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Kayaking in Keith County

The Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala State Recreation Areas are year-round favorites with kayakers and canoeists for good reason!

Paddlesports offer an ideal way to slow down and experience the area’s incredible natural beauty from the water. Taking weather conditions and appropriate safety precautions into account, kayaking can be enjoyed in all four seasons in Keith County.

Few people are more enthusiastic about kayaking than Ogallala native Travis Byers. To date, Byers has kayaked every month of the year for 78 consecutive months.  He even paddled to his own wedding on the shores of Lake McConaughy.  He says, “Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala have got to be two of my favorite places to paddle.” His Facebook page, AlwaysKayak, documents his adventures.  Keen to share his love of the sport with others, Byers is now an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor. He says, “I really enjoy helping others and getting them out on the water in a safe environment. I love to see people smile.”

What are some tips for beginners?  Byers says it’s important to keep safety top of mind.

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Calendar of Events

10:00 am Kayak Big Mac 2021
Kayak Big Mac 2021
Nov 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kayak Big Mac 2021
“Summer is for Sissies!” Kayak Big Mac- Martin Bay, Lake McConaughy- 10 AM MST (Alternate location- Lake Ogallala) Join the Ogallala Rotary Club for their annual Kayak Big Mac fundraiser for local and international water[...]
all-day Ogallala Craft Fair
Ogallala Craft Fair
Nov 20 all-day
Contact: Keith County Chamber of Commerce (308) 284-4066
all-day Christmas Parade of Lights
Christmas Parade of Lights
Dec 2 all-day
Contact: Keith County Chamber of Commerce (308) 284-4066

Featured Event


Ogallala Farmers Market

The Ogallala Farmer’s Market is held on Saturdays at Rendezvous Square through September 25, 2021.  Find something different every week – including locally raised vegetables, fruits, baked goods, honey, preserves and crafts.

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Featured Attraction


Front Street Cowboy Museum

Explore cowboy history and artifacts from Ogallala’s early days as the end of the Texas Trail at Front Street’s free museum.   Built in 1963, Front Street is listed on the National Re

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