Located on the east side of Kingsley Dam and massive Lake McConaughy, Lake Ogallala is known as “the little lake.” Chilled by the massive surface of Lake McConaughy, Lake Ogallala is a well-known fishing destination, particularly renowned for its fast-growing and feisty rainbow trout. Compared to Lake McConaughy, Lake Ogallala is small, gentle and sedate at 320 acres. It lacks the sandy beaches of its neighbor to the west, but its protected shoreline wards off winds. Along with fishing, visitors come to paddle, camp and enjoy the scenery.
Lake Ogallala is well-known for its quality fishery, and rainbow trout are among the species most popular with anglers. In addition to rainbow trout, anglers may find yellow perch, channel catfish and an occasional largemouth bass. There is one fish cleaning station, as well as a wheelchair-accessible fishing dock.
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.
All boats are permitted, but Lake Ogallala is a no-wake lake. Non-motorized watercraft are very popular at Lake Ogallala due to the protection from the wind offered by Kingsley Dam. There are two boat ramps and two boat docks available.
The Lake McConaughy Visitor Center houses the park offices, as well as aquariums and a theater. Interactive displays interpreting the Platte River and High Plains Aquifer are also located within the Visitor Center. The Center is open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. During the rest of the year, the center is open daily from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Lake Ogallala Hike-Bike Trail is located on the east side of Lake Ogallala inside the Lake Ogallala Modern Campground. The two-mile trail runs on top of the northern dyke that holds Lake Ogallala and ends at the Nebraska Public Power District’s Diversion Dam.
Lake Ogallala offers 82 camping pads with 20-, 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups. Primitive camping is available on the west side of Lake Ogallala at several areas. Water and primitive restrooms are available. Reservations may be made up to one year in advance.
A park entry permit is required and may be purchased at the Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area visitor center, 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 tent camping – $10
Camping no camp pad, non-electric – $10
Camp Pad without electric – $13
Camp pad with electric – $25
Winter camping rate with electric – $18
For a complete list of all state park, state recreation area and state historical park fees, click here.
Address: Lake Ogallala SRA | 1475 Hwy. 61 N | Ogallala, Neb. 69153-5930
Phone: (308) 284-8800
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