Lighthouses of the United States: Arkansas and Oklahoma
The U.S. states of Arkansas and Oklahoma are in the south central part
of the country, north and northeast of Texas. The Coast Guard maintains aids
to navigation on the Arkansas River waterway in Arkansas and the eastern part of Oklahoma,
but those aids do not qualify as lighthouses. This page includes one private lighthouse on the river in Arkansas and one
private lighthouse found on an Oklahoma lake.
Note: To be listed here, a lighthouse must actually serve as an aid
to navigation. This means it must be located on a navigable lake or river
and must be lit as a navigational aid at least during the local boating
ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS
World List of Lights.
- Arkansas Lighthouse
- * Fort Smith Lighthouse Inn
- 1974. Currently inactive. Approx. 45 ft (14 m) 12-sided shingle-covered tower with lantern and gallery. A 2010 photo is available, and Google has a street view and a good aerial view. The Lighthouse Inn was a popular riverside restaurant, but it closed early in 2011 when its owners decided to retire. The restaurant was expected to reopen, but no date had been announced as of February 2012 and it was still closed in 2014. Located on the south side of the Arkansas just west of the Midland Boulevard (US 64/71) bridge in Fort Smith, near the Oklahoma border. Site open, tower closed.
- * East
Wharf (Lake Hefner)
- 1999. Active; focal plane approx. 35 ft (11 m); red light, 2 s on,
2 s off. 40 ft (12 m) hexagonal concrete tower with lantern, painted
pale yellow; lantern is dark red. Steve Melki's photo is at right, Beau Wade has a nice photo, Lighthouse
Digest has a September 2003 feature on
the lighthouse, and Google has a street view and an aerial
view. The lighthouse marks the entrance to the marina in a commercial
development on Lake
Hefner, on the north side of Oklahoma City. It was prefabricated
and erected by a "tilt-up" technique, for which it won an
award. Located on the eastern shore of the lake, just off Lake Hefner
Parkway. Site open, tower closed. Owner/site manager: East Wharf Development.
East Wharf Light, Oklahoma City, May 2008
Flickr Creative Commons photo by
Notable faux lighthouses:
- Centennial Lighthouse (2007),
Elk City (Beckham County), Oklahoma. This is an active lighthouse, but it stands beside a small pond,
not navigable water. The lighthouse commemorates the 100th anniversary of Oklahoma's admission to the union as a state in 1907. Google has a street view and a satellite view.
Adjoining pages: North: Kansas | Northeast: Missouri | Southeast: Louisiana | South: Texas
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Posted July 15, 2003. Checked and revised July 25, 2014.
Lighthouses: 2. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill.