Saugerties Light

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Saugerties Light

 
Location: the entrance to Saugerties Harbor on the Esopus Creek near Saugerties, NY
Body of Water: Hudson River
Photo by: Jim Tracy
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About Saugerties Light

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The location of the light is the entrance to Saugerties Harbor on the Esopus Creek. The nearest city is Saugerties, NY. The station was first established in 1836. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1869.

The tower has a occulting white light at a focal plane height of 41 ft above mean high water. The light has a nominal range of 5 nautical miles. The tower height is 46 ft. The light has a period of 4 seconds.

Open to the Public?: Yes    Active?: Yes

Identification number: 1-38375 (U.S.)

The light was automated in 1954. The lighthouse is currently managed by the Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy which purchased the lighthouse in 1986.

Access to the lighthouse is via a trail though a small nature preserve. The trail is often flooded at high tide, so consult tide tables. Some portions of the trail include a boardwalk area where the ground is more treacherous to walk on due to rising water. At high tide the lighthouse is surrounded by water while at low tide it is not. The trail is closed a sunset.

The lighthouse serves as a bed and breakfast and museum. Overnight stays can be reserved through the web site.

An 'occulting' light is a light in which the total duration of light in a period is longer than the total duration of darkness and the interval of darkness (eclipses) are usually of equal duration. So in the 4 second period, the light is on for more than 2 then off for less than 2.

Saugerties Light was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 29, 1979, reference number 79001642.

Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons

Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons

Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons

Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons

Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons

Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons
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