Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area

  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Canoe/Kayak
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Swimming

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.

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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 wiper. There is one fish cleaning station, improved angler access areas in the northwest corner, west side and near the Kingsley Hydro as well as a kayak launch dock at the North Boat Ramp.

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 along with a kayak launch dock at the north boat ramp.

Visitors center

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. After Labor Day, the center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 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.


Modern and Primitive Camping

All 82 camp sites are Electric Plus. The restroom and shower facility offers public restrooms and four unisex private shower cubicles, each with a dressing room and shower stall. The showers are coin-operated. A dollar bill change machine is on site. Between Oct. 15 and May 1, only vault latrines are available, weather permitting. Reservations may be made up to one year in advance.

Primitive camp sites can be found on the west side of Lake Ogallala SRA and are all undesignated. Water is available at multiple locations and primitive and portable restrooms are available.

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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.

Contact Information

Address: Lake Ogallala SRA | 1475 Hwy. 61 N | Ogallala, Neb. 69153-5930
Phone: (308) 284-8800

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