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Name: Tchefuncte River Rear Range Light   Map it!

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Nearest Town or City:
Madisonville, Louisiana, United States

Location: North side of Lake Ponchartrain, mouth of Tchefuncte River

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Photo: Joost Keesing
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Managing Organization:
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum

Telephone: 985-845-9200

The Town of Madisonville owns the lighthouse. The keeper's house was moved two miles up the river to the Madisonville Boat Yard, then in April 2004 it was moved another 250 feet to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum. The museum is working to restore the lighthouse, and they hope to restore the keeper's house and move it back to its original position next to the lighthouse. First, funding must be found to build a protective wall near the lighthouse. The Town of Madisonville has plans to build a pier for access to the lighthouse. For information call 504-845-9200 or email

Tower Height: 43

Height of Focal Plane: 49

Characteristic and Range: White light, 3 seconds on, 3 seconds off.

Description of Tower: White, brick conical tower.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1838

Date Present Tower Built: 1868

Date Automated: 1952

Optics: 1868: Fifth order Fresnel lens, now 250 mm optic.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

In Madisonville, leave Highway 22 and head south on Main Street. Follow about two miles to a city park and boat launch; you can see the lighthouse from here. The lighthouse can also be seen from public river cruises; call 504-845-2027, 504-845-3124, or email for information.

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