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12 News Arizona spotlights Lake Havasu's lighthouses
When one thinks of lighthouse locations, they rarely consider a landlocked, desert state such as Arizona for their location, but it just so happens that Lake Havasu City is home to more lighthouses than any other city in the entire country.
These scaled-down replicas are actual functioning navigational aids built to the specifications of famous lighthouses on East Coast, West Coast and Great Lakes. More than eighteen can be seen on the shores of the lake. Most can be hiked to while some are only accessible by boat.
This massive collection of lighthouses was originally started for safety purposes. The Lake Havasu Lighthouse Club, a non-profit group of independent citizens dedicated to the preservation, improvement and promotion of Lake Havasu and the City, wanted to make the lake a safe place for night boating and fishing.
Yet, instead of just settling on simple and mundane lighthouses that could be cheaply produced, they took pride in their development and chose to pay homage to the famous lighthouses in the U.S. by making smaller replica lighthouses.
All lighthouses were built and are maintained by the folks at the Lake Havasu Lighthouse Club. These fully-functional replicas of famous lighthouses make an already adventurous boating experience even more beautiful and unique.
All of the lighthouses on the west side of Lake Havasu are replicas of famous lighthouses on the West Coast, while the east side consists of East Coast replicas. The lighthouses around the island are all replicas of lighthouses from the Great Lakes.
As per the coast guard's navigational regulations, lighthouses on the west coast use a green beacon, while east coast lighthouses use a red beacon. Lighthouses with a flashing amber beacon signify safe harbor lights for emergency use only. Lighthouses are just one of the many unique and interesting attractions on Lake Havasu.
One way to see over a dozen of these replicas of famous lighthouses in one sitting is with the Sunset Charter & Tour Co. which takes passengers aboard the Canyon Cruiser Kon Tiki on a two hour narrated tour every Wednesday between the months of October and May. For a list of all the lighthouses that can be hiked or driven to, stop by the Visitor Center in the English Village.
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|Lighthouse||Map #||Date Est.||Location/GPS||Sponsor||Original Location|
|Lake Havasu Lighthouse Information|
|Cape Hatteras||L1||Oct. 27, 2002||PWC Ramp at Lake Havasu State Park -- GPS: 34.494104,-114.362628||Steve Greeley of KJJJ and KNTR||Buxton, NC|
|Table Bluff||L2||May 2, 2006||Entrance to Havasu Landing Marina -- GPS: 34.481849,-114.403190||Mark Matt of USA RV Marine||Humboldt, CA|
|East Quoddy||L3||Sep. 17, 2006||North end of Bridgewater Channel, NE corner (in Lake Havasu State Park) -- GPS: 34.475640,-114.355610||Community members as a memorial to Capt. Vic Reyes||New Brunswick, Canada|
|West Quoddy||L4||June 30, 2002||North end of Bridgewater Channel, NW corner -- GPS: 34.474802,-114.355606||Lake Havasu Yacht Club||Lubec, ME|
|Robert H. Manning||L5||Feb. 2, 2003||Crazy Horse Campground Marina entrance -- GPS: 34.470518,-114.362059||Crazy Horse RV Park & Campground||Empire, MI|
|Vermilion||L6||Oct. 29, 2005||North side of the island -- GPS: 34.460059,-114.373082||Family & friends of George Darrow||Lake Erie, Vermilion, OH|
|Split Rock||L7||Jan. 4, 2004||Northwest corner of the island -- GPS: 34.455381,-114.375452||The Esmay Family||Lake Superior, Two Harbors, MN|
|Point Gratoit||L8||Jan. 23, 2015||Pittsburgh Point, NW of Site Five -- GPS: 34.451991,-114.374479||Hjalmar Sundin as a memorial to his wife, Mary||Dunkirk, NY|
|Alpena||L9||Nov. 5, 2006||Near Site Five on the island -- GPS: 34.449693,-114.372920||Mohave County Board of Supervisors||Alpena, MI|
|Wind Point||L10||Oct. 17, 2010||Site Six channel -- GPS: 34.449283,-114.372008||Dean Rowe Family||Wind Point, WI|
|Chicago Harbor / Navy Pier||L11||Sep. 29, 2013||South of Site Six, north of Islander Marina -- GPS: 34.450468,-114.362478||Ginger & Norma Sundin||Chicago, IL|
|White Shoal||L12||Nov. 2, 2008||15th Green on Island Golf Course -- GPS: 34.452415,-114.351521||John & Janet Roe & Ginger Sundin as a memorial to Eric Sundin||Lake Michigan, 20 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge|
|Algoma||L13||Aug. 6, 2009||Spectator Point on the island -- GPS: 34.454805,-114.347582||The Matzdorff Family||Algoma, WI|
|Lake Havasu Marina Lighthouse||L14||Built in 2000||Lake Havasu Marina entrance -- GPS: 34.462465,-114.348195||Lake Havasu Marina||N/A|
|Buffalo Main||L15||Oct. 26, 2003||South end of Bridgewater Channel, SE corner (on the island) -- GPS: 34.465398,-114.347883||Coldwell Banker-The Judd Group||Buffalo, NY|
|Currituck Beach||L16||Oct. 31, 2004||South end of Bridgewater Channel, SW corner -- GPS: 34.465314,-114.346548||Premier Material Technology, Inc. of Minneapolis, MN||Corolla, NC|
|Fire Island||L17||Oct. 28, 2012||Piccadilly Point, south of Rotary Park -- GPS: 34.4602778,-114.3405583||Bob & Helen Fraser||Long Island, NY|
|Mount Desert Rock||L18||Apr. 1, 2007||Grass Island, CA side -- GPS: 34.446612,-114.337496||Shirley Robinson, family & friends||Frenchboro, ME|
|Permaquid Point||L19||June 30, 2007||Havasu Springs Marina entrance -- GPS: 34.299174,-114.129427||Hotboat.com forum members||Sandy Hook, NJ|
|Pigeon Point||L20||April 5, 2016||Just north of Copper Canyon, CA side -- GPS: 34.431092, -114.315645||Liesen & Quiggle Families||Pigeon Point State Park, CA|
|Umpqua River||L21||Aug. 6, 2009||Just south of Copper Canyon, CA side -- GPS: 34.425130, -114.302295||Anonymous||Umpqua River, OR|
|Portland Head||L22||Feb. 11, 2017||On small island in front of Skier's Island, CA side -- GPS: 34.430922, -114.320483||Larry Poole Family||Permaquid Point, ME|
|Grays Harbor||L23||Sept. 29, 2013||Whipple Bay, CA side -- GPS: 34.4002806,-114.272678||Ruth Wright Family||Westport, WA|
|Barnegat||L24||Aug. 3, 2008||Two miles north of Cattail Cove, AZ side -- GPS: 34.363917,-114.209053||Ruth Navin & Family as a memorial to their grandfather||Barnegat, NJ|
|Berwick||L25||Aug. 3, 2008||Across from Parker Dam, AZ side -- GPS: 34.307639,-114.135484||Cajun Mardi Gras Group||Berwick, LA|
|Sandy Hook||L26||June 30, 2007||Havasu Springs Marina entrance -- GPS: 34.299174,-114.129427||Hotboat.com forum members||Sandy Hook, NJ|
|Cape Henry||L27||Dec. 20, 2017||Lake Havasu State Park Windsor 4 Launch Ramp -- GPS: 34.4776516,-114.3549450||Dale and Diane Gibson||Virginia Beach, VA|
Information courtesy of www.golakehavasu.com