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Point Reyes Light, Gulf of the Farallones, Inverness, California. NPS photos by Ralph Eshelman, 1995.
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Return to top of page Alaska CAPE ST. ELIAS LIGHT
Location: SOUTH END OF KAYAK ISLAND
Nearest City: CORDOVA
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LEASE TO CAPE ST. ELIAS LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION
Open to the Public: BY APPOINTMENT (for more information, email bocci@ctcak.net)


Return to top of page California ALCATRAZ ISLAND LIGHT
Location: ALCATRAZ ISLAND/SAN FRANCISCO BAY
Nearest City: SAN FRANCISCO
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD/NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN NATIONAL PARK
Open to the Public: GROUNDS ONLY
Access: GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA/BOAT FROM FISHERMAN'S WHARF
Phone: 415-556-0560

ANACAPA ISLAND LIGHT
Location: ENTRANCE TO SANTA BARBARA CHANNEL
Nearest City: PORT HUENEME
Owner/Manager: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE WITH U.S. COAST GUARD ACCESS TO OPTIC
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN NATIONAL PARK
Open to the Public: GROUNDS OPEN; ESCORTED TOURS AVAILABLE
Access: CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK/BOAT FROM VENTURA
Phone: 805-658-5700

BATTERY POINT (CRESCENT CITY) LIGHT
Location: BATTERY POINT ISLAND
Nearest City: CRESCENT CITY
Owner/Manager: DEL NORTE COUNTY
Current Use: PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATION/MUSEUM
Open to the Public: TOWER AND MUSEUM OPEN APRIL 1 THROUGH SEPT 30 (TIDE PERMITTING)
Access: WEST SIDE OF HARBOR/FOOT OF "A" STREET
Phone: 707-464-3089

CARQUINEZ STRAIT LIGHT
Location: RELOCATED FROM CARQUINEZ STRAIT ENTRANCE
Nearest City: VALLEJO
Owner/Manager: PRIVATE OWNER
Current Use: MARINA
Open to the Public: GROUNDS ONLY
Access: GLEN COVE MARINA OFF HIGHWAY 780, 2000 GLEN COVE DRIVE

EAST BROTHER ISLAND LIGHT
Location: OFF POINT SAN PABLO/SAN FRANCISCO BAY
Nearest City: RICHMOND
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LEASE TO EAST BROTHERS LIGHT, INC.
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/BED & BREAKFAST
Open to the Public: BY APPOINTMENT
Access: BOAT FROM SAN PABLO YACHT HARBOR
Phone: 415-233-2385

LIME POINT LIGHT AND FOG SIGNAL STATION
Location: SAN FRANCISCO BAY ENTRANCE
Nearest City: SAUSALITO
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION
Open to the Public: GROUNDS ONLY
Access: HIKE FROM FORT BAKER PARKING LOT

OAKLAND HARBOR LIGHT
Location: RELOCATED FROM OAKLAND HARBOR ENTRANCE
Nearest City: OAKLAND
Owner/Manager: PRIVATE OWNER
Current Use: QUINNS LIGHTHOUSE RESTAURANT
Open to the Public:
Access: 1951 EMBARCADERO COVE
Phone: 510-536-2050

PIGEON POINT LIGHT
Location: SOUTHERN APPROACH TO SAN FRANCISCO BAY
Nearest City: PESCADERO
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LEASE TO CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF PARKS & RECREATION/HOSTELLING INTERNATIONAL
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/YOUTH HOSTEL/STATE HISTORIC PARK
Open to the Public: GROUNDS DAILY/TOWER OPEN FROM 11:00 TO 4:00 APRIL THROUGH SEPTEMBER AND 10:00 TO 3:00 OCTOBER THROUGH MARCH
Access: HIGHWAY 1 AND PIGEON POINT ROAD (25 MILES SOUTH OF HALF MOON BAY AND 25 MILES NORTH OF SANTA CRUZ
Phone: 650-879-0633 (LODGING); 650-879-2120 (TOURS)

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POINT ARENA LIGHT
Location: 2 MILES NORTH OF POINT ARENA
Nearest City: POINT ARENA
Owner/Manager: POINT ARENA LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS, INC.
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/MUSEUM/VACATION RENTALS
Open to the Public: MUSEUM OPEN DAILY (CALL FOR HOURS)
Access: 45500 LIGHTHOUSE ROAD NORTH OFF HIGHWAY 1
Phone: 707-882-2777

POINT BONITA LIGHT
Location: POINT BONITA/SAN FRANCISCO BAY ENTRANCE
Nearest City: SAUSALITO
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD/NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN NATIONAL PARK
Open to the Public: MONDAYS, 12:30-3:30 PM
Access: GOLDEN GATE NRA/OFF U.S. 101 (REQUIRES ONE-MILE WALK FROM PARKING LOT)
Phone: 415-331-1540

POINT CABRILLO LIGHT
Location: BETWEEN POINT ARENA & CAPE MENDOCINO
Nearest City: MENDOCINO
Owner/Manager: CALIFORNIA STATE COASTAL CONSERVANCY/NORTH COAST INTERPRETIVE ASSOCIATION
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN A NATURE PRESERVE
Open to the Public: PRESERVE OPEN SUNRISE TO SUNSET YEAR ROUND, DOCENT TOURS OF TOWER SUNDAY AT 11 AM DURING SUMMERS
Access: POINT CABRILLO PRESERVE--PEDESTRIAN ACCESS ONLY FROM ENTRANCE ON POINT CABRILLO DRIVE (LIGHT STATION IS 1/2 MILE FROM PRESERVE ENTRANCE)
Phone: (707) 937-0816

POINT FERMIN LIGHT
Location: POINT FERMIN/SAN PEDRO HARBOR
Nearest City: SAN PEDRO
Owner/Manager: CITY OF LOS ANGELES/POINT FERMIN LIGHTHOUSE COMMITTEE
Current Use: CITY PARK
Open to the Public: GROUNDS ONLY
Access: POINT FERMIN PARK/WEST OF PACIFIC AVE.

POINT LOMA LIGHT (OLD)
Location: CABRILLO NATIONAL MONUMENT
Nearest City: SAN DIEGO
Owner/Manager: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Current Use: NATIONAL PARK
Open to the Public: OPEN DAILY 9-5 PM YEAR ROUND; 9-6 PM JULY 4 THROUGH LABOR DAY
Access: 1800 CABRILLO MEMORIAL DRIVE (ROUTE 209)
Phone: 619-557-5450

POINT MONTARA LIGHT
Location: SOUTHERN APPROACH TO SAN FRANCISCO BAY
Nearest City: MONTARA
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LEASE TO CALIFORNIA DEPT OF PARKS & RECREATION
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION / YOUTH HOSTEL
Open to the Public: OPEN DAILY (4:30-9:30 PM)
Access: 16TH ST. & ROUTE 1 SOUTH
Phone: 415-728-7177

POINT PINOS LIGHT
Location: SOUTH ENTRANCE TO MONTEREY BAY
Nearest City: PACIFIC GROVE
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD / PACIFIC GROVE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION / MUSEUM / COAST GUARD HOUSING
Open to the Public: THURSDAY - MONDAY 1-4 PM
Access: LIGHTHOUSE AVE BETWEEN SUNSET DRIVE & ASILOMAR AVENUE
Phone: 831-648-5716

POINT REYES LIGHT
Location: GULF OF THE FARALLONES
Nearest City: INVERNESS
Owner/Manager: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE/U.S. COAST GUARD
Current Use: NATIONAL PARK EXHIBIT/ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION
Open to the Public: THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY (10-4:30)
Access: POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE/SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD. OFF U.S. 1 (REQUIRES 1/4-MILE WALK TO VISITOR CENTER AND 308 STEPS TO REACH LIGHTHOUSE)
Phone: 415-669-1534

POINT SUR LIGHT
Location: MORO ROCK, BIG SUR DISTRICT
Nearest City: BIG SUR
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD (TOWER)/CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS (REMAINING BUILDINGS)
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN STATE PARK
Open to the Public: GUIDED WALKING TOUR SATURDAY/SUNDAY YEAR ROUND; SEE WEB SITE FOR SUMMER SCHEDULE; ADMISSION CHARGE
Access: ROUTE 1 SOUTH OF CARMEL
Phone: 831-625-4419

POINT VICENTE LIGHT
Location: PALOS VERDES / NORTH OF LOS ANGELES HARBOR
Nearest City: RANCHO PALOS VERDES
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION / COAST GUARD HOUSING
Open to the Public: SECOND SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH FROM 10AM TO 4PM; FREE ADMISSION
Access: 31501 PALOS VERDES DRIVE WEST
Phone: (310) 541-0334

PUNTA GORDA LIGHT
Location: 12 MILES SOUTH OF CAPE MENDOCINO
Nearest City: PETROLIA
Owner/Manager: U.S. BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Current Use: HISTORIC SITE
Open to the Public: NON-VEHICULAR TRAFFIC ONLY
Access: 3-MILE HIKE THROUGH SAND AND ACROSS FOUR MILE CREEK FROM LIGHTHOUSE ROAD
Phone: 707-825-2300

SAN LUIS OBISPO (PORT HARFORD) LIGHT
Location: SAN LUIS OBISPO BAY
Nearest City: AVILA BEACH
Owner/Manager: PORT SAN LUIS HARBOR DISTRICT
Current Use: 805-541-TREK
Open to the Public: HIKING TRAIL DURING WEEKENDS BY APPOINTMENT
Access: 3.5 MILE HIKE ONE WAY
Phone: 805-541-8735 FOR HIKE APPOINTMENTS

TRINIDAD HEAD LIGHT
Location: TRINIDAD HARBOR
Nearest City: TRINIDAD
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD
Current Use: COAST GUARD HOUSING
Open to the Public: GROUNDS ONLY
Access: OFF U.S. 101


Return to top of page Hawaii KILAUEA POINT LIGHT
Location: NORTH OF KILAUEA/KAUAI ISLAND
Nearest City: AMALU
Owner/Manager: U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE
Current Use: NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Open to the Public: GROUNDS OPEN DAILY 10 AM TO 4 PM, TOWER OPEN FIRST SATURDAY IN MAY
Access: KAUAI POINT NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE/OFF ROUTE 56
Phone: 808-828-1413

MOLOKAI (KALAUPAPA) LIGHT
Location: KALAUPAPA PENINSULA/NORTH SIDE
Nearest City: KALAUPAPA
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD/NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN NATIONAL PARK
Open to the Public: TOUR BY APPOINTMENT
Access: CONTACT KALAUPAPA NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
Phone: 808-567-6802 EXT. 22 or 26
Email: kala_interpretation@nps.gov


Return to top of page Oregon CAPE BLANCO LIGHT
Location: SOUTHERNMOST OREGON COAST
Nearest City: SIXES
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION
Open to the Public: THURS THROUGH MON (10-4) APRIL THROUGH OCTOBER
Access: ADJACENT TO CAPE BLANCO STATE PARK/OFF U.S. 101 N
Phone: 503-332-6774

CAPE MEARES LIGHT
Location: SOUTHERN ENTRANCE TO TILLAMOOK BAY
Nearest City: OCEANSIDE
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LEASE TO STATE OF OREGON
Current Use: STATE PARK/NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Open to the Public: OPEN MARCH THROUGH OCTOBER
Access: ADJACENT TO CAPE MEARES STATE PARK/THREE CAPES LOOP ROAD
Phone: 503-842-3182

COQUILLE RIVER (BANDON) LIGHT
Location: ENTRANCE TO COQUILLE RIVER
Nearest City: BANDON
Owner/Manager: U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS LEASE TO OREGON STATE PARKS
Current Use: STATE PARK
Open to the Public: DAILY - YEAR ROUND (DAYLIGHT HOURS)
Access: BULLARDS BEACH STATE PARK/OFF U.S. 101 NORTH
Phone: 503-347-2209

HECETA HEAD LIGHT
Location: NORTH OF SIUSLAW RIVER
Nearest City: FLORENCE
Owner/Manager: U.S. FOREST SERVICE (KEEPERS HOUSE)/OREGON STATE PARKS & RECREATION (TOWER)W/USCG ACCESS TO OPTIC; PRIVATE CONCESSIONAIRE MANAGES KEEPERS HOUSE
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/KEEPERS IS A B&B
Open to the Public: KEEPERS HOUSE - MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND TO LABOR DAY, THURSDAY - MONDAY, 12-5PM; LIGHT TOWER - MAY TO OCTOBER 11AM-5PM; AT OTHER TIMES OF YEAR BY APPOINTMENT ONLY; GROUNDS OPEN YEAR ROUND
Access: SIUSLAW NATIONAL FOREST/OFF US 101; PARKING FOR FEE AT HECETA LIGHTHOUSE STATE SCENIC VIEWPOINT WITH 1/8 MILE WALK TO LIGHTHOUSE
Phone: 541-547-3696 (KEEPERS HOUSE) OR 1-800-551-6949 (STATE PARKS)

UMPQUA RIVER LIGHT
Location: UMPQUA RIVER ABOVE ENTRANCE TO WINCHESTER BAY
Nearest City: REEDSPORT
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD/DOUGLAS COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/MUSEUM
Open to the Public: WEDNESDAY - SATURDAY 10-4, SUNDAY 1-4
Access: ADJACENT TO UMPQUA LIGHTHOUSE STATE PARK OFF HIGHWAY 101
Phone: 541-271-4631 OR 541-440-4500

YAQUINA BAY LIGHT (OLD)
Location: YAQUINA BAY
Nearest City: NEWPORT
Owner/Manager: STATE OF OREGON LEASE TO LINCOLN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Current Use: MUSEUM IN STATE PARK
Open to the Public: MUSEUM OPEN MEMORIAL DAY TO OCT 1;
(DAILY 11-5)
Access: YAQUINA BAY STATE PARK OFF U.S. 101
Phone: 541-265-5679

YAQUINA HEAD LIGHT
Location: 3 MILES N. OF YAQUINA BAY ENTRANCE
Nearest City: NEWPORT
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD/SALEM DISTRICT BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION
Open to the Public: OPEN DAILY JUNE 15 THROUGH SEPT. 15
Access: LIGHTHOUSE DRIVE/OFF U.S. 101
Phone: 503-265-2863


Return to top of page Washington ADMIRALTY HEAD LIGHT
Location: STRAITS OF JUAN DE FUCA/PUGET SOUND
Nearest City: COUPEVILLE
Owner/Manager: WASHINGTON STATE PARKS
Current Use: MUSEUM IN STATE PARK
Open to the Public: OPEN APRIL, MAY, SEPT., THUR-SUN 11-5; JUNE-AUGUST, WED-SUNDAY, 11-5; THANKSGIVING-CHRISTMAS WEEKENDS 10-4
Access: FORT CASEY STATE PARK OFF HWY 20
Phone: 360-679-7391

ALKI POINT LIGHT
Location: ELLIOTT BAY/PUGET SOUND
Nearest City: SEATTLE
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/MUSEUM/COAST GUARD HOUSING
Open to the Public: MUSEUM OPEN WEEKENDS
Access: ALKI DRIVE OR BEACH

BROWNS POINT LIGHT
Location: COMMENCEMENT BAY E. ENTRANCE/PUGET SOUND
Nearest City: TACOMA
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LEASE TO PIERCE COUNTY & TACOMA CITY
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/CITY PARK
Open to the Public: GROUNDS ONLY
Access: BROWNS POINT PARK/201 TULALIP N.E.

CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT LIGHT
Location: NORTH POINT ISLAND/COLUMBIA RIVER
Nearest City: ILWACO
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION
Open to the Public: GROUNDS ONLY
Access: VIA TRAIL IN FORT CANBY STATE PARK/ROUTE 101
Phone: 360-642-3078

GRAYS HARBOR (WESTPORT) LIGHT
Location: S. ENTRANCE GRAYS HARBOR/POINT CHEHALIS
Nearest City: WESTPORT
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION
Open to the Public: VIEWING STAND ON OCEAN AVENUE WEST OF ROUTE 105; GUIDED TOURS 12-4 PM CAN BE ARRANGED BY CALLING THE WESTPORT MARITIME MUSEUM AT 360-268-0078
Access: SOUTH SIDE OF HARBOR ENTRANCE/OCEAN AVE OFF STATE ROUTE 105 SPUR
Phone: 360-268-0078

LIME KILN LIGHT
Location: DEAD MANS BAY/SAN JUAN ISLAND
Nearest City: FRIDAY HARBOR
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD Current Use: TOWER IS WHALE RESEARCH LAB; KEEPERS ARE PARK HOUSING
Open to the Public: GROUNDS ONLY
Access: LIME KILN STATE PARK

MARROWSTONE POINT LIGHT
Location: ADMIRALTY INLET
Nearest City:
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD/U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN STATE PARK
Open to the Public: GROUNDS ONLY
Access: FORT FLAGLER STATE PARK

MUKILTEO LIGHT
Location: E. SIDE POSSESSION SOUND
Nearest City: MUKILTEO
Owner/Manager: CITY OF MUKILTEO (TOWER)/U.S. COAST GUARD (DWELLINGS)
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/MUSEUM
Open to the Public: OPEN SATURDAY, SUNDAYS & HOLIDAYS NOON TO 5 PM APRIL THROUGH SEPTEMBER, GUIDED TOURS OF TOWER
Access: NEAR MUKILTEO FERRY LANDING
Phone: 425-355-9656

NEW DUNGENESS LIGHT
Location: ADMIRALTY ISLAND/ST. OF JAUN DE FUCA
Nearest City: SEQUIM
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LICENSE TO NEW DUNGENESS CHAPTER OF U.S. LIGHTHOUSE SOCIETY
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Open to the Public: DAILY, 9 AM UNTIL TWO HOURS BEFORE SUNSET
Access: DUNGENESS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Phone: 360-693-9166

NORTH HEAD LIGHT
Location: NORTH OF MOUTH TO COLUMBIA RIVER
Nearest City: ILWACO
Owner/Manager: WASHINGTON STATE PARKS W/U.S. COAST GUARD ACCESS TO OPTIC
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN STATE PARK/TWO OF KEEPER RESIDENCES USED AS VACATION RENTALS
Open to the Public: GROUNDS OPEN YEAR ROUND/GUIDED TOURS DURING SUMMER
Access: FORT CANBY STATE PARK; SHORT TRAIL TO REACH TOWER
Phone: 360-642-3078

PATOS ISLAND LIGHT
Location: PUGET SOUND/STRAITS OF GEORGIA
Nearest City: EASTSOUND
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LEASE TO WASHINGTON STATE PARKS
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION
Open to the Public: GROUNDS ONLY
Access: BOAT

POINT NO POINT LIGHT
Location: KITSAP PENINSULA/PUGET SOUND
Nearest City: HANSVILLE
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LEASE TO KITSAP COUNTY
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION / COUNTY PARK
Open to the Public: OPEN FOR TOURS SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 12-4 PM, APRIL 13 THRU SEPTEMBER 29
Access: HANSVILLE ROAD
Phone: 360-337-5350

POINT ROBINSON LIGHT
Location: EAST END MAURY ISLAND/PUGET SOUND
Nearest City: VASHON ISLAND
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/COAST GUARD HOUSING
Open to the Public: WEEKENDS
Access: KING COUNTY PARK/SW 240TH STREET
Phone: 206-432-5055

POINT WILSON LIGHT
Location: ENTRANCE TO ADMIRALTY INLET/PUGET SOUND
Nearest City: PORT TOWNSEND
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD (1995)/WASHINGTON STATE PARKS (1996)
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/COAST GUARD HOUSING IN STATE PARK
Open to the Public: GROUNDS ONLY
Access: FORT WORDEN STATE PARK
Phone: 206-385-4730

WEST POINT LIGHT
Location: ELLIOTT BAY/PUGET SOUND
Nearest City: SEATTLE
Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD PERMIT TO NATIONAL OCEANIC ATMOSPHERIC ASSOCIATION
Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/COAST GUARD HOUSING
Open to the Public: GROUNDS ONLY
Access: DISCOVERY PARK



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