With the Missouri River completely off limits, I am receiving quite a few phone calls, e-mails, etc. about where a person could do some pleasure boating, water skiing, personal watercraft operation, etc. near Omaha.
For recreational boating, these would be the state recreation area lakes/reservoirs nearest to the metro for you to check out: Fremont Lakes near Fremont (Victory, 10 and 20), Salt Valley Lakes around Lincoln (Branched Oak, Bluestem, Pawnee & Conestoga) and Rockford Lake near Beatrice. Here is a link to get more specific boating information on these water bodies: http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/Boating/where_2_boat/open_waters.asp
Camping information can be found here: http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/parks/guides/parksearch/findpark.asp
Wear your life jackets, be cautious, courteous and patient on the boat ramps. Have a safe, fun weekend!