Point Au Fer Reef Light

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Point Au Fer Reef Light
Point Au Fer Reef 1963 LA.jpg
Point Au Fer Reef Light is located in Louisiana
Point Au Fer Reef Light
Location Atchafalaya Bay, Louisiana
Coordinates 29°22′20″N 91°23′3″W / 29.37222°N 91.38417°W / 29.37222; -91.38417Coordinates: 29°22′20″N 91°23′3″W / 29.37222°N 91.38417°W / 29.37222; -91.38417
Year first constructed 1916 (original house)
Year first lit 1975 (current skeleton tower)
Foundation Pile with platform
Construction Wood
Tower shape Square tower on 1½ story keeper's house
Markings / pattern White with black lantern
Focal height 54 feet (16 m)
Original lens 4th order Fresnel lens
Characteristic Flashing white 6s (c1965)
Fog signal Bell, then horn
Admiralty number J3978
ARLHS number USA-613[1]
USCG number 4-810[2][3][4][5]

The Point Au Fer Reef Light was a lighthouse built in 1916 on Eugene Island in Atchafalaya Bay, Louisiana to mark a new channel across Point Au Feu Reef. It replaced Southwest Reef Light as the entrance light for the Atchafalaya River. The light was deactivated and replaced by a skeleton tower in 1975. The Coast Guard then offered it to the South Lafourche Cultural and Historical Society, which declined, so the Coast Guard burned it down.




  1. ^ Lightouses Directory
  2. ^ Light List, Volume IV, Gulf of Mexico (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2009. p. 7. 
  3. ^ NOAA Chart: Point au Fer to Marsh Island, 1/80,000. 11351. 2004.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Louisiana". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 
  5. ^ Rowlett, Russ (2010-01-11). "Lighthouses of Louisiana". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.