Reservoir

Heron Rookery

Heron Rookery

This camera captured images of a heron rookery through the seasons near the outlet of Lake McConaughy. Heron’s are a gregarious species and prefer to nest in tree colonies. This camera is retired.

Lake McConaughy

Lake McConaughy

Formed by Kingsley Dam, Lake McConaughy is one of the largest reservoirs on the North Platte River. Built as a hydro-irrigation project for the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (CNPPID), Lake McConaughy is 22 miles long and 4 miles wide. Its water is diverted into the supply canal, directed through several lakes, hydroelectric plants, and an irrigation system during irrigation season and back to the Platte River during non-irrigation season. This camera shows the tower structure used to release water from the lake. Lake McConaughy is also a popular fishing and boating lake, with most tourists visiting from Colorado.

Seminoe Dam

Seminoe Dam

Our camera located at Seminoe Dam is anchored on a steep canyon hillside overlooking the dam and power plant. The dam is located at the head of this canyon, where the North Platte cuts through the Seminoe Mountains. The view of the reservoir in this picture belies its actual large size and surface area, which stretches away to the south and covers 20,000 acres when at capacity.

Fremont Canyon

Fremont Canyon

The camera at Fremont Canyon is just downstream from Pathfinder Dam. It was through this canyon that explorer John Charles Fremont attempted to run the river in a wooden boat in 1842 and was capsized in the rapids downstream, losing his valuable surveying instruments. Today under “normal conditions” the North Platte River enters the canyon through the needle valve outlet of Pathfinder Dam and also farther downstream at a power plant connected to the reservoir through a three mile long tunnel.

Seminoe State Park Sunshine Beach

Seminoe State Park Sunshine Beach

Sunshine Beach is a public use area on Seminoe Reservoir just upstream from the dam and power plant. The shallow bay in the foreground shows water level fluctuations throughout the year. These fluctuations are caused by decisions about how much water to store and how much to release in the 1.0 million acre-foot Bureau of Reclamation reservoir. This area is popular for boating and camping.

Time and the River

Time and the River

Time and the River is a commissioned multimedia chamber music piece composed by Kurt Knecht, and image design by Platte Basin Timelapse.

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