Maryland Lighthouses

Lighthouses in the state of Maryland as identified by the United States Coast Guard. There are fourteen active lights in the state as well as three automated caissons and eleven skeleton towers replacing previously manned lights.

The first lighthouse in the state was lit in 1822 and the last in 1965 (ignoring automated towers erected later); the oldest surviving structure is the Pooles Island Light and the oldest still active is the Cove Point Light. The tallest extant tower is the Craighill Channel Lower Range Rear Light.

If not otherwise noted, focal height and coordinates are taken from the United States Coast Guard Light List, while location and dates of activation, automation, and deactivation are taken from the United States Coast Guard Historical information site for lighthouses. Locations of demolished lights have been estimated using National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) navigational charts.

Name Image Location Year first lit Current Lens Focal Height
Baltimore Harbor Light Chesapeake Bay 1908 Unknown 052 52 ft (16 m)
Blakistone Island Light Coltons Point
(St. Clement's)
1851 Decorative
(Destroyed, rebuilt as a replica)
Bloody Point Bar Light Kent Island 1882 Acrylic 054 54 ft (16 m)
Bodkin Island Light Patapsco River
1822 None
Destroyed in 1914
Cedar Point Light Patuxent River
1896 None
Dismantled in 1996
Choptank River Light Tred Avon River
1871 (First)
1921 (Last)
2012 (Replica)
Fifth-order Fresnel
(Inside replica)
Clay Island Light Nanticoke River
1832 None
Destroyed in 1894
036 36 ft (11 m)
Cobb Point Bar Light Cobb Island 1889 None
(Demolished after fire)
Concord Point Light Havre de Grace 1827 Fifth-order Fresnel 036 36 ft (11 m)
Cove Point Light Solomons 1828 Active 038 38 ft (12 m)
Craighill Channel Lower Range
Front Light
Edgemere 1875 Active 025 25 ft (7.6 m)
Craighill Channel Lower Range
Rear Light
Edgemere 1875 Active 105 105 ft (32 m)
Craighill Channel Upper Range
Front Light
Edgemere 1886 Active 015 15 ft (4.6 m)
Craighill Channel Upper Range
Rear Light
(Sparrows Point)
1886 Active 064 64 ft (20 m)
Drum Point Light Solomons
(Originally at Drum Point)
1883 None
(Now a museum)
025 25 ft (7.6 m)
Fishing Battery Light Havre de Grace 1853 (Replaced with
skeleton tower)
Fog Point Light Smith Island 1827 (Later destroyed) Unknown
Fort Carroll Light Baltimore 1854 (Former)
1900 (Current)
None 045 45 ft (14 m)
Fort Washington Light Fort Washington 1857 (Former)
1901 (Current)
Unknown Unknown
Great Shoals Light Wicomico River
1882 None 037 37 ft (11 m)
Greenbury Point Light
Annapolis 1848 None 039 39 ft (12 m)
Greenbury Point Light
Annapolis 1892 None Unknown
Hawkins Point Light Baltimore 1868 None 028 28 ft (8.5 m)
Holland Island Bar Light Holland Island 1889 None 042 42 ft (13 m)
Hooper Island Light Hooper's Island 1902 Unknown 063 63 ft (19 m)
Hooper Strait Light Saint Michaels
(Originally Hooper's Island)
1867 (Former)
1879 (Current)
None Unknown
Janes Island Light Crisfield 1867 (Former)
1879 (Current)
None 038 38 ft (12 m)
Lazaretto Point Light Baltimore 1831 None Unknown
Leading Point Light Baltimore 1868 None Unknown
Love Point Light Kent Island 1872 None Unknown
Lower Cedar Point Light Potomac River 1867 (First)
1896 (Last)
None Unknown
Maryland Point Light Potomac River 1892 None Unknown
Mathias Point Light Potomac River 1876 None Unknown
North Point Range Lights Baltimore 1822 None 034 34 ft (10 m)
40 ft (12 m)
Piney Point Light Piney Point 1836 None 034 34 ft (10 m)
Point Lookout Light Point Lookout 1830 None 041 41 ft (12 m)
Point No Point Light Chesapeake Bay 1905 375mm 052 52 ft (16 m)
Pooles Island Light Aberdeen 1825 Unknown 038 38 ft (12 m)
Ragged Point Light Potomac River 1910 None Unknown
Sandy Point Shoal Light Skidmore 1858 (Former)
1883 (Current)
Unknown 051 51 ft (16 m)
Seven Foot Knoll Light Baltimore
(Originally in the
Patapsco River)
1855 Decorative 040 40 ft (12 m)
Sharkfin Shoal Light Nanticoke River
1892 None Unknown
Sharps Island Light Saint Michaels 1838 (First)
1882 (Current)
250mm 054 54 ft (16 m)
Solomons Lump Light Princess Anne 1875 (Former)
1895 (Current)
Unknown 047 47 ft (14 m)
Somers Cove Light Crisfield 1867 None Unknown
Thomas Point Shoal Light Annapolis 1825 (Former)
1875 (Current)
250mm 043 43 ft (13 m)
Turkey Point Light Elkton 1833 Unknown Unknown
Upper Cedar Point Light Potomac River 1867 None Unknown

Maryland's Lighthouses (Images of America: Maryland)

In Colonial times, as the Chesapeake Bay and larger rivers became vital shipping channels, the need arose to mark Marylandís dangerous shoals and waterways. Lighthouses sprang up throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, including wood-framed cottages placed upon screw pile foundations that stood offshore in the unforgiving waters. Most of these unique structures did not survive, lost tragically to ice that also occasionally claimed the lives of the keepers who faithfully tended them and rescued mariners in trouble. With the advent of electricity and GPS, many beacons succumbed to vandalism and neglect, leaving a fraction remaining.