Nebraska Lighthouse is One of Only Seven Inland in USA
Lake Minatare is large, but not so big that it needs a lighthouse. It has one anyway and it offers an impressive 360-degree view. It was built 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 recreation area offers swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking and more. It has boat ramps, electrical and primitive camp sites and restroom and shower facilities. A state park permit is required.
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.