If you want a small lightweight canoe that can accommodate an occasional passenger, but mainly can be used as a double paddle canoe, or for someone too heavy to enjoy a Wee Lassie, or Wee Lassie Two, then the Big Mac is for you.
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The Big Mac is a good stable lightweight canoe, 13′ 2″ long with a 2′ 6.5″ beam. You can set it up with two conventional seats, or with one set low, as in the Wee Lassie.
Big Mac Marina, Boat/Jet Ski Services. PO Box 715 Ogallala, NE 69153. BIG MAC FRP (Fiberglass) boat built by ALBEMARLE BOATS INC in 2006, hailing port BILOXI, owner BGJ LLC 6520 SUNPLEX DRIVE, Ocean Springs, MS 39564 UNITED STATES. Identification information: Official Number 1197655, Hull Number XWR41505F607.
The Big Mac is asymmetrical, as Mac preferred the stern section of the canoe to be fuller than the bow. This can really make a difference in shallow water. For fishing the grass flats for redfish and trout you can’t ask for a better craft.
I am sorry to say but the DEBF has lost another member last night. Captain Jim MacFarland aka bigmaccharters passed away at home last evening. Jim was in the charter business for over forty years owning and running the Big Mac. He was a character and was always willing to help me out on those tough days on the water. The Mac 65 hull form probably displaces somewhere around 900 lb per inch, that’s over 4 inches. It sounds a bit much to re-trim There are few Mac 65s in Europe and none in Thailand. I have only seen one in my life, that was in Sweden around 1990. Another great blues classic from the great band Fleetwood Mac. Some nice guitarplaying here.
If weight is a prime concern, the Big Mac can be built at around thirty pounds, but you have to work at it. We do not like to skimp on fiberglass cloth weight, or the number of coats of epoxy, but you can save a lot of weight by using soft wood on the rails rather than the heavier hard woods. Eliminating bulkheads, using short decks, all of these can save from five to six pounds. Makes a difference when you have to carry the canoe any distance.
This is a good looking, versatile canoe for the paddler over 200 lbs.
Length: 13′ 2″
Estimated Weight: 32 lb
Suggested Capacity: 275lbs
Big Mac Full Size Patterns
Includes measures and mold patterns hand drawn by Mac McCarthy.
Lake McConaughy Information:
Nearly everything about Lake McConaughy is big! Its 35,700 surface acres make it Nebraska’s largest reservoir with over 100 miles of shore line. At full storage, McConaughy is 20 miles long, four miles wide and 142 feet deep at the dam. The dam is among the largest of its type in the world, and the fish grow to trophy proportions, accounting for several state records. Even its nickname, “Big Mac” reflects its giant stature.
Located 8 miles northeast of Ogallala , NE , Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area is managed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
To most Nebraskans and residents of neighboring states, McConaughy is known as a place for outdoor good times. Its blue water and white sand beaches provide the setting for many different kinds of outdoor recreation. Obviously such a fine piece of water offers excellent fishing and boating. But, Big Mac has become a favorite with campers, fishermen, hunters, sail boaters, water skiers, wind surfers, scuba divers, swimmers, ice boaters, and many other outdoor fun seekers. With over 35,000 surface acres this is the ideal place to catch Walleye, White Bass, Stripers, Wipers, Catfish, Small Mouth Bass, Northern Pike, Tiger Muskies and more. And with over 12,000 acres of prime habitat the hunting for Merriam Turkeys , Canadian and Snow Geese, Pheasants, Grouse, Quail, White Tail and Mule Deer, and a variety of ducks makes this a hunters haven.
Fishing has long been the primary drawing card at Big Mac, with its cool, clear, deep waters. Game fish vary from sporty rainbow trout to the everyday catfish. Prized most highly by the local angler is the walleye, and Nebraska’s current state record of 16 lbs. 2 oz. came from Big Mac. Also top ranked is the white bass fishing. In recent years, a close relative of the white bass has been stocked, and the striped bass offers a tackle-busting contest an angler will not soon forget. Although smaller in size, the smallmouth bass provides some dynamite action.
If wind curtails fishing, skiing, sailing and other water sports on the big lake, all is not lost. Situated just below Kingsley Dam, Lake Ogallala is an integral part of the Lake McConaughy recreation complex. Known as the “little lake”, it was formed when fill material was removed to build the dam. Lake Ogallala boasts some excellent fishing for rainbow and brown trout and yellow perch. The lake is 31/2 miles long and a quarter mile wide. It has about 5 miles of shore line and covers about 320 acres.
There are also side trips to attractions in the region. Ash Hollow State Historical Park lies near the upper end of the lake on U.S. 26. The neighboring Sand hills offer unique scenery for a drive, perhaps to Arthur, just a half-hour north, or to Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge, north of Oshkosh, about 90 minutes away. Ogallala and other communities also offer interesting things to see or do.
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Come fall when campers, anglers, water skiers and other warm-weather sports enthusiasts pretty much abandon the lake, Big Mac becomes waterfowl hunting territory. Clear Creek Waterfowl Management Area at the west end of the lake attracts substantial numbers of Canada Geese, which can be hunted on the controlled shooting area, as well as much of the rest of the lake. Along with over 6,000 acres of wooded land, rolling hills, marshland, and wide-open fields this is the perfect hunting ground for Turkey, Deer, Pheasants, Duck and much more. Winter is an invitation to ice boaters, and backpackers, adding to the lakes year-round appeal.
Below you will find information on some of the area’s interesting attractions.
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- Mansion on the Hill
- Boot Hill
- Front Street
- Kenfield Petrified Wood Gallery
- Ash Hollow State Historical Park
- Little Church of Keystone
- California Hill
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- Haythorn Ranch tour, “A Step into the Past”
- Arthur Courthouse Museum
- Haybale Church
- Bayside Golf Course
- Eagle Viewing
- Lake McConaughy Visitor/Water Interpretive Center