Battery Point Quick Facts
Year Station Established: 1856
Is the Light operational? Yes
Year Light First Lit: 1856
Year Automated: 1953
Shape: Cylindrical on square house
Tower Height: 45 ft.
Original Optic: 4th Order, Fresnel
Present Optic: 5th Order, Fresnel
Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
Year Constructed: 1856
Number of Stories: 1.5
Architectural Style: Cape Cod
Construction Materials: Stone
Battery Point Lighthouse
Crescent City, CA
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Last Visited: May, 2003
Many consider the highlight of Crescent City to be Battery Point Lighthouse. Isolated on a vulnerable island that can only be reached during low tide, this lighthouse has faced horrible weather throughout the years, including an overwash by a tidal wave back in 1964. Despite the weather conditions, this unique lighthouse continues to send its strong beacon out to sea to help guide those trying to find their way.
First lit on December 10, 1856, Battery Point now stands as the fifth oldest lighthouse on the West Coast. It was automated in 1953, and discontinued entirely in 1965. However, in 1982, it was reopened by the Del Norte County Historical Society and continues to shine as a private aid to navigation. The Historical Society also maintains a Maritime Museum in Crescent City, working to honor the history of the lighthouse and the surrounding area.
Tower and museum open April 1 through September 30 until 4pm(Tide permitting)
Looking for a place to eat while in Crescent City? We stopped off at the Surfside Grill & Brewery on 400 Front St. You should go by it on your way to the lighthouse. Really good beer and good food.
Nearest Address: 180 Battery St, Crescent City, CA
- From the south take US 101 into Crescent City.
- Take a left onto Battery St.
- Follow Battery St. to the end then take a left onto A St
- A St. will bring you to a parking lot. If the tide is low you can walk across the rocks and sand over to the lighthouse. Be watchful of the tides so you don't get stuck on the island!
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