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Boating

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As the largest lake in the Nebraska/Colorado/Kansas area,  Lake McConaughy contains over 30,000 surface acres, making it a favorite with all types of boaters.

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 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 with the park headquarters at 308-284-8800 for ramp status, or see the pinned post on the Lake McConaughy Facebook page.  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
14
Thu
7:15 pm Comedian Caleb Synan at Second C...
Comedian Caleb Synan at Second C...
Mar 14 @ 7:15 pm
Second Chapter Brewing in Ogallala will host a Comedy Night featuring Caleb Synan on Thursday, March 14 beginning at 7:15 p.m. Caleb has performed on Conan, Last Comic Standing, and his first Comedy Central special[...]
Apr
26
Fri
8:00 pm Live Music at the Driftwood – Ty...
Live Music at the Driftwood – Ty...
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm
Tyler Anthony will perform live at the Driftwood in Ogallala Friday, April 26 beginning at 8 p.m.  No cover charge. Full of gritty Southern Rock flare, Anthony’s influences include the Outlaw Country pioneers like Johnny[...]
May
3
Fri
9:00 pm Live Music at the Driftwood – So...
Live Music at the Driftwood – So...
May 3 @ 9:00 pm
Southern Fryed returns to perform live at the Driftwood in Ogallala Friday, May 3 beginning at 9 p.m.  $10 cover charge. Known as one of the Rocky Mountain region’s hottest country acts, Southrn Fried brings[...]
May
13
Mon
7:00 pm Concert: Brassfire
Concert: Brassfire
May 13 @ 7:00 pm
Join the Ogallala Regional Arts Council for Brassfire Thursday, May 13 at 7 PM at the Ogallala Performing Arts Center. Honoring the trumpet through the music of Louis Armstrong, Herb Alpert and Doc Severinsen, Brassfire[...]