Rhode Island Lighthouses

Lighthouses in the state of Rhode Island as identified by the United States Coast Guard. There are fifteen active lights in the state as well as two skeleton towers erected to replace earlier manned lights.

The first lighthouse in the state was erected in 1749 and the last in 1962 (ignoring automated towers erected later); the oldest surviving structure is the much-modified Poplar Point Light, although the tower now standing at Prudence Island Light was first erected at Goat Island in 1824. The tallest extant tower is that at Beavertail Light, though the focal plane of the Block Island Southeast Light is much higher on account of the bluffs upon which it sits.

If not otherwise noted, focal height and coordinates are taken from the 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. Locations of demolished lights have been estimated using National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) navigational charts.

Name Image Location Year first lit Automated  

Focal Height

Beavertail Lighthouse Jamestown
(Conanicut Island)
1749 (Former)
1856 (Current)
Active 068 68 ft (21 m)
Block Island North Light New Shoreham
(Block Island)
1829 (Former)
1867 (Current)
Active
(Inactive: 19731989,
20082010)
061 61 ft (19 m)
Block Island Southeast Light New Shoreham
(Block Island)
1875 Active
(Inactive: 19901994)
258 258 ft (79 m)
Brenton Reef Light None Narragansett 1962 1989
(Now a lighted buoy)
087 87 ft (27 m)
Bristol Ferry Light   Bristol 1855 1927
(Now a private house)
035 35 ft (11 m)
Bullock's Point Light None Providence River 1876
(Former)
1939
(Current)
Active
(Original tower
destroyed)
050 50 ft (15 m)
Castle Hill Light Newport 1890 Active 040 40 ft (12 m)
Conanicut Island Light Jamestown
(Conanicut Island)
1886 1933 047 47 ft (14 m)
Conimicut Shoal Light Warwick 1868 (Former)
1883 (Current)
Active 029 29 ft (8.8 m)
Dutch Island Light Jamestown 1826 (Former)
1857 (Current)
Active
(Inactive: 1979-2007)
056 56 ft (17 m)
Fuller Rock Light Providence River 1872 1923
(Destroyed)
028 28 ft (8.5 m)
Gould Island Light None Jamestown
(Gould Island
1889 1947 052 52 ft (16 m)
Gull Rocks Light None Newport 1887 (Former)
1928 (Current)
1969
(Demolished)
033 33 ft (10 m)
Hog Island Shoal Light Portsmouth
(Hog Island
1901 Active 054 54 ft (16 m)
Ida Lewis Rock Light Newport
(Lime Rock)
1854 1963 Unknown
Musselbed Shoals Light Narragansett Bay
(Open water)
1873 1938 035 35 ft (11 m)
Nayatt Point Light Barrington 1828 (Former)
1856 (Current)
1868 Unknown
Newport Harbor Light Newport
(Goat Island
1823 (Former)
1865 (Current)
Active 033 33 ft (10 m)
Plum Beach Light North Kingstown 1897 Active
(Inactive: 19412003)
Unknown
Point Judith Light Narragansett 1810 (Former)
1857 (Current)
Active 051 51 ft (16 m)
Pomham Rocks Light East Providence 1871 Active
(Inactive: 19742006)
067 67 ft (20 m)
Poplar Point Light North Kingstown 1831 1882
(Now a private house)
Unknown
Prudence Island Light Portsmouth
(Prudence Island)
1852 Active 028 28 ft (8.5 m)
Rose Island Light Newport
(Rose island
1870 Active
(Inactive: 19711992)
048 48 ft (15 m)
Sabin Point Light None Providence River 1872 1968
(Razed)
036 36 ft (11 m)
Sakonnet Light Little Compton
(Sakonnet River)
1884 Active
(Inactive: 19551997)
058 58 ft (18 m)
Sassafras Point Light Providence River 1872 1912
(Demolished)
025 25 ft (7.6 m)]
Warwick Light Warwick 1827 (Former)
1932 (Current)
Active 066 66 ft (20 m)
Watch Hill Light Westerly
(Watch Hill)
1808 (Former)
1857 (Current)
Active 061 61 ft (19 m)
Whale Rock Light Narragansett
(Whale Rock)
1882 1938
(Destroyed)
073 73 ft (22 m)
Wickford Harbor Light North Kingstown
Wickford
1882 (Former)
1930 (Current)
Active
(skeleton tower)
042 42 ft (13 m)


The Lighthouses of Rhode Island

Continuing his Lighthouse Treasury series, New England's leading lighthouse expert has written the definitive history of the beacons of the Ocean State.

Jeremy D'Entremont has been writing about and photographing lighthouses for two decades. Webmaster of "New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide" at www.lighthouse.cc, he is founder and president of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, a board member of the American Lighthouse Foundation, and a writer for Lighthouse Digest magazine. A native of Lynn, Massachusetts, he lives with his wife, Charlotte Raczkowski, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.