Lake Minitare & Lighthouse
Nebraska Lighthouse is One of Only Seven Inland in USA
With more than 2,000 acres of water, Lake Minatare is a good-sized lake, but not so big that it needs a lighthouse. It has one anyway, one of just seven inland lighthouses in the United States. Built entirely of native stone, the tower has a winding stairway that ascends four stories to the top. There’s no light in the lighthouse, but it offers an impressive 360-degree view of the tree-lined lake and grounds.
The Lake Minatare Lighthouse is a legacy of the Great Depression, built in the late 1930s by the Veterans Conservation Corps, a New Deal agency that provided jobs to unemployed veterans. (308) 783-2911.
Located seven miles north of the town of Minatare, the lake is a state recreation area that offers swimming, boating, fishing, camping and picnicking. It has four boat ramps, 52 electrical camping sites, 100 primitive camping sites, and modern restroom and shower facilities. A state park permit is required. Supplies and bait available.
Lake Minatare is part of the North Platte National Wildlife Refuge, which also includes nearby Winters Creek Lake and Lake Alice, and Stateline Island near Henry. All are good bird-watching areas.
To provide undisturbed habitat during migration season, all but Stateline Island are closed Oct. 15-Jan. 14. (308) 635-7851
For more information, contact the village of Minitare at (308) 783-1414.