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(Jan. 22 UPDATE) The Nebraska Game & Parks Commission voted today to delay consideration of its proposed visitor management plan at its meeting in Lincoln. Game & Parks will instead work with a Lake McConaughy area advisory group to come up with revisions to the plan to be presented at the Commission’s March 20 meeting. Hundreds of people attended a Game and Parks informational open house at the Lake McConaughy Visitor and Water Interpretive Center on Jan. 16. More information from NE ghere.
Several groups in the Lake McConaughy area, including the Keith County Visitors Committee, Keith County Board of Commissioners, Keith County Area Development, and Ogallala Keith County Chamber, had asked the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission to table action on proposed management changes at the Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area. The new advisory group will collaborate on solutions that balance the Commission’s safety and management concerns with local economic impact and recreational opportunity concerns.
We know our visitors who love Lake Mac are very interested in these ongoing discussions, and we’ll continue to pass along information as it becomes available on the Lake McConaughy Facebook page and here on 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.