California Lighthouses


Anacapa Island Lighthouse, California

Anacapa Island Lighthouse and Light Station, located near the entrance to the Santa Barbara Channel on an island managed by the National Parks Services (with access to optics granted to U.S. Coast,) was established in 1912. The existing tower was constructed in 1932 and the facility was automated in 1968. The light is operational.

Foundation materials included reinforced concrete and the construction materials include brick and concrete for the cylindrical shaped structure. The lighthouse is separate and the tower height in feet measures 40, with a focal plane of 277 feet The original optic is a Third Order Fresnel lens installed in 1932. It was replaced with the present optic, aDCB-24 installed in 1991. The Third Order Fresnel is on display in the visitor center.

The fog signal was constructed in 1932 and the construction materials included concrete. Its architectural style is Spanish Revival.
The type of fog signal is a horn, but originally was a diaphone.

There are Keepers Quarters at this lighthouse were constructed in 1932 and built as one story accommodations, the Spanish Revival architectural style. Materials include mostly wood.

Other structures at this light station include an oil house, radio building, tank house, 2 storage buildings, a dock, a crane house, and cistern.

Anacapa Island Light Station is an active aid to naviation in the national parks. Grounds are open to the public during escorted tours. Getting to this island requires taking a boat tour provided by companies such as Island Packers ( that travel daily to the island from Ventura and other ports. Call: (805) 658-5700

It's listed on the National Register as Anacapa Lighthouse

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