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Photo Ops!!

Lake Manawa is a peaceful little lake with year round views each specultator in it's own season. We... read more

Reviewed July 26, 2017
Get there early for a shelter

Groups arrive very early to claim their picnic space for the day. If not arriving early, plan on... read more

Reviewed April 9, 2017
Omaha, Nebraska
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Aug 20, 2018
“Nice area”
Jul 26, 2017
“Photo Ops!!”
Lake Manawa Beach provides swimming, volleyball, horseshoes, grilling and picnicing.
1100 S Shore Dr, Council Bluffs, IA 51501-7354
+1 712-366-4802
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Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

We were here recently for an event at the lake/beach area. There was ample parking, indoor restrooms with a nice concession stand offering a variety of food and beach items. There were inner tubes and other inflatables to rent. The beach and water were very...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Lovtorun
Reviewed July 26, 2017

Lake Manawa is a peaceful little lake with year round views each specultator in it's own season. We have enjoyed eagles in the spring. In the fall the colors are beautiful. This summer we discovered beautiful lily pads. Not the typical lilies, but lotus like...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed April 9, 2017 via mobile

Groups arrive very early to claim their picnic space for the day. If not arriving early, plan on bringing tables and chairs. Too cold of water today and beach is a little dirty. But not bad a bad place for the metro where beach options...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank McFerrid
Reviewed February 14, 2017

We were in Omaha and read an article in the newspaper about eagles at Lake Manawa Beach. We took the drive over and were not disappointed. My first time seeing an eagle was SO Exciting. What beautiful majestic creatures. We must have seen at least...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank mrskemosabe
Reviewed November 15, 2016

Lake Manawa in the city of Council Bluffs, Iowa USA. Has been a good place to escape to. The fishing is fair, you can boat ski, some people learn about Sailboat regatta's dominate on the weekends. The area is safe for all types of water...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Robert R
Reviewed July 7, 2016

I enjoy afternoons in my pool at home in the Catalina Foothills of Tucson, AZ. While in Omaha for the 2016 NCAA CWS, my UofArizona Wildcats finished 2nd to CCU, on days the UofA did not play I visited Lake Manawa Beach (3 occasions). A...More

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank SMLeek69
Reviewed March 2, 2016

Lake Manawa is an awesome area that goes far beyond the beach area. Being a non swimmer, I can't rate the lake only on that feature. Overall there is fishing, boating, camping bird watching and plenty of walking or biking trails. It's also unique in...More

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank Howard M
Reviewed September 30, 2015

A small lake in the city of Council Bluffs. Pretty good fishing. Sailboat regatta's dominate the weekends so as to make it hard to waterski and the such. Close to town for eateries and snacks. Winter time the eagles gather here.

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Joe B
Reviewed August 12, 2015

Great place to go and chill for a while. Kids had a great time. Was not at all crowded. Boat going up and down the lake made for great waves for kids to ride.

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank Sharon D
Reviewed July 9, 2015

We stayed here for one night on a road trip. It was so bad that we cancelled for the way back to stay elsewhere. There was loud noise throughout the night, and the bathrooms had fecal matter all over the floor in the morning--it was...More

Date of experience: June 2015
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September 9, 2018|
Response from weatherman86 |
I don't know what types of metal are in the marina, sand, or gravel areas of lake manawa, council bluffs region