Notices and Upcoming Events

For a complete list of scheduled lens tours, see our events page. A lens tour is a real treat, but they are scheduled only 8 days a year.

Are you coming to the Lighthouse? Consider staying overnight at the Light Station. See our rental units. Some units are pet friendly.

Learn About Whales!

Learn About Whales!
On Friday, March 31st at 7:00 pm there will be a presentation on gray whales at the Fort Bragg campus of Mendocino College. The speaker is Dr. James Sumich of Oregon State University.  His subject[... see full page]

Gray Whale Migration

Gray Whale Migration
The eastern Pacific gray whales pass by Point Cabrillo twice, on their southward journey from mid-December into February, and again going north between February and early May. They do not migrate simultaneously, and not all[... see full page]

May Lens Tour

May Lens Tour
On Saturday, May 6, 2017 we offer tours of the brilliant 3rd order Fresnel lens.   With luck, we will also see the last of the gray whales migrating north, possibly including some mother-calf slowpokes. This is[... see full page]


This State Historic Park occupies a spectacular headland extending out into the Pacific. There is a parking area inside the gate off Point Cabrillo Drive, adjacent to the restored Kearn farmhouse. Enjoy the half mile downhill walk to the Light Station buildings. Note: there is parking for disabled persons in front of and behind the 1st Assistant Lightkeeper’s House (the first residence) at the bottom of the hill.

There are two paths to the Station. The dirt path begins at the north end of the parking lot and takes you through the introduced grassland and coastal prairie. The paved access road to the south is an easier walk.

As you stroll down this road, the Point Cabrillo Light Station is arrayed before you. The Light Station includes:

  • our Lighthouse, which is an active duty Aid to Navigation, containing the original Chance Brothers classic 3rd order Fresnel lens
  • three restored Lightkeeper homes; the first house is a period museum of a lightkeeper’s house in the 1930s; the other two houses are comfortable vacation rental homes
  • the restored Blacksmith & Carpentry Shop, which houses the Marine Science Exhibit with its 240 gallon saltwater aquarium
  • three restored storage buildings behind the residences; two of these have been converted to lovely vacation rental cottages, the other is a public restroom

The Lighthouse, 1st Assistant Lightkeeper’s House and Marine Science Exhibit are open to the public from 11am to 4pm year-round. The State Historic Park is open from sunrise to sunset daily.

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