The only lighthouse on Lake Champlain to be on the National Register of Historic Places is located here on Valcour Island, the Bluff Point Lighthouse. This lighthouse is situated 95 feet high on a promontory on the western part of the island, a beautiful structure built in 1874. Bluff Point Lighthouse is one of the last to be manned on the lake, in service until 1930. With its help, ships were guided through the narrow passageway between the island and New York shore for over 60 years, making it a highly important maritime, cultural, and coast guard historical site!
Once here your group will get the chance to see several small static displays that work to interpret the lighthouse and surrounding areas. Take a look at the 5th order Fresnel lens, Iron tower, amazing architecture, information on the lighthouse keeper's family and life, and important geology and ecology information about the island you won’t be able to get anywhere else. You will also get to view up close and personal the blue limestone base and attractive octagonal tower design atop a red shingled roof that comprise the lighthouse. One of the unique and convenient things about this stop on your trip is that there is free transportation provided by the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum. A sail ferry by the name of Weatherwax will take you to and from Valcour and Crab islands any time of the day! Also be aware that in 2004 this lighthouse was put back into service, making it an official site as well as well as a valued historic spot.