Chilled by the massive surface of Lake McConaughy, a breeze sweeps gently eastward across Kingsley Dam and tumbles 160 feet to the surface of Lake Ogallala. There, at the "little lake," anglers and campers enjoy the natural air conditioning, but sunset comes early in the shadow of the towering dam to the west. Born simultaneously in 1941 with the construction of Kingsley Dam, Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala are litter mates, but not twins. Lake McConaughy is big and rough 35,000 surface acres big and even gentle breezes often lead to heavy swells. Lake Ogallala, at 320 acres, is comparatively small, gentle and sedate. Its protected shoreline wards off winds that would send the big lake into torment. Lake Ogallala is a rag-sweater-and-cup-of-coffee lake, not a sweat and Gatorade lake like its sibling.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty lake but not much of a “hike”. We were passing through and wanted to get a short hike in. It was OK but wouldn’t plan a day around it.

walking
3 months ago

We camp here annually for a family reunion and wander this trek. Lots of variety of birds, saw some deer while we were out this year. Yes it does go through some camp grounds but if your already here, why not walk around?

This is a walk through campgrounds.

walking
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Did the walk to kill time waiting for Ash Hollow to open. Just a place to stretch your legs.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

This isn't a trail just a gravel road you can walk along the lake. A few bridges and some nice views. Good for the family but doesn't qualify as a hike. It's a walk.

walking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

It's a nice walk. Good birding, especially for water fowl. but the trail itself is not at all challenging.

walking
Sunday, May 08, 2016

Nice walk around the lake. We saw some wildlife in the lake and the sunflowers were beautiful.

birding
5 months ago

mountain biking
5 months ago