New Canal Lighthouse

New Orleans, Louisiana

The first New Canal light was a simple wooden tower, erected at the end of a long jetty which protected the entrance of the newly completed canal that terminated near where the Superdome stands today. That first tower was replaced by a one-story, cottage-type lighthouse in 1855.

When the Southern Yacht Club (longtime New Canal neighbors of the lighthouse) erected a new, two-story clubhouse at the end of the 1870s, it necessitated that the lighthouse be raised. A three-story lighthouse, the third on site, was completed in 1890. By the early 1900s several land-building projects occurred along the lakefront and a reclamation project placed the lighthouse on dry land.

This third reiteration of the lighthouse was destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, and a replica has since been built. The Pontchartrain Conservancy took over the property in 2006 and now operates the New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center. Visit to check out the center's interactive and informative displays depicting the history of the lighthouse and the New Basin Canal, the ecology of Lake Pontchartrain, and the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the surrounding area! The area also features nearby restaurants, parking, benches, and a wonderful walking, running, and biking path right along the lake's edge.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on March 16th, 2021. Pontchartrain Conservancy updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on March 18th, 2021 at 10:25 AM.
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Monitoring Frequency

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

Source Information

The Pontchartrain Conservancy (PC) monitors water quality at sites in the Lake Pontchartrain region. Sampling is conducted year-round, and samples are usually collected on Tuesdays and reported to Swimguide on 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 analyzed at all sites for Fecal coliform and Enterococcus. Water physiochemical parameters are also collected as field measurements. These include: Dissolved Oxygen (DO), water temperature, conductivity, and salinity (parts per thousand). Full weekly results can be viewed at: https://scienceforourcoast.org/pc-programs/water-quality/weekly-data-report/

A location will be marked Green when the average Enterococci in sample does not exceed 35 colonies/100 mL and no more than 10 percent of the individual samples collected shall exceed 130 enterococci colonies/100 mL; AND no more than 25 percent of the total samples collected exceed a fecal coliform density of 2,000/100 mL

A location will be marked Red when the average Enterococci in a sample exceeds 35 colonies/100 mL or 10 percent of the individual samples in the data set exceed 130 enterococci colonies/100 mL; AND if the location exceeds a fecal coliform density of 2,000/100 mL.

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

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New Canal Lighthouse

New Orleans, Louisiana

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on March 16th, 2021. Pontchartrain Conservancy updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on March 18th, 2021 at 10:25 AM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

The first New Canal light was a simple wooden tower, erected at the end of a long jetty which protected the entrance of the newly completed canal that terminated near where the Superdome stands today. That first tower was replaced by a one-story, cottage-type lighthouse in 1855.

When the Southern Yacht Club (longtime New Canal neighbors of the lighthouse) erected a new, two-story clubhouse at the end of the 1870s, it necessitated that the lighthouse be raised. A three-story lighthouse, the third on site, was completed in 1890. By the early 1900s several land-building projects occurred along the lakefront and a reclamation project placed the lighthouse on dry land.

This third reiteration of the lighthouse was destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, and a replica has since been built. The Pontchartrain Conservancy took over the property in 2006 and now operates the New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center. Visit to check out the center's interactive and informative displays depicting the history of the lighthouse and the New Basin Canal, the ecology of Lake Pontchartrain, and the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the surrounding area! The area also features nearby restaurants, parking, benches, and a wonderful walking, running, and biking path right along the lake's edge.

Monitoring Frequency

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

Source Information

The Pontchartrain Conservancy (PC) monitors water quality at sites in the Lake Pontchartrain region. Sampling is conducted year-round, and samples are usually collected on Tuesdays and reported to Swimguide on 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 analyzed at all sites for Fecal coliform and Enterococcus. Water physiochemical parameters are also collected as field measurements. These include: Dissolved Oxygen (DO), water temperature, conductivity, and salinity (parts per thousand). Full weekly results can be viewed at: https://scienceforourcoast.org/pc-programs/water-quality/weekly-data-report/

A location will be marked Green when the average Enterococci in sample does not exceed 35 colonies/100 mL and no more than 10 percent of the individual samples collected shall exceed 130 enterococci colonies/100 mL; AND no more than 25 percent of the total samples collected exceed a fecal coliform density of 2,000/100 mL

A location will be marked Red when the average Enterococci in a sample exceeds 35 colonies/100 mL or 10 percent of the individual samples in the data set exceed 130 enterococci colonies/100 mL; AND if the location exceeds a fecal coliform density of 2,000/100 mL.

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

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