Explore the Lake Area

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[...]

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Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse and Lounge, which opened its bar one minute past midnight on the day that Prohibition was repealed in 1933.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