West Rigolets Lighthouse

Stop 4 of 6 in the Lake Catherine & the Rigolets tour

From your position in the parking lot, look towards the overpass leading to the northeast. Underneath the bridge you can see the point where the Rigolets Pass snakes towards Lake Ponchartrain. At the head of this peninsula is where the West Rigolets Lighthouse stood.

The West Rigolets Lighthouse was built in 1855 to mark the entrance to the Rigolets from Lake Pontchartrain. During the Civil War, it was occupied by Union troops who used a ship's lantern to signal passing vessels. The lighthouse was operable until 1945 when an electric signal was built nearby. The light was sold to a private owner, and stood until Hurricane Katrina dislodged it from its pilings. It has since been removed, but is remembered as being an important part to commerce and the defense of New Orleans.

Photographs are all that remain of the lighthouse, as it is no longer standing. If you look at the second image included here, you can see the pilings above the waterline where the lighthouse used to stand prior to 2005.


Coast Guard Photo of West Rigolets Lighthouse

Coast Guard Photo of West Rigolets Lighthouse

Photo courtesy of the United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. View File Details Page

Lighthouse Remains

Lighthouse Remains

All that is left of the lighthouse is pilings and a small sign near the tip of the peninsula. View File Details Page

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“West Rigolets Lighthouse,” New Orleans Historical, accessed June 28, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/97.
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