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A “Glass Half-Full Look”


As a reservoir constructed in the late 1930s to supply irrigation water to farmers, Lake McConaughy has experienced cyclic ups and downs throughout its history.

The lake is currently at 3,222.7 feet elevation or 42.3% of capacity.* A number of factors have influenced the water level, including a hotter and dryer-than-average summer with high irrigation demand downstream, and below-average snowpack in the mountains upstream of the lake.

It’s worth noting that with 737,200 acre-feet of water, Lake McConaughy is STILL the largest reservoir in the entire Nebraska/Kansas/Colorado region.

The lake contains the equivalent of 737,200 entire football fields covered with water a foot deep. It’s still at least 100 feet deep at its deepest point.  That’s a lot of water!

Despite lower water levels than some years, Big Mac is still big, and there are still plenty of unique opportunities for recreation and fun in the sun.

WATERCRAFT – Boats, Personal Watercraft, Kayaks and More!
There are still 2 boat ramps in service on Lake McConaughy – Divers Bay (Burma Road) and the Martin Bay low water boat ramp near the base of Kingsley Dam.  

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Calendar of Events

Aug
20
Sat
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market
Ogallala Farmers Market
Aug 20 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Ogallala Farmer’s Market is held Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon downtown at Rendezvous Square.  (June 11 market will be held at the Pinnacle Bank parking lot.)  A variety of vendors, including locally raised[...]
Aug
27
Sat
all-day Freshwater Spearfishing Tournament
Freshwater Spearfishing Tournament
Aug 27 – Aug 28 all-day
The Platte River Scuba Divers will host a freshwater spearfishing tournament Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28th at Lake McConaughy.  Contact their Facebook page for more information.
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market
Ogallala Farmers Market
Aug 27 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Ogallala Farmer’s Market is held Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon downtown at Rendezvous Square.  (June 11 market will be held at the Pinnacle Bank parking lot.)  A variety of vendors, including locally raised[...]
 
 

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Hobie Mac Attack

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Featured Attraction

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Chuck Schroeder Art Display

An exhibition of 40+ paintings and drawings with a Western flavor by Chuck Schroeder of Eagle, Nebraska will be on display at the Petrified Wood & Art Gallery throughout the summer.

Following an adventurous career as CEO of major indust

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