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About Anacapa Island Lighthouse in Ventura, California

The lighthouse on Anacapa Island is located at the entrance to the Santa Barbara Channel. This island and several others off the coast of California are included in Channel Islands National Park. Since Anacapa is located twelve miles offshore, the only way to see the lighthouse is by boat.

Your best option (if you don’t have your own ocean-going yacht) is to take a ferry from Ventura Harbor to the East Isle of Anacapa Island. The Anacapa Lightstation was established in 1912 and eventually automated in 1968. The existing tower was constructed in 1932 and was built of reinforced concrete and brick. It is recognized for its Spanish Revival cylindrical shape with black trim on white. The tower height is 40 feet and height of the focal plane is 277 feet above the water surface.

The Third Order Fresnel lens was made in 1932 with present optics of DCB-24 (1991). Other structures near the lighthouse include an oil house, radio building, tank house, two storage buildings, a crane house, a cistern and a dock.

Operated by the the National Park Service (with U.S. Coast Guard access to optic) the grounds are open and escorted tours are provided. Signs ask hikers not to approach the lighthouse as the loud foghorn can cause hearing damage (take ear plugs!).

Anacapa Island
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 658-5730
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Channel Islands Beach, US
1:39 am, April 24, 2024
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Sunset: 7:35 pm
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