Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area

Quick Facts

Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area


(308) 284-8800

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Things To Do


Nebraska's largest reservoir at 35,700 acres, Lake McConaughy now has a spectacular Visitor/Water Interpretive Center, one mile south of Kingsley Dam on Nebraska 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. 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.

Map of Lake McConaughy State Rec. Area (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.251983, -101.699774



  • Boating

    There are many boating opportunities here! There are 15 ramps and 11 docks, with fuel and rentals available as well.

  • Camping

    There are many areas to camp in the park. In total, 208 camping pads with electrical hookups (20/30/50-amp), 35 camping pads without electricity and 2647 non-pad sites without electricity.

  • Fishing

    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. There are three fish cleaning stations.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed in the park.

  • Picnicking

    Four shelters provide meeting and relaxing space for 400 tables and 306 grills.

  • RVing

    There are many areas to camp in the park. In total, 208 camping pads with electrical hookups (20/30/50-amp), 35 camping pads without electricity and 2647 non-pad sites without .

  • Water Sports

    There is a beach to explore swimming and other activities.

Park Partners

Kingsley Lodge

Kingsley Lodge offers cabins, boat rental, and supplies.

(308) 284-2775



Via: I-80 West Bound (i.e. from Lincoln) Head west and take exit 126 at Ogallala

Via: I-76 East Bound (i.e. from Denver) Head east and take I-76 to the I-76/I-80 interchange where I-76 turns into I-80 and follow I-80 18 miles east to exit 126 at Ogallala,

THEN: go north through Ogallala (approx. 2 miles, following signs), and go east at the "Y" in the road, follow Hwy-61 east 8 miles to the Lake McConaughy Visitor Center (the road will curve to the north, but simply keep following it). Lake Ogallala, simply follow Hwy-61 north from the visitor center 3 miles north, at the north end of Kingsley Dam (the Dam on Lake McConaughy) take the first right turn and head east on the Co. Asphalt Road to Keystone, follow this road 1 miles east to Lake Ogallala. (Lake Ogallala is simply the catch basin below Lake McConaughy, so it is just below the dam to the east----you can't miss it!)

Special Note: Keep in mind, you are in western Nebraska, and if you get lost, just poke your head into any local business and they will almost always help a visitor that is mixed-up get back on the right track!

Phone Numbers


(308) 284-8800