List of lighthouses in California

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There are several lighthouses in the U.S. state of California, including a few listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lighthouse Friends (California)

Name Image Location Coordinates Year first lit Automated Year deactivated Current Lens Focal Height
Alcatraz Island Light Alcatraz lighthouse.jpg San Francisco
(Alcatraz Island)
37°49′34.5″N 122°25′19.8″W / 37.826250°N 122.422167°W / 37.826250; -122.422167 1854 (First)
1909 (Current)
1963 Active DCB-24 214 214 ft (65 m)
Anacapa Island Light Anacapa-lighthouse.jpg Anacapa Island 34°00′57″N 119°21′34″W / 34.015827°N 119.359548°W / 34.015827; -119.359548 1912 (First)
1932 (Current)
1967[1] Active DCB-24 277 277 ft (84 m)
Ano Nuevo Light Ano Nuevo Lighthouse.JPG Año Nuevo Island 37°06′30″N 122°20′16″W / 37.1083°N 122.3378°W / 37.1083; -122.3378
(Island coordinates)
1890 (First)
1914 (Last)
Never 1948
(Cut down in 1976)
None Unknown
Ballast Point Light USCGballastpoint.JPG San Diego
(Point Loma)
32°41′11.0″N 117°13′57.0″W / 32.686389°N 117.232500°W / 32.686389; -117.232500 1890 Never 1960A
(Demolished)
None Unknown
Battery Point Light Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City.jpg Crescent City 41°44′39″N 124°12′11″W / 41.744094°N 124.203099°W / 41.744094; -124.203099 1856 1953 Active
(Inactive: 1965-1982)
375mm 077 77 ft (23 m)
Cape Mendocino Light Cape Mendocino Lighthouse in Shelter Cove.jpg Shelter Cove 40°26′23.66″N 124°24′21.71″W / 40.4399056°N 124.4060306°W / 40.4399056; -124.4060306 1868 1951 1971B
(Replaced)
None 422 422 ft (129 m)
Carquinez Strait Light Carquinez Strait Light.jpg Vallejo 38°04′04″N 122°12′50″W / 38.067816°N 122.213832°W / 38.067816; -122.213832 1910 Never 1951
(Replaced by beacon)
None 056 56 ft (17 m)
East Brother Island Light East Brother Light (front view).jpg Richmond 37°57′48″N 122°26′01″W / 37.963233°N 122.433643°W / 37.963233; -122.433643 1874 1969 Active FA 251 061 61 ft (19 m)
Farallon Island Light Farallonlight.jpg San Francisco
(Farallon Islands)
37°41′56″N 123°00′06″W / 37.698966°N 123.001651°W / 37.698966; -123.001651 1856 1972 Active VRB-25 358 358 ft (109 m)
Fort Point Light Fort Point Light, San Francisco (2013).jpg San Francisco 37°48′38″N 122°28′38.4″W / 37.81056°N 122.477333°W / 37.81056; -122.477333 1855 (First)
1864 (Current)
Never 1934
(Replaced by bridge)
None 110 110 ft (34 m)
Humboldt Harbor Light Eureka
(Humboldt Bay}
40°46′7.1″N 124°13′15.7″W / 40.768639°N 124.221028°W / 40.768639; -124.221028 1856 Never 1892
(Collapsed in 1933)
None 045 45 ft (14 m)
Lime Point Light Lime Point Light Station beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.jpg San Francisco 37°49′32″N 122°28′42″W / 37.825447°N 122.478321°W / 37.825447; -122.478321 1900 1961 Active None 020 20 ft (6.1 m)
Lions Lighthouse for Sight Lion's Lighthouse - Long Beach, CA (24920590396).jpg Long Beach 33°45′37″N 118°11′39″W / 33.7602334°N 118.1941101°W / 33.7602334; -118.1941101 2000[2] Unknown Unknown Unknown 065.62 65.62 ft (20.00 m)[2]
Long Beach Light USCGlongbeachRobot.JPG Long Beach
(Port of Long Beach)
33°43′24″N 118°11′13″W / 33.723237°N 118.186821°W / 33.723237; -118.186821 1949 Always Active Unknown 050 50 ft (15 m)
Los Angeles Harbor Light Angels Gate light crop.jpg Los Angeles
(Port of Los Angeles)
33°42′31″N 118°15′06″W / 33.70857°N 118.25160°W / 33.70857; -118.25160 1913 1973 Active DCB-24 073 73 ft (22 m)
Mare Island Light USCGmareisland nodate 3 300.jpg Vallejo
(Mare Island)
38°04′29″N 122°15′02″W / 38.074834°N 122.250464°W / 38.074834; -122.250464 1873 Never 1917
(Demolished in the 1930s)
None 076 76 ft (23 m)
Mile Rocks Light 2017 Mile Rocks Lighthouse.jpg San Francisco 37°47′34″N 122°30′37″W / 37.792765°N 122.510366°W / 37.792765; -122.510366 1906 1966 Active DCB-24 049 49 ft (15 m)
Oakland Harbor Light USCGoaklandharbor.JPG Oakland 37°46′53″N 122°14′38″W / 37.781335°N 122.243817°W / 37.781335; -122.243817 1890 (First)
1903 (Last)
Never 1966C None Unknown
Parkers' Lighthouse Long Beach 33°45′36″N 118°11′31″W / 33.7598744°N 118.1920629°W / 33.7598744; -118.1920629 Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Piedras Blancas Light Piedras Blancas Lighthouse (01).jpg San Simeon 35°39′56.3″N 121°17′03.6″W / 35.665639°N 121.284333°W / 35.665639; -121.284333 1875 1975 Active VRB-25 142 142 ft (43 m)
Pigeon Point Light LighthousePigeonPointCA.jpg Half Moon Bay 37°10′54.3″N 122°23′38.1″W / 37.181750°N 122.393917°W / 37.181750; -122.393917 1872 1974 Active DCB-24 148 148 ft (45 m)
Point Arena Light Point Arena Lighthouse.jpg Point Arena 38°57′17.1″N 123°44′25.8″W / 38.954750°N 123.740500°W / 38.954750; -123.740500 1870 (First)
1908 (Current)
1977 Active DCB-224 155 155 ft (47 m)
Point Arguello Light USCGpointarguellooriginal.JPG Lompoc
(Point Arguello)
34°34′37.4″N 120°38′49.9″W / 34.577056°N 120.647194°W / 34.577056; -120.647194 1901 (First)
1934 (Last)
1934 1967D None 124 124 ft (38 m)
Point Blunt Light USCGpointblunt.JPG San Francisco
(Angel Island)
37°51′11.64″N 122°25′9.25″W / 37.8532333°N 122.4192361°W / 37.8532333; -122.4192361 1915 (First)
1956 (Current)
1976 Active Unknown 060 60 ft (18 m)
Point Bonita Light Lighthouse On The Marin Headlands.jpg San Francisco
(Point Bonita)
37°48′56″N 122°31′46″W / 37.815614°N 122.529578°W / 37.815614; -122.529578 1855 (First)
1877 (Current)
1980 Active Second-order Fresnel 124 124 ft (38 m)
Point Cabrillo Light Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, on an early morning in February.jpg Caspar 39°20′54.97″N 123°49′34.02″W / 39.3486028°N 123.8261167°W / 39.3486028; -123.8261167 1909 1973 Active Third-order Fresnel 081 81 ft (25 m)
Point Conception Light Aerial-PtConceptionLightClose.jpg Lompoc
(Point Conception)
34°26′55.51″N 120°28′14.71″W / 34.4487528°N 120.4707528°W / 34.4487528; -120.4707528 1856 (First)
1882 (Current)
1973 Active VRB-25 133 133 ft (41 m)
Point Diablo Light Point Diablo Light, California.jpg San Francisco
(Golden Gate)
37°49′13″N 122°29′58″W / 37.820171°N 122.499423°W / 37.820171; -122.499423 1923 Always Active Unknown Unknown
Point Fermin Light Pointfermin.jpg Los Angeles
(San Pedro)
33°42′20″N 118°17′37″W / 33.705420°N 118.293649°W / 33.705420; -118.293649 1874 Never 1942 None 120 120 ft (37 m)
Point Hueneme Light Point Hueneme Lighthouse.jpg Port Hueneme 34°08′43″N 119°12′36″W / 34.145176°N 119.210019°W / 34.145176; -119.210019 1874 (First)
1941 (Current)
1972 Active LED 052 52 ft (16 m)
Point Knox Light San Francisco N/A 1900 Unknown 1963
(Demolished)
None Unknown
Point Loma Light (old) Old Point Loma lighthouse 11.JPG San Diego
(Point Loma)
32°40′19″N 117°14′27″W / 32.671983°N 117.240938°W / 32.671983; -117.240938 1855E Never 1891 Third-order Fresnel
(Deactivated)
462 462 ft (141 m)
Point Loma Light (new) Point Loma Lighthouse.jpg San Diego
(Point Loma)
32°39′54″N 117°14′33″W / 32.665071°N 117.242621°W / 32.665071; -117.242621 1891 1973 Active VLB-44 088 88 ft (27 m)
Point Montara Light Point Montara Light (2013).jpg Montara 37°32′11″N 122°31′10″W / 37.536503°N 122.519311°W / 37.536503; -122.519311 1900 (First)
1928 (Current)
1970 Active FA 251 070 70 ft (21 m)
Point Pinos Light Point Pinos Light during reconstruction (2013).jpg Pacific Grove 36°38′00″N 121°56′02″W / 36.633389°N 121.933783°W / 36.633389; -121.933783 1855 1975 Active Third-order Fresnel 089 89 ft (27 m)
Point Reyes Light Point Reyes Lighthouse (April 2012).jpg Point Reyes Station
(Point Reyes)
37°59′44″N 123°01′24″W / 37.995621°N 123.023215°W / 37.995621; -123.023215 1870 1975 Active First-order Fresnel 265 265 ft (81 m)
Point San Luis Light San Luis Obispo Lighthouse, Aerial View 03-2016.jpg Avila Beach 35°09′37″N 120°45′39″W / 35.160362°N 120.760882°W / 35.160362; -120.760882 1890 1974 1975D None 116 116 ft (35 m)
Point Sur Light Point Sur Light Station – lantern room from above.jpg Carmel-by-the-Sea 36°18′22.79″N 121°54′05.36″W / 36.3063306°N 121.9014889°W / 36.3063306; -121.9014889 1889 1972 Active DCB-224 270 270 ft (82 m)
Point Vicente Light Parlos Verdes Light House Aug 2012.JPG Rancho Palos Verdes 33°44′31″N 118°24′39″W / 33.741867°N 118.410738°W / 33.741867; -118.410738 1926 1973 Active Third-order Fresnel 155 155 ft (47 m)
Punta Gorda Light Punta Gorda Lighthouse - panoramio.jpg Fortuna 40°14′58″N 124°21′01″W / 40.249433°N 124.350220°W / 40.249433; -124.350220 1912 Never 1951 None Unknown
Roe Island Light USCGroeisland 1924a 300.jpg Roe Island 38°04′04″N 122°01′41″W / 38.067856°N 122.028166°W / 38.067856; -122.028166Coordinates: 38°04′04″N 122°01′41″W / 38.067856°N 122.028166°W / 38.067856; -122.028166 1891 Never 1945
(Later destroyed)
None 041 41 ft (12 m)
Rubicon Point Light Rubicon Point Lighthouse 01.jpg South Lake Tahoe 38°59′45″N 120°05′41″W / 38.99583°N 120.09472°W / 38.99583; -120.09472 1919 Never 1921 None 200 200 ft (61 m)
Santa Barbara Light SANTA BARBARA LIGHTHOUSE, CA.jpg Santa Barbara 34°23′47″N 119°43′21″W / 34.396320°N 119.722625°W / 34.396320; -119.722625 1856 (First)
1928 (Current)
1928 Active Unknown 142 142 ft (43 m)
Santa Cruz Light IMG 9846Santa Cruz Lighthouse.jpg Santa Cruz 36°57′05.34″N 122°01′36.36″W / 36.9514833°N 122.0267667°W / 36.9514833; -122.0267667 1870 (First)
1967 (Current)
1941 Active? Unknown 060 60 ft (18 m)
Santa Cruz Breakwater Light Walton Light.jpg Santa Cruz
(Santa Cruz harbor)
36°57′38.5″N 122°00′08.0″W / 36.960694°N 122.002222°W / 36.960694; -122.002222 1964 (First)
2002 (Current)
Always Active Unknown 060 60 ft (18 m)
Southampton Shoal Light Southampton Shoals LS.JPG San Francisco Bay 37°52′54.981″N 122°24′00.837″W / 37.88193917°N 122.40023250°W / 37.88193917; -122.40023250 1905 Never 1960
(Moved to yacht club)
None Unknown
St. George Reef Light Stgeorgereef.jpg Crescent City 41°50′11″N 124°22′33″W / 41.83633°N 124.37587°W / 41.83633; -124.37587 1892 Never Active
(Inactive: 1975-2012)
Unknown 146 146 ft (45 m)
Sugar Pine Point Light Tahoma 39°03′41″N 120°06′50″W / 39.061266°N 120.113971°W / 39.061266; -120.113971 1921 Never 1985D None Unknown
Table Bluff Light Table Bluff Light, Woodley Island Marina.jpg Table Bluff 40°41′45.02″N 124°16′26.16″W / 40.6958389°N 124.2739333°W / 40.6958389; -124.2739333 1892 1953 1971 None Unknown
Trinidad Head Light Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse in Trinidad, California LCCN2013632280.tif Trinidad 41°3′7.0″N 124°9′5.2″W / 41.051944°N 124.151444°W / 41.051944; -124.151444 1871 1974 Active 375mm 196 196 ft (60 m)
Yerba Buena Light USCGyerbabuena2007rosen.jpg San Francisco
Yerba Buena Island
37°48′26.27″N 122°21′44.29″W / 37.8072972°N 122.3623028°W / 37.8072972; -122.3623028 1875 1958 Active Unknown 095 95 ft (29 m)

Notable Faux Lighthouse[edit]

Name Image Location Year built Status Lens used Height
Passamaquoddy Lighthouse
(Used in the 1977 movie Pete's Dragon)
Los Osos[3] 1976 Destroyed after filimg[4] Fresnel Lens
(Replica)
052 52 ft (16 m)

Notes[edit]

A.^ Ballast Point Light was moved in 1960 to the bell tower which had served as a fog signal building as the 1890 tower had been declared unsafe. The light shone from the top of the bell tower until 1961 when it was replaced by an offshore light.
B.^ The tower was abandoned in 1971 when the beacon was moved to a nearby modern pole. This light was discontinued in 2013 fifteen years after the old tower was moved to a new spot and restored.
C.^ Parts of the old structure now have separate owners, today an automated beacon is in active service.
D.^ Light moved to a pole.
E.^ Old Point Loma Light was built a few months after the lighthouse at Point Pinos making it the second oldest in the state still standing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anacapa Island Lighthouse". Lighthouse Friends. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "The Lions Lighthouse for Sight, Long Beach | 1209333 | EMPORIS". Emporis. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  3. ^ Pete's Dragon. Bonus Features: Film Facts (DVD)|format= requires |url= (help). Disney Enterprises (distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment).
  4. ^ Stacy Conradt (March 4, 2016). "12 Brazzle-Dazzle Facts About Pete's Dragon". Mental Floss. Retrieved October 9, 2017.