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• Contact Nebraska State Patrol Dispatch at 308-535-8047 for non-emergency law enforcement issues and monitor weatherband radios or apps like CodeRED for changing weather conditions. Call 911 for emergencies.
• The possession and consumption of alcohol is prohibited at Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala State Recreation Areas.
•Nebraska state park entry permits are required for all vehicles. Buy permits online in advance at OutdoorNebraska.org.
• See www.ilovelakemac.com/ogallala/ogallala-lodging/ for local hotel and lodging info. See www. ilovelakemac.com/lake-info/camping/ for local private campgrounds.
• Current water level info is available at https://www.cnppid.com/.
Our wild turkeys are calling!
Nebraska offers some of the best turkey hunting opportunities in the entire country, plus affordable hunting permits, long seasons, great public access and $8 permits for youth. The Lake McConaughy/Keith County area is a longtime favorite with hunters for its scenic beauty and abundance of game. Fall turkey season is open through Jan. 31.
Archery deer season is open through Dec. 31. Waterfowl blinds are available for rent at Clear Creek Management Area. Check here for all game and waterfowl season info.
Fall fishing opportunities include walleye and bass at Lake McConaughy, and trout at Keystone Canal and Lake Ogallala.
Hotel rooms are available just off I-80 at Ogallala,» Read more
Due to its incredible species diversity and location on cental flyways, Lake Mac is known as a birdwatching hotspot. Bald eagles are among the lake area’s most notable winter stars, but there are many other winter visitors and permanent residents. Winter visitant species include purple finch, California gull, common redpoll, cedar waxwing, snow bunting and ring-necked duck. Year round avian residents include northern cardinal, American kestral, black-capped chickadee and downy woodpecker. Check the Lake McConaughy Birding Trails Map and Bird Species Checklist to plan your birding trip.» Read more
Need some ideas for your favorite Lake McConaughy/Keith County fan?
- A gift certificate to stay in Keith County. Check our list of lake lodging or hotels in nearby Ogallala and Paxton, and ask if they offer gift certificates.
- A gift certificate to a Lake McConaughy or Keith County restaurant. Check with the restaurants to ask about certificates.
- Some Lake McConaughy swag. Many local businesses carry Lake Mac souvenirs.
- A Nebraska park entry permit from Nebraska Game & Parks. Available at the Lake McConaughy Visitor & Water Interpretive Center, many local businesses, and online.
- A trip with a Lake McConaughy fishing guide.
Want to show the beautiful beaches of Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala some love? Volunteer to help keep them litter free through the new Adopt-a-Beach program.
This volunteer program was created by Lake McConaughy state recreation area staff, in part, as a response to public concerns regarding litter in those areas. Game and Parks has taken several steps to combat this issue, including new signage relating to litter prevention, increases in garbage collection points and servicing, as well as partnerships with Keep Keith County Beautiful for the placement of recycle stations throughout the parks.
The goal of Adopt-a-Beach is to encourage participation in the protection of fragile park landscapes so that future generations can continue to enjoy this area. The program was modeled after the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s Adopt-a-Highway Program.» Read more
Due to its incredible species diversity and location on cental flyways, Lake Mac is known as a birdwatching hotspot. Bald eagles are among the lake area’s most notable winter stars, but there are many other winter visitors and permanent residents. Winter visitant species include purple finch, California gull, common redpoll, cedar waxwing, snow bunting and ring-necked duck. Year round avian residents include northern cardinal, American kestral, black-capped chickadee and downy woodpecker. Check the Lake McConaughy Birding Trails Map and Bird Species Checklist to plan your birding trip. Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District provides a heated eagle viewing facility that is open weekends January 7 through early March. Check our calendar for hours.
(photo credit: California Gull by Joel Jorgansen,» Read more
The Front Street Crystal Palace Revue
Did you toss back a sarsaparilla and take your oath as an honorary Ogallala deputy as a kid? Now your kids can get sworn in, too. (They’ll still have to promise to change their underwear at least once a week!) A western Nebraska institution, the Crystal Palace Revue is in its 52nd season. Catch the gunfight and Old West show beginning at 7:15 pm Thursday through Saturday through June 25, Monday through Saturday June 27 – August 13, with 2:00 pm Sunday matinees June 19 & 26, July 3 & 31 and August 7. Call 308-284-6000 for reservations.
Mansion on the Hill Museum
What did a child’s bedroom look like in the 1890s?