Lake McConaughy fully booked on Fourth of July weekend

(Ogallala, NE) -- Those hoping to stay at Lake McConaughy or Lake Ogallala state recreation areas over the 4th of July holiday will have to find off-site lodging.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says both McConaughy and Ogallala are fully booked from July 1-5 for overnight campgrounds, including beach campsites. Game and Parks says overnight visitors can find local community hotels, vacation homes by rental, cabins and private campgrounds at

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

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

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