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Overview of Little Thunder

Little Thunder is one of the camping areas situated within Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA) in Nebraska. Lake McConaughy, commonly referred to as "Big Mac," is the largest lake in Nebraska and is a popular destination for various outdoor activities like fishing, boating, swimming, and camping. Little Thunder is a designated area providing facilities for campers visiting the lake.

Camping Facilities and Amenities


  • Designated campsites which may include primitive sites as well as those with some utilities.
  • Access to restrooms and possibly shower facilities depending on the specific site within Little Thunder.
  • Picnic tables and fire rings may be available at each campsite.


  • Access to the lake for water activities.
  • Boat launch facilities nearby for easy watercraft access.
  • Fish cleaning stations may be available for anglers.

Camping Reservations and Fees


  • Depending on the time of year and park policy, campers might be able to reserve a site at Little Thunder in advance.
  • It's a good idea to check the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website or call the park office for reservation details.


  • There will likely be a nightly fee for camping which varies based on the type of site (primitive vs. utilities).
  • There also might be vehicle entry fees for the state recreation area.

Rules and Regulations

General Rules:

  • Adherence to park quiet hours, typically enforced in the evening and early morning.
  • Following fire regulations which may include restrictions on firewood due to pest control.

Site-Specific Rules:

  • Keeping pets on leashes and cleaning up after them.
  • Abiding by the maximum number of people allowed per site.

Outdoor Activities

Water Recreation:

  • Boating, including powerboats and sailing.
  • Fishing, with various species available such as walleye, bass, and trout.
  • Swimming and beach activities along the shores of Lake McConaughy.

Land Recreation:

  • Hiking trails in the vicinity.
  • Bird watching and wildlife viewing.
  • Hunting in designated areas during certain seasons.

Safety Considerations

  • Always wear life jackets when on the water.
  • Be aware of weather conditions, especially as they can change rapidly.
  • Follow guidelines for safe food storage to avoid attracting wildlife.

Contact Information and Further Details

For the most current information about Little Thunder and Lake McConaughy SRA:

  • Visit the official Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website.
  • Contact the Lake McConaughy Visitor/Water Interpretive Center by phone or email.
  • Before heading out, check if there are any alerts or closures in effect due to weather or maintenance activities.

Please remember that details such as fees, rules, and amenities can change. Always verify information before planning your trip for the most enjoyable and safe camping experience.

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