Flooding Fields: Hubbard, Nebraska Lake Becomes a Reality

Soon folks near Hubbard, Nebraska will have a brand new lake, part of a $15 million project.

It's funded by a lot of different groups like the Nebraska Resources Development Fund and even Dakota County, and when it's all said and done that project will put more than 220 acres underwater.

It's just a small creek right now, but soon it'll give these farm fields near Hubbard, Nebraska a whole new look.

"As you kind of look out here, the whole bottom will be underwater and that's a pretty good piece of land," said Vince Kramper, Chairman of the Nebraska Environmental Trust Board.

But a flood won't put those fields underwater, a dam will, along with the 228 acre lake it'll create.

The Pigeon/Jones Watershed Project has been in the works for 15 years and once it's finished, it'll help stop erosion and flooding in the nearby fields.

"Thousands of acres of good farmland down there, that is soaked underwater, and you usually don't get a crop off of it that year, so this is going to be a great asset to that," said Kramper.

The project is really going to transform the entire area.

A bridge on 200th street is going to stay behind to be flooded, just like the farm fields.

If you can't imagine the area underwater, think about this: if you were to come back to that very spot in a few years and stand on that bridge, you would be at the bottom of 19 feet of water.

But that man made flood isn't just about conservation, it's about having fun.

That "no-wake" lake will be stocked with fish and alongside it the project will create a nearly 600 acre nature area.

Future campers can look forward to hiking and biking trails and even places for horse riding.

"It's something that's really needed in this area," said Kramper. "We've got good ones at Ponca State Park and in Sioux City also, but this will be an addition to it and it'll be greatly enjoyed."

It's all about Nebraska farm fields getting a new purpose and creating one of Siouxland's newest lakes in the process.

Unfortunately, it might be a few years before you'll be able to hit the lake.

Bids to build the dam open up this week, dirt will be moved by June 1st and the lake won't take long to fill in afterwards, but it'll probably be about 3 years before all of the recreation areas are finished.