Washington Lighthouses

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.

Name Image Location Year first lit Year deactivated  

Focal Height

Admiralty Head Light Coupeville 1861 (Former)
1903 (Current)
(Now a museum)
120 120 ft (37 m)
Alki Point Light West Seattle 1913 Active 039 39 ft (12 m)
Browns Point Light Browns Point 1887 (First)
1933 (Current)
Active 038 38 ft (12 m)
Burrows Island Light Anacortes
(Burrows Island)
1906 Active 057 57 ft (17 m)
Bush Point Light None Coupeville 1894 (Former)
1933 (Current)
Active Unknown
Cape Disappointment Light Cape Disappointment 1856 Active 220 220 ft (67 m)
Cape Flattery Light Tatoosh Island 1857 2009
(Replaced with
skeleton tower)
165 165 ft (50 m)
Cattle Point Light San Juan Island 1888 (Former)
1935 (Current)
Active Unknown
Clover Island Light Kennewick 2010 Active 062 62 ft (19 m)
Destruction Island Light Destruction Island 1892 2008 165 165 ft (50 m)
Dofflemyer Point Light Boston Harbor 1887 (Former)
1934 (Current)
Active 030 30 ft (9.1 m)
Ediz Hook Light Port Angeles
(Air Station)
1865 (First)
1908 (Last)
(Replaced with
skeleton tower)
Grays Harbor Light Westport 1898 Active 123 123 ft (37 m)
Lime Kiln Light San Juan Island 1919 Active 055 55 ft (17 m)
Marrowstone Point Light Marrowstone
(Fort Flagler State Park)
1888 (Former)
1918 (Current)
Active 028 28 ft (8.5 m)
Mukilteo Light Mukilteo 1906 Active
(Also a museum)
033 33 ft (10 m)
New Dungeness Light Sequim
(Dungeness Spit)
1857 Active 067 67 ft (20 m)
North Head Light Ilwaco 1898 Active 194 194 ft (59 m)
Patos Island Light Patos Island 1893 (Former)
1908 (Current)
Active 052 52 ft (16 m)
Point No Point Light Hansville
(Point No Point)
1880 Active 027 27 ft (8.2 m)
Point Roberts Light None Point Roberts Unknown Active? Unknown
Point Robinson Light Vashon
(Point Robinson)
1887 (Former)
1915 (Current)
Active 040 40 ft (12 m)
Point Wilson Light Port Townsend 1879 (Former)
1914 (Current)
Active 051 51 ft (16 m)
Semiahmoo Harbor Light Blaine 1905 1944
Skunk Bay Light None Port Ludlow 1965
Active Unknown
Slip Point Light Clallam Bay 1905 (First)
1951 (Last)
055 55 ft (17 m)
Smith Island Light Smith Island 1858 1998
097 97 ft (30 m)
Turn Point Light Stuart Island 1893 (Former)
1936 (Current)
Active 044 44 ft (13 m)
West Point Light Seattle
(West Point)
1881 Active 027 27 ft (8.2 m)
Willapa Bay Light Willapa Bay 1858 1938
081 81 ft (25 m)

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.