Flanagan Lake, opening this week, is already stimulating development in northwest Omaha

Bicyclists, runners, fishing enthusiasts and all-around fans of the outdoors, rejoice. The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District's largest-ever lake and flood-control reservoir opens in northwest Omaha in mere days.Flanagan Lake,

northwest of 168th and Fort Streets, will formally open Wednesday early morning. The 220-acre lake and 475 acres of parkland boasts cycling and strolling tracks, fishing and an enjoyable breather from northwest Omaha's torrid rate of suburban development.But it's also shown to

be a driver for more development.Already, much of the land around the lake and entertainment area is spoken for. A growing list of property developments in the location consists of Pier 15, which will overlook the lake; Anchor Pointe, on 168th and Ida Streets; and a couple of Celeb Homes & Townhouses developments in the works."Individuals like being around water," stated Andy Alloway &, who owns Nebraska Realty.

And this isn't Minnesota or Missouri. Lakes are a rarer commodity. "When something like this does occur-- a brand-new chance to have lots

around a lake-- they're pretty restricted,"Alloway stated. "That produces excitement."Property buyers are trying to find more than a structure on a spot of dirt, he said. They're thinking about a number of elements that, increasingly, consist of distance to pools, strolling trails and other entertainment options.Developers have had lots of time to think about land near Flanagan Lake-- the task took 9 years and $44 million to complete.

It was a huge endeavor for the NRD, however"over the long run, it'll pay significant dividends, "said John Winkler, the NRD's administrator.The lake will lower the floodplain and, when new maps show that, get rid of or lower flood insurance coverage rates for homeowners in that area. While the recreation facilities are simpler to

spot, Winkler said, the flood control is the most noteworthy advantage for the neighborhood."It's all in the name of public safety,"he said.Of course, the entertainment deserves getting fired up about, too, Winkler stated. While the NRD developed the tank, the City of Omaha's Parks and Leisure Department will now run it.Fishing at Flanagan Lake will be terrific

-- you'll simply desire to wait 3 to 5 years, stated Daryl Bauer, the fisheries outreach program supervisor for Nebraska Game and Parks.Game and Parks has actually stocked the lake with large mouth bass, bluegill, red ear sunfish

, black crappie and northern pike. However the fish are still small, Bauer stated, and they need time to grow and replicate. That happens rapidly in a new body of water like this.The lake was constructed with water quality

and fish environment in mind, he stated. That implies it'll continue to be a great fishery for many years to come."And let's face it," Bauer stated."Around Omaha, we can use all the water we can get. "Flanagan Lake's grand opening is Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Anybody is welcome to participate in.