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Name: Pigeon Point Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Pescadero, California, United States

Location: Southern approach to San Francisco Bay.

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Photo: Ken Kochel
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Managing Organization:
Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park

Telephone: 650-879-2120


Contact Address Information:
Ano Nuevo State Reserve
New Years Creek Road
California, 94060, United States

The light station is managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. The Coast Guard built four three-bedroom houses next to the lighthouse in 1960. These houses are used today for the Pigeon Point Hostel. There was an annual lighting of the Fresnel lens until 2011 when, for safety reasons, the Fresnel lens was removed from the tower. In 2019 the State of California approved $9.1 million toward the restoration of the lighthouse.

Tower Height: 115

Height of Focal Plane: 148

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 10 seconds, visible for 17.6 nautical miles

Description of Tower: White brick conical tower with black trim, stone foundation; tower is attached to workroom. 136 steps on iron spiral stairway inside tower.

Listed on the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of endangered lighthouses.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Four 1960 keeper's dwellings (one story wood bungalow), wood frame fog signal building, cistern, oil house, two garages, storage building, 1872 carpenter shop. Original four-plex dwelling was demolished in 1960.

Date Established: 1872 (11/15/1872)

Date Present Tower Built: 1872

Date Automated: 1974

Optics: 1872: First order Fresnel lens (made by LePaute; still in tower but inactive); 1972: DCB-24 located off balcony rail.

Fog Signal: Originally one steam operated fog whistle, later two.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation, hostel, historic park.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

In the past, state park docents have conducted tours to the top of the tower year round every Saturday and Sunday, and also Fridays from May through October. In December 2001, a section of the cornice on the exterior of the lighthouse fell off. The lighthouse will remain closed until the structure can be evaluated for safety. At this writing in September 2003, it is estimated that a complete restoration will cost several million dollars, and there is no estimate of when the tower will be reopened. For now, guided half-hour history walks of the lighthouse grounds are available 10am-4pm Fridays through Sundays, except on rainy days.

Located 50 miles south of San Francisco and 26 miles north of Santa Cruz, five miles south of the Pescadero turnoff, just off Highway 1.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Nearby Lodging: Lodging is available at Pigeon Point Light for travelers of all ages. Call (650) 879-0633 for more information about the hostel or visit this website:

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