How do I find the Kite Ranch at Lake Mac?

You may review the Contact Us section of this site for a visual aide. For your convenience, we have also written directions below!

Take I-80 to the Ogallala exit. As you head north from the exit into town, you will see signs for Lake McConaughy…follow them out of town! You will join with Hwy 26 and it will take you north for about 10-15 minutes. It will be clear you are leaving town, and on your way out you will pass a soapbox derby site, a hospital, and a few other buildings. Once you get to a “T” intersection, you will see signs for Hwy 61. Turn right at that intersection. You will find yourself going east for about 7 minutes or so, and then the road will turn and head north. This road will escort you into the Lake area, over the dam, past Martin Bay, and eventually meet up with some train tracks. The intersection directly after that is Hwy 92. You will see Stetson’s Convenience store. Turn left (west) and go exactly 2 miles. The Kite Ranch will be on your right hand side and directly across from the Arthur Bay.

What should I bring to a lesson?

The most important thing you can bring to a lesson is a positive attitude and the willingness to learn. Like anything, kiteboarding takes knowledge, practice and patience. There are several items that may make your lesson more enjoyable. We recommend bringing board shorts, a rash guard, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a towel, sandals or flip flops, portable shade/ez-up, camping chair, lots of water and any snacks you might need.

How can learn Kiteboarding?


Kiteboarding is a great family sport and anyone can learn to kiteboard. You don’t have to be physically strong or in great shape to learn. You just need to know how to swim, be comfortable in the water and have the willingness to learn. We’ve instructed teenagers to senior citizens!

What equipment will I need after my lesson?

You will need a kite board, a kite (including lines and bar), a pump and a harness. We recommend a helmet and an impact vest, which offers flotation. You can never be to safe and overlook your safety gear or equipment! Other than the basics you may find other accessories that you can’t fly without once you begin kiting.

Can I buy kiteboarding gear from you? Yes, we offer a full line of gear from kites to boards and clothing to get started. We also offer trainer kites and videos to better equip you. Kiteboarding is a individual sport, so the size kite, type of board and other accessories you will need will vary on weather conditions, type of riding and individual preference.

What should I know about Lake McConaughy?

Lake McConaughy is a Nebraska State Park, so you will need to purchase a parks pass. The passes are available at the park office located 1/2 mile south of the dam on Hwy 61. A pass must be purchased before you enter the park and prior to showing up to The Kite Ranch for your lesson. You must purchase a pass for each day you enter the park or camp if you plan to stay overnight. Daily park passes and camping passes are cheap, but if you plan to visit Lake McConaughy on a more frequent basis we recommend you purchase an annual parks pass to save money in the long run. The lake is patrolled by park rangers daily and they will give you a ticket for violating park rules and not carrying a valid pass. There are several parks rules and regulations about drinking, pets, camping, etc that you should be familiar with before you enter the park.