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Name: Crown Point Light  

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Also known as: Champlain Memorial Lighthouse

Nearest Town or City:
Crown Point, New York, United States

Location: Southern Lake Champlain

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Managing Organization:
Crown Point Reservation

Telephone: 518-597-3603


Contact Address Information:
784 Bridge Road
Crown Point
New York, 12928, United States

In 1910-1912, the original limestone lighthouse was converted into a neoclassical memorial to explorer Samuel de Champlain. It remained in use as a lighthouse until 1929. The memorial incorporates the bottom section of the original lighthouse. There are two sculptures on the memorial: a large one including three figures depicting Samuel de Champlain, a soldier, and an Indian, and a bust by Auguste Rodin called "La France."

Tower Height: 55

Height of Focal Plane: 83

Description of Tower: 1858: Octagonal limestone tower. 1912: Conical stone tower with cylindrical columns in central section, green lantern dome.

This light is not operational

Date Established: 1858

Date Present Tower Built: 1912

Date Deactivated: 1929

Current Use: Memorial tower.

Open To Public? Yes.

The Champlain Memorial is on the grounds of the Crown Point Reservation, a campground operated by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. The hours during which the lighthouse is open vary. During the summer camping season, inquiries should be made at the campground; call (518) 597-3603. There is a "Day Use" fee charged to drive to the campground and lighthouse/memorial. The Crown Point State Historic Site is on the opposite side of the road from the Crown Point Reservation, where the lighthouse/memorial is. Both sites are south of the Champlain Bridge to Vermont.

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