Built in 1856, Cape Disappointment Lighthouse is the oldest active lighthouse on the West Coast. Sailors traveling from the south rely on its light to navigate the mouth of the Columbia River.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
BeachExpert Rating 3.0 out of 5
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  • No tours are offered here, but at the park's other lighthouse, North Head, you can sign up to view the Pacific from the second windiest spot in North America.
  • Guarding the area known as the Graveyard of the Pacific for its treacherous and deadly shifting sandbars and currents, Cape Disappointment Lighthouse guides ships coming to the Columbia River from the south.
  • The current light, installed in 1998, can be spotted 17 miles out at sea. You can see the lighthouse's original first-order Fresnel lens on display at the park's Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.
Built in 1856, this is the oldest functioning lighthouse on the West Coast, and one of the state park's most popular tourist attractions.

At the mouth of the Columbia River in Fort Canby State Park
Parking: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. in summer

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 360-642-3078
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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