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 Saugeen River Range Front, ON    
Lighthouse accessible by car and a short, easy walk.
Description: A light at the entrance to the Saugeen River was established in 1883 in the form of a lantern affixed to a pole on a pier. A formal lighthouse was established at the end of the northern pier in 1903. This square pyramidal tower paired with a similar tower located a few hundred meters up the river served as a range light to help guide mariners safely into the river. Both towers have a vertical red stripe on their seaward faces that mariners can line up in the daytime.

The rear tower was the center of a town controversy in 1989, when unannounced the Coast Guard initiated work on its plan to strip the wooden shingles from the tower and replace them with strips of aluminum siding. Not wanting to lose the historic nature of the tower, local citizens held an around-the-clock protective vigil for three days until the Coast Guard abandoned their plan.

Information on Saugeen River Range Front Lighthouse
History Light Characteristics Focal Height Nominal Range Description/Height of tower above ground
Present tower dates from 1903. Fixed green. 10.4 m. 11 M White tower, red lantern. 11.0 m.
Second light known as Saugeen Light also shown on tower. Fixed White. 11.0 m. Unknown Mariners can activate a foghorn with a 3-second blast every 20 seconds by clicking mike 5 times within 5 seconds on Channel 19.


  1. A Traveler's Guide to 116 Western Great Lakes Lighthouses, Ruth and Bill Penrose, 1995.

Location: Located on a pier on the north side of the entrance to the Saugeen River in Southampton.
Latitude: 44.50152
Longitude: -81.37552

For a larger map of Saugeen River Range Front Lighthouse, click the lighthouse in the above map or get a map from: Mapquest.

Travel Instructions: In Southampton, take Highway 21 to the north side of the Saugeen River Bridge, and then turn west onto S. Rankin Street. After a short distance, there will be a parking area on your left from which you can access the pier that leads to the Saugeen River Front Range Lighthouse.

The lighthouse is owned by the Town of Saugeen Shores. Grounds open, tower closed.

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