Nebraska Game and Parks (NGP) is taking input on a master plan for Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala.
Michelle Stryker, NGP’s Planning and Programming Division administrator, says they want to know what works and what doesn’t.
She says they also need to plan for development and maintaining regular operation.
“Our beach areas require a lot of different users,” Stryker tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We have our campers. We have our boaters. We have our anglers. But then we also have our natural resources that we need to look out for, such as the threatened and endangered species that we have on the property.”
More than one million visitors come to the lakes in Keith County each year. That huge influx of people has prompted NGP to widen the plan’s scope to include the communities around the lakes.
“Lake McConaughy/Lake Ogallala is a huge natural resource in the area that brings in a tremendous amount of people,” Stryker says, “but how do we connect more to our county and the communities in the county that provide economic development in that region.”
Stryker says the plans for the lakes must be in line with federal rules governing Kingsley Dam, which created the lakes and is managed by the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District.
The Game and Parks Commission is expected to consider the master plan later this year.