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Lake McConaughy Visitors/Water Interpretive Center

The Lake McConaughy Visitors Center and Water Interpretive Center is perched on a bluff one-quarter mile south of Kingsley Dam, about eight miles north of Ogallala on Highway 61.
(1475 NE Hwy 61 N., Ogallala, NE 69153)

The Visitors Center features interactive educational exhibits on the Platte River and High Plains Aquifer.  The 8,700 square foot facility houses administrative offices for both the Game & Parks Commission and Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District.

Questions on the Nebraska Game & Parks Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala Master Plan, adopted October 21, 2016?  Learn more here.

Summer Hours (May 21 – Mid-September)

8:00am to 6:00pm Daily

Winter Hours

8:00am to 4:00pm Daily

The facility also includes:
  • The Big Mac Community Room, available for public meetings and receptions, contributed by CNPPID
  • A 50-seat (two handicapped designated) state-of-the-art theater with complete audio/visual capability, contributed by the Ethel S. Abbott Charitable Foundation
  • A reception area and information desk, gift shop, and public restrooms

A video presentation of the construction of Kingsley Dam made from original photos and 8mm footage is available for viewing at the Ethel S. Abbott Theater.

Call 402-471-1414 for State Camping Reservations or click here.

Visit the Nebraska Game & Parks Lake McConaughy page.

Vehicle permits must now be placed in the lower left corner of your windshield.

Nebraska law requires any motorboat operator (including personal watercraft) born after December 31, 1985, complete a Boating Safety Course and be in possession of a course certificate when operating the boat.  See boatsafenebraska.org for more information.

Anglers and boaters also need to be aware of a new regulation that requires every vessel to drain all water from compartments, equipment or containers before leaving the launch area.

You can help protect Lake Mac from invasive species like zebra mussels.  Click here to learn more.  

Calendar of Events

Mar
14
Thu
7:15 pm Comedian Caleb Synan at Second C...
Comedian Caleb Synan at Second C...
Mar 14 @ 7:15 pm
Second Chapter Brewing in Ogallala will host a Comedy Night featuring Caleb Synan on Thursday, March 14 beginning at 7:15 p.m. Caleb has performed on Conan, Last Comic Standing, and his first Comedy Central special[...]
Apr
26
Fri
8:00 pm Live Music at the Driftwood – Ty...
Live Music at the Driftwood – Ty...
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm
Tyler Anthony will perform live at the Driftwood in Ogallala Friday, April 26 beginning at 8 p.m.  No cover charge. Full of gritty Southern Rock flare, Anthony’s influences include the Outlaw Country pioneers like Johnny[...]
May
3
Fri
9:00 pm Live Music at the Driftwood – So...
Live Music at the Driftwood – So...
May 3 @ 9:00 pm
Southern Fryed returns to perform live at the Driftwood in Ogallala Friday, May 3 beginning at 9 p.m.  $10 cover charge. Known as one of the Rocky Mountain region’s hottest country acts, Southrn Fried brings[...]
May
13
Mon
7:00 pm Concert: Brassfire
Concert: Brassfire
May 13 @ 7:00 pm
Join the Ogallala Regional Arts Council for Brassfire Thursday, May 13 at 7 PM at the Ogallala Performing Arts Center. Honoring the trumpet through the music of Louis Armstrong, Herb Alpert and Doc Severinsen, Brassfire[...]