New Canal Lighthouse

New Orleans, Louisiana

The first New Canal Lighthouse was built in 1839 when the U.S. Congress appropriated money for a lighthouse at the entrance of the New Basin Canal at Lake Pontchartrain. The New Basin Canal extended along what is now West End Boulevard to an area just north of the Superdome. This first lighthouse was basically a cypress tower with a lantern on top set on pilings about 1,000 feet offshore.

By 1843 many of the lower timbers on the lighthouse had begun to rot, requiring a new lighthouse to be built. In 1855 a one-story, square wood dwelling was constructed on screwpiles with a lantern on top of the roof. In 1880 the Southern Yacht Club was relocated to New Orleans from Biloxi, and the building blocked the light. The Lighthouse Board sold the old lighthouse for scrap and mounted a new, two-story building 16 feet higher on top of the original iron piles in 1890. By the early 1900s several land-building projects occurred along the lakefront and a reclamation project placed the lighthouse on dry land. Since that time some additions and renovations brought the lighthouse up to modern standards for housing of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). The USCG occupied the lighthouse from the 1960’s until 2001.

The historic New Canal Lighthouse at West End on Lakeshore Drive was severely damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

A replica of the New Canal Lighthouse, destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, has been built. It incorporates original wood from the 1890 lighthouse that stood on the site and now operates as Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation's New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on March 12th, 2019. Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

New Canal Lighthouse is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) monitors water quality at sites in the Lake Pontchartrain region. Sampling is conducted year-round, and samples are usually collected on Tuesdays and reported Fridays. In the event of severe weather or holiday, samples may be collected on Wednesdays. Samples are not collected for the week of Christmas nor Mardi Gras.

Water samples are analysed at all sites for or Fecal coliform and Enterococcus. Water physiochemical parameters are also collected as field measurements (Dissolved Oxygen (DO), water temperature, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), conductivity, and salinity (parts per thousand). Full weekly results can be reviewed at: https://saveourlake.org/lpbf-programs/water-quality/weekly-data-report/

A location will be marked Green when the following conditions are met:

For all sampling sites, no more than 25 percent of the total samples collected on a monthly or near-monthly basis shall exceed a fecal coliform density of 2,000/100 mL, from Nov 1 to April 30; or

For the period of May 1 to October 31st, fecal coliform will be used and no more than 25 percent of the total samples collected on a monthly or near-monthly basis shall exceed a fecal coliform density of 400 colonies/100 mL.

A location will be marked Red when the following conditions are met:

When sampling locations exceed a fecal coliform density of 2,000/100 mL, from Nov 1 to April 30; or

When a fecal coliform sample density exceeds 400 colonies/100mL from May 1 to October 31.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

New Canal Lighthouse

New Orleans, Louisiana

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on March 12th, 2019. Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   

The first New Canal Lighthouse was built in 1839 when the U.S. Congress appropriated money for a lighthouse at the entrance of the New Basin Canal at Lake Pontchartrain. The New Basin Canal extended along what is now West End Boulevard to an area just north of the Superdome. This first lighthouse was basically a cypress tower with a lantern on top set on pilings about 1,000 feet offshore.

By 1843 many of the lower timbers on the lighthouse had begun to rot, requiring a new lighthouse to be built. In 1855 a one-story, square wood dwelling was constructed on screwpiles with a lantern on top of the roof. In 1880 the Southern Yacht Club was relocated to New Orleans from Biloxi, and the building blocked the light. The Lighthouse Board sold the old lighthouse for scrap and mounted a new, two-story building 16 feet higher on top of the original iron piles in 1890. By the early 1900s several land-building projects occurred along the lakefront and a reclamation project placed the lighthouse on dry land. Since that time some additions and renovations brought the lighthouse up to modern standards for housing of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). The USCG occupied the lighthouse from the 1960’s until 2001.

The historic New Canal Lighthouse at West End on Lakeshore Drive was severely damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

A replica of the New Canal Lighthouse, destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, has been built. It incorporates original wood from the 1890 lighthouse that stood on the site and now operates as Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation's New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

New Canal Lighthouse is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) monitors water quality at sites in the Lake Pontchartrain region. Sampling is conducted year-round, and samples are usually collected on Tuesdays and reported Fridays. In the event of severe weather or holiday, samples may be collected on Wednesdays. Samples are not collected for the week of Christmas nor Mardi Gras.

Water samples are analysed at all sites for or Fecal coliform and Enterococcus. Water physiochemical parameters are also collected as field measurements (Dissolved Oxygen (DO), water temperature, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), conductivity, and salinity (parts per thousand). Full weekly results can be reviewed at: https://saveourlake.org/lpbf-programs/water-quality/weekly-data-report/

A location will be marked Green when the following conditions are met:

For all sampling sites, no more than 25 percent of the total samples collected on a monthly or near-monthly basis shall exceed a fecal coliform density of 2,000/100 mL, from Nov 1 to April 30; or

For the period of May 1 to October 31st, fecal coliform will be used and no more than 25 percent of the total samples collected on a monthly or near-monthly basis shall exceed a fecal coliform density of 400 colonies/100 mL.

A location will be marked Red when the following conditions are met:

When sampling locations exceed a fecal coliform density of 2,000/100 mL, from Nov 1 to April 30; or

When a fecal coliform sample density exceeds 400 colonies/100mL from May 1 to October 31.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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