Fowey Rocks Light
Fowey Rocks Quick Facts
Year Station Established: 1878
Is the Light operational? Yes
Year Light First Lit: 1878
Year Automated: 1974
Tower Height: 110 ft.
Original Optic: 1st Order, Fresnel
Present Optic: Vega VRB-25, Solar
Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
Year Constructed: 1878
Number of Stories: 2
Architectural Style: Victorian
Construction Materials: Cast Iron
Fowey Rocks Lighthouse
Key Biscayne, Florida
Last Visited: February, 2003
In 1875, the Lighthouse Board decided to build a lighthouse right on Fowey Rocks. The design included a sweeping, bell dome over the lantern, and a two-story dwelling with a near-Mansard-style roof. The Fowey Rocks Lighthouse was completed and lighted on June 15, 1878.
The Fowey Rocks Lighthouse was automated in 1974, and a radio beacon tower which had been mounted on the dome in the 1950's was removed. In 1983, the magnificent first-order lens was removed and sent to the Coast Guard's Aids to Navigation School in Yorktown, Virginia, where it remains on display today.
Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation
Nearest Address: Cape Florida Park Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL
- Fowey Rocks sits about 7 miles off Key Biscayne. It's best seen by boat or air but you can get a very distant view from the beach at Bill Baggs State Park on Key Biscayne. This is where the Cape Florida Lighthouse is.
- From Miami, take I-95 south to exit 1, following signs for Key Biscayne and Bill Baggs State Park.
- At the end of the ramp, go straight through the first set of lights, then take a left at the next set of lights.
- This road is SW 26th Rd which becomes SR 913, the Rickenbacker Causeway. There is a toll to get onto Key Biscayne via the Causeway, but no toll on the way back.
- Stay on the Rickenbacker Causeway for about 5.5 miles when the road becomes Crandon Blvd in the town of Key Biscayne.
- Follow Crandon for another 2.5 miles until you come to the Bill Baggs State Park. Pay the entrance fee to enter the park and follow the signs to the lighthouse.
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