BLUFF POINT LIGHTHOUSE ON VALCOUR ISLAND IN LAKE CHAMPLAIN
Placed in service in 1874, the Bluff Point Light was one of the last lighthouses to be manned on the lake. It guided ships through the narrow passageway between the island and the New York shore for almost 60 years.
Its fifth-order Fresnel lens was seen each evening from 1874 until 1930 when a steel tower was erected just south of the structure.
In 2002, the lighthouse was reactivated when the light was removed from the steel tower and re-installed in the lighthouse.
Bluff Point Lighthouse is open seasonally in July and August, Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tours are free and open to the public. The views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains are spectacular from the Lighthouse tower.
Lighthouse tours feature displays on a variety of topics unique to the lighthouse: the fresnel lens, the iron tower, the architecture, the family life of a lighthouse keeper, geology and ecology of the island, and the history of Valcour Island.
Visitors are responsible for arranging their transportation to the Lighthouse and Valcour Island.
Click on the link below for transportation options.
Group tours of the Lighthouse can be arranged by contacting the Clinton County Historical Museum at 518-561-0340.
*Follow the Bluff Point Lighthouse Facebook Page for the tour information an opening dates.
GET INVOLVED - BECOME A LIGHTHOUSE DOCENT
The Lighthouse Committee at the CCHA is always looking for new volunteers to docent at the lighthouse during the summer. Transportation is provided for docents who volunteer for Sunday shifts at the Lighthouse. We are looking for folks with boats, who can provide their own transportation to the Island, so we are able to open on Saturdays as well.
If you are interested in becoming a Bluff Point Lighthouse Docent, please fill out the application and either mail (CCHA, 98 Ohio Avenue Plattsburgh, NY 12903) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) it to the CCHA.
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