Calendar of Events

Jun
1
Mon
all-day Kites & Castles Virtual Event Th...
Kites & Castles Virtual Event Th...
Jun 1 – Jul 29 all-day
Kites & Castles Virtual Event Through July 29
Kites & Castles is going virtual this year!    Contact 308-284-4066 for more information. See the schedule and rules here. Preregistration required.  Print out this form and mail to the address shown or REGISTER ONLINE HERE![...]
Jun
13
Sat
all-day Western NE Bass Tournament @ Lake McConaughy
Western NE Bass Tournament @ Lake McConaughy
Jun 13 all-day
Contact: 402-659-2358    
6:00 am Terry McCormick Memorial Walleye... @ Lake McConaughy
Terry McCormick Memorial Walleye... @ Lake McConaughy
Jun 13 @ 6:00 am
Launch will be from the back boat ramp at Cedar View. Check in: 6:00 to 6:45 a.m. Launch: 7:00 a.m. Weigh in: 3:00 p.m. Participants are asked to pre-print and fill out the Tournament Entry[...]
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Jun 13 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
The Ogallala Farmer’s Market will be held Saturdays June 13 through through October 3 at Rendezvous Square from 8 am to Noon. Participants will be selling vegetables, fruits and crafts from the Square and from[...]

Camping & Lodging

COVID-19 CAMPING UPDATE:

Please see health and safety recommendations from Nebraska Game and Parks HERE.
   
To stay in a hotel or lodge and play at the lake during the day,  click here for a list of the Ogallala area hotels and here for the lake area lodges.  Click here for a list of privately owned campgrounds.

***CAMPGROUNDS within the Lake McConaughy SRA***
Martin Bay Campground
: Located near the Martin Bay Entrance off Highway 61, this area features grass sites and most have a table and grill. 93 Basic sites with water available at two locations within the campground. A shower facility is located nearby at the Martin Bay day-use area.
DOWNLOAD the Martin Bay Campground map here.
Little Thunder Campground:
Located between the Martin Bay and Arthur Bay Entrances on Shoreline Road, this area features hard surfaced roads and pads with 8 Full Service sites and 34 Electric Plus sites, water available throughout the area and a restroom and shower facility.
DOWNLOAD the Little Thunder campsite map here.
Lone Eagle Campground: Located between the Arthur Bay and Sandy Beach Entrances on Shoreline Road, this area features hard surfaced roads and 84 Full Service sites with water and sewer available at each site. A restroom and shower facility is also located in the area.
DOWNLOAD the Lone Eagle campsite map here.
Sandy Beach Campground: Located near the Sandy Beach Entrance off Highway 92, this area features grass sites and most have a table and grill. 28 Basic sites with water available near the parking area. A shower facility is located nearby at the Lone Eagle Campground.
DOWNLOAD the Sandy Beach Campground map here.
Cedar View Campground
: Located at the west end of Lake McConaughy off Highway 92, this area features hard surfaced roads and 85 Electric Plus sites and 17 Basic sites. Water is available at nearly every camp site throughout the area and a shower and restroom facility is located in the center of the campground.
DOWNLOAD the Cedar View campsite map here.
Lake Ogallala East Campground: Located at the East Entrance of Lake Ogallala off the Keystone Lake Road, this area features hard surfaced roads and pads with 82 Electric Plus sites, water available throughout the area and a restroom and shower facility. Approximately half of the sites are available for advanced reservation from May 15 to October 15.
DOWNLOAD the Lake Ogallala East campsite map here.
Lake Ogallala West Campground:  Located at the West Entrance of Lake Ogallala off the Keystone Lake Road, this Campground is spread across multiple locations on the west side of Lake Ogallala and includes many lake front sites. All sites are grass and most have a table and grill. 203 Basic sites with water available at the fish cleaning station, playground and south boat ramp.
DOWNLOAD the Lake Ogallala West campsite maps here: 

***CAMPING AREAS***
Shoreline Road:
With entrances at Martin Bay, Arthur Bay and Sandy Beach, Shoreline Road has 18 designated Camping Areas on the beach and shoreline.
DOWNLOAD the Shoreline Road area map here.
Lemoyne Bay Camping Area: Camping Areas are designated near Lemoyne Bay off Highway 92 including beach areas. A vault latrine is located on site with no water availability.
Spring Park Camping Area: A Camping Area is designated near the Spring Park Entrance off Highway 92. A vault latrine is located on site with no water availability.
Otter Creek Camping Area: Camping Areas are designated near the Otter Creek Entrance off Highway 92. Portable restrooms are available with water available at the fish cleaning station.
Cedar View Camping Area: Camping Areas are designated on the beaches at Cedar View in multiple locations. Portable restrooms are located nearby and water is available at the RV dump station and fish cleaning station.
Omaha Beach Camping Area: A Camping Area is designated near the Omaha Beach Entrance off Highway 92. Portable restrooms are available with no water availability.
Eagle Canyon Camping Area: Camping Areas are designated near Eagle Canyon off Highway 26 including beach areas. Portable restrooms are available with no water availability.
Lakeview Camping Area: Camping Areas are designated near Lakeview off Highway 26 including beach areas. Portable restrooms are available with no water availability.
Ogallala Beach Camping Area: A Camping Area is designated near Ogallala Beach Road off Highway 26. A vault latrine is located on site with no water availability.
High Water Camping Areas: There are Camping Areas designated near Beach Areas 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 along with some parking lots designated as Camping Areas along Shoreline Road during High Water years.

Where Are The Swimming & Day Use Areas?

Lake McConaughy’s white sand beaches make it a popular destination for swimmers and those who want to hang out on the shore and soak up the sun. Swimming is allowed at beach areas unless otherwise posted. Lifeguards are not on duty.
Large designated walk-in, beach day use areas are located near Martin Bay, Arthur Bay, and Cedar View Entrances and small walk-in day use areas are located at each Campground at Lake McConaughy.  These areas are perfect for those visitors looking for open beaches and water to play for the day. Vehicles and overnight camping are prohibited in these areas.
Other designated walk-in, day use areas are located around the lake for hiking, bird watching, hunting and fishing access. Vehicles and overnight camping is prohibited in these areas.

What Permits Do I Need?  

All vehicles inside the State Recreation Area must display a valid Nebraska Park Entry Permit. The permit fees are: Nebraska Licensed Vehicles – annual, $30; duplicate annual, $15; daily, $6; Non-Nebraska Licensed Vehicles – annual, $45; duplicate annual, $22.50; daily, $8.  Park entry permits are available online, at the Lake McConaughy Visitors Center, and at many area businesses. 

All overnight camping requires a fee. For Lake McConaughy SRA, Full Service sites are $37, Electric Plus sites are $32, Basic sites are $17 and Primitive sites are $12. For Lake Ogallala SRA, Electric Plus sites are $30 and Basic sites are $15. http://outdoornebraska.gov/parkpricing/

Is Alcohol Allowed?  

Consumption of alcohol is currently prohibited at Lake McConaughy.

Find more information about the Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala State Recreation Areas at
outdoornebraska.gov/lakemcconaughy and outdoornebraska.gov/lakeogallala.

Sharing The Shoreline
Remember to share the shoreline with the many bird species that make their home at Lake McConaughy, especially the endangered least tern and threatened piping plover.  Visitors are asked to avoid marked or fenced off nesting areas of beach, obey all signs, and keep all pets on leashes.  For more information, see the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District website.