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Lake Havasu Lighthouses: Replicas of Famous Lighthouses

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White Shoals Lighthouse with Linda O’ Rielly, Lisa Krueger, Linda Riesdorph, Family of Eric Sundin, Ginger Sundin (with scissors), Bob Keller, Cheryl Flusché, Carl Flushé, & Kathie Schuler. This lighthouse was dedicated in honor of Ginger’s late husband, Eric Sundin.
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 1/3 scale 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 for a lighthouse map or click on the link below.

lake havasu lighthouses map

Lighthouse Map # Date Est. Location/GPS Sponsor Original Location
Lake Havasu Lighthouse Information
L1 Oct. 27, 2002 PWC Ramp at Lake Havasu State Park
GPS: 34.494104,-114.362628
Steve Greeley of KJJJ and KNTR Buxton, NC
L2 May 2, 2006 Entrance to Havasu Landing Marina
GPS: 34.481849,-114.403190
Mark Matt of USA RV Marine Humboldt, CA
L3 Sept. 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
L4 June 30, 2002 North end of Bridgewater Channel, NW corner
GPS: 34.474802,-114.355606
Lake Havasu Yacht Club Lubec, ME
L5 Feb. 2, 2003 Crazy Horse Campground Marina entrance
GPS: 34.470518,-114.362059
Crazy Horse RV Park & Campground Empire, MI
L6 Oct. 29, 2005 North side of the island
GPS: 34.460059,-114.373082
Family & friends of George Darrow Lake Erie, Vermilion OH
L7 Jan. 4, 2004 Northwest corner of the island
GPS: 34.455381,-114.375452
The Esmay Family Lake Superior, Two Harbors, MN
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
L9 Nov. 5, 2006 Near Site Five on the island
GPS: 34.449693,-114.372920
Mohave County Board of Supervisors Alpena, MI
L10 Oct. 17, 2010 Site Six channel
GPS: 34.449283,-114.372008
Dean Rowe Family Wind Point, WI
L11 Sept. 29, 2013 South of Site Six, north of Islander Marina
GPS: 34.450468,-114.362478
Ginger & Norma Sundin Chicago, IL
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
L13 Aug. 6, 2009 Spectator Point on the island
GPS: 34.454805,-114.347582
The Matzdorff Family Algoma, WI
L14 Built in 2000 Lake Havasu Marina entrance
GPS: 34.462465,-114.348195
Lake Havasu Marina N/A
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
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
L17 Oct. 28, 2012 Piccadilly Point, south of Rotary Park
GPS: 34.4602778,-114.3405583
Bob & Helen Fraser Long Island, NY
L18 Apr. 1, 2007 Grass Island, CA side
GPS: 34.446612,-114.337496
Shirley Robinson, family & friends Frenchboro, ME
L19 April 5, 2016 Just north of Copper Canyon, CA side
GPS: 34.431092, -114.315645
Liesen & Quiggle Families Pigeon Point State Park, CA
L20 Aug. 6, 2009 Just south of Copper Canyon, CA side
GPS: 34.425130,-114.302295
Anonymous Umpqua River, OR
L21 Apr. 18, 2010 Atop Pilot Rock, AZ side
GPS: 34.412050,-114.289922
Shirley & Kemp Richardson Family as a memorial Cape Elizabeth, ME
L22 Sept. 29, 2013 Whipple Bay, CA side
GPS: 34.4002806,-114.272678
Ruth Wright Family Westport, WA
L23 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
L24 Aug. 3, 2008 Across from Parker Dam, AZ side
GPS: 34.307639,-114.135484
Cajun Mardi Gras Group Berwick, LA
L25 June 30, 2007 Havasu Springs Marina entrance
GPS: 34.299174,-114.129427 forum members Sandy Hook, NJ