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[...]

Dive In -The Lake Mac Blog

Lake McConaughy News -

COVID-19 CAMPING UPDATE:

Nebraska Game and Parks has announced that current restrictions on camping remain in place until June 4, when camping opportunities will return to normal at most of state parks. All reservation-only campsites and first-come campsites at the Lake McConaughy SRA will then be available to all camping units, including RVs, camping trailers and tents.

Until June 4, all camping will be RESERVATION ONLY and will be limited to designated campsites at Little Thunder, Lone Eagle, Cedar View and Lake Ogallala East + new basic campsites at Martin Bay, Sandy Beach and Lake Ogallala West. All designated beaches and swimming areas are closed.  Only self-contained recreational vehicles, with factory features that allow them to hold potable water, contain wastewater/sewage and connect to electrical service,

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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, 2019.  Waterfowl blinds are available for rent at Clear Creek Management Area.  Learn more here.

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, and electricity is left on at Lake McConaughy’s public campgrounds year round. 

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HALLOWEEN FUN! -

October is SPOOKtacular in the Lake McConaughy area!  Put these activities on your calendar:

PUMPKIN CARVING (BYOP – Bring Your Own Pumpkin!)
Friday Oct. 11 from 5 to 7 pm and Saturday Oct. 12 from 5 to 7 pm at the Lake McConaughy Visitors Center. Carving tools provided.

PUMPKIN PAINTING (Bring the kids & a pumpkin!)
Saturday, Oct. 12 from 2 to 4 pm at the Lake Mac Visitors Center and Sunday, Oct. 13 from 1 3 pm at Ash Hollow SHP Visitor Center. Paint and brushes provided.

CREEPY CRITTER CARNIVAL
Saturday, Oct. 19 from 1 to 4 pm at the Lake Mac Visitors Center. Bring the kids to play games for prizes and to learn a bit about snakes,

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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 locally in 2019.  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 2019 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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December Naturalist Programs -

The Lake Mac naturalist has more great events coming up this month.  For more information about any event, contact Alison Bleich at 308-284-8800 or at alison.bleich@nebraska.gov

Reindeer and Cocoa
Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
December 10th
1:00-3:00 pm
Oh deer! Join the park naturalist out at the lake for an afternoon of deer facts, hot cocoa, and crafting.
Learn a little more about about deer while we make reindeer holiday cards.
Hot cocoa and snacks will be provided.
No fee to attend. Registration required.
alison.bleich@nebraska.gov or 308-281-8800.

Winter Painting
Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
December 11th
2:00-4:30pm
Everyone is invited to the lake for a night of acrylic painting.

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Naturalist Programs at Lake Mac -

From bird walks and nature hikes to a butterfly info session and Coffee & Canvas nights, Lake McConaughy is now offering a variety of nature programs through resident naturalist Alison Bleich, shown in the photo with her sidekick Lorilai.   Bleich says, “I will be setting up events, activities and presentations that encourage the public to come out to the lake and enjoy outdoor education.  We want to continue to promote the lake and park as a great recreation and learning place.”

Bleich will also plan some events at Ash Hollow State Historical Park.

Check here or the ilovelakemac.com calendar for more information on upcoming events and activities.

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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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