LINCOLN, Neb. — There’s still plenty of camping spots available — even over Labor Day weekend — at Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala state recreation areas.
Campers are reminded they will need a reservation to stay overnight, and reservations should be made before leaving home.
Reservations can be made online at NebraskaStateParks.ReserveAmerica.com, via mobile app RA Camping, or by phone at 308-284-8800 during business hours. Same-day reservations may be made online or by phone until 5 p.m. Mountain time, if sites remain available.
Campers must arrive and check in with park staff, in-person, at the Visitor Center or at a staffed entrance booth between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Day-use activities, such as fishing, boating, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking and bird watching remain available with no capacity limits. Learn more at OutdoorNebraska.org/LakeMcConaughy.
A park entry permit is required on all vehicles entering the recreation areas, including those with advanced camping reservations.
For faster entry into the park areas, visitors are encouraged to purchase one in advance online at OutdoorNebraska.org or at a permit vendor; find a local vendor at OutdoorNebraska.org/PermitVendors.
Those searching for alternative lodging options, including private campgrounds, hotels or cabins, should visit ILoveLakeMac.com.
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission park areas across the state also will offer holiday opportunities. As schools have returned to session and park staffing levels have become more limited, hours of operation to services may be adjusted as needed. Call ahead before visiting a park to check on activity times and availability to ensure a great park experience.