Photo by Derrald Farnsworth-Livingston

Lake Minatare isn’t so large that it needs a lighthouse. It has one anyway offering an 360-degree lake 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 Minatare, the recreation area offers swimming, boating, fishing and more. There are boat ramps, 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.