Explore the Lake Area

Calendar of Events

Oct
1
Sat
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Shop the selection of fresh produce and crafts under the shaded canopy at Rendezvous Square.  Saturday mornings 8-noon through the first weekend in October.
Oct
2
Sun
1:30 pm Nature Journaling Walks @ Lake Mac @ Meet at Lake Mac Visitors Center
Nature Journaling Walks @ Lake Mac @ Meet at Lake Mac Visitors Center
Oct 2 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 2nd and 9th 1:30-4:00pm Meet at the Lake McConaughy Visitors Center Bring your walking shoes, water, and favorite journal out to the lake for a nature walk with the park naturalist. The first[...]
Oct
9
Sun
1:30 pm Nature Journaling Walks @ Lake Mac @ Meet at Lake Mac Visitors Center
Nature Journaling Walks @ Lake Mac @ Meet at Lake Mac Visitors Center
Oct 9 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 2nd and 9th 1:30-4:00pm Meet at the Lake McConaughy Visitors Center Bring your walking shoes, water, and favorite journal out to the lake for a nature walk with the park naturalist. The first[...]
Oct
12
Wed
7:45 am Bird Hikes At Lake Ogallala @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Bird Hikes At Lake Ogallala @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Oct 12 @ 7:45 am – 9:45 am
Bird Hikes At Lake Ogallala @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
The Lake McConaughy SRA is offering Bird Walks at Lake Ogallala during September and October.   All ages welcome, walks led by resident naturalist.  Meet at Lake McConaughy Visitors Center by 7:45 a.m. Bring comfortable[...]

Paxton

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Paxton, Nebraska is located 22 miles east of Ogallala at Interstate 80 mile marker 145.

Located on Highway 30, Nebraska’s Lincoln Highway Scenic and Historic Byway, Paxton offers a unique opportunity to step off the beaten track and experience small town America.

Downtown Paxton is home to the famed Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse and Lounge, which opened its bar one minute past midnight on the day that Prohibition was repealed in 1933. Ole’s features a vintage collection of over 200 big game trophy mounts gathered by the original owner, including a polar bear hunted from Russia. Renowned for its meat department, Hehnke’s Foods opened in 1920, and is now operated by the third generation of the family.DSC_4790-300x199Visitors will also find a city park with newly remodeled swimming pool, public library, and many other amenities.

Paxton hosts an annual Labor Day Celebration, including the Thunder in the Valley Bull Riding Classic.

Positioned on the Great Platte River Road, the Paxton area played its part in America’s westward expansion. The Oregon Trail passed through a mile south of what is now Paxton. Alkali Lake, a stop on the Pony Express Route, was located about two miles to the southwest. Originally called “Alkali” for the alkaline content in the soil, the village’s name was changed to “Paxton” in 1885 for W.A. Paxton, a prominent area rancher.

(Photos courtesy of Grow Keith County)

Paxton Businesses

MotelNumber
The Lodge/Days Inn (I-80 Exit 145)308-239-4510
RestaurantsNumber
Anne Marie's (coffee & pastries)308-239-4400
Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse & Lounge308-239-4500
Windy Gap Saloon & Grill308-239-4482
Gas & Convenience StoresNumber
The Lodge/Days Inn (I-80 Exit 145)308-239-4510
Paxton Pit Stop308-239-4418
AntiquesNumber
Anne Marie's308-239-4400
BankNumber
Pony Express Community Bank308-239-4441
Grocery StoreNumber
Hehnke’s Foods308-239-4215
RealtorNumber
Schow Realty308-239-4297