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JAN. 7, 2020 UPDATE:
According to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Lake McConaughy hosted unprecedented amounts of visitors in 2018 and 2019 which stressed both park infrastructure and resources and local public safety resources. In response, NGPC has partnered with Keith County Commissioners, local public safety officials and the general public to propose changes that would reduce crowding and create higher quality experiences for visitors to Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala. (Press release available at: http://bit.ly/2T1rU1L)
Proposed solutions to overcrowding, if adopted by the Commission, may include reservation-only camping for all modern campground, beach, and primitive sites. No overnight camping would be allowed without a reservation. Specific day use areas would be available and not require a reservation, but occupancy numbers will be regulated and parking will be limited to designated areas. If reservation-only camping is implemented, reservations would be available up to 90 days in advance through an app. A public open house is scheduled for Thursday, January 16 from 3-6pm at the Lake McConaughy Visitor Center and Water Interpretive Center. Input on proposed changes is also welcomed at OutdoorNebraska.gov/LakeMacChanges.
We know our visitors who love Lake Mac are very interested in any possible changes at the lake, and we’ll continue to pass along information as it becomes available on the Lake McConaughy Facebook page and the Keith County tourism website: ilovelakemac.com.
All cabins and similar facilities are privately owned. Nebraska Game and Parks does not offer cabin rentals at the State Recreation Area.
Camping facilities are both private and public. Click here for a list of several privately owned campgrounds.
What you need to know:
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 Primitive sites are $10. http://outdoornebraska.gov/parkpricing/
Need a shower? Pay showers are available at Lone Eagle, Little Thunder, Cedar View, and Lake Ogallala East Campgrounds in addition to the stand-alone shower buildings near the Martin Bay and Arthur Bay entrances to the State Recreation Area.
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.