Cattle Point Light

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Cattle Point Light
Cattle Point Light.jpg
Cattle Point Light after removal of its lantern
Cattle Point Light is located in Washington (state)
Cattle Point Light
Location San Juan Island, Washington
Coordinates 48°27′01″N 122°57′49″W / 48.4504°N 122.9635°W / 48.4504; -122.9635Coordinates: 48°27′01″N 122°57′49″W / 48.4504°N 122.9635°W / 48.4504; -122.9635[1]
Year first lit 1888 (current tower 1935)
Foundation Surface
Construction Concrete
Tower shape Octagonal
Height 34 feet (10 m)
Focal height 29 metre Edit this on Wikidata
Original lens Fourth order Fresnel lens (removed)
Range 7 nautical mile Edit this on Wikidata
Characteristic FI W 4s Edit this on Wikidata

Cattle Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse on the southeastern tip of San Juan Island overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca where the Haro Straits meet the San Juan Channel, in San Juan County, Washington. The light lies adjacent to the state's Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area[2] and, as of 2013, is part of the San Juan Islands National Monument.[3]


The first light at Cattle Point was a lens lantern on a post erected in 1888.[4] In 1921, the U.S. Navy installed a radio compass station.[5] The modern 34-foot (10 m), octagonal, concrete tower on Cattle Point was erected in 1935. Following automation in the late 1950s, the tower's lantern was removed and replaced with a 250-mm drum lens that sits on a short mast on top of the tower.[4] The lighthouse received a temporary makeover in 1984, when it was used as a backdrop for an Exxon television commercial.[5] The commercial's ahistorical additions were subsequently removed.[6] The Coast Guard announced plans to reinforce the structure, which was in danger of collapse from the forces of erosion, during the summer of 2010.[7]


  1. ^ "Cattle Point Light". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area". Washington Department of Natural Resources. Archived from the original on March 20, 2015. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Recreation: Cattle Point". San Juan Islands National Monument. United States Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Cattle Point, WA". Lighthousefriends. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Cattle Point Lighthouse in danger". Lighthouse Digest. Foghorn Publishing. May 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Coast Guard plans to reinforce historic Cattle Point Lighthouse's foundation in summer". Journal of the San Juan Islands. Sound Publishing, Inc. December 30, 2009. Retrieved April 27, 2015.