Calendar of Events

Feb
25
Sat
8:00 am Eagle Viewing @ Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Facility
Eagle Viewing @ Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Facility
Feb 25 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Don’t miss Eagle Viewing Days every weekend in January and February at the Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Center below Kingsley Dam. The park naturalist will be giving presentations on bald eagles at 9 am and[...]
2:00 pm Winter Bird Walk
Winter Bird Walk
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm
Winter Bird Walk at Lake Ogallala Saturday, February 25th at 2pm Everyone is invited to  come out and observe birds with the Park Naturalist! We will meet at the trail in the Lake Ogallala Modern Campground.[...]
Feb
26
Sun
8:00 am Eagle Viewing @ Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Facility
Eagle Viewing @ Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Facility
Feb 26 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Don’t miss Eagle Viewing Days every weekend in January and February at the Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Center below Kingsley Dam. The park naturalist will be giving presentations on bald eagles at 9 am and[...]
Mar
4
Sat
8:00 am Eagle Viewing @ Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Facility
Eagle Viewing @ Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Facility
Mar 4 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Don’t miss Eagle Viewing Days every weekend in January and February at the Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Center below Kingsley Dam. The park naturalist will be giving presentations on bald eagles at 9 am and[...]

Dive In

Lake McConaughy Activities -

The fun continues at Lake McConaughy with naturalist led activities.  Questions? Contact Alison Bleich at alison.bleich@nebrasak.gov or (308) 284-8801.

Eagle Viewing Days will continue every weekend in February at the Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Center, located below Kingsley Dam.  The Park Naturalist will be giving presentations on bald eagles at 9am and 12pm each Saturday and Sunday. Each presentation will be followed by open viewing of the eagles and crafts for the kids. Coffee and hot chocolate will be provided. The Eagle Viewing Center will be open to the public each Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 2pm until early March.

Winter Bird Walk
Everyone is invited to  come out and observe birds with the Park Naturalist Saturday,

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Winter Bird Watching -

Due to its incredible species diversity and location on cental flyways, Lake Mac is known as a birdwatching hotspot.  Bald eagles are among the lake area’s most notable winter stars, but there are many other winter visitors and permanent residents.   Winter visitant species include  purple finch, California gull, common redpoll, cedar waxwing, snow bunting  and ring-necked duck.   Year round avian residents include northern cardinal, American kestral, black-capped chickadee and downy woodpecker.  Check the Lake McConaughy Birding Trails Map and Bird Species Checklist to plan your birding trip.  Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District provides a heated eagle viewing facility that is open weekends January 7 through early March.  Check our calendar for hours.

(photo credit:  California Gull by Joel Jorgansen,

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December Naturalist Programs -

The Lake Mac naturalist has more great events coming up this month.  For more information about any event, contact Alison Bleich at 308-284-8800 or at alison.bleich@nebraska.gov

Reindeer and Cocoa
Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
December 10th
1:00-3:00 pm
Oh deer! Join the park naturalist out at the lake for an afternoon of deer facts, hot cocoa, and crafting.
Learn a little more about about deer while we make reindeer holiday cards.
Hot cocoa and snacks will be provided.
No fee to attend. Registration required.
alison.bleich@nebraska.gov or 308-281-8800.

Winter Painting
Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
December 11th
2:00-4:30pm
Everyone is invited to the lake for a night of acrylic painting.

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Naturalist Programs at Lake Mac -

From bird walks and nature hikes to a butterfly info session and Coffee & Canvas nights, Lake McConaughy is now offering a variety of nature programs through resident naturalist Alison Bleich, shown in the photo with her sidekick Lorilai.   Bleich says, “I will be setting up events, activities and presentations that encourage the public to come out to the lake and enjoy outdoor education.  We want to continue to promote the lake and park as a great recreation and learning place.”

Bleich will also plan some events at Ash Hollow State Historical Park.

Check here or the ilovelakemac.com calendar for more information on upcoming events and activities.

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Things To Do With Kids This Summer Around Keith County -

The Front Street Crystal Palace Revue
Did you toss back a sarsaparilla and take your oath as an honorary Ogallala deputy as a kid? Now your kids can get sworn in, too. (They’ll still have to promise to change their underwear at least once a week!) A western Nebraska institution, the Crystal Palace Revue is in its 52nd season. Catch the gunfight and Old West show beginning at 7:15 pm Thursday through Saturday through June 25, Monday through Saturday June 27 – August 13, with 2:00 pm Sunday matinees June 19 & 26, July 3 & 31 and August 7. Call 308-284-6000 for reservations.

Mansion on the Hill Museum
What did a child’s bedroom look like in the 1890s?

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