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Overnight campers are required to self-register, using the envelope/drop box system. Registration information, envelopes and the drop boxes Click for a larger map are located at each entrance and near the shower/restroom facilities in the modern campgrounds. Quiet hours at all campgrounds are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.When entering a modern campground, take an envelope from the drop box, find an available site, fill out the registration information, add required amount of money and place the envelope in the deposit slot in the drop box.During the summer season our modern campgrounds usually fill up by early Friday evening for the weekend. When staying in a modern campground during the summer season, campers should not leave a campsite unoccupied for more than 24 hours. When leaving your modern campsite for the day, it is best to pay for your site in advance and leave your receipt on the pad post.When a camper has pre-paid for a site and would like to move to another site or another campground, they should fill out all the required information on another envelope. They should also add the information from the previous envelope, including date, registration number and amount paid, noting a monetary difference, if applicable.When camping at a primitive site, including beach camping, it is best to display the receipt in the camper or vehicle window that can be seen from the road or path.In the modern campgrounds, one camping unit per site. One towed/towing vehicle allowed with RV. Boat trailers and tents are allowed to set up off the pad.Volunteer Campground Host Program, inquire at the Park office.Secure valuables and pet food at night. We want to deter late night visits from raccoons and more than one type of skunk.We ask campers to please keep current on their registration obligations. Our campground compliance personnel charge a $2.00 per night late fee, in addition to the required overnight fee to campers who do not register within 2 hours of entering the campground or after the 4:00 p.m. re-registration deadline.
Lake Ogallala tent camping RV Camping vault toilets showers handicap accessible handicap fishing access drinking water playground fish cleaning station boat ramp hiking biking wildlife viewing
Situated just below Kingsley Dam, Lake Ogallala is an integral part of the Lake McConaughy recreation complex. Known as the "little lake", it was formed when fill material was removed to build the dam. The lake is 1.5 miles long and 1/4 mile wide. It has about 5 miles of shoreline and covers approximately 320 acres. It connects with the Keystone Dam diversion pond, which has a surface area of about 300 acres.The west side of Lake Ogallala offers primitive camping, two boat ramps, a fish cleaning station and fishing piers for the disabled. Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District has an Eagle Viewing Building that is open to the public during the winter, located near the spillway and the Kingsley Hydroplant. The Lake Ogallala Hike/Bike Trail starts at the Eagle Viewing Building and shares an interior park road as it follows the shoreline north around the lake.The Lake Ogallala Modern Campground is located on the east side of the lake. The closest trailer dump station is located at Lake McConaughy at the north end of Martin Bay. The Lake Ogallala Hike/Bike Trail continues through the campground and follows the north dike to the Keystone Diversion dam at the far east end of Lake Ogallala.Lake Ogallala is a five M.P.H., "No Wake" lake. The lake also has a "No Anchor" restriction for the north and middle basins of the lake because of underwater aeration hoses. There is not a designated swimming beach at Lake Ogallala.Lake Ogallala is known for it's fantastic trout fishing and offers tremendous opportunities to watch a wide variety of birds. The Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala region is rated the 3rd best place in the United States for viewing birds. Click here for a printable Birds of Lake McConaughy check-off list provided by CNPP&ID.The University of Nebraska operates the Cedar Point Biological Station on the south side of the lake. This area is not part of the Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area and is closed to the general public.
Lone Eagle Modern Campground tent camping RV Camping dump station restroom facilities showers handicap accessible showers and pad site drinking water
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.One camping unit per site. One towing vehicle allowed with RV. Boat trailers and tents are allowed to set up off the pad.Overflow parking is available near the restroom/shower facility and on small parking lots between the campground loops. No vehicles allowed on the beach below the campground.The nearest boat ramps are located at Arthur Bay and at Lemoyne. We do not recommend mooring boats on the lake overnight. Storms and high winds can come up quickly and swamp anchored boats.
Little Thunder Modern Campground tent camping RV Camping dump station restroom facilities showers handicap accessible showers and pad site drinking water
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.One camping unit per site. One towing vehicle allowed with RV. Boat trailers and tents are allowed to set up off the pad. Overflow parking is available near the restroom/shower facility and on small parking lots between the campground loops. No vehicles allowed on the beach below the campground.The nearest boat ramps are located at Martin Bay and Arthur Bay. We do not recommend mooring boats on the lake overnight. Storms and high winds can come up quickly and swamp anchored boats.
Omaha Beach tent camping vault toilets drinking water boat ramp
It is located approximately 16 miles west of Kingsley Dam on Hwy 92 (Gate #14). Omaha Beach offers a small primitive camping area with a shallow, high water, rock boat ramp. The area is a favorite of anglers for early spring catfishing, as soon as the ice is off. It is also a launch point for waterfowl hunters going to the river and mud flats.The trail road to the west leads into the Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area. The Clear Creek WMA lands are managed by the Wildlife Division of the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission.Omaha Beach is the access to the private K-2 Cabin area.
Cedar Vue tent camping RV camping dump station vault toilets showers handicap accessible drinking water playground fish cleaning station boat ramp concession fuel
Cedar Vue is 13 miles west of Kingsley Dam on Hwy.92, (Gate #13). The area offers paved roads, two boat ramps, a fish cleaning station, a trailer dump station, access to beach camping and the Cedar Vue Modern Campground. The Cedar Vue area has some of the finest sandy beaches at Lake McConaughy.Private concessionaire services are located near the highway entrance.
Otter Creek tent camping vault toilets drinking water playground fish cleaning station boat ramp restaurant marina concession fuel cabins
Located 12 miles west of Kingsley Dam on Hwy 92 (Gate #12), Otter Creek offers excellent public and private facilities including two public boat ramps and a fish cleaning station and a private concessionaire providing goods and services. Its name comes from the spring fed creek, which flows out of the Sandhills into Lake McConaughy. The creek is a popular trout stream. Otter Creek has a large protected cove for those times when a sudden storm turns the skies threatening and the lake's waters unfriendly. There is a large area of mature cottonwood trees providing shade and shelter for campers.Otter Creek Bay is a good place to view Eagles and waterfowl during the winter.The trail road to the east leads to Sand Point and Spring Park. Sand Point is a remote beach area with no facilities. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended.
Spring Park tent camping vault toilets drinking water boat ramp horse camp
Located approximately 8 miles west of Kingsley Dam on Hwy.92 (Gate #9), Spring Park provides a rustic camping area amid a mature stand of cottonwood trees. There is also a high-water public boat ramp. Spring Park is the site of the Annual Mountain Man Rendezvous usually scheduled for the 3rd weekend in September.The area is somewhat unique in its setting when compared to other areas along the north shore of Lake McConaughy.Spring Park offers high rocky bluffs, which overlook the lake and narrow protected draws that provide sheltered camping. Access roads to the remote areas are rough unimproved trails. The trail road to the west leads to Sand Point and Otter Creek. Sand Point is a remote beach area with no facilities. Four wheel drive vehicles are recommended.Campers with horses are requested to camp at Spring Park. Horses and horseback riding are restricted to the remote areas east and west of Spring Park. There are no designated horseback riding trails. We ask that riders stay off the beaches, shoreline and the roadways.
Lemoyne tent camping vault toilets drinking water boat ramp restaurant marina concession fuel cabins mail box
Lemoyne is an unincorporated village on the north shore located 6.5 miles west of the dam on Hwy 92 (Gate #6). It was moved to its present location from the valley floor when the dam and reservoir were created.The Lemoyne area includes a public boat ramp and primitive camping areas. Private concessionaire services are located near the area.
North Shore tent camping vault toilets marina RV camping fish cleaning station concession fuel cabins
North Shore is located approximately 5 miles west of the dam on Hwy 92 (Gate #5). The gravel road to the west leads to primitive public camping areas. The private K-3 Cabin area is accessed from the narrow gravel road that heads south. The paved road to the east leads to a private full-service concessionaire that provides numerous services and excellent facilities for visitors to the area.
Sandy Beach tent camping vault toilets drinking water
Located approximately 4 miles west of the Kingsley Dam on Hwy 92 (Gate #4), Sandy Beach is at the western end of the Shoreline Road. It is a favorite site for "light" sailboat launching, wind surfing and jet skiing. There is a beautiful stretch of fine white sand beach, undoubtedly accounting for this area's name. The beach has a gradual slope, making it one of the lake's most popular areas for beach activities.Sandy Beach is the home of the Toucan Open Wind Surfing Regatta held each year on the weekend after labor Day.The entrance station at Sandy Beach is open during the summer on Friday and Saturday evenings to greet visitors, offer information, sell permits and assist with overnight camper registration. Most of the entrances to Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala are unmanned. It is the visitor's responsibility to obtain the required permits before entering the park.Campers traveling east of Sandy Beach on the Shoreline Road will find a trailer dump station and a modern restroom, with coin-operated showers near the Lone Eagle Modern Campground.
Theis Bay tent camping vault toilets drinking water
Theis Bay is a primitive camping area located between Sandy Beach and Arthur Bay along the Shoreline Road.
Arthur Bay tent camping dump station vault toilets showers handicap accessible drinking water boat ramp
Located approximately 2 miles west of the Kingsley Dam on Hwy 92 (Gate #2), Arthur Bay is at the mid-point of the Shoreline Road. This large, scenic and naturally protected bay is home to the annual Governor's Cup Sailing Regatta held over Labor Day weekend. Arthur Bay offers a shallow water boat ramp, a trailer dump station, and a modern restroom, with coin-operated showers. It boasts fine white sand beaches typical of the north side of Lake McConaughy.Arthur Bay is the site of the Annual Governors Sailboat Regatta, held over Labor Day week end. The entrance station at Arthur Bay is open during the summer on Friday and Saturday evenings to greet visitors, offer information, sell permits and assist with overnight camper registration. Most of the entrances to Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala are unmanned. It is the visitor's responsibility to obtain the required permits before entering the park.Visitors can follow the Shoreline Road west to Theis Bay, the Lone Eagle Modern Campground and Sandy Beach.Visitors can follow the Shoreline Road east to No Name Bay, the Little Thunder Modern Campground and Martin Bay.

No Name Bay tent camping RV camping vault toilets showers handicap accessible drinking water play ground

Located on the north shore along the Shoreline Road, No Name Bay is the first large bay west of Martin Bay. The area offers primitive camping with access to the modern restroom, with coin-operated showers near the Little Thunder Modern Campground, on the west side of the bay.

Martin Bay tent camping restroom facility dump station drinking water fish cleaning station boat ramp swimming beach food marina concession fuel vehicle repair scuba

Located approximately 8 miles northeast of the "Y" outside of Ogallala, Martin Bay is the first bay you come to after crossing Kingsley Dam on Hwy. 61, (Gate #1). Martin Bay is perhaps the most heavily used area at the lake. Typical of Big Mac's north shore, the bay is ringed with clean, fine sand, making it an exceptional area for beach camping and beach activities. Behind the ring of sand, clusters of trees offer welcome refuge from the hot summer sun and variety from the sand-water landscape.

Martin Bay offers a designated swimming area (no lifeguards, swim at own risk), a boat ramp, a fish cleaning station, a trailer dump station, and three modern restrooms. Private concessionaire services are located near the highway entrance.

Martin Bay is the east starting point of the Shoreline Road and is the access to the private K-4 Cabin area on the west side of Martin Bay. Visitors can follow the Shoreline Road east to No Name Bay, the Little Thunder Modern Campground and Arthur Bay.

Martin Bay is the site for many special events through out the including the annual Kites & Castles Competition, the Big Mac Sand Volleyball Tournament and the Big Mac Rod Run & Car Show.

The entrance station at Martin Bay is open during the summer on Friday and Saturday evenings to greet visitors, offer information, sell permits and assist with overnight camper registration. Most of the entrances to Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala are unmanned. It is the visitor's responsibility to obtain the required permits before entering the park.

Spillway Bay restrooms drinking water boat ramp picnic area restaurant marina concession fuel cabins scenic overlook

Located at the south end of Kingsley Dam, the Spillway Bay boat ramp area is 5.5 miles northeast the "Y" junction north of Ogallala along Hwy 61 (Gate # 21). The area offers two boat ramps and a small overflow parking/picnic area on the east side of the highway. There is a marine pump-out station located on the dock, in the back of the bay during high water. During low water times, the marine pump-out dock is moved to the Diver Bay.

Just a couple of hundred yards up the road, on the west side of the Hwy, is the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission's Maintenance Yard and Shop. On the east side of the highway is the access road to Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District's maintenance shop and a restaurant. The access road also leads up over the hill and down to the Kingsley Hydroplant and the University of Nebraska's Cedar Point Biological Station at Lake Ogallala.

The south end of Kingsley Dam provides overlook parking areas for viewing of both lakes. The sites include the "Morning Glory" and the "Outlet Tower", (the mammoth structures used to let water out of Big Mac), and the Kingsley Hydroplant on Lake Ogallala, where water is discharged from Lake McConaughy.

Just south of Kingsley Dam is a private full-service concessionaire.

Burma Road office information handicap accessible scenic overlook interpretive theater archery target vault toilet boat ramp

The Burma Road exit (Gate #22) off Highway 61 is located 5 miles northeast of the "Y" junction north of Ogallala and directly across from Lake McConaughy Visitor Center. Burma Road provides access to the Big Mac Archery Range and the low water boat ramp at Divers Bay. The no outlet gravel access road also provides bank-fishing access to some of the south side rocky points.

Ogallala Beach tent camping vault toilet drinking water

Ogallala Beach is located 2.5 miles north of the "Y" junction of Hwy's 26/61 north of Ogallala (Gate #20). This access area offers a primitive camping and picnic area, as well as a wide, sandy beach. South of the beach area is a nice stand of mature cottonwood trees providing shade on hot summer days.

The area is a favorite for visitors seeking a less crowded beach. When the lake level is high enough, Ogallala Beach is an excellent spot for bank fishing. To the east of Ogallala Beach is a private residential area.

Lakeview tent camping vault toilets drinking water golf marina boat ramp RV camping fish cleaning station shower concession fuel cabin area

Located near the mid-point of Lake McConaughy on the south side, Lakeview is approximately 7 miles west of the "Y" junction north of Ogallala on Hwy 26 (Gate #18) and 3.5 miles north on an access road. The interior gravel road to the west leads to primitive public camping areas.

A private full-service concessionaire provides numerous services and excellent facilities for visitors to the area.

The Lakeview Rd West leads to a public golf course (2 miles) and the Eagle Canyon public use area via Rattlesnake Rd (4 miles).

Eagle Canyon tent camping vault toilets drinking water boat ramp

Eagle Canyon is located approximately 14 miles west of the "Y" junction north of Ogallala on Hwy 26, and 5 miles north on a minimum maintenance access road. It is one of few public access areas on the south side of Lake McConaughy.

It is a favorite spot for fishermen wanting access to the west end of the lake from the south shore. The Game & Parks maintains a primitive campground for use by area visitors, and a high-water boat ramp is also available.

The Eagle Canyon access road from Hwy 26 also serves as the south entrance to the Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area. The Clear Creek WMA lands are managed by the Wildlife Division of the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission.

Ash Hollow office information handicap accessible scenic overlook interpretive theater

Located west of Lake McConaughy and south of Lewellen on Hwy 26, Ash Hollow is a beautiful area noted for its historical significance. The Ash Hollow State Historical Park provides a visitor's center explaining the history of the area. There are exhibits describing prehistoric animals, early man, Plains Indians and the Oregon Trail. A restored schoolhouse, a trading post site, and a nature trail also are located here.

In addition to the visitor's center, there are picnic areas, and drinking water and restrooms are available.

Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area

Clear Creek WMA is located 5 miles east of Lewellen on Hwy. 92 and 1 mile south.

The Wildlife Division of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission manages the area primarily for the Canada goose. Clear Creek includes a 2,500-acre waterfowl refuge on the North Platte River, a 600-acre controlled waterfowl hunting area and some 2,000 acres of public hunting lands on the west end of Lake McConaughy. Public hunting lands provide some excellent hunting. The area is also open to fishing.

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