Lake McConaughy News

Welcome to – a visitor website provided by the Keith County Visitors Committee, an independent county tourism group.  The Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area is managed by NE Game & Parks.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: With the necessity to stay in one place and practice social distancing, we know that everyone’s future travel plans are up in the air for the time being. Please stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for “virtual visits” to beautiful Lake McConaughy and Keith County.
UPDATE: According to NE Game & Parks, the Lake McConaughy Visitors Center is closed until further notice. Please check and for NGP updates and FAQs.  With officials urging everyone to avoid non-essential travel and states including Colorado under a mandatory stay-at-home order, Nebraska’s state parks remain as open space landscapes for local residents to utilize while practicing social distancing.  Park permits, fishing permits, and hunting permits can all be purchased online at

(MARCH 20, 2020) The NE Game & Parks Commission voted March 20 to ban both alcohol possession and consumption at both Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala.  A Keith County area Lake McConaughy advisory group has requested an annual review of changes to the Game & Parks management plan, and the group will continue working NGPC staff on lake issues.

Other updates for the summer of 2020:

  • Officials are expecting Lake McConaughy’s level to be high this summer due to higher winter levels and expected snow melt. Available beach for camping is likely to be quite limited.  Plans are for additional areas to be prepared for primitive camping.
  • Check out alternatives on to stay in a hotel, lodge or campground to play at the lake during the day.
  • Local and state law enforcement presence will be increased on the Independence Day and Labor Day weekends.
  • NGPC will continue with plans to create “day-use” areas at three major beaches on the lake’s north side: Martin Bay, Arthur Bay and Sandy Beach. However, first-come, first-served camping for beach/primitive areas will continue.
  • Hours will be extended at some of the entrance kiosks, including the main one at Martin Bay.

    (PLEASE NOTE:  At the COVID-19 situation evolves, Game & Parks will evaluate tent and RV camping conditions regularly, following state and federal directives as well as local health departments. Park restrooms are sanitized regularly following suggested CDC guidelines and will remain open at this time.)