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November 20, 2014
The final leaves have dropped after a beautiful fall out here at Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala. We have finished winterizing all of the water systems throughout the park. Water is available all winter on the west side of Lake Ogallala near the north and south boat ramps and at Sandy Beach on Lake Mac.
Lake Ogallala, Little Thunder and Cedar Vue modern campgrounds are open and electricity remains on 365 days per year. Lone Eagle remains closed until next May for an improvement project.
Concrete boat ramps are located at Spillway Bay, Lemoyne lakeside, Cedar Vue lakeside and bayside, Martin Bay bayside and lakeside and Diver’s Bay. Docks have been removed for the year.
We recently concluded the final stages of the Cedar Vue bayside boating access improvement project. The project was completed in several stages over the last year. First, a Tencate Geotube was installed south of the existing boat ramp to prevent sand deposition on the ramp while it is under water. Second, over 100 cubic yards of concrete was replaced on the surface of the boat ramp. Third, the dock was given an overhaul with brand new floats, metal cages and a new walkway. Fourth, extensive earthwork was done around the parking lot and boat ramp to prevent hill climbing in the area. Fifth, over 520 linear feet of concrete rip rap was placed along the sides of the boat ramp at a depth of 5-6 feet to prevent washing out underneath the new concrete. Finally, the existing primitive restroom was torn out and replaced with a new vault style primitive restroom with full handicap accessibility. The total cost of the project is over $200,000.
Projects until the end of the year will include road and beach access repair at several areas around the park, dead tree removal and pruning at Lake Ogallala and Cedar Vue areas and equipment winterization and repair.
Dumpsters around the park are for park visitor use ONLY and are not for use by residents. The burn piles around the lake are for personal tree and lawn debris ONLY and are not to be used for commercial use or to scrap old couches, appliances or building materials. Please help keep our park beautiful.
The Lake McConaughy Visitor’s and Water Interpretive Center is open Monday to Saturday from 8:00 to 4:00 and closed on Sunday.
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Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
1475 HW 61 N
Ogallala, NE 69153