The Ob River is the westernmost of the three great rivers of Siberia, flowing northward into the Kara Sea, an embayment of the Arctic Ocean. Since roads are scarce in Siberia, the major rivers are important arteries of transportation. We know of only one lighthouse on this important inland waterway system, although there may be others.
In the Soviet Union, all lighthouses were closed to foreign visitors. Since the breakup of the Soviet empire, conditions have become much more free, but some of the lighthouses are still closed to casual visits because they are located in sensitive military areas. Better information on accessibility is needed, and photos and visitor reports are welcome.
The Russian word for a lighthouse is mayak (маяк); mys is a cape and ostrov is an island. Aids to navigation on Russia's lakes and rivers are presumably maintained by the River Transport division of the Russian Maritime Board. Since aids to navigation on these inland waterways are not listed on international light lists, we have no information on which lighthouses are active or, if they are active, on their light patterns.
Information available on lost lighthouses:
Notable faux lighthouses:
Adjoining pages: North: Siberian Arctic | East: Lake Baikal | West: Volga and Don
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Created November 10, 2011. Checked and revised October 6, 2012. Lighthouses: 1. Site copyright 2012 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.