January 27, 2014



Public Notice: Coast Guard Assessing Plans for Lake Champlain Tank-House Towers At Split Rock, NY, and Isle La Motte, VT

Boston - The Coast Guard is working with private property owners in Vermont and New York to keep two Coast Guard-owned ‘tank-house’ aids to navigation towers in place for historical preservation.

The towers, constructed of latticed angle-iron, are located at Split Rock, N.Y., and Isle La Motte, Vt., adjacent to privately-owned lighthouses.

In order to meet operational needs, Coast Guard operators are considering the demolition or removal of these towers from federal property for the following reasons:

  • Both towers are of an obsolete design that does not meet current Coast Guard requirements for aids to navigation structures.
  • Both towers are unsafe for Coast Guard personnel to climb for maintenance.
  • Both towers present a safety hazard to persons on adjacent private properties.
  • Both towers present an environmental hazard due to deteriorating paint.
  • Neither of the towers is an active aid to navigation.


However, in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Officers in New York and Vermont, the Coast Guard has determined that these structures have achieved historic significance on the state and local level.

The Coast Guard is working with adjacent private property owners to develop potential alternatives to demolishing or removing the towers.  At the Split Rock, involved parties are considering a public-benefit conveyance to an accredited non-profit organization. Any party interested in providing comments on proposed actions, or any non-profit organization willing to assume responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of the Split Rock tower is encouraged to contact the Coast Guard. Comments and inquiries can be sent by mail, fax, or electronic mail to:

Mr. Luke Dlhopolsky

c/o Commanding Officer

USCG Civil Engineering Unit

475 Kilvert St, Suite 100

Warwick, RI 02886


Fax: (401) 736-1703


Comments must be received no later than April 1st, 2014.