Calendar of Events

Dec
29
Sat
8:00 am Eagle Viewing at Lake Ogallala
Eagle Viewing at Lake Ogallala
Dec 29 @ 8:00 am – Dec 30 @ 2:00 pm
The heated eagle viewing facility below Kingsley Dam at Lake Ogallala will be open weekends Dec. 29 through Feb. 24, 8:00 am to 2 pm. Facility provided by the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation[...]
Jan
1
Tue
7:00 am 1st Day Hike at Lake Ogallala
1st Day Hike at Lake Ogallala
Jan 1 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am
1st Day Hike at Lake Ogallala
Start your New Year with a 1st Day Hike at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area!   All ages welcome.  Meet at 7 am at the Eagle Viewing Center for a 1 mile walk, including a 30-45[...]
Jan
5
Sat
8:00 am Eagle Viewing at Lake Ogallala
Eagle Viewing at Lake Ogallala
Jan 5 @ 8:00 am – Jan 6 @ 2:00 pm
The heated eagle viewing facility below Kingsley Dam at Lake Ogallala will be open weekends Dec. 29 through Feb. 24, 8:00 am to 2 pm. Facility provided by the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation[...]
Jan
6
Sun
8:00 am Eagle Viewing at Lake Ogallala
Eagle Viewing at Lake Ogallala
Jan 6 @ 8:00 am – Jan 7 @ 2:00 pm
The heated eagle viewing facility below Kingsley Dam at Lake Ogallala will be open weekends Dec. 29 through Feb. 24, 8:00 am to 2 pm. Facility provided by the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation[...]

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.