St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society
Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 577
This lighthouse is considered the most expensive ever built by the U.S. Government ($704,000). On April 5, 1951, three Coast Guardsmen were drowned as a wave capsized their boat while they prepared to leave the reef. The lighthouse is now on lease from Del Norte County to the St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society. The lantern was accidentally destroyed when it was being transported to shore by helicopter in 2000, but in April 2002 a new replica lantern was installed. The lighthouse was relit on October 19, 2002.
Tower Height: 90
Height of Focal Plane: 144
Description of Tower: White, square granite tower on concrete and granite foundation.
This light is operational
Date Established: 1892
Date Present Tower Built: 1892
Date Deactivated: 1975-2002
Optics: 1892: First order Fresnel lens, now at Del Norte County Museum at 577 H Street, Crescent City, phone (707) 464-3922.
Current Use: Private aid to navigation.
Open To Public? Yes (limited basis)
From Highway 101 South approaching Crescent City, take Washington Blvd. Exit. Turn right and continue to Point St. George. From Highway 101 North, go left on Northcrest Drive, turn left onto Washington Blvd and continue to the point. There is a beach and parking at the end. Bring binoculars for a good view of the lighthouse.
Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places
Keepers: George Roux (1918-1938), Fred Permenter (Coast Guard, c. 1951)