Calendar of Events

Oct
20
Sat
1:00 pm “Oceans of Grass” film at the Pr...
“Oceans of Grass” film at the Pr...
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm
The new documentary film, “OCEAN OF GRASS-Life on a Nebraska Sandhills Ranch” was created by former Ogallala native Georg Joutras. OCEAN OF GRASS is an organic journey about life rolled up into the ranch experience. [...]
Oct
27
Sat
12:00 pm Halloween at the Hollow
Halloween at the Hollow
Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come out to Ash Hollow to celebrate Halloween with the ghosts of the Oregon Trail! Enjoy kid’s games, concessions, archery, crafts, costume contests and more from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Trunk or Treat starts at 4:00pm[...]
1:30 pm American Girl Halloween Party
American Girl Halloween Party
Oct 27 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
The Keith County Historical Society will host their annual American Girl Halloween Party Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at the Ogallala Holiday Inn Express.   Advance tickets only, space is limited. 1 Adult[...]
Nov
3
Sat
all-day Kayak Big Mac
Kayak Big Mac
Nov 3 all-day
4th Annual Kayak Big Mac Sponsored by Ogallala Rotary

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 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.