Photos by Megan Farmer, Kent Seivers and Ryan Soderlin
Excerpt from the “Omaha: We Don’t Coast” magazine:

Beat the heat with these fun spots on (and in) the water.

Botna Bend Park – A favorite of campers and anglers along southwest Iowa’s peaceful Nishnabotna River; a popular spot for tanking, tubing and kayaking.

The Platte and Elkhorn rivers – For scenic floats. If you don’t have your own equipment, aquatic entrepreneurs, including Platte River Rentals and Tubing & Adventures, can set you up.

Natural Resource District lakes and recreation areas – For sailing, swimming, boating and even your own spirited version of water polo.

Lake Manawa State Park – Especially popular for jet and water skiing. The 660-acre park also is popular for camping, hiking, cycling and picnicking.

Levi Carter Lake – The Omaha Riverfront Trail runs along this horseshoe-shaped lake near Omaha’s Eppley Airfield. Fishing, jet skiing and water skiing are popular here.