Calendar of Events

Sep
24
Thu
all-day Kayak Big Mac Nov. 7 or Particip...
Kayak Big Mac Nov. 7 or Particip...
Sep 24 – Nov 7 all-day
Kayak Big Mac Nov. 7 or Participate Virtually
Participate in the 2020 Kayak Big Mac virtually now or in person on November 7!   Register through Eventbrite any time through the event day to receive your tee shirt.   Kayaking virtually?  After you register, take[...]
Nov
8
Sun
10:00 am Sunday Brunch at the Mansion
Sunday Brunch at the Mansion
Nov 8 @ 10:00 am
Sunday Brunch at the Mansion
Don’t miss the Keith County Historical Society’s Sunday Brunch at the Mansion on the Hill September 13, October 11 and November 8, 2020.    Serving at 10:00 a.m. and noon each Sunday.  See the Facebook[...]
Nov
21
Sat
9:00 am Fall Arts & Crafts Show
Fall Arts & Crafts Show
Nov 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The annual Fall Arts & Crafts Show will be held Saturday, Nov. 21 from 9 to 4 at the Keith County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.  Contact the Chamber for more information:  308-284-4066.

Dive In -The Lake Mac Blog

Keith County Info -

Click here for the latest information on campgrounds, camping areas, day-use areas, and regulations at Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala. 

⭐️SEE BELOW FOR ANSWERS TO LAKE MAC FAQS!⭐️
• 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.
• Yes, beach camping is permitted. Four-wheel drive is needed for beach driving.  Camping is available in seven designated campgrounds and 23 designated camping areas across the parks,

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Fall Hunting In Keith County -

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,

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Bird Watching -

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.

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Holiday Gift Ideas From Keith County -

Need some ideas for your favorite Lake McConaughy/Keith County  fan?

  1. 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.
  2.  A gift certificate to a Lake McConaughy or Keith County restaurant.  Check with the restaurants to ask about certificates.
  3.  Some Lake McConaughy swag. Many local businesses carry Lake Mac souvenirs.
  4. A Nebraska park entry permit from Nebraska Game & Parks.  Available at the Lake McConaughy Visitor & Water Interpretive Center, many local businesses, and online.  
  5. A trip with a Lake McConaughy fishing guide. 
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Adopt A Beach at Lake Mac -

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.

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Winter Bird Watching -

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,

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Things To Do With Kids This Summer Around Keith County -

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?

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