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The Buffalo Lighthouse Association is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation founded in 1985 to preserve the historic lighthouses of Buffalo Harbor and interpret the city's rich maritime history for residents and visitors alike. Over the years, we have welcomed tens of thousands of visitors from every American state and major territory from the District of Columbia to the Caribbean and Guam, and from 43 other countries on six continents.

We’re a volunteer group serving as a key part of Buffalo’s waterfront renaissance, and building pride in the city’s rich maritime heritage through tours, publications, and events and festivals.

The historic 1833 Buffalo Lighthouse at the north entrance to the harbor and the 1903 South Buffalo Lighthouse and Fog Signal Station at the south entrance are the cultural “bookends” of outer harbor development and maritime treasures worth preserving.

  • We staged Buffalo’s first full tall ships festival, bringing a dozen large sailing ships and 125,000 visitors to the waterfront.

  • We’re working toward a visitor center that tells not only the story of our lighthouses but also the story of the immigration and trade that flowed through this junction of the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes – and past our 1833 lighthouse!


Follow Buffalo Lighthouse and South Buffalo Lighthouse on Facebook!

For schedules for the Lighthouse Point Historic Site see the Buffalo Lighthouse page on Facebook. Boat tours to the breakwater South Buffalo Light Station will be held as restoration allows, and will be announced on the South Buffalo Lighthouse page..

The Keepers of the Lights

Mike Vogel, President

Tom Johnston, Vice President for the 1833 Light

Capt. Bill Zimmermann, Vice President for South Buffalo Light

Jim Rzad, Treasurer

Stacey Vogel, Esq., Secretary

Joe Jakubik, Director

Dan Sack, Director

Seth Pullen, Esq., Director

Sandy Petri, Director

Joe Basil Sr., Director

Alex Vogel, Director

Ed Patton, Director

Advisory Board Members:

 Capt. Bob Houle, USCG (Ret.),  Maurice Naylon III

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