Outdoor Report

(Brad Gruntorad, photo by Jaime Andrews-Gruntorad)
OUTDOOR REPORT FROM NE GAME AND PARKS 8/2/22
 
CAMPING: As of 8/2 at Lake McConaughy, there were 373 primitive sites available for this weekend. (70.62% booked at this time)
As of 8/2 at Lake Ogallala, there were 54 basic sites available for this weekend. (71.19 % booked at this time)

FISHING: Walleye are being caught in 25 foot of water over the tops of trees near the middle of the lake, between Van’s and Sand Point. Although this is a good bite, remember that fishing over trees presents a hazard for snagging up your lures. So make sure to have a few extra on hand. Small mouth bass can be caught throughout the day on rocky points and the face of the dam. For the bow fishermen, carp have been present along the dam and in the shallows of the bays that still have water. They are also located in small pools that are no longer connected to the main lake.

BOAT RAMPS: MARTIN BAY LOW WATER DIVERS BAY/BURMA ROAD LAKE OGALLALA (Both) NOTE: The LEMOYNE LOW WATER dock has been taken out of service. See the list of towing/launching services here: https://ilovelakemac.com/lake-info/rentals-repairs-storage-towing/

WATER LEVEL: 3,227.4 ft elevation (47.3% of capacity) or 824,700 ac-ft Water temp at the dam is 73°. Please be careful with fires. Keith County is still in a partial fire ban. Fires must be in a pit and no larger than three feet.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE: NE Game and Parks crews are busy picking up trash this summer and they would appreciate your help! They’ll provide trash bags as well as crews to help with large areas and items. Contact the visitors center at 308-284-8800 for more information. A SPECIAL THANK YOU to everyone who helps to keep Keith County and Lake McConaughy the beautiful places we all love and enjoy.

FAQS:
• CALL 911 for emergencies. For non-emergency law enforcement issues, please contact Nebraska State Patrol Dispatch at 308-535-8047.
• CAMPFIRES must be maintained and attended at all times, and flames kept under 3 ft in length. Wildfire danger is elevated – please be careful with fire in the natural environment.
• WEATHER changes quickly here so be sure to monitor changing conditions. Anyone may sign up for local alerts with CodeRED, a FREE emergency notification service: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF7D2D0CF0FD
• CONSTRUCTION: A reminder that there are several construction areas in progress around the lake, including highways. There will be one-lane traffic at times. Thanks for your patience, please drive safely and be aware of road workers.
• NEBRASKA STATE PARK ENTRY PERMITS are required for all vehicles. These are needed in addition to camping reservations. Save time by buying vehicle and fishing permits online in advance at https://OutdoorNebraska.gov.
• The possession and consumption of ALCOHOL IS PROHIBITED at Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala State Recreation Areas.
• ATVs and UTVs are prohibited at the recreation areas.
• ALL PETS must be on a 6-foot leash at all times.
• BE AWARE that you will need a four-wheel drive vehicle in order to drive on the beach. Roads are not improved once you get off Shoreline Road.
• BRING PFDs for the whole family and make sure everyone wears them. Life jackets save lives.
• PACK OUT everything you bring with you and leave only your footprints, please. Recycling locations: Lake McConaughy Visitor Center, Lemoyne Senior Center, Van’s Lakeview, Martin Bay, Sandy Beach, Lake Ogallala, Lone Eagle Campground, Little Thunder Campground, Eagle Canyon Campground.

Calendar of Events

Aug
13
Sat
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market
Ogallala Farmers Market
Aug 13 @ 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
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[...]