Explore the Lake Area

Calendar of Events

8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Sep 3 @ 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.
8:00 am Paxton Labor Day Celebration
Paxton Labor Day Celebration
Sep 3 @ 8:00 am – Sep 5 @ 4:00 pm
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 8:00am: Farmer’s Market 8:00am: Sand Volleyball Tournament 2:00pm: Slip & Slide Kick Ball 5:00pm: FCA Christian Concert 7:00pm: Fun Night (Adults Only) 7:00-8:30pm: Free Teen Dance in Swede’s Dance Hall – Kids[...]
1:00 pm Wildlife Day at Lake McConaughy @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Wildlife Day at Lake McConaughy @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Sep 4 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Bring your friends and family to the Lake McConaughy Visitors Center for an afternoon of wildlife fun. Display and information about various wild creatures that live in Nebraska, plus crafts and games for the kids!



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Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse and Lounge, which opened its bar one minute past midnight on the day that Prohibition was repealed in 1933.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

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