The U.S. state of Nebraska is in the center of the country, far from the coasts. The Missouri River, flowing along the eastern border of Nebraska, is the only major navigable waterway touching the state. The Coast Guard maintains lights on the river, but as far as I know none of them qualify as lighthouses. The lighthouses on this page were built privately.
Note: to be listed in the Directory, a lighthouse must actually serve as an aid to navigation. This means it must be located on a navigable lake or river and must be lit as a navigational aid at least during the local boating season.
Among lighthouse fans, Nebraska is best known for two historic faux lighthouses, Lake Minatare and Linoma Beach.
Special thanks to Ron Schooling for sharing his research on the lighthouses of Nebraska.
USCG numbers are from Volume 5 of the U.S. Coast Guard List of Lights.
The Dunes Light, Lake McConaughy, February 2007
Flickr photo copyright Lori Parsons; used by permission
Information available on lost lighthouses:
Notable faux lighthouses:
Adjoining pages: East: Iowa | Southeast: Missouri | South: Kansas
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Posted July 31, 2013. Checked and revised August 12, 2018. Lighthouses: 3. Site copyright 2018 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.