Louisiana Lighthouses

List of all lighthouses in the state of Louisiana as identified by the United States Coast Guard and other historical sources.

Focal height and coordinates are taken from the 1907 United States Coast Guard Light List, while location and dates of activation, automation, and deactivation are taken from the United States Coast Guard Historical information site for lighthouses.

Name Image Location Year first lit Current Lens Focal Height
Chandeleur Island Light Chandeleur Islands 1848 (First)
1896 (Last)
None 102 102 ft (31 m)
East Rigolets Light Lake Borgne
(Rigolets)
1833 None 060 60 ft (18 m)
Frank's Island Light None Mississippi River Delta 1823 None Unknown
New Canal Light New Orleans 1839 (First)
1890 (Current)
Unknown 049 49 ft (15 m)
Pass A L'Outre Light Mississippi River Delta 1855 None 077 77 ft (23 m)
(Original height)
Pass Manchac Light Manchac 1839 (First)
1857 (Last)
None Unknown
Point Au Fer Reef Light Atchafalaya Basin 1916 (First)
1975 (Current)
Unknown 054 54 ft (16 m)
Port Pontchartrain Light N/A New Orleans 1839 (First)
1855 (Current)
None Unknown
Sabine Pass Light Cameron Parish 1857 None 085 85 ft (26 m)
Ship Shoal Light Last Island 1860 None 105 105 ft (32 m)
South Pass Range
Front Light
N/A Plaquemines Parish 1886 (First)
1947 (Last)
None Unknown
South Pass Light
(aka: South Pass Rear Range Light)
Plaquemines Parish 1832 (First)
1881 (Current)
DCB-224 105 105 ft (32 m)
Southwest Pass Light N/A Plaquemines Parish 1832 (First)
2007 (Current)
Unknown 128 128 ft (39 m)
(Third tower)D
Southwest Reef Light Atchafalaya Basin 1859 None 049 49 ft (15 m)
Tchefuncte River Range Front Light Madisonville 1903 (First)
1915 (Last)
None 025 25 ft (7.6 m)
Tchefuncte River Range Rear Light Madisonville 1837 (First)
1867 (Current)
250mm 049 49 ft (15 m)
Trinity Shoal Light Trinity Shoal Never built None N/A
West Rigolets Light Lake Borgne
(Rigolets)
1854 None 029 29 ft (8.8 m)

Lighthouses of Louisiana: A Complete Pictorial History

The first book ever to be completely devoted to the history of Louisiana's lighthouses. Author E'Deana Elmer has always been fascinated by lighthouses. It took two and a half years of digging using such sources as the National Archives and the Coast Guard Archives to put together this detailed history of these little known and in many cases long lost beacons. "Did you know that the Chase bank building (formerly the Hibernia building) on Canal and Carondelet was once used as a lighthouse", the author indicated in an interview. At the time it was built it was the tallest building in New Orleans and ships would use the lights on the buildings roof as a guide. There once had been 35 lighthouses in Louisiana, with only nine of them still standing today. Only two of them are still operational - the Southwest Pass lighthouse and the Sabine Pass East Jetty lighthouse. Most of Louisiana's lighthouses have been snuffed out, destroyed by storms, eaten away by erosion, or simply torn down.