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The Bluff Point Lighthouse at Valcour Island

The Bluff Point Lighthouse at Valcour Island. Photo courtesy of Jim Millard.

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 2004 the lighthouse was reactivated when the light was removed from the steel tower and re-installed in the lighthouse.

The Lighthouse Committee will be opening the Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island for the season of 2014. Hours of operation are from 1-3 PM.*

The dates of the openings in 2014 are:

May 25
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Come see small static displays interpreting the Lighthouse and the surrounding area, the Fresnel lens, the Iron Tower, the Architecture, the Lighthouse Keeper's family life, geology and ecology of the island, and the history of the island, etc.

*If you are able to man the lighthouse on any of the Sundays, please let us know. You would need to be there a half hour before opening to do some light housekeeping, set out the materials and sign-in book. You would need to answer questions, limit 6 people at a time to the turret, and lock up at 3 pm. If you are interested, please call 561-0340 or email the Museum at and you will be contacted.

Special Note: Although the Lighthouse will be open, the Clinton County Historical Association does not provide transportation. 

For further information please call: 518-561-0340 or email:


For more information about the Bluff Point Lighthouse and Valcour Island check out the following web sites:

America's Historic Lakes

Lighthouse Digest

Lighthouse Friends

National Park Service

Clinton County Historical Association
98 Ohio Avenue
Plattsburgh, New York 12903 (518) 561-0340