Lighthouses of the United States: Colorado

The U.S. state of Colorado is in the center of the mountainous western part of the country, so navigation in the state is limited to a few lakes.

Note: To be listed in the Directory, 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 season.

Dillon Reservoir Lighthouse
* Frisco Bay (Dillon Lake)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 26 ft (8 m); flashing white light. 18 ft (5.5 m) octagonal wood tower with lantern, painted white with black trim. A photo is at right, another photo is available, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. This light is on the Dillon Reservoir, which provides water for the Denver metropolitan area through a tunnel under the Continental Divide. The lake is at an elevation of 9017 ft (2748 m), making this the highest lighthouse in the U.S. Located in a marina in Frisco, at the southwestern end of the lake, about 70 mi (115 km) west of Denver on the I-70 expressway. Site open, tower closed. Owner: Town of Frisco. Site manager: Frisco Bay Marina.

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Frisco Bay Light, Frisco, September 2008
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Photo Phiend

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Posted October 25, 2011. Checked and revised October 2, 2017. Lighthouses: 1. Site copyright 2017 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.