Boating

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With a lake covering over 30,000 surface acres, boating is a natural activity at Lake McConaughy!

What you need to know:

Boat registration:  Motorized boats that are currently registered in Nebraska or any other state may be operated at Lake McConaughy.  If your boat is newly purchased, you have an “in-transit” period as designated by the state in which you plan to register your boat.

Nebraska does not require non-powered boats to be registered to operate on public waters.

Safety gear:  Nebraska follows nearly the same Federal guidelines for safety equipment as most other states.  Check www.boatsafenebraska.org to be sure you have the correct safety gear (life jackets, fire extinguisher, paddle, etc.).

Boat Education:  Nebraska law requires anybody born after December 31, 1985 to have completed a boating safety course and have proof of completion in their possession.

Nebraska residents can find classes here.  Non-residents may present proof of completion from their home state.

Boat inspection:   Beginning in 2016, boaters in Nebraska will help fund the state’s effort to prevent the infestation and spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS).  A $5 Aquatic Invasive Species Fee will be added to the three-year boat registrations of Nebraska residents beginning in 2016, to help fund education, prevention and inspection programs.  For nonresidents, a nonresident boaters’ $15 fee is for the purchase of an annual decal. That decal is required of every motorized watercraft registered outside of Nebraska before that craft may be launched from any Nebraska boat ramp. The nonresident decal can be purchased at OutdoorNebraska.org or at Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offices in Lincoln, Omaha, Norfolk, North Platte, Alliance, Kearney and Bassett.

See http://www.protectyourwaters.net for more information “Clean-Drain-Dry” procedures.

Boat ramp availability can vary through the year due to water level fluctuations.  Check  for ramp status, or check with the park headquarters.  Private tractor services can also assist you with boat launching/towing.

Beach launching is currently legal at Lake McConaughy, but if you choose to do so, you are cautioned to know the capabilities of your tow vehicle.

Calendar of Events

Mar
15
Mon
all-day American Plains Artist Signature...
American Plains Artist Signature...
Mar 15 – May 22 all-day
American Plains Artist Signature Show
The Petrified Wood and Art Gallery of Ogallala will host the American Plains Artist Signature Show March 15 through May 22, 2021.   Opening and Closing Receptions will be March 15 and May 22, 2021 from[...]
Apr
27
Tue
all-day Photo Ark Exhibit
Photo Ark Exhibit
Apr 27 – May 23 all-day
Photo Ark Exhibit
Don’t miss your chance to see selections from Joel Sartore’s Photo Ark – on display April 27 through May 23 at the Lake McConaughy Visitors and Water Interpretive Center! Sponsored by the Ogallala Regional Arts[...]
May
22
Sat
all-day Shut Up & Fish
Shut Up & Fish
May 22 – May 23 all-day
Contact: Chad Vogl (308)355-2321 Find reservation forms here: https://voglslodgeandlure.com/tournament-forms The 2021 BIG MAC Shut Up & Fish Tournament will be hosted by Vogl’s Lodge & Lure Rules Meeting:  Friday, May 21st at 6:00 pm Location:[...]
8:00 am Spring Lake Cleanup
Spring Lake Cleanup
May 22 @ 8:00 am
Spring Lake Cleanup
Sponsored by Keep Keith County Beautiful