Chalco, Nebraska is a small area just south of the Millard Airport, West of Omaha and South of West Omaha. With a population of only about 10K people in the 2010 census, the city is a small bedroom community that serves the larger metro area of Omaha. Likely named after a Mexican city, it was established in 1888 with the post office. With a thriving local community fueled with local businesses, shopping, and recreational activities, Chalco is one of the more outlying areas of the city, but still close enough to access all that Omaha has to offer.
One of the more famous features in Chalco is the Chalco Hills Recreation Area. Being only 12 miles west of downtown Omaha, the park is about 1200 acres with 250 acres of Wehrspann Lake, an artificial reservoir. Managed by the Natural Resources District, the park offers 7 miles of trails for walking, biking, and jogging, places for picnics, and opportunities for fishing as well. As one of Nebraska’s premier fishing spots thanks to anglers’ support of catch and release, you can spend the day trying for some Largemouth Bass, Catfish, Walleye, Sunfish and, Crappie. It is one of the sweetest little recreation places in the Omaha area.