again.”, Says Brook Bench, Executive Director of the Lake Cunningham Development Trust. “We hope that people are pleased with the efforts of this project and its renovations. Our staff will continue to pursue the best ways we can serve parkgoers and enhance the park experience for all.”

After the recent launch of Lake Cunningham’s brand and website, encouraging people to come “Explore the C!”, there has been much pent-up demand and anticipation for the campground reservations. Beginning Monday, July 26th, Lake Cunningham is accepting online booking for campground reservations for dates beginning Thursday, August 5th. Reservations can be made on Lake Cunningham’s website.

The “East C Campground” has 42 new campground stalls complete with water, power and sanitary at each pad as well as a new bathhouse facility. In addition, the “West C Campground” has 41 upgraded camping stalls are in the existing campground with upgrades to the current bathhouse and advances to the electrical from 20 to 50 amplification. There are 17 tent camping spots. New grills and firepits will accompany all of the campground stalls. Cunningham campers will also have the opportunity to experience kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals and classes through Neighborhood Offshore, by booking online.

In Lake Cunningham’s efforts to “Keep the C Clean”, the Lake Cunningham staff will also be offering voluntary boat cleaning services beginning when the park opens, August 5th at 12:00pm. The boat wash station will be located at Entrance #1 (marina) during the following specified dates and times:

Thursday, August 5th: 12:00pm – 8:30pm
Friday, August 6th: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday, August 7th: 8:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, August 8th: 8:00am – 2:00pm

The public boat ramp will be open for use during park hours from 5:00am to 11:00pm. All visitors are welcome to this complimentary service. Visit our website for changes in hours of operation after opening weekend.

“We are already brainstorming new projects and ideas for future years to continue activation for the park. Says Bench, “We want to be able to provide a fun, safe, and unique Lake Cunningham experience. We encourage everyone to Come Explore the C!”


Lake Cunningham is a 390-acre lake surrounded by a 1,050-acre park located in north central Omaha at 8660 Lake Cunningham Road. The lake was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and recreation and opened to the public in 1977. The Lake Cunningham redevelopment project began in 2017 when donors and community members recognized the need for an updated park and formed the Lake Cunningham Development Trust. Learn more about Lake Cunningham at Lake Cunningham is responsive to the needs of its surroundings and aware of the desire to nourish the connectivity of nature by providing an unforgettable outdoor adventure. Our goal is to encourage a memorable, positive nature experience for those seeking discovery or relaxation in the outdoors.