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Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area

 
Park Snapshot

11 N of Ogallala
40192 acres (34700 water)

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Contact Information:
Lake McConaughy SRA
1450 Highway 61N
Ogallala,  NE  69153-5930
Phone: (308) 284-8800

Summary

Nebraska's largest reservoir at 35,700 acres, Lake McConaughy now has a spectacular Visitor/Water Interpretive Center, 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.

Attractions

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.

Overnight Accomodations
Camping Facilities:
208 camping pads with electrical hookups*
35 camping pads without electricity
2647 non-pad sites without electricity
*20/30/50-amp, 1-year advance reservable campsites

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.

The Lone Eagle Modern Campground is located on the north shore of Lake McConaughy SRA. The campground can be accessed through the Arthur Bay Entrance (Gate #2) from Hwy. 92, and follow the Shoreline Road 2.7 miles west, or you can access the campground through the Sandy Beach Entrance (Gate #4) from Hwy. 92, and then follow the Shoreline Road 1.7 miles east.

The restroom/shower facility offers public restrooms and seven unisex private shower cubicles, each with a dressing room and shower stall. The showers are coin-operated, 75 cents for 3 minutes. Dollar bill change machine is on site. Between October 15 - May 1st, vault toilets only.

Lone Eagle Campground has electrical and some full hook-up sites. Water is available at the restroom/shower facility. A trailer dump station is located near the Arthur Bay entrance.

The Little Thunder Modern Campground is located on the north shore of Lake McConaughy S.R.A. The campground can be accessed through the Martin Bay Entrance (Gate #1) from Hwy. 61, and then follow the Shoreline Road 1.9 miles west, or you can access the campground through the Arthur Bay Entrance (Gate #2) from Hwy. 92, and follow the Shoreline Road 1.5 miles east.

The restroom/shower facility offers public restrooms and seven unisex private shower cubicles, each with a dressing room and shower stall. The showers are coin-operated, 75 cents for 3 minutes. Dollar bill change machine is on site. Between October 15 - May 1st, vault toilets only.

Little Thunder Campground has electrical and some full hook-up sites. Water is available at restroom/shower facility. A trailer dump station is located near the Arthur Bay entrance and at Martin Bay.

More information on Lake McConaughy Campgrounds

Alcohol is prohibited at Lake McConaughy.



Camping: Yes

Water: Yes
Modern Restroom: Yes
Dump Station: Yes
Showers: Yes
Laundry: No

Lodging: No

Cabins: 0
Rooms: 0
Dorms: 0
Food Service: No

Trails: No

Hiking: 0 miles
M. Bike: 0 miles
Horse: 0 miles
Trail Rides: No
Allow Horses: No

Picnicking: Yes

Picnic Tables: 400
Grills: 306
Shelters: 4
Shelters w/ elec.: 0

Boating: Yes

Types: All
Ramps: 15
Docks: 11
Fuel Avail.: Yes
Boat Rental: Yes
River Access: No

Fishing: Yes

Cleaning Stations: 3

Swimming: Yes

Pools: 0
Beaches: 1

Concessions: Yes

Cabins, Boat Rental, Supplies
Kingsley Lodge - (308) 284-2775
Samuelson's - (308) 355-2321
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

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