Keith County Info

Click here for the latest information on campgrounds, camping areas, day-use areas, and regulations at Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala. 

• Contact Nebraska State Patrol Dispatch at 308-535-8047 for non-emergency law enforcement issues and monitor weatherband radios or apps like CodeRED for changing weather conditions.  Call 911 for emergencies.
The possession and consumption of alcohol is prohibited at Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala State Recreation Areas.
•Nebraska state park entry permits are required for all vehicles. Buy permits online in advance at
Yes, beach camping is permitted. Four-wheel drive is needed for beach driving.  Camping is available in seven designated campgrounds and 23 designated camping areas across the parks, and no reservations are needed for beach/primitive or the 3 new basic campgrounds. Roughly half the spots in the state’s 4 modern campgrounds are also first-come, first-served. For reservations in the modern campgrounds, go to
• See for local hotel and lodging info. See www. for local private campgrounds.
Current water level info is available at
• Docks still in service include Divers Bay, Spillway Bay (front), Martin Bay (south), Lemoyne (low water), Cedar View (lakeside) and Cedar View (bayside). The north and south docks at Lake Ogallala are also in service. 
• Law enforcement presence has been increased at the recreation areas.
• All pets must be on a 6-foot leash at all times.
• ATVs and UTVs are prohibited at the recreation areas.
• For maps and info on campgrounds, camping areas, swimming and day-use areas, go to,, and
• Pack out everything you bring with you and leave only your footprints, please! 👣

Check the Nebraska recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at, including “Wear a cloth face covering in public (grocery stores, pharmacies etc.) when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others.” Both Safeway and Walmart (Ogallala’s main grocery stores) are requesting the use of face coverings.

Social distancing and group-size recommendations must still be maintained to help ensure compliance with the state’s public health directives amid the COVID-19 health situation. Please remember it’s up to each of us to recreate responsibly for our health and that of our neighbors. #ResponsibleRecreation

Check more local health information from the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department HERE.

• Maintain a 6-foot distance between other guests.
• Follow and guidelines, including wearing a cloth face covering in public (grocery stores, etc.) when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others.
• Pack — and use — hand sanitizer often.
• If you are sick, or have been exposed to someone who is sick with COVID-19, stay home.

__________________________________________  is a visitor website provided by the Keith County Visitors Committee, an independent county tourism group.  The Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area is managed by NE Game & Parks.