Lake Ogallala — Fishing at Lake Ogallala in western Nebraska will not be available for the rest of the year. That will allow Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) to do maintenance work on the gates of the Keystone Diversion Dam, located next to the lake.
Water levels in Lake Ogallala are being lowered in September while a temporary dam is installed at the lake in front of NPPD’s canal diversion gates and the south river gates. The temporary dam will allow workers to undertake the maintenance task in dry conditions. Barriers will be installed around the diversion gates restricting public access for the remainder of 2021. The area around the diversion dam will not be open for the safety of the public.
Once the temporary dam is installed and the maintenance work is underway, water levels on Lake Ogallala will be brought back up to near normal operating range. Also, the Keystone Canal between the Diversion Dam and Sutherland Reservoir will be dewatered for inspections and canal maintenance work.