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Lighthouses in the United States

This United States has hundreds of lights as well as light towers, range lights, and pier head lights. Michigan has the most lights of any state with over 130. See also: Lightvessels in the United States, lightvessel, List of lighthouses and lightvessels

Most of the lights in the United States have been built and maintained by the Coast Guard since 1939, its predecessor the United States Lighthouse Service from 1910-1939 and its predecessor the United States Lighthouse Board from 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.



USCG's complete list of Alaska lights with detailed information


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:


USCG's list of California lights






USCG's complete list of Hawaii lights


USCG's complete list of Illinois lights.

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USCG's complete list of Indiana lights.

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USCG's complete list of Louisiana lights.


USCG's complete list of Maine lights.


USCG's complete list of Maryland lights.


USCG's complete list of Massachusetts lights.


USCG's complete list of Michigan lights.The website has a Map of Michigan Lighthouses in PDF format.

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USCG's complete list of Minnesota lights.

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USCG's complete list of Mississippi lights.

New Hampshire

USCG's complete list of New Hampshire lights.

New Jersey

USCG's complete list of New Jersey lights.

New York

USCG's complete list of New York lights.

North Carolina

USCG's complete list of North Carolina lights.


USCG's complete list of Ohio lights.



USCG's complete list of Pennsylvania lights.

Puerto Rico

See Lighthouses in Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

USCG's complete list of Rhode Island lights.

South Carolina

USCG's complete list of South Carolina lights.


USCG's complete list of Texas lights.


USCG's complete list of Vermont lights.

On Lake Champlain:

On Lake Memphremagog:


USCG's complete list of Virginia lights.


USCG's complete list of Washington state lights


USCG's complete list of Wisconsin lights.

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Further reading

  • Crompton, Samuel Willard & Michael J. Rhein, The Ultimate Book of Lighthouses (2002) ISBN 1592231020; ISBN 978-1592231027.
  • Hyde, Charles K., and Ann and John Mahan. The Northern Lights: Lighthouses of the Upper Great Lakes. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1995. ISBN 0814325548 ISBN 9780814325544.
  • Jones, Ray & Bruce Roberts, American Lighthouses (Globe Pequot, September 1, 1998, 1st Ed.) ISBN 0762703245; ISBN 978-0762703241.
  • Jones, Ray,The Lighthouse Encyclopedia, The Definitive Reference (Globe Pequot, January 1, 2004, 1st ed.) ISBN 0762727357; ISBN 978-0762727353.
  • Noble, Dennis, Lighthouses & Keepers: U. S. Lighthouse Service and Its Legacy (Annapolis: U. S. Naval Institute Press, 1997. ISBN 1557506388; ISBN 9781557506382.
  • Oleszewski, Wes, Great Lakes Lighthouses, American and Canadian: A Comprehensive Directory/Guide to Great Lakes Lighthouses, (Gwinn, Michigan: Avery Color Studios, Inc., 1998) ISBN 0-932212-98-0.
  • Penrod, John, Lighthouses of Michigan, (Berrien Center, Michigan: Penrod/Hiawatha, 1998) ISBN 9780942618785 ISBN 9781893624238.
  • Penrose, Laurie and Bill, A Traveler’s Guide to 116 Michigan Lighthouses (Petoskey, Michigan: Friede Publications, 1999). ISBN 0923756035 ISBN 9780923756031
  • Pepper, Terry Seeing the Light: Lighthouses on the western Great Lakes. .
  • Putnam, George R., Lighthouses and Lightships of the United States, (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1933).
  • Roach, Jerry, Ultimate Guide to Great Lakes Lighthouses, (2003).
  • Thurston, Harry,Against Darkness and Storm: Lighthouses of the Northeast (Halifax: Nimbus, 1993).
  • United States Coast Guard, Aids to Navigation, (Washington, DC: U. S. Government Printing Office, 1945).
  • United States Coast Guard, Aids to Navigation Historical Bibliography.
  • Wagner, John L. Beacons Shining in the Night: The Lighthouses of Michigan. Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University. .
  • Wagner, John L., Michigan Lighthouses: An Aerial Photographic Perspective, (East Lansing, Michigan: John L. Wagner, 1998) ISBN 1880311011 ISBN 9781880311011.
  • Weiss, George, The Lighthouse Service, Its History, Activities and Organization (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1926).
  • Wright, Larry and Wright, Patricia, Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia Hardback (Erin: Boston Mills Press, 2006) ISBN 1550463993.

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