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Name: Cape Flattery Light   Map it!

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Nearest Town or City:
Neah Bay, Washington, United States

Location: Tatoosh Island, Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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Photo: Stan Severi
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Managing Organization:
U.S. Coast Guard

This lighthouse marks the far northwestern corner of the continental United States.

Tower Height: 65

Height of Focal Plane: 165

Description of Tower: White, conical sandstone and brick tower.

Listed on the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of endangered lighthouses.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1858 1.5 story sandstone keeper's house, fog signal building, two storage buildings.

Date Established: 1857

Date Present Tower Built: 1857

Date Automated: 1977

Optics: 1857: First order Fresnel lens, now VRB-25 optic.

Fog Signal: Originally diaphone horn.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

This lighthouse is accessible by boat only, but it can be seen from the Cape Flattery Trail on the tip of the Olympic Peninsula on the Makah reservation, at the end of State Route 112. This trail requires moderate exertion to descend and climb its slopes and stairs. Hikers are rquired to purchase an annual recreation permit from the tribe. For information on the Makah reservation and trail, visit

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Keepers: Franklin Tucker (1857), Francis James (c. 1857-?), James Woodman (assistant, c. 1857), Alex Sampson (1879-1893), Henry Ayers (assistant,1885-?), John M. Cowen (1900-c. 1920s); Jeffery Tarnow (?-1977; wife Susan Tarnow, son Kristopher Tarnow)

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