Lighthouses of the United States: Arkansas

The U.S. state of Arkansas is in the south central part of the country northeast of Texas. The Coast Guard maintains aids to navigation on the Mississippi River along the eastern border of the state and the Arkansas River waterway across the state, but those aids do not qualify as lighthouses. This page includes one private lighthouse on the Arkansas River.

Note: To be listed here, a lighthouse must actually serve as an aid to navigation. This means it must be located on a navigable lake or river and must be lit as a navigational aid at least during the local boating season.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights.

Arkansas Lighthouse
* Fort Smith Lighthouse Inn
1974. Currently inactive. Approx. 45 ft (14 m) 12-sided shingle-covered tower with lantern and gallery. A photo is at right, a 2009 photo is available, and Google has a street view and a good satellite view. The Lighthouse Inn was a popular riverside restaurant but it closed early in 2011 when its owners decided to retire. The restaurant was expected to reopen but the plans fell through. The property was sold at auction in May 2016. The new owners, Leslie and Penny Smith, did not announce their plans for the property immediately, but in 2019 the property was under renovation to become an event facility. This work was interrupted when unprecedented flooding damaged the building. Located on the south side of the Arkansas just west of the Midland Boulevard (US 64/71) bridge in Fort Smith, near the Oklahoma border. Site and tower closed, but the lighthouse is easy to see from the Broadway Street bridge (US 64).

Lighthouse Inn Light, Fort Smith, May 2016
KFSM-TV photo

Adjoining pages: North: Missouri | East: Mississippi | South: Louisiana | Southwest: Texas

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Posted July 15, 2003. Checked and revised August 19, 2019. Lighthouses: 1. Site copyright 2019 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.