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

Jun
19
Sat
all-day Junior Fishing Tournament
Junior Fishing Tournament
Jun 19 all-day
Junior Fishing Tournament
Rules meeting: Friday, June 18 at 6 pm at the Keith County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. Tournament Fishing Hours:  Saturday, June 19 from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm Prizes for most total lbs of fish caught.[...]
8:00 am Ogallala Farmer’s Market
Ogallala Farmer’s Market
Jun 19 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Ogallala Farmer’s Market will be held Saturdays at Rendezvous Square from June 19 through September 25, 2021.  Find something different every week – including locally raised vegetables, fruits, baked goods, honey, preserves and crafts.
Jun
24
Thu
6:00 pm Sounds on the Square 2021
Sounds on the Square 2021
Jun 24 @ 6:00 pm
Sounds on the Square 2021
Thursday evenings May 27 through July 22, enjoy FREE live music beginning at 6 pm at Rendezvous Square in downtown Ogallala. Bring a lawn chair and your friends.   Call 800-658-4390 with any questions.
Jun
26
Sat
all-day Tropical Dreams Regatta – Hobie ...
Tropical Dreams Regatta – Hobie ...
Jun 26 – Jun 27 all-day
Location: East Theis Bay – Beach #12 – Lake McConaughy, Nebraska Saturday June 26, 2021 9 AM to 10 AM: Registration @ the fleet tent 10 AM: Skippers meeting, including youth racers 11 AM: First[...]