OSWEGO, NY – The fifth annual Lake Ontario Central New York Lighthouse Challenge will take place this year on August 4 and 5.
The challenge is to visit eight unique New York lighthouses within two days.
The official challenge route runs east from Rock Island Light to the West to a new site, 30 Mile Point outside of Rochester.
Participants will collect a lighthouse stamp or token at each lighthouse site visited.
Special arrangements have been made to include bonus sites not usually open to the public.
The lighthouses are located along the southern end of Lake Ontario and following along the Seaway Trail, a National Scenic Byway.
The tour will be led by renowned pharologist, Ted Panayotoff.
Those who register to take on the challenge will experience the following:
A guided two-day tour aboard a luxury motor coach.
The trip includes two days of travel, registration, challenge materials with information about each site, local tourist information with special perks and discounts and local attractions and preferred eateries and a final keepsake award for your commitment to exploring and supporting the preservation of the Lake Ontario Lighthouses.
The full package also includes transportation, admission to all sites, boat tour fee to the Rock Island Lighthouse in Clayton and the West Pierhead Lighthouse in Oswego.
Registration deadline is July 1, at $169 per person.
Registration after July 1 will be $199 per person.
The cut-off date is July 10.
Traveling west of Oswego (day 1), visitors can view 30 Mile Point, Braddock Point Light in Hilton, Charlotte-Genesee Light in Rochester, Rochester Harbor West Pierhead Light, Sodus Bay Light and Sodus Outer ‘Light in Sodus, and the Fair Haven Range Lights in Fair Haven.
Sites to the East of Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse (day 2) will highlight Rock Island Lighthouse of Clayton, Tibbetts Point Lighthouse in Cape Vincent, Cape Vincent Breakwater Lighthouse of Cape Vincent and Selkirk Light at Salmon River Lighthouse and Marina in Pulaski.
At each stop, participants will have an opportunity to learn about the essential role of lighthouses in protecting maritime vessels that plied the waters and made commerce and trade possible along this most eastern Great Lake.
The H. Lee White Maritime Museum is located at the end of the West First Street Pier, in Oswego’s Historic Maritime District.
For more information about the Lake Ontario CNY Lighthouse Challenge, the current restoration process or other museum activities, contact the museum at (315) 342-0480, through www.hlwmm.org or through social media at
facebook.com/hlwmm and facebook.com/oswegolh.