Slip Point Light

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Slip Point Light
Slip Point Tower, July 1944 - NARA - 298208.tif
Slip Point Light circa 1943 - 1953
Slip Point Light is located in Washington (state)
Slip Point Light
Location Clallam Bay, Washington
Coordinates 48°15′52″N 124°15′04″W / 48.2645°N 124.251°W / 48.2645; -124.251Coordinates: 48°15′52″N 124°15′04″W / 48.2645°N 124.251°W / 48.2645; -124.251[1]
Year first lit April 1, 1905 (first); 1916 (second); 1951 (third)[2]
Automated 1977[2]
Deactivated ca. 2000[2]
Construction Wood frame (first light);
steel (second light)
Tower shape Square (first); skeletal tower (second)
Focal height 1916 tower: 35 feet (11 m);[3]
1951 tower: 55 feet (17 m)[4]
Characteristic 1916: white flash every 4 s;[2]
lightbuoy: green flash every 4 s[5]

Slip Point Lighthouse was a lighthouse on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, sitting on the point of land that marks the eastern side of Clallam Bay in Clallam County, Washington. The original light was replaced by a freestanding tower in 1951, which was discontinued around 2000 and replaced with a buoy light.[5]


The Slip Point Light was constructed to fill the 60-mile (97 km) gap between the Cape Flattery and Ediz Hook lights. Funds appropriated in 1900 were insufficient to complete the station as planned, so the first light was simply a lantern hung on the front of the building housing the fog signal.[2] This was first lit in September 1905; in 1916, a short square tower was built on the side of the building, its lantern housing a fourth-order clamshell Fresnel lens visible from the Canadian shore.[2] This building sat at some distance from the keeper's dwelling, a 1½-story house rather larger than the lighthouse proper and situated on the other side of the point.[2][6] Keepers had to cross a catwalk one-fifth of a mile in length to get from their quarters to the tend the light and fog building.[3]

In 1951, a skeleton tower sheathed in white panels replaced the original fog house and tower. The structures were removed, although the catwalk remained, as the light was not automated until 1977.[2][5] Around 2000, this light was also discontinued, leaving only a buoy to mark the point.[2] The keeper's house is now used by the local sheriff's department, and the only other traces of the light are the concrete footings which once supported the catwalk.[2][5] The land is part of Clallam Bay Spit Community Beach County Park.[7]


  1. ^ "Slip Point Lighthouse". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Slip Point, WA". LighthouseFriends. Archived from the original on January 25, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "13th Coast Guard District Lighthouses". 13th Coast Guard District. January 1996. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ Strait of Juan de Fuca Entrance (Map). 1:100,000. NOAA. 1998. Chart 18460. 
  5. ^ a b c d Rowlett, Russ (October 19, 2014). "Lighthouses of the United States: Washington". University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Historic Light Station Information & Photography: Washington". U.S. Coast Guard. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Clallam Bay Spit". Clallam County Parks, Fair and Facilities Department. Retrieved May 25, 2015.