Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
This SRA occupies much of the north shore of Lake McConaughy, the largest body of water in Nebraska. This area has the largest bird list of any location in the state, including about 340 species, with at least 104 known breeders, and about 200 transients. The large body of water attracts vast numbers of migrant waterfowl, grebes, shorebirds, and gulls including many rarities. A good spotting scope is recommended to cover this vast reservoir. During winter, many of the waterfowl congregate near the spillway and during summer toward the western end of the lake at Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area. Large numbers of Bald Eagles also congregate in winter, attracted by dead fish and the wintering duck and goose populations. Over 100 miles of shoreline are present along the lake, with the southern shoreline rocky and steep, and the northern shore sandy.
Where to go in the park
The pull off on the south end of the dam is a good place to park and view birds on the water. There is an eagle viewing building below the spillway and a free interpretive center emphasizing water ecology on the south side of the dam.
Site’s notable birds
Birds recently observed
1475 Hwy. 61 N., Ogallala, NE 69153-5930