Lake Minitare State Recreation Area, Nebraska
While traveling in western Nebraska, my husband and I heard about an unusual lighthouse at the Lake Minitare State Recreation Area.
The 55-foot-tall structure is the only inland lighthouse in Nebraska, and one of only seven nationwide. Civilian Conservation Corps workers built the shelter/observation tower out of native stone between 1937 and 1939. A climb to the top rewarded us with a great view of the lake and surrounding river valley.
This pretty little oasis is open from January 15 through October 15. Its entrance is on Stonegate Road, about 9 miles north of the town of Minitare, which is on U.S. Highway 26, roughly 10 miles southeast of Scottsbluff. The park includes 110 undeveloped campsites and 52 with electrical hookups only. Day-use admission is $3 per vehicle; campsite rates range from $4 to $13 a night.
For further information, call 1-308/783-2911.