Lighthouses are towering structures that emit a beacon of light to guide boats and ships safely into harbor at night.
We found them in one really unlikely place: a man-made lake in the middle of the desert!
The Lighthouse Club at Lake Havasu started in 2000. A group of boaters wanted to help others by adding navigation lights to the lake. Instead of just sticking them on a post, the group decided to put them on the top of historic and traditional lighthouses.
From there, the Lighthouse Club took off.
Lighthouses are a big part of American and world history. The Colossus of Rose, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was a lighthouse. The Statue of Liberty was one of the first lighthouses in New York Harbor.
Lighthouses were put in place to guide mariners, and at one time that was a major means of transportation.
The lighthouses at Lake Havasu are all replicas of famous lighthouses around the U.S. and Canada. East coast lighthouses are on the east coast of the lake, west coast lighthouses on the west coast of the lake, and Great Lakes lighthouses are on the island.
The lights on Lake Havasu – red and green – are for navigation. They are the Coast Guard designated colors, and have a three and a half nautical mile range.
The flashing amber lights are a sign of a safe harbor, where a boater can find refuge or help. Those lights have a range of about 10 to 15 miles.
All the lighthouses are about 17 to 22 feet tall, but one is 30 feet tall. It’s modeled after Cape Hatteras, which is located in North Carolina and is the largest lighthouse in the U.S.
This lighthouse is the Currituck Lighthouse, Currituck Beach, North Carolina. This is one the lighthouses on the outer banks, and this lighthouse was built in the 1700's.
Lake Havasu now has more lighthouses than 15 of the states that have lighthouses.
People come from all over the world now to look at our lighthouses.