Lake McConaughy Activities

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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 30tat 5:00 pm.  Bring your family and friends out for a walk along the lake trail with the park naturalist.  We will enjoy an evening stroll while we observe everything that Lake Ogallala has to offer.  Feel free to bring your camera, water, and walking shoes.  There will be binoculars available. Park permits are required.  For more information, contact Alison Bleich at or call (308) 284-8800.

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 as we practice leaf printing. All supplies will be provided to create your own leaf masterpiece! Meet near the shower building at the Lake Ogallala Modern Campground. Vehicle Park Permit Required.

National Endangered Species and Pizza Party Day
Did you know there are endangered species here in Nebraska? You are invited out to the Lake McConaughy Visitor Center to learn more about these animals and conservation efforts, in honor of National Endangered Species Day, Friday, May 19th at 5:00pm. We will also be celebrating National Pizza Party day!  All attendees will get to enjoy pizza donated by Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District. RSVP by May 15th.

Free Park Day
Come out to Lake Ogallala Saturday, May 20th to enjoy Free Park Day! Activities will include:

9:00am – Bird walk with the Park Naturalist at the Lake Ogallala hike/bike trail.  Binoculars, guides, and checklist will be available.

1:00pm – A guided nature journaling walk, meet at the Visitor/Water Interpretive Center. Bring a journal for drawing and recording observations.

5:00pm – Camping 101 at the Lake Ogallala Modern Campground.  Learn about the basics to a successful camping trip this summer.  There will be a contest for the fastest tent assembly, campsite games, and s’mores. Registration Required.

Evening Acrylics
Join the Park Naturalist out at the lake for an evening of acrylic painting Thursday, May 25th 5:00-7:30pm at the Lake McConaughy Visitor/Water Interpretive Center! Follow guided instruction on an original painting or come up with an idea of your own.  This month’s painting will be bird themed, in celebration of Nebraska Bird Month.  Canvas, brushes, paint, and refreshments will all be provided, for a fee of $12 per person. Limit 20 people. Registration is required.

 I Spy Lake McConaughy
Gather up your friends and come out to Lake McConaughy for a scavenger hunt Friday, May 26th 5:00pm  The Park Naturalist will have a list of things to spot around the lake, including hidden items.  Bring a team, or search independently.  First team to locate all items will win a prize.  We will be meeting at Martin Bay.  Registration required.

Birds and Bikes
Saturday, May 27th  Ash Hollow State Historical Park

Bird walk 9:00am

Follow the Park Naturalist on a bird walk through Ash Hollow.  Meet at the picnic area.  Binoculars, guidebooks, and checklists will be provided.

Bike ride 1:00pm

Join us again in the afternoon for a light bike ride through the park. Meet at the Ash Hollow Visitor Center.  We will ride the trail on the ridge, then down to the school house.  Bring your water bottle. Vehicle Park Permit required.

Fashion a Feeder
Join us as we make bird feeders from recyclable items Sunday, May 28th 1:00pm at the Lake McConaughy Visitor/Water Interpretive Center. The Park Naturalist will provide supplies to turn an empty soda bottle, milk carton, tin can, etc. into a beautiful feeder.  Bring the recyclable item(s) you would like to use.  This activity is free of charge. Registration is required.

National Water a Flower Day
Kids and their parents are welcome out to the Lake McConaughy Visitor Center Tuesday, May 30th for an afternoon of planting flowers! After a short presentation, we will be transplanting flowers into larger pots for the visitor center.  Each kid will get to decorate their own pot that they will get to take home a flower in. Refreshments will be provided. This event is free of charge. Registration is required.