Calendar of Events

1:00 pm “Oceans of Grass” film at the Pr...
“Oceans of Grass” film at the Pr...
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm
The new documentary film, “OCEAN OF GRASS-Life on a Nebraska Sandhills Ranch” was created by former Ogallala native Georg Joutras. OCEAN OF GRASS is an organic journey about life rolled up into the ranch experience. [...]
12:00 pm Halloween at the Hollow
Halloween at the Hollow
Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come out to Ash Hollow to celebrate Halloween with the ghosts of the Oregon Trail! Enjoy kid’s games, concessions, archery, crafts, costume contests and more from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Trunk or Treat starts at 4:00pm[...]
1:30 pm American Girl Halloween Party
American Girl Halloween Party
Oct 27 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
The Keith County Historical Society will host their annual American Girl Halloween Party Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at the Ogallala Holiday Inn Express.   Advance tickets only, space is limited. 1 Adult[...]
all-day Kayak Big Mac
Kayak Big Mac
Nov 3 all-day
4th Annual Kayak Big Mac Sponsored by Ogallala Rotary

Dive In -The Lake Mac Blog

Lake McConaughy Area Activities -

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

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. or 308-281-8800.

Winter Painting
Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
December 11th
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 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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