Park Rules

Enjoy The Outdoors

Park Hours

Lake Cunningham is open from 5:00am – 11:00pm with exception to the campground. Campground quiet hours are from 10:00pm – 7:00am. Please go to our Campground Policies page for check-in and check-out hours.

Boating/Swimming

Lake Cunningham is a no-wake lake, 5mph. Lake Cunningham Development Trust has been working diligently with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the City of Omaha and Nebraska Game and Parks to develop a plan to allow public boat access while also reducing the risk of spreading the invasive Zebra Mussels species. Visit our Boating page to learn more about our efforts to “Keep the C Clean!”

There is no swimming allowed at Lake Cunningham. 

Fishing

Catch and release will be heavily promoted at Lake Cunningham in the first few years to allow for the growth of fish and the proper development of fisheries. Nebraska Game and Parks has stocked Lake Cunningham with over 230,000 various species of fish. Among these fish include largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, black crappie and saugeye. If you’d like to obtain a fishing license, please visit outdoornebraska.gov.

Riding Horses

Riding horses is allowed in designated areas. For safety reasons, horses are not allowed in the archery range areas, marina, or campground. 

Sledding

Sledding is prohibited at all dam site locations including Lake Cunningham (dam site 11).

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is permitted at Lake Cunningham during the winter months, north of Highway 36.

ATV/UTV

ATVs, UTVs, and golf carts can not be used in the campground or on park trails. Lake Cunningham staff use and park security are the only exceptions to this rule. 

Firearms

No firearms of any nature may be possessed or discharged at Lake Cunningham.

Archery

Per the long-term lease agreement with the City of Omaha and the Golden Arrow Archery Club, the archery range is designated for archer use only. For safety reasons, we do not allow any other outside recreational activity to take place within the range boundaries. The lease agreement boundary map can be found here.

Archery equipment may be possessed and discharged at the public range at Lake Cunningham Park; or any other special event approved by or at the direction of the Lake Cunningham Development Trust. Such equipment may only be in possession on park property when entering or leaving the park and may be discharged only at a range, site or location specifically designated for such an event.

Glass Bottles & Containers

Glass bottles and containers are prohibited.

Grills & Fires

BBQ grills (charcoal and propane) must be a minimum of 24” off the ground. Grills are not allowed on picnic tables. Fires are only allowed in shelter house fireplaces and fire pits that are provided by the park facility. Fires and coals must be doused and properly disposed of before the park user leaves the site.

Bounce Houses

Neither individuals nor organizations may erect or use a bounce house or similar structure at Lake Cunningham without applying for and receiving a permit for open space usage through the Lake Cunningham Development Trust. Such use shall also require proper insurance.