Explore the Lake Area

Calendar of Events

Mar
30
Thu
5:00 pm Take A Walk In The Park Day
Take A Walk In The Park Day
Mar 30 @ 5:00 pm
Take a Walk in the Park Day Help celebrate national “Take a Walk in the Park Day” out at the Lake Ogallala Hike/Bike Trail Thursday, March 30th at 5:00 pm.  Bring your family and friends out for[...]
Mar
31
Fri
7:00 pm Ash Hollow Star Party
Ash Hollow Star Party
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will be hosting a “Star Party” at Ash Hollow State Historical Park on Friday, March 31st at 7:00pm. Follow the road up the hill towards the visitor’s center, and[...]
May
17
Wed
5:00 pm Let’s Talk Trees
Let’s Talk Trees
May 17 @ 5:00 pm
Let’s Talk Trees Everyone is invited to join Park Naturalist for a walk at the Lake Ogallala Modern Campground Wednesday, May 17 at 5:00 pm.  We will discuss the trees that grow around the lake[...]

Lake McConaughy State Park Rules

Vehicle park entry permits are required on all motor vehicles entering the area, including the beaches. Permits may be purchased at the park headquarters, lake merchants or entrance stations (when manned). Or you can buy them online before making your trip at https://ngpc-permits.ne.gov/NGPC-PS/faces/public/welcome

Vehicle Park Entry Permit Fees effective January 1, 2017:

The permits, and their fees are: vehicles licensed in Nebraska – annual, $30; duplicate annual, $15; daily, $6; vehicles licensed outside of Nebraska – annual, $45; duplicate annual, $22.50; daily, $8.

A reminder that vehicle permits must now be placed in the lower left corner of your windshield.

Driving is permitted on designated beaches. The speed limit is 15 mph. ATV Vehicles are not allowed.

An overnight camping permit is required for staying through the night. All campers must register at an entrance booth or self-registration drop box. Self-registration envelopes are available at the Iron Rangers near the Entrance Stations and in Modern Campgrounds. When beach camping areas are full, visitors will be directed to the nearest beach area with open space.

Overnight Camping Fees effective May 1, 2015:
  • Primitive Site: $10.00 ( not on a pad in a modern campground)
  • Modern Campsite with electricity: $25.00
  • Modern Campsite with electricity, water & sewer $35.00

A $5.00 late fee will be charged for failure to register within one hour of setting up camp. Camping fees are in addition to park entry permits.

Quiet times are from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily. Please respect the rights of others who are seeking a quiet, restful experience.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited, except in concession structures, and at Lake Ogallala.

Glass food and drink containers are prohibited on the beaches.

Fireworks are prohibited.

Off-road vehicle hill climbing is prohibited. Accesses are provided to and from the beaches. Help protect the fragile dune environment.

Orange fences will be found in several areas on the lake. These signify vehicle-free beach zones where no motor vehicles are allowed. Foot traffic, tent camping and boat-in activities are permitted in all vehicle-free zones. Please note and do not enter other fenced areas posted for nesting grounds of endangered species.

Place garbage and other refuse in plastic bags and deposit in containers provided. Bags are available at the park office and from entrance booth personnel. Please keep your campsite and the lake clean by picking up litter.

Draining RV sewage holding tanks is illegal. Please use dump stations provided for your convenience. The location of RV dump stations can be found on the facilities page.

Pets are welcome at Lake McConaughy, but they must be kept on leashes no longer than 6 feet.

Discharging firearms anywhere on the recreation area is unlawful.