Rock Island Light
By Dave Wobser

The present 40 foot metal tower was built on Rock Island in the St. Lawrence River in 1882. It replaced an earlier tower that had been built in the middle of the island in 1847.

 The present tower is located at the end of a ten foot pier extending into the river. The light was deactivated in 1958 and the Sixth Order lens has been removed.

Other buildings on the island include a smokehouse, carpenter's shop and a boathouse.

The property is owned by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Facilities include a picnic area, but no restroom facilities.

The light tower may be viewed from the southern shore a few miles west of the Thousand Islands Bridge or by tour boat out of Clayton, NY. Group tours can be arranged through Thousand Islands State Park and Recreation Region, Keewaydin State Park, PO Box 207, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607. 315-482-2593.


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Photograph by Greg Lortz

2009 photos by Dave Wobser


Early 1900's - M. Wilds Collection

Location: St. Lawrence River 4.5 miles east of Clayton, NY, near Fisher's Landing.
Date Built: 1882
Active: No

Open to

Group tours may be arranged.


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