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Description - This information was provided by NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS COMMISSION

Nebraska's largest reservoir at 35,700 acres, Lake McConaughy now has a spectacular Visitor/Water Interpretive Center, ½ mile south of Kingsley Dam on Nebr. 62. The center houses parks offices, aquariums and theater, with interactive displays that interpret the benefits of the Platte River and the High Plains Aquifer.

Big Mac teams with Lake Ogallala, at 320 acres, to provide some of the finest water sports recreation anywhere in the state. Lake McConaughy SRA covers 5,492 land acres on 12 areas, while Lake Ogallala SRA adds another 339 land acres. Located 9 miles north of Ogallala, they offer excellent fishing, boating, camping and hunting. The area offers camping, several boat ramps, modern restrooms, coin-op showers, dump stations, camp pads with electricity, water, vault toilets, picnic tables, shelters, unsupervised swimming beach, fish cleaning stations and concessions with rental boats.

Cedar Vue Campground features all-weather camping pads, a trailer dump station, shower-restroom building, sandy beach, low-water boat ramp, and blacktop roads. Cedar Vue is about 15 miles from the dam on Nebr. 92.

Spring Park at public access road No. 9 offers some good camping. It's a small, quality area with a mature stand of cottonwoods. Otter Creek is better known as fishermen's headquarters. It has primitive facilities, plenty of shade, and a protected bay for boat mooring near campsites.

Martin Bay Campground is probably the most popular area at Lake Mcconaughy, Martin Bay appeals especially to anglers, pleasure boaters, water skiers, and sailing enthusiasts. Typical of Big Mac's north shore, the bay is ringed with clean, fine sand, making for a fine swimming beach. Behind the ring of sand, clusters of trees offer welcome refuge from the hot summer sun and variety from the sand-water landscape. The area has a boat ramp that's usable during part of the low-water season.

Attractions - Camping: Yes Water: Yes Modern Restroom: Yes Dump Station: Yes Showers: Yes Picnicking: Yes Picnic Tables: 400 Grills: 306 Shelters: 4 Boating: Yes Types: All Ramps: 15 Docks: 11 Fuel Avail.: Yes Boat Rental: Yes Fishing: Yes Cleaning Stations: 3 Swimming: Yes Beaches: 1 Concessions: Yes Cabins, Boat Rental, Supplies Kingsley Lodge - (308) 284-2775 Admiral's Cove - (308) 355-2102 Lake View Fish Camp - (308) 284-4965 Otter Creek Lodge - (308)355-2372 North Shore Lodge - (308) 355-2222 Visitor Center: Yes Lake McConaughy Winter Office Hours 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Memorial Day - Labor Day Sunday- Thursday Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday - Saturday Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 pm Office on Site: Yes Lake McConaughy Winter Office Hours 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Memorial Day - Labor Day Sunday- Thursday Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday - Saturday Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 pm

Recreation - Big Mac teams with Lake Ogallala, at 320 acres, to provide some of the finest water sports recreation anywhere in the state. Lake McConaughy SRA covers 5,492 land acres on 12 areas, while Lake Ogallala SRA adds another 339 land acres. Located 9 miles north of Ogallala, they offer excellent fishing, boating, camping and hunting. The area offers camping, several boat ramps, modern restrooms, coin-op showers, dump stations, camp pads with electricity, water, vault toilets, picnic tables, shelters, unsupervised swimming beach, fish cleaning stations and concessions with rental boats.

Climate - Nebraska has a moderate climate with high humidity. The relative humidity in this state averages 70 percent throughout the year. Winter temperatures normally average between 20 and 45 degrees F. March brings warmer weather and temperatures above freezing for most of the month. Spring is in full swing by late April when temperatures often reach above 60 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach highs of 95 degrees F frequently, with warm weather continuing into mid September. Crisp fall weather truly begins in October when nighttime temperatures begin to dip into the low 40s. The wettest time of the year in this state is late spring through summer.

Location -

Via: I-80 West Bound (i.e. from Lincoln) Head west and take exit 126 at Ogallala

Via: I-76 East Bound (i.e. from Denver) Head east and take I-76 to the I-76/I-80 interchange where I-76 turns into I-80 and follow I-80 18 miles east to exit 126 at Ogallala,

THEN: go north through Ogallala (approx. 2 miles, following signs), and go east at the "Y" in the road, follow Hwy-61 east 8 miles to the Lake McConaughy Visitor Center (the road will curve to the north, but simply keep following it). Lake Ogallala, simply follow Hwy-61 north from the visitor center 3 miles north, at the north end of Kingsley Dam (the Dam on Lake McConaughy) take the first right turn and head east on the Co. Asphalt Road to Keystone, follow this road 1 miles east to Lake Ogallala. (Lake Ogallala is simply the catch basin below Lake McConaughy, so it is just below the dam to the east----you can't miss it!)

Special Note: Keep in mind, you are in western Nebraska, and if you get lost, just poke your head into any local business and they will almost always help a visitor that is mixed-up get back on the right track!


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More Information

Contact Information:
Lake McConaughy SRA , 1450 Highway 61N , Ogallala, NEBRASKA, 69153-5930, Phone: (308) 284-8800
, Lake.McConaughy@ngpc.ne.gov

Additional Information:
Nebraska Recreation Areas -

Links:
Lake McConaughy SRA - Official site of Lake McConaughy SRA

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