Lake Mac fully booked on Fourth of July weekend

LINCOLN, Neb. — Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala state recreation areas are fully booked from July 2-5 for overnight campgrounds, including beach campsites.

Overnight visitors interested in visiting the two western Nebraska reservoirs for the upcoming holiday are encouraged to find alternative lodging. Find local community hotels, vacation homes by rental, cabins and private campgrounds at Visitors should check availability at private overnight accommodations.

Day-use activities, such as fishing, boating, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking and bird watching remain available with no capacity limits. Learn more at

Those visitors with overnight reservations must check-in between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Mountain time, but are encouraged to check-in before 5 p.m. to avoid long lines at points of entry.

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 or at a permit vendor; find a local vendor at

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds visitors that alcohol and fireworks are prohibited at the two park areas.