California Lighthouses

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List of all lighthouses in the state of California as identified by the United States Coast Guard and other historical sources.

Focal height and coordinates are taken from the 1907 United States Coast Guard Light List, while location and dates of activation, automation, and deactivation are taken from the United States Coast Guard Historical information site for lighthouses.

Name Image Location Year first lit Current Lens Focal Height
Alcatraz Island Light San Francisco
(Alcatraz Island)
1854 (First)
1909 (Current)
DCB-24 214 214ft (65m)
Anacapa Island Light Anacapa Island 1912 (First)
1932 (Current)
DCB-24 277 277ft (84m)
Ano Nuevo Light Ao Nuevo Island 1890 (First)
1914 (Last)
None Unknown
Ballast Point Light San Diego
(Point Loma)
1890 None Unknown
Battery Point Light Crescent City 1856 375mm 077 77ft (23m)
Cape Mendocino Light Shelter Cove 1868 None 422 422ft (129m)
Carquinez Strait Light Vallejo 1910 None 056 56ft (17m)
East Brother Island Light Richmond 1874 FA 251 061 61ft (19m)
Farallon Island Light San Francisco
(Farallon Islands)
1856 VRB-25 358 358ft (109m)
Fort Point Light San Francisco 1855 (First)
1864 (Current)
None 110 110ft (34m)
Humboldt Harbor Light Eureka
(Humboldt Bay}
1856 None
Destroyed
045 45ft (14m)
Lime Point Light San Francisco 1900 None 020 20ft (6.1m)
Lions Lighthouse for Sight Long Beach 2000 Unknown 065.62 65.62ft (20.00m)
Long Beach Light Long Beach
(Port of Long Beach)
1949 Unknown 050 50ft (15m)
Los Angeles Harbor Light Los Angeles
(Port of Los Angeles)
1913 DCB-24 073 73ft (22m)
Mare Island Light Vallejo
(Mare Island)
1873 None
Destroyed
076 76ft (23m)
Mile Rocks Light San Francisco 1906 DCB-24 049 49ft (15m)
Oakland Harbor Light Oakland 1890 (First)
1903 (Last)
None Unknown
Parkers' Lighthouse Long Beach Unknown Unknown Unknown
Piedras Blancas Light San Simeon 1875 VRB-25 142 142ft (43m)
Pigeon Point Light Half Moon Bay 1872 DCB-24 148 148ft (45m)
Point Arena Light Point Arena 1870 (First)
1908 (Current)
DCB-224 155 155ft (47m)
Point Arguello Light Lompoc
(Point Arguello)
1901 (First)
1934 (Last)
None 124 124ft (38m)
Point Blunt Light San Francisco
(Angel Island)
1915 (First)
1956 (Current)
Unknown 060 60ft (18m)
Point Bonita Light San Francisco
(Point Bonita)
1855 (First)
1877 (Current)
Second-order Fresnel 124 124ft (38m)
Point Cabrillo Light Caspar 1909 Third-order Fresnel 081 81ft (25m)
Point Conception Light Lompoc
(Point Conception)
1856 (First)
1882 (Current)
VRB-25 133 133ft (41m)
Point Diablo Light San Francisco
(Golden Gate)
1923 Unknown Unknown
Point Fermin Light Los Angeles
(San Pedro)
1874 None 120 120ft (37m)
Point Hueneme Light Port Hueneme 1874 (First)
1941 (Current)
LED 052 52ft (16m)
Point Knox Light San Francisco 1900 None
Destroyed
Unknown
Point Loma Light (old) San Diego
(Point Loma)
1855E Third-order Fresnel
(Deactivated)
462 462ft (141m)
Point Loma Light (new) San Diego
(Point Loma)
1891 VLB-44 088 88ft (27m)
Point Montara Light Montara 1900 (First)
1928 (Current)
FA 251 070 70ft (21m)
Point Pinos Light Pacific Grove 1855 Third-order Fresnel 089 89ft (27m)
Point Reyes Light Point Reyes Station
(Point Reyes)
1870 First-order Fresnel 265 265ft (81m)
Point San Luis Light Avila Beach 1890 None 116 116ft (35m)
Point Sur Light Carmel-by-the-Sea 1889 DCB-224 270 270ft (82m)
Point Vicente Light Rancho Palos Verdes 1926 Third-order Fresnel 155 155ft (47m)
Punta Gorda Light Fortuna 1912 None Unknown
Roe Island Light Roe Island 1891 None
Destroyed
041 41ft (12m)
Rubicon Point Light South Lake Tahoe 1919 None 200 200ft (61m)
Santa Barbara Light Santa Barbara 1856 (First)
1928 (Current)
Unknown 142 142ft (43m)
Santa Cruz Light Santa Cruz 1870 (First)
1967 (Current)
Unknown 060 60ft (18m)
Santa Cruz Breakwater Light Santa Cruz
(Santa Cruz harbor)
1964 (First)
2002 (Current)
Unknown 060 60ft (18m)
Southampton Shoal Light San Francisco Bay 1905 None Unknown
St. George Reef Light Crescent City 1892 Unknown 146 146ft (45m)
Sugar Pine Point Light Tahoma 1921 None Unknown
Table Bluff Light Table Bluff 1892 None Unknown
Trinidad Head Light Trinidad 1871 375mm 196 196ft (60m)
Yerba Buena Light San Francisco
Yerba Buena Island
1875 Unknown 095 95ft (29m)

California Lighthouses

This stunningly illustrated handbook profiles dozens of lighthouses along the coast of California, which is one of the most lighthouse-rich states in the country. It offers not only history and travel information but also a beautiful full-color souvenir of the state. Profiles of each lighthouse include history, a detailed description of the structure, complete practical information for travelers, and at least one color photograph. From the most highly respected source of lighthouse books.