Calendar of Events

Jun
1
Sat
all-day COMPLETE June Activity Calendar ...
COMPLETE June Activity Calendar ...
Jun 1 – Jun 30 all-day
COMPLETE June Activity Calendar - Lake Mac Naturalist
Join Park Naturalist Heidi Swanson & NGP staff for these June activities. Programs are at the Lake McConaughy Visitors Center (VC) unless otherwise noted. Please call (308) 284-8800 with any questions. June 19 (Wednesday) Bird[...]
Jun
18
Tue
12:15 pm Up the Nebraska Cattle Trail/Son...
Up the Nebraska Cattle Trail/Son...
Jun 18 @ 12:15 pm
Enjoy a FREE program on the 19th century cattle drives and origins of cowboy music Tuesday, June 18 at 12:15 pm at the Lemoyne Senior Center. “Up the Nebraska Cattle Trail and Songs of the[...]
Jun
22
Sat
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market
Ogallala Farmers Market
Jun 22 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Ogallala Farmers Market will be held every Saturday June 22 to October 12 from 8 am to noon at Rendezvous Square, weather permitting. Contact: Joe Uerling, 308- 284-1121, or the Ogallala/Keith County Chamber of[...]

Lake McConaughy Visitors Center

Visitor Center cropThe 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 22 – Mid-September)

8:00am to 5:00pm 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.