Lake McConaughy, Ogallala, Nebraska

Lake McConaughy AKA “Big Mac” is a popular destination for us land-locked individuals who need to visit the beach from time to time.  Just a 3 1/2 hour drive from Denver, it’s situated in Ogallala, NE right outside of the Northeastern Colorado state lines.


“My family is my strength and my weakness.” – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

We took a short family vacation there this summer.  The kids loved the white sandy beaches and wildlife.  Owen and his cousin Jonah caught a ton of frogs (TOO MANY IN FACT), and Belle found a baby fish in the lake.

Our dog Copper caught a frog too, but I’m not going to tell you what he did with it.  *EEK*


2nd Cousin Jonah and a frog ^^


At Big Mac, you’re allowed to camp on the beach and have bonfires.  They also have campgrounds with access to showers, and nice places for RV’s with hook ups to electricity, sewer, and water.


The lake is HUGE.. perfect for cruising on the boat and still maintaining a safe distance from other boaters.


We had to pay a $15 non-resident’s boater fee for the annual decal.  Worth every penny. …Jason exploring the lake^^


My parents relaxing on the boat …


My cousin Kristen and her son Tyler getting splashed- the water was choppy that day..


Belle and her cousin Anna^^ my daughter can sleep anywhere!!





The kids played on beach for 3 days straight.. there were a total of 6 cousins together **ANOTHER EEK**


Lake McConaughy is a great destination for families.  They even put on a “Kites and Castles” festival every summer (it gets too crowded for me, 6 cousins was enough..).  I recommend checking this place out if you’re local to the area and wanting to try something different for CHEAP!


Even the dog had a blast 🙂

Author: farmtotabletosoul

Thanks for joining me! Good company always shortens the journey so I'm glad you're here. My name is Tara Benson and I'm 33 years young. I'm an energetic wife and mother with a wild imagination and a bold sense of humor. Consider me 100% right brained. I love music, art, interior design, gardening, baking, cooking, creating and hobby farming. I'm married to the best husband, Jason. It's safe to say we're opposites in many ways, but get along GREAT. We have two very intelligent and loving children, Owen (10) and Belle (4). I come from a huge family with three brothers, one sister and about a thousand others in the extended version. I'm also a mother to a mixed herd of animals (13 and counting...). I work in the mortgage industry from my home office. In 2015, my husband and I bought a 13 acre farm on the eastern plains of Colorado. We decided to live out our dreams and make the best of our lives for ourselves and our children. We want to teach them that hard work and creativity will always payoff at the end of the day. So welcome! Stick around a while and make yourself at home. -Tara

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