St. George Reef Lighthouse stands on an exposed rock off the coast of northern California. Visible from the nearby Point St. George Heritage Area and the Crescent City coastline, the light from the tower’s black cast-iron lantern began to warn vessels away from the hazardous reef hidden beneath the surface in 1892. Because continued exposure to the unforgiving elements made maintenance expensive and duty dangerous, this concrete and granite sentinel was deactivated in 1975.
The St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring the lighthouse. In 1993 the society successfully nominated the tower for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2002 it installed a new lens.
About this Establishment
Due to progress in restoration efforts, the SGRLPS is now offering helicopter flights and tours of the lighthouse to the public. The tours will be scheduled, weather permitting, to depart from the Crescent City Airport in a four place Raven R-44 helicopter. Passengers enjoy a six minute flight to the lighthouse, landing on a 42 foot wide section of the caisson roof near the base of the tower. From there they are greeted by Society Representatives and taken for a one hour tour.
This is the only offshore lighthouse in the world with public access.
Time Period Represented: Built in 1892
Hours Open: Seasonal helicopter tours – call for schedule
Visitor Fees: Fee for helicopter tour – call for price
Seasons Open: Contact the St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society for a current schedule.
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