Non-critical lighthouses go to agencies, nonprofits, or sold

More than 100 lighthouses that no longer are critical to the U.S. Coast Guard have been transferred to nonprofit groups and government entities at no cost or sold through public auction under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000.

The General Services Administration first offers the lighthouse to the entities and nonprofits. If no qualified applications are received, the properties are sold.

As of February, 41 lighthouses have gone to nonprofits, 22 to local governments, three to state governments, eight to federal agencies and 45 were sold.

Here are the lighthouses in 22 states and Puerto Rico, and the type of transfer, with the gross proceeds for those sold, according to the General Services Administration. The list does not include two lighthouses far offshore in Lake Michigan that recently sold at auction but need to complete closing. The North Manitou Shoal Lighthouse went for $73,000 and White Shoal Lighthouse for $110,000.


Cape Decision Light, 2004, nonprofit

Five Finger Islands Light, 2004, nonprofit

Point Retreat Light, 2003, nonprofit

Sentinel Island Light, 2006, nonprofit


Pigeon Point Light, 2011, state government

Point Pinos Light, 2006, local government

Point Sur Light, 2005, state government


New London Harbor Light, 2009, nonprofit

New London Ledge Light 2014, nonprofit

Peck Pedge Light, 2015, public sale, $235,000

Saybrook Breakwater Light, 2015, public sale, $290,000


Brandywine Shoals Light, 2013, nonprofit

Fourteen Foot Bank Lighthouse, 2007, public sale, $200,000

Harbor Of Refuge Breakwater Light, 2004, nonprofit

Liston Rear Range Light Delaware 2013, public sale, $22,003

Marcus Hook Light Station, 2010, public sale, $150,000


Fowey Rocks Lighthouse, 2012, National Park Service

St. Augustine Light, 2002, nonprofit


St. Simons Island Light, 2004, nonprofit

Tybee Island Lighthouse Complex, 2002, nonprofit


Molokai Light, 2006, National Park Service


Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, 2009, local government


Baker Island Light, 2011, National Park Service

Boon Island Light, 2014, public sale, $78,000

Cuckold Island Fog Signal/Light Station, 2006, nonprofit

Goose Rocks Light Station, 2006, public sale, $27,000

Halfway Rock Light, 2014, public sales, $283,000

Little River Lightstation, 2002, nonprofit

Lubec Channel, 2007, public sale, $46,000

Moose Peak Light, 2012, public sale, $93,500

Petit Manan Light, 2006, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Ram Island Ledge, 2011, public sale, $190,000

Whaleback Ledge, 2009, nonprofit


Baltimore Lighthouse, 2006, public sale, $260,000

Bloody Point, 2007, public sale, $100,000

Craighill Channel Lower Range Light, 2005, nonprofit

Hooper Island, 2009, nonprofit

Sandy Point Shoal Lighthouse, 2006, public sale, $250,000

Sharp’s Island, 2008, public sale, $80,000

Thomas Point Shoal Light, 2004, local government

Turkey Point Light Station, 2005, state government


Baker Island Light, 2014, nonprofit

Borden Flats, 2010, public sale, $56,569

Edgartown Light, 2013, local government

Gay Head Tower, 2014, local government

Gay Head Tower, 2015, local government

Graves Light, 2011, public sale, $933,888

Long Island Head Light, 2010, National Park Service

Minot’s Ledge Light, 2014, public sale, $222,000

Straitsmouth, 2013, local government


Alpena Light, 2013, nonprofit

Charlevoix South Pierhead Light, 2013, local government

Cheboygan River Front Range Lighthouse, 2008, nonprofit

Detour Reef Light, 2004, nonprofit

Fort Gratiot Light Station, 2010, local government

Frankfort North Light, 2010, local government

Grand Haven Entrance and Inner Lights, 2012, local government

Gravelly Shoal Light, 2015, public sale, $16,000

Gull Rock Light, 2013, nonprofit

Harbor Beach Lighthouse, 2005, local government

Holland Harbor South Pierhead Light, 2010, nonprofit

Ile Aux Galet, 2015, public sale, $23,250

Ludington North Breakwater Light, 2008, local government

Manistique Light, 2006, public sale, $15,000

Manistee North Pierhead Light, 2011, local government

Manitou Island Light, 2004, nonprofit

Menominee North Pierhead Light, 2008, local government

Munising Station, Front/Rear Range Lights, 2002, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Muskegon South Breakwater Light, 2010, nonprofit

Muskegon South Pierhead Light, 2010, nonprofit

Ontonagon West Pierhead Light, 2014, nonprofit

Port Austin Light, 2013, nonprofit

Rock of Ages Light, 2013, National Park Service

Round Island Passage Light, 2014, public sale, $65,500

South Haven South Pierhead Lighthouse, 2012, nonprofit

Spectacle Reef Light, 2015, public sale, $43,575

St. James (Beaver Harbor) Light, 2005, local government

Stannard Rock Light, 2014, nonprofit


Duluth Harbor South Breakwater Inner, 2009, public sale, $31,000


Great Beds Light, 2011, public sale, $90,000

Miah Maull Shoal Light, 2015, public sale, $90,000

Robbins Reef Light, 2011, nonprofit

Romer Shoal Light, 2011, public sale, $90,000

Ship John Shoal Light, 2012, public sale, $60,200


Buffalo South Harbor Light, 2011, nonprofit

East Charity Shoal, 2009, public sale, $25,501

Esopus Meadows Lighthouse, 2002, nonprofit

Execution Rocks, 2009, nonprofit

Huntington Harbor Light, 2012, nonprofit

Latimer Reef Light, 2010, public sale, $225,000

Little Gull Island Light, 2012, public sale, $381,000

Orient Point Light, 2012, public sale, $120,000

Oswego Harbor West Pierhead (Oswego Outer Harbor), 2008, local government

Race Rock Light, 2013, nonprofit

Rondout Creek, 2002, local government

Stepping Stones, 2008, local government

West Bank Light, 2010, public sale, $195,000


Frying Pan Light Tower, 2003, public sale, $85,000

Currituck Beach Light Tower, 2010, nonprofit


Ashtabula Harbor Light, 2007, nonprofit

Cleveland East Pierhead, 2009, public sale, $10,000

Conneaut Harbor W Breakwater Light, 2011, public sale, $46,000

Fairport Harbor W Breakwater Light, 2011, public sale, $71,010

Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, 2006, nonprofit


Cape San Juan Puerto, 2010, nonprofit


Conimicut Shoal Light, 2004, local government

Hog Island Shoal Light, 2007, public sale, $165,000


Charleston Light, 2008, National Park Service.


Newport News Middle Ground Light, 2005, public sale, $31,000

Smith Point Lighthouse, 2005, public sale, $170,000

Thimble Shoal Lighthouse, 2005, public sale, $65,000

Wolf Trap Lighthouse, 2006, public sale, $75,000


Grays Harbor (Westport) Light, 2004, nonprofit

West Point Light, 2005, local government


Kenosha N Pierhead Light, 2011, public sale, $17,000

Kewaunee Light, 2011, local government

Manitowoc Breakwater Light, 2011, public sale, $30,000

Milwaukee Breakwater Light, 2013, nonprofit

Sturgeon Bay North Pierhead Light, 2014, public sale, $45,500


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