Turn Point Light

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Turn Point Light
Turn Point Lighthouse (16470653998).jpg
Turn Point Light is located in Washington (state)
Turn Point Light
Location Stuart Island, Washington
Coordinates 48°41′21″N 123°14′14″W / 48.68917°N 123.23722°W / 48.68917; -123.23722Coordinates: 48°41′21″N 123°14′14″W / 48.68917°N 123.23722°W / 48.68917; -123.23722[1]
Year first lit 1936
Automated 1974
Foundation Surface
Construction Concrete
Tower shape Square
Height 20 feet (6.1 m)
Focal height 13 metre Edit this on Wikidata
Original lens 12 inches (300 mm)
Range 8 nautical mile Edit this on Wikidata
Characteristic White flash every 2.5 s

The Turn Point Light is an active aid to navigation overlooking the Haro Straits from the western tip of Stuart Island, San Juan County, off the coast of Washington state in the northwest of the United States.[2][3]


Operations commenced in 1893 with the construction of a fog signal building and a two-story keeper's quarters. The station’s first light was a lens lantern displayed from a post located close to the point. A steam-powered Daboll trumpet served as the fog signal.[4]

In 1936, a square concrete tower was added to the site with a 12-inch (300 mm) light emanating at a 44-foot (13 m) focal plane.[5] A diaphragm foghorn replaced the Daboll trumpet. The station was automated in 1974.[4]

The station is owned by the U.S. Coast Guard and managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. It is part of the San Juan Islands National Monument, which was created in 2013.[6] Volunteers through the Turn Point Lighthouse Preservation Society[7] offer seasonal docent guided tours of the original 1893 Keepers House and a first class exhibit of historic photos.


  1. ^ "Turn Point Lighthouse". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Historic Light Station Information & Photography: Washington". U.S. Coast Guard. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ "West Point Light". Inventory of Historic Light Stations: Washington Lighthouses. National Park Service. Archived from the original on May 1, 2004. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Turn Point, WA". Lighthousefriends. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ Rowlett, Russ (October 19, 2014). "Lighthouses of the United States: Washington". University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  6. ^ "San Juan Islands National Monument: Plan Your Visit". U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ "TPLPS Home Page". www.tplps.org. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 

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