List of lighthouses in the United States

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Boston Light, the oldest light station and second oldest lighthouse structure in the USA.
Charleston Light, the last manned lighthouse built on shore in the United States

This is a list of lighthouses in the United States. The United States has had approximately a thousand lights as well as light towers, range lights, and pier head lights. Michigan has the most lights of any state with over 150 past and present lights.

Most of the lights in the United States have been built and maintained by the Coast Guard (since 1939) and its predecessors, the United States Lighthouse Service (1910–1939) and the United States Lighthouse Board (1852–1910). Before the Lighthouse Board was established, local collectors of customs were responsible for lighthouses under Stephen Pleasonton. As their importance to navigation has declined and as public interest in them has increased, the Coast Guard has been handing over ownership and in some cases responsibility for running them to other parties, the chief of them being the National Park Service under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000.

  • Note: Click on the state of your choice in the tables below to link you to lighthouses in that state.

New England

Boon Island Light in Maine is the tallest in New England
State Tallest [1] ( H) Shortest [1] (H) Oldest
(Currently standing)
Maine 133 Boon Island Light
133 ft (41 m)
020 Pond Island Light
20 ft (6.1 m)
1791 Portland Head Light
(1791)
Massachusetts 124 Cape Ann Light
124 ft (38 m)
024 Palmer Island Light
24 ft (7.3 m)
1783 Boston Light
(1783)
New Hampshire 058 Isles of Shoals Light
58 ft (18 m)
048 Portsmouth Harbor Light
48 ft (15 m)
1865Isles of Shoals Light
(1865)
Rhode Island 066 Sakonnet Light
66 ft (20 m)
013 Ida Lewis Rock Light
13 ft (4.0 m)
1831 Poplar Point Light
(1831)
Connecticut 089 New London Harbor Light
89 ft (27 m)
025 Mystic Seaport Light
25 ft (7.6 m)
1801New London Harbor Light
(1801)
Vermont 040 Windmill Point Light
40 ft (12 m)
013 Whipple Point Light
13 ft (4.0 m)
1846 Juniper Island Light
(1846)

New Hampshire

The state of New Hampshire only has two lighthouses both of which are located along the Atlantic coastline.

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: New Hampshire". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Name Image Location Coordinates Year first lit Automated Year deactivated Current Lens Focal Height
Isles of Shoals Light Lighthouse on the Rock.jpg Isles of Shoals 42°58′02″N 70°37′23″W / 42.96722°N 70.62306°W / 42.96722; -70.62306 (Isles of Shoals Light) 1865 1987 Active VLB-44 LED unit 82 ft (25 m)
Portsmouth Harbor Light Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse.jpg New Castle 43°04′15″N 70°42′30″W / 43.07083°N 70.70833°W / 43.07083; -70.70833 (Portsmouth Harbor Light) 1878 1960 Active Fourth order Fresnel 48 ft (15 m)

Vermont

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Vermont". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

  • Note: All entries here show the current tower's status, more details can be found in the lighthouse articles
Name Image Location Coordinates Year first lit Automated Year deactivated Current Lens Focal Height
Burlington Breakwater North Light Burlington Breakwater North VT.JPG Burlington 44°28′50″N 73°13′47.2″W / 44.48056°N 73.229778°W / 44.48056; -73.229778
LIGHTHOUSES IN THE UNITED STATES Latitude and Longitude:

44°28′50″N 73°13′47.2″W / 44.48056°N 73.229778°W / 44.48056; -73.229778
1857
(Original)
2003
(Current)
2003
(Replica)
Active Unknown 035 35 ft (11 m)
Burlington Breakwater South Light Burlington Breakwater South VT.JPG Burlington 44°28′12.1″N 73°13′32.4″W / 44.470028°N 73.225667°W / 44.470028; -73.225667 1857
(Original)
2003
(Current)
2003
(Replica)
Active Unknown 012 12 ft (3.7 m)
Colchester Reef Light Colchester reef light nps.jpg Shelburne 44°22′31″N 73°13′53″W / 44.3753°N 73.2314°W / 44.3753; -73.2314 1871 Never 1933 None 035 35 ft (11 m)
Isle La Motte Light ILMLight.jpg Isle La Motte 44°54′23″N 73°20′37″W / 44.9065°N 73.3435°W / 44.9065; -73.3435 1856
(Original)
1881
(Current)
Unknown Unknown 300mm 025 25 ft (7.6 m)
Juniper Island Light Juniper island light.JPG South Burlington 44°27′00″N 73°16′35″W / 44.4500°N 73.2763°W / 44.4500; -73.2763 1826
(Original)
1846
(Current)
Never 1954 None 025 25 ft (7.6 m)
Maxfield Point Light Orleans Unknown 1879 Unknown Unknown None 025 40 ft (12 m)
Newport Wharf Light Orleans Unknown 1879 Unknown Unknown None 025 37 ft (11 m)
Windmill Point Light Windmill Point Light VT.JPG Isle La Motte 44°58′54″N 73°20′30″W / 44.9818°N 73.3418°W / 44.9818; -73.3418 1830
(Original)
1858
(Current)
Unknown Active
(Inactive: 1931-2002)
300 mm 025 40 ft (12 m)
Whipple Point Light Orleans Unknown 1879 Unknown 1906 None 025 25 ft (7.6 m)

Mid-Atlantic

Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest still standing in the United States.
State Tallest [1] ( H) Shortest [1] (H) Oldest
(Currently standing)
New York 305 Statue of Liberty
305 ft (93 m) A
015 Cape Vincent Light
15 ft (4.6 m)
1797 Montauk Point Light
(1797)
New Jersey 171 Absecon Light
171 ft (52 m)
036 Ludlam's Beach Light
36 ft (11 m)
1764 Sandy Hook Light
(1764)
Pennsylvania 068 Presque Isle Light
68 ft (21 m)
030 Turtle Rock Light
30 ft (9.1 m)
1857 Erie Harbor Light
(1857)
Delaware 120 Liston Range Rear Light
120 ft (37 m) [2]
035 Cherry Island Light
35 ft (11 m)
1858 Fenwick Island Light
(1858)
Maryland 105 Craighill Channel L.R.R.
105 ft (32 m) [3]
015 Craighill Channel U.R.F.
15 ft (4.6 m) [4]
1825 Pooles Island Light
(1825) [5]

Mid-West

Michigan has more lighthouses (still standing) than any other state with over 120 listed. [6] ( Tawas Point Light shown here)
State Tallest [1] ( H) Shortest [1] (H) Oldest
(Currently standing)
Illinois 113 Grosse Point Light
113 ft (34 m)
035 Waukegan Harbor Light
35 ft (11 m)
1873Grosse Point Light
(1873)
Indiana 055Buffington Breakwater Light
55 ft (17 m)
030Gary Breakwater Light
30 ft (9.1 m)
1858 Old Michigan City Light
(1858)
Michigan 124 White Shoal Light
121 ft (37 m)
025 Cheboygan Crib Light
25 ft (7.6 m)
1825 Fort Gratiot Light
(1825)
Minnesota 070 Duluth South Breakwater I.L.
70 ft (21 m)
034 Grand Marais Light
34 ft (10 m)
1892 Two Harbors Light
(1892) B
Nebraska 100 Linoma Lighthouse
100 ft (30 m)
055 Lake Minatare Light
55 ft (17 m)
1939Linoma/Minatare
(1939)
Ohio 161 Northwood Light
161 ft (49 m) [7]
020 Port Clinton Light
20 ft (6.1 m)
1821 Marblehead Light
(1821)
Wisconsin 111 Rawley Point Light
111 ft (34 m)
021 Baileys Harbor Front RL
21 ft (6.4 m)
1853 Baileys Harbor Light
(1853) C

Nebraska

The state of Nebraska has at least two lighthouses which were first lit in 1939. There is no evidence though that either were used for navigational purposes as the state has no large bodies of water that would require the need. Linoma Lighthouse is located on a privately owned recreation area which was developed around an artificial lake, while Lake Minatare Lighthouse was "built to simulate a lighthouse". Also of note is a faux lighthouse called Rock Garden Lighthouse (not listed below) which is located in Kearney. [1] [2]

Name Image Location Coordinates Year first lit Automated Year deactivated Current Lens Focal Height
Linoma Lighthouse Linoma Beach 2.jpg Gretna 41°3′44″N 96°19′8″W / 41.06222°N 96.31889°W / 41.06222; -96.31889 1939 Always Active Decorative N/A
Lake Minatare Lighthouse Lake Minatare Lighthouse.jpg Scottsbluff 41°55′50″N 103°30′05″W / 41.93056°N 103.50139°W / 41.93056; -103.50139 1939 Always Active Decorative N/A

Pacific (states)

Clover Island Lighthouse (2010) is the first to be built in the United States since 1962. [8]
State Tallest [1] ( H) Shortest [1] (H) Oldest
(Currently standing)
Alaska 075 Cape Decision Light
75 ft (23 m)
020 Point Sherman Light
20 ft (6.1 m) D
1906 Eldred Rock Light
(1906)
Washington 107 Grays Harbor Light
107 ft (33 m)
020 Turn Point Light
20 ft (6.1 m)
1856 Cape Disappointment
(1856)
Oregon 093 Yaquina Head Light
93 ft (28 m) [9]
025 Warrior Rock Light
25 ft (7.6 m)
1870 Cape Blanco Light
(1870)
California 115 Pigeon Point Light
Point Arena Light
115 ft (35 m) E
020 Lime Point Light
20 ft (6.1 m)
1855 Point Pinos Light
(1855)
Hawaii 138 Moloka'i Light
138 ft (42 m)
022 Kuki'i Point Light
22 ft (6.7 m)
1909Moloka'i Light
(1909) F

South

America's tallest lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Light, located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina
State Tallest [1] ( H) Shortest [1] (H) Oldest
(Currently standing)
Alabama 131 Sand Island Light
131 ft (40 m) [10]
054 Middle Bay Light
54 ft (16 m) [11]
1873Sand Island Light
(1873)
Florida 175 Ponce de Leon Light
175 ft (53 m)
023 Cedar Key Light
23 ft (7.0 m) [12]
1838 Amelia Island Light
(1838)
Georgia Tybee Island Light
145 ft (44 m) [13]
Cockspur Island Light
46 ft (14 m)
1820 Sapelo Island Light
(1820)
Louisiana Unknown Unknown 1852 Pass A L'Outre Light
(1852) G
Mississippi 061 Biloxi Light
61 ft (19 m)
Tie
30 ft (9.1 m) H
1848Biloxi Light
(1848)
North Carolina 210 Cape Hatteras Light
210 ft (64 m)
1817 Bald Head Light
(1817)
South Carolina 161 Morris Island Light
161 ft (49 m)
018 Haig Point F. R. Light
18 ft (5.5 m)
1827 Cape Romain Light (Old)
(1827)
Texas 116 Point Bolivar Light
116 ft (35 m)
1852 Point Isabel Light
(1852)
Virginia 191 Cape Charles Light
191 ft (58 m)
1792 Cape Henry Lighthouse
(1792)


Other United States territories and minor islands

American Samoa

Caribbean Sea

Guam

Northern Mariana Islands

Puerto Rico

United States Minor Outlying Islands

United States Virgin Islands

South Pacific insular areas and associated states:

Name Image Location Coordinates Year first lit Automated Year deactivated Current Lens Focal Height
Howland Island Light
(aka: Earhart Light)
Earhart Light.jpg Howland Island 0°48′20.6″N 176°37′08.6″W / 0.805722°N 176.619056°W / 0.805722; -176.619056 1937 Never 1942 None Unknown
Japanese Lighthouse
(Chuuk}
Federated States of
Micronesia

( Chuuk State)
7°22′15.4″N 149°10′11.4″E / 7.370944°N 149.169833°E / 7.370944; 149.169833 1940 Never 1944 None Unknown
Japanese Lighthouse
(Saipan}
JAPANESE LIGHTHOUSE.jpg Northern Mariana
Islands

( Saipan)
15°12′42.3″N 145°43′53.9″E / 15.211750°N 145.731639°E / 15.211750; 145.731639 1934 Never 1944 None Unknown

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