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.


Alabama[edit source | edit]

Alaska[edit source | edit]

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

Arizona[edit source | edit]

The Lake Havasu Lighthouse Club is in the process of building lighthouses on Lake Havasu which is part of the Colorado River. These lighthouses are 17 to 30 feet replicas of famous lighthouses. In order of dedication date, they are:

California[edit source | edit]

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

Alcatraz Island Light
East Brother Island Light
Point Reyes Light

Connecticut[edit source | edit]

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

Stonington Harbor Light
Morgan Point Light

Delaware[edit source | edit]

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

Fourteen Foot Bank Light, in the Delaware Bay


Florida[edit source | edit]

Alligator Reef Light, four miles (7 km) east of Indian Key in the Florida Keys
St. Augustine Light near St. Augustine, Florida
Gasparilla Island Light, Boca Grande, Florida

Georgia[edit source | edit]

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

Hawaii[edit source | edit]

Lahaina Light, Maui, Hawaii

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

Illinois[edit source | edit]

Grosse Point, IL

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

Indiana[edit source | edit]

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

Notable faux lighthouses:

Kentucky[edit source | edit]

Lighthouses in Kentucky and Tennessee

Notable faux lighthouses

Louisiana[edit source | edit]

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

Maine[edit source | edit]

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

Petit Manan Light, home of the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge

Maryland[edit source | edit]

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

Thomas Point Shoal Light near Annapolis

Massachusetts[edit source | edit]

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

Borden Flats Light
Duxbury Pier Light in Plymouth harbor
Nauset Light

Michigan[edit source | edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Michigan". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.  The Michigan.gov website has a Map of Michigan Lighthouses in PDF format.

Minnesota[edit source | edit]

Grand Marais Light

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

Mississippi[edit source | edit]

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

Nebraska[edit source | edit]

New Hampshire[edit source | edit]

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

New Jersey[edit source | edit]

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

Barnegat Light

New York[edit source | edit]

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

Montauk Point Lighthouse, the very first lighthouse in New York State.

North Carolina[edit source | edit]

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

America's tallest lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Light, located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

Ohio[edit source | edit]

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

Oklahoma[edit source | edit]

Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Oklahoma". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Notable faux lighthouses

Oregon[edit source | edit]

Tillamook Rock Light
Umpqua River Light

Pennsylvania[edit source | edit]

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

In addition, Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of the United States: Northwestern Pennsylvania". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  lists:

Southeastern Pennsylvania Lighthouses

Schuylkill River Lighthouse

Notable faux lighthouses:

Lost lighthouses:

Puerto Rico[edit source | edit]

See Lighthouses in Puerto Rico

Rhode Island[edit source | edit]

South Carolina[edit source | edit]

Morris Island Light Charleston,SC

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


Tennessee[edit source | edit]

Lighthouses in Kentucky and Tennessee

Notable faux lighthouse

Texas[edit source | edit]

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

Vermont[edit source | edit]

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

On Lake Champlain:

On Lake Memphremagog:

Virginia[edit source | edit]

Old and New Cape Henry Lights

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

Washington[edit source | edit]

Admiralty Head Light

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

West Virginia[edit source | edit]

Wisconsin[edit source | edit]

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

Outer Island Light, Apostle Islands

Territories[edit source | edit]

Puerto Rico[edit source | edit]

See List of lighthouses in Puerto Rico

Other territories and minor islands[edit source | edit]

See also[edit source | edit]

Notes[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ William Livingstone Memorial Light
  2. ^ Rowlett. "South Carolina". Lighthouse Digest. Retrieved May 16, 2012.  Unknown parameter |first 1= ignored (help)

Further reading[edit source | edit]

External links[edit source | edit]

General[edit source | edit]

Great Lakes[edit source | edit]

Notes[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ William Livingstone Memorial Light
  2. ^ Rowlett. "South Carolina". Lighthouse Digest. Retrieved May 16, 2012.  Unknown parameter |first 1= ignored (help)