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Calendar of Events

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[...]
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[...]
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 State Park Rules

Vehicle park entry permits are required on all motor vehicles entering the area, including the beaches. Permits may be purchased at the park headquarters, lake merchants or entrance stations (when manned). Or you can buy them online before making your trip at https://ngpc-permits.ne.gov/NGPC-PS/faces/public/welcome

Vehicle Park Entry Permit Fees effective January 1, 2017:

The permits, and their fees are: vehicles licensed in Nebraska – annual, $30; duplicate annual, $15; daily, $6; vehicles licensed outside of Nebraska – annual, $45; duplicate annual, $22.50; daily, $8.

A reminder that vehicle permits must now be placed in the lower left corner of your windshield.

Driving is permitted on designated beaches. The speed limit is 15 mph. ATV Vehicles are not allowed.

An overnight camping permit is required for staying through the night. All campers must register at an entrance booth or self-registration drop box. Self-registration envelopes are available at the Iron Rangers near the Entrance Stations and in Modern Campgrounds. When beach camping areas are full, visitors will be directed to the nearest beach area with open space.

Overnight Camping Fees effective May 1, 2015:
  • Primitive Site: $10.00 ( not on a pad in a modern campground)
  • Modern Campsite with electricity: $25.00
  • Modern Campsite with electricity, water & sewer $35.00

A $5.00 late fee will be charged for failure to register within one hour of setting up camp. Camping fees are in addition to park entry permits.

Quiet times are from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily. Please respect the rights of others who are seeking a quiet, restful experience.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited, except in concession structures, and at Lake Ogallala.

Glass food and drink containers are prohibited on the beaches.

Fireworks are prohibited.

Off-road vehicle hill climbing is prohibited. Accesses are provided to and from the beaches. Help protect the fragile dune environment.

Orange fences will be found in several areas on the lake. These signify vehicle-free beach zones where no motor vehicles are allowed. Foot traffic, tent camping and boat-in activities are permitted in all vehicle-free zones. Please note and do not enter other fenced areas posted for nesting grounds of endangered species.

Place garbage and other refuse in plastic bags and deposit in containers provided. Bags are available at the park office and from entrance booth personnel. Please keep your campsite and the lake clean by picking up litter.

Draining RV sewage holding tanks is illegal. Please use dump stations provided for your convenience. The location of RV dump stations can be found on the facilities page.

Pets are welcome at Lake McConaughy, but they must be kept on leashes no longer than 6 feet.

Discharging firearms anywhere on the recreation area is unlawful.