7.4 Good
Ogallala, Nebraska

Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area

Ogallala, Nebraska

Ogallala, Nebraska
Phone: (308) 284-8800

Sites: 82
Recent Rate: $25 6/2015

Latitude: 41.2284209008578
Longitude: -101.661073589935

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

10 Reviews

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Lots of shade, no problem finding a site on a Wed at the first come, first serve section (a very large area); but by Thursday am the place was filling fast. Lots of folks with boats, etc. great lake, next to huge dam adjacent to Lake McConaughy. The restrooms were dated, not very clean so did not use. Would stay here again when in the area although the price was a bit much for services offered; price is probably a bit higher because of its proximity to Lake McConaughy. An additional $5 state parks pass fee is also required. We tried to contact the camp host Wed evening and Thurs morning to purchase a state pass but never did find the host. We camped at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

Buy a NE state parks pass, $25, if you plan to camp elsewhere in NE




Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Review Count: 183
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice park with level sites, some on the lake. Long walking trail to the dam. Lots of interesting waterfowl. Would stay here again. We camped at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

Good Nebraska State facility, a bit of a distance from town and the interstate. Nice setting, lots of trees and shade, grassy and weedy!! Lots of sand burrs, which the dogs didn't appreciate! Our site was right on the lake, looking west towards the dam. Good electric, water spigots nearby. Mid-week stay, so campground was almost empty! Paved access roads and pads, with fire ring and picnic table. Look like there is pretty good fishing for panfish from what we saw. There also are undeveloped campsites nearby, below the dam. When the dam is using water for power production, and the wind is right, there is a strong sulphur odor (like an oil refinery) in the air as others have reported. That is due to the spray from the outlet which comes from the bottom of the lake behind the dam, dead water, as some park employees explained. May or may not be there earlier in the year. We camped at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

I did not care for the campground for two reasons. They have one bathroom for a very big and crowded campground. We had to walk 1/2 mile to the bathroom. Also, for a state park or recreation area the sites were very crowded together, and there were some bad smells coming from lake or area we were at. The area around the campground is very scenic so the campsite is convenient, but if you stay here try and get a campsite close to the restrooms. We camped at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Part of the electric at part of this park did not work. Nice spacious sites, no water or sewer at sites. Nice and shady and right on the water. We camped at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 56
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

We had trouble finding this place because of confusing directional signs on the highways. Lake Ogallala is a small lake on the East side of much larger Lake McConaughty, just below the dam. Most of the highway signs pointed to McConaughty and did not mention Ogallala. Once found however it is a gem. It is heavily wooded with lots of lush green grass. The trees provide shade and help buffer the high winds that the area often has. They also block the TV satellites from most of the sites. Some sites are directly on the lake. All are spacious and level. Some have electric hookups; 30 amps at the North end and 15 amps elsewhere. There are no water hookups but water is available from spigots scattered throughout the campground. There is no dump station. It is very quiet except for some train horns. The grass hides some nasty stickers so watch your dog's feet. Our Verizon Air Card worked good with an external antenna. It is a beautiful campground and we will camp here again. We camped at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 144
States Visited: 45
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate shown is for electric site only. Additional charge applies for vehicles. Cons: Frustrating and confusing walk-up registration process; $4 per night per vehicle park fee (annual fee is $15); mosquitoes in the men's shower but otherwise clean; water availability limited, scattered throughout; no dump station in campground (nearest one is in Martin Bay CG; lots of flies; very windy conditions; signage inadequate. Pros: Absolutely beautiful - no comparison with Lone Eagle at Lake McConaughy; lots of trees; swans in lake; spacious, paved, level sites; many sites directly on lake, many others with lake view; good trout fishing in stocked lake; very quiet, heard one distant train whistle overnight; well maintained; interesting historical tourist attractions in Ogallala. Hard to give a rating to due to all the cons, but will still give it an "8". Would come back having made a reservation. Couple down the road from us had made a reservation for 2 weeks, a year in advance, and has already made their reservation for next year. We camped at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

We stopped here on our way home from Yellowstone. Very nice park. We had a lake view and the sites are spacious. The park is well maintained. There is a $4.00 park entrance fee on top of the nightly rate. We stayed 4 nights. There is full hookup available at Lake McConaughy which is just a few miles up the road and on a larger lake, but they were not as shady as the sites on Lake Ogalala nor did they have lake views. Lake McConaughy has a lot of sandy beaches that you can drive right down to the lake. We had no idea Nebraska had that much sand. It was like being on a beach in Florida. No dump at Lake Ogalala, but there is one at Lake McConaughy. We camped at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2006 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at this SRA. While we were expecting to only have electricity at Lake Ogallala, we were directed to the Little Thunder campsites which are over the dam. Sites 2 thru 6 are full hookups with 50amps! The sites are large, paved and level, the staff was friendly and helpful and the restrooms were well kept. We'll definitely be back! We camped at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2005 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Lots of shade and space between sites. As with other Nebraska state parks/recreation areas, basic amenities are lacking (soap, paper towels, etc...). Bring a long garden hose to refill your water supply if you?re fortunate enough to camp in close proximity to a hydrant since electricity is the only utility available at each site (amps vary from 20 to 30 depending on location). The playground was dated and in disrepair, and sandburs outlined it?s perimeter. The shower house presented an interesting contrast; although the strong smell of propane and Lysol beckoned the camper to hot water and cleanliness, the place was superficially clean as evidenced by the several species of spiders present near the ceiling and vents. Given the scenery (many sites are adjacent to the lake) and other natural features, this campground has the potential to be great, but necessary updates prevent a higher rating. We camped at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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