The lighthouse at the New Dungeness Light Station was the first U.S. lighthouse completed on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It was built in 1857. It is located at the tip of the 5½ mile long Dungeness Spit near Sequim, Washington.
The lighthouse is still in operation. It is one of the very few that allows families an opportunity to be Lighthouse Keepers for a week. In 1993, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
You cannot drive to the lighthouse. You can, however reach it by boat. If you are willing to hike 5 miles in and 5 miles out you can do that. The 5 mile hike starts at the Refuge parking lot along the North side of the Dungeness Spit. There is a $3 Refuge permit fee for a party of four adults payable at the Kiosk. Children under 16 are free.
There are no fees at the lighthouse, but donations to support the maintenance and restoration of the Lighthouse are appreciated.
If you want to experience what it is like to be a lighthouse keeper you can spend a week at the New Dungeness Light Station. All New Dungeness Lighthouse Society members are eligible to become lighthouse keepers. Children keepers must be 6 years old or older and at least four adults (18 years or older) are required on the Station. You can reserve one or two bedrooms or the entire keeper’s house.