Point Roberts Light

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Point Roberts Light
Point Roberts Light is located in Washington (state)
Point Roberts Light
Point Roberts Light is located in the US
Point Roberts Light
Location Point Roberts, Washington
Coordinates 48°58′17″N 123°04′58″W / 48.9715°N 123.0827°W / 48.9715; -123.0827Coordinates: 48°58′17″N 123°04′58″W / 48.9715°N 123.0827°W / 48.9715; -123.0827[1]
Foundation Surface
Construction Skeleton tower
Height 25 feet (7.6 m)
Focal height 9 metre Edit this on Wikidata
Characteristic Two white flashes every 15 seconds

The Point Roberts Light is an aid to navigation located in Point Roberts, Whatcom County, Washington State, United States. The skeletal structure overlooks the Strait of Georgia from the end of a peninsula extending southward from Delta, British Columbia, Canada, across the 49th parallel into the U.S.[2] It is part of Lighthouse Marine Park, a 21-acre (8.5 ha) recreational area operated by Whatcom County Parks and Recreation.[3]

In 1908, the federal government bought 21 acres (8.5 ha) at the end of the peninsula for a light station. A true lighthouse was never built[4] and the land was transferred to Whatcom County for use as a county park. In 2000, the Point Roberts Lighthouse Society was formed with the purpose of building a proper lighthouse on the point.[2] According to a 2014 presentation to the Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Committee, the society has completed architectural designs and has funding in place with the goal of seeing the project, which would include a U.S. Coast Guard-approved navigational light, through to completion in 2015.[5]


  1. ^ "Point Roberts Lighthouse". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b Rowlett, Russ (October 19, 2014). "Lighthouses of the United States: Washington". University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Lighthouse Marine Park". Whatcom County. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ Sarah Efron, "Keep the Lights On," Pacific Yachting (March 2003).
  5. ^ "Meeting Minutes". Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Committee. July 17, 2014. Retrieved May 13, 2015.