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Nebraska’s largest reservoir, Lake McConaughy offers outstanding boating, fishing, swimming and camping. The area boasts beautiful white sand beaches perfect for swimming, building sandcastles or just soaking up the sun. The beach is also a popular spot for camping, as tent campers can pitch their tent right on the water’s edge. All together, the area totals more than 40,000 acres, 34,700 of which are water acres, and has more than 100 miles of shoreline. Alcohol is prohibited at Lake McConaughy.Make a Reservation
Fishing has long been a favorite activity at Lake McConaughy, with its cool, clear, deep waters. Game fish species include walleye, channel catfish, Northern pike, wiper and white bass. The area has three fish cleaning stations located at Martin Bay, Otter Creek and Cedar Vue. The area offers several boat ramps with docks, depending upon water level. Contact the Visitor’s Center for ramp availability. Fuel and boat rental are available from vendors around the lake.
For more information on fishing opportunities here and at parks across the state, visit the interactive public fishing areas map. This map provides detailed information on available species, regulations, public boat ramps, fish cleaning stations and ADA-accessible boat ramps and docks, among other features in reservoirs, lakes, streams and rivers statewide. Lake contour maps are available for some lakes, as well.
The area’s white sand beaches make it a popular destination for swimmers and those who want to hang out on the shore and soak up the sun. While the entire shoreline is open to swimming, a designated swim beach is located at Martin Bay. Lifeguards are not on duty.
The Lake McConaughy Visitor and Water Interpretive Center is perched on a bluff just south of Kingsley Dam on Highway 61. It features interactive educational exhibits on the North Platte River and High Plains Aquifer, two large aquariums, the Ethel Abbott Theater, which showcases a variety of promotional and education films involving Lake McConaughy and Kingsley Dam and is available for rent for special events and meeting as well as the Big Mac Community Room with space for special events and meetings up to 60 people.
The center is open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. During the rest of the year, the center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Dining, snacks, groceries, boat rental, bait and other sundries are available at the following concession areas (call for details, exact location and hours):
- Big Mac Marina: 308-355-5555
- Kingsley Lodge: 308-284-2775
- North Shore Lodge: 308-355-2222
- Otter Creek Lodge: 308-355-2372
- Ski Patrol: 308-726-7368
- Van’s Lakeview: 308-284-4965
For more information on lake businesses, visit http://www.ilovelakemac.com
Parts of the area are open to hunting during certain times of the year. View the Public Access Atlas for details.
Wind surfing, water skiing, scuba diving and sailing are also popular activities at Lake McConaughy. The annual Kites and Castles weekend is a very popular event featuring a sandcastle building contest under a sky dotted with kites always taking place the last Saturday in July.
The Park Naturalist hosts many events throughout the year. Check the Outdoor Calendar or call the Park Office at 308-284-8800 for up to date information.
Lone Eagle Campground
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.
All 84 camp sites at Lone Eagle have electrical, water and sewer hook-ups. A trailer dump station is also located on Shoreline Road adjacent to the campground. Sites 1, 2, 21, 38 and 77 are ADA compatible.
The restroom and shower facility offers public restrooms and seven unisex private shower cubicles, each with a dressing room and shower stall. The showers are coin-operated, 25 cents per minute. A dollar bill change machine is on site. Between Oct. 15 and May 1, only vault toilets are available.
Little Thunder Campground
The Little Thunder modern campground is located on the north shore of Lake McConaughy. 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 and 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 Oct. 15 and May 1, only vault toilets are available.
Little Thunder Campground has electrical and some full hook-up sites. Water is available at the restroom and shower facility. A trailer dump station is located near the Arthur Bay entrance and at Martin Bay.
Cedar View Campground
Cedar View Campground features all-weather camping pads, a trailer dump station, shower and restroom building, sandy beach, low-water boat ramp and blacktop roads. Cedar View is about 15 miles from the dam on Nebr. 92.
While camping on the beach or any other designated camping area is allowed at Lake McConaughy, not all spots offer the same amenities. Read on for a list of popular camping areas and their features.
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 also has a large designated Day Use Area with parking area and Shower/Restroom Facilities. An RV Dump Station is located at the north end of the bay. There are two boat ramps servicing the area.
Arthur Bay appeals to pleasure boaters, beach campers and water skiers. Typical of Big Mac’s north shore, the bay is ringed with clean, fine sand, making for a fine swimming beach. There are an abundance of trees for shade camping. The area has an RV Dump Station, single lane boat ramp and Shower/Restroom Facilities.
Sandy Beach, as its name implies, offers an excellent camping area with plenty of white sand, shade and clear water. The area is also close to Lone Eagle Campground dump station and shower facility.
North Shore is home to a Walk-In Access area which is open to day use and walk in overnight camping. Primitive facilities are available along with a nearby concession.
Lemoyne Bay boasts a small but beautiful white sand beach with shade. A concession is nearby along with a high and low water boat ramp. Water and primitive restrooms are available to campers.
Spring Park offers more traditional primitive camping. It’s a small, quality area with a mature stand of cottonwoods with a beach area, drinking water and primitive facilities.
Otter Creek has several grass areas to camp with excellent shade. The area has two boat ramps, as well as a fish cleaning station and nearby concession. Water and primitive restrooms are available.
Omaha Beach is located at the western end of Lake McConaughy on the north side. It has a grassy camping area with excellent shade as well as primitive restrooms.
Ogallala Beach is home to the whitest sand beach on the south side of Lake McConaughy. It has a primitive restroom, as well as water availability.
A park entry permit is required and may be purchased at the park, statewide Game and Parks offices and permit vendors or in advance of your arrival online.
Residents $30 for an annual permit, duplicate annual permits are available for $15 and daily permits for $6.
For vehicles not registered and licensed in Nebraska $45 for an annual permit, duplicate annuals permits are available for $22.50 and daily permits for $8.
Primitive camping – $10
Camping no camp pad, non-electric – $10
Camp pad without electric – $13
Camp pad with electric – $25
Camp pad with full hook ups – $35
Winter camping rate with electric – $18
Visitor Center meeting room: $50 part / $100 whole; Private dock mooring fee: $200
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Address: Lake McConaughy SRA | 1475 Hwy. 61 N. | Ogallala, NE 69153-5930
12 mi. north of Interstate 80 on US Hwy 61
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