Grays Harbor Light

COVID-19 UPDATES:

As of 3/12/22

The lighthouse will be open

Daily from 11:00 - 5:00.

~ Guests will be REQUIRED to wear masks, we will NOT be providing them. Please come prepared!

~ No cash accepted

~No public restrooms available

The Grays Harbor Lighthouse and grounds are privately owned, and we require guests to follow social distancing and mask guidelines as you engage near the tower, around the work campers, their housing and other guests. 

GRAYS HARBOR LIGHTHOUSE

 

At 107 feet tall, the Grays Harbor Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Washington State. Considered by its architect, Carl Leick, to be his masterpiece, the Grays Harbor Lighthouse is the pride of Westport, Washington, and Grays Harbor County.

Construction of the lighthouse began in 1897.  On June 30, 1898, a dedication ceremony was held at the base of the lighthouse and that night marked the first official service of the Grays Harbor Light.

Originally located approximately 300 feet from the water’s edge, the lighthouse now sits about 3,000 feet from the high tide mark. This change occurred from land accretion in the area, due in part, by construction of the jetty system in the early 1900s.

The walls at the base of this octagonal structure are four feet thick, tapering up to an 18 inch width. They are made up internally of red brick and coated with concrete on the inside and outside. A metal structure completes the top of the tower.

There are 135 steps leading up to the lantern room. The staircase is original and forged of cast-iron.  The manufacturer of the metalwork was Patrick Dundon of San Francisco Boiler Works. The landing brackets are pieces of artwork themselves.  They are mounted to the wall to support the landings; the staircase is self supporting.

Unlike many lighthouses, the Grays Harbor Light still houses the original 3rd order clamshell-shaped Fresnel lens. This lens was built in Paris, France in 1895 and visitors can climb to the lens (or lantern) room level.  The flash pattern of this lens was, and still is, red and white to mark the opening to Grays Harbor. As the lighthouse itself is still an aid to navigation, visitors are able to see the current beacon mounted to the outside railing.

With a 360° view of the ocean and surrounding areas, it is a photographer’s dream. Come on a clear day and you might even be able to see the top of Mount Rainier to the east.

VISIT THE LIGHTHOUSE

1020 W Ocean Ave, Westport WA 98595

Phone: 360-268-6214

SUMMER

(June through August)

Open Daily 11 AM to 5 PM

Guests are encouraged to call the lighthouse and schedule a tour in advance at 360-268-6214

Friday, Saturday & Sunday tours will be given from 5 -7 PM with reservation ONLY! No tours given without reservation! Please call 360-268-0078 for a reservation

(September)

Open Daily 11 AM to 5 PM

 & Wednesday

AUTUMN

(October, November)

Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM     RESERVATIONS ARE ENCOURAGED!!! 

Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

WINTER

(December and January)

Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 11 AM to 4 PM     RESERVATIONS ARE ENCOURAGED!!! 

Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

SPRING

(February)

Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

(March & April)

Open Daily 11 AM to 5 PM 

Hours may vary. Please call 360.268.6214

ADMISSION

All climbers  $5

Coast Guard Active and Retired (with ID)  FREE

Military Active and Retired (with ID) $4.00

$1.00 discount per person for admission to the lighthouse with proof of purchase from visiting the Westport Maritime Museum. 

 

Due to safety restrictions, all climbers must be at least 40” tall and 5 years old to climb the lighthouse. No children or pets may be carried up the lighthouse.    Dog waiting area is available.