Lighthouses in the state of Washington as identified by the United States Coast Guard. There are eighteen active lights in the state; three are standing but inactive, three were supplanted by automated towers, and two have been completely demolished. Two lights, one of them still active, serve as museums.
The Cape Disappointment Light was the first lighthouse in the state (lit 1856) and is still active.
If not otherwise noted, focal height and coordinates are taken from the United States Coast Guard Light List, while location and dates of activation, automation, and deactivation are taken from the United States Coast Guard Historical information site for lighthouses.
Washington Lighthouses (Umbrella Guides)
From coastal cliffs and beaches to the shores of Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, lighthouses have guided mariners through Washington waters beginning in 1856. In this new edition of their popular guidebook, Sharlene and Ted Nelson provide up-to-date visiting information as well as fascinating histories of Washington s twenty-six lighthouses. Stories of the lonely and often dangerous lives led by the state s lighthouse keepers are punctuated with entertaining anecdotes about storms and shipwrecks, bells and whistles, lightships and lighthouse tenders.
Content includes: lighthouses that are open to the public, available for tours, or accessible by car or on foot; original keeper s dwellings where you can visit or stay for a couple of days to a week; towers that still hold the classic Fresnel lens.