Standing Bear Lake Park is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bennington, Nebraska that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 216 feet Route Type: Loop

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Standing Bear Lake, NE, located in northwest Omaha, is named for the Ponca leader Chief Standing Bear, and is operated by the City of Omaha. The day use only facility offers picnicking, no-wake boating, hiking and bicycling trails, nature study opportunities and fishing.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice trail and City is talking about an option for floating bridge for part of 144th street area, a safer option would be great. Hope

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail EXCEPT 144th Street! Very dangerous conditions. No path, literally walking 2 feet from road and speed limit must be 45 or 55??? Would NOT recommend you go on this portion of trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great, easy loop! Enjoyed the variety of scenery and well kept trail.

walking
2 months ago

This is a nice walking, jogging, or bicycle trail area. The “trail” is a concrete walkway, it is very even and well-kept. The walkway itself is about 8-9 feet wide and the grass off the sidewalk is mowed so if you have a dog that doesn’t do well with others it’s easy to step off to the side. There are a few off-trail spots to walk out into and down beside the lake if you want. As others have said this isn’t really a loop, due to 144th st. If I was by myself I would of went along it, but with my dog I didn’t feel comfortable. So I did a there-and-back from the boat launch/dock, across the dam, to 144th and back. It was 5.12 miles from parking lot at the ramp — to the lot closest to 144th street and back. There are benches along the way - but I would say it’s around a mile in between. The elevation was gradual with about 429 feet elevation change (1109-1147”) along the path I took. There are no watering stations for your dogs along the trail itself. I didn’t stop at any of the restrooms I stayed on the trail itself. So make sure to bring water for yourself and pets. There were plenty of people walking, kids riding bikes, people walking dogs, and people jogging. So i’d say it’s “safe” by yourself during the day. It is not a lit pathway so I wouldn’t do it by myself at night. The walkway didn’t feel crowded at all, there was plenty of time “alone” along the trail with passer-bys. I would of given it 5 stars if it wasn’t for the 144th st issue.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy loop. The lake is lovely.

hiking
off trail
7 months ago

running
8 months ago

Great path for a long run with a stroller. Decent amount of shade along the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Absolutely amazing and beautiful!

hiking
9 months ago

Great for fishing, hiking, kayaking and paddle boarding.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful views, just enough sun, and then plenty of shade, but so unhappy it was not a true loop. Didn't like hitting 144th street and having to turn around. No safe way to go all the way around.

11 months ago

144th not good. rest was.

Fri Apr 19 2019

really lovely, it would get 5 starts if the trail was a full loop

hiking
Sat Mar 30 2019

Except for the 144th St portion, it's a nice trail. A lot of it has pretty good tree cover, so even on a windy day it's not too bad.

Fri Oct 05 2018

Stretch along N. 144 has lots of road debris and not very safe due to being so close to the road. Other than that, nice trail if you want a paved trail.

Thu Aug 16 2018

Very nice ride

walking
Thu Jul 26 2018

Standing Bear is one of my fav places in Omaha. I lived and worked close to this park for over 13 years and it’s a great place to go for a nice after work walk or run. I’ve never been where it’s been too crowded (such as Zorinsky) but it will get busier. The views are gorgeous, most people are friendly (a few bikers don’t announce their presence but most do). I’ve seen a great amount of deer, birds, snakes, flowers, and squirrels. Parts of the trail is open while others feel like you’re walking through a forest. My biggest issue is the section along 144th street. It is not paved and doesn’t feel very safe. I have walked it but usually turn around at that point. Also a nice park for picnics.

hiking
Mon Jul 02 2018

This trail isn’t really a hike as it’s paved the whole way and pretty flat, but it was a gorgeous walk! The lake is gorgeous and so is the surrounding scenery. It is a good place to go for a relaxing and scenic walk. I was impressed with how secluded you feel right in the middle of town. I took off a star because the trail isn’t actually a loop—you have to walk on the side of 144th St, where there’s no sidewalk. They definitely need to add a sidewalk or find another way to make the trail a full loop. Otherwise, I enjoyed it!

Tue Jun 05 2018

Very well maintained trail. Beautiful lake and surroundings. Unfortunately I didn’t read reviews before walking the entire lake. Very dangerous attempting to walk along 144th street. City really should consider putting a sidewalk there (only reason for low rating).

hiking
Tue Jan 16 2018

walking
Mon May 29 2017

This is a pretty and well-maintained paved trail. It is an easy trail as well. Walking along the trail doesn't feel like hiking but it is a nice walk. The trail was busy when I went but the other walkers and bike riders were very friendly and courteous.

road biking
Tue May 09 2017

This trail is great. However, it's not a loop trail. You have to turn around at each end unless you want to make it a loop by biking on 144th, where there is no sidewalk. I parked, bikes to the end of the trail, turned around at 144th, and bikes back to my car. There is access to neighborhoods if you want to add distance and make your own route. This path is paved. It had inclines that are challenging for a beginner biker, but doable.

Fri Feb 17 2017

Great run and beautiful lake

hiking
Tue Nov 01 2016

A nice paved path, some going through the woods and some around the lake. I didn't like that you had to walk on the road for a good distance to be able to complete the loop. It was a narrow shoulder and cars were going pretty fast. Next time I would choose one half to do and just go out and back.

road biking
Wed Aug 10 2016

Nice ride. Pretty short, but scenic. The only bad part is the stretch along 144th. I turn around and enjoy the trail in reverse rather than ride the road. Sometimes it gets a little tight due to growth of trees hanging over the trail fairly low.

walking
Mon Aug 08 2016

Beautiful well maintained trail. There was a part where you had to walk on the side of a busy road with no paved trail.

road biking
Fri Aug 05 2016

love the scenic views

hiking
Mon Jul 25 2016

tons of trails. some paved some just stomped down grass. beware of ticks- bring spray. water was decently clear-saw fish. weather was perfect and there are a lot of trees over hanging on 98% of paved paths. our dog uncovered 100+ trails and counting. walked 10+ miles and still did not cover all that could be covered. The man maid paths were a challenge but paved trails are super easy. also lots of cool things to see, like whispering poles and a rebar buffalo!

walking
Sun Jul 05 2015

The trail is well maintained, but it isn't a loop. I did try walking the bit that runs along the highway on the west side of the lake, but there isn't much of a shoulder. Thus you have to walk through the long grass when there is traffic. Despite the fact that this isn't on a loop, I do like that the trail is well maintained and even when busy, people are courtesy and remember the rules of the trail.

Sun Jun 28 2015

Nice lake to bike. However there is section of the trail that ends at a highway and your have to walk or bike on the side of the road. Kinda dangerous

road biking
Sat May 18 2013

Standing Bear Lake has a well-maintained trail that circles most of the lake, but not the entire thing; the trail is not a loop. In order to do the entire trail, you'd most likely end up doing it twice (there and back). I started at the parking lot on the north side and went west to the end (into a neighborhood), turned around and biked the whole trail, then back again to my car. It seems like a fairly popular location, but mostly for fishing and perhaps boating, although there were plenty of walkers, bikers, and dog-walkers.

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