Olympic Park History & Museums: New Dungeness Lighthouse, Sequim Washington

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New Dungeness Lighthouse

Lit for the first time in 1857, the New Dungeness Lighthouse in Sequim was the first built in what was known as the Washington Territory and has been in continuous operation since that time.

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What can I see and do at New Dungeness Lighthouse?

This well-preserved lighthouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, sits on the 5-mile-long Dungeness Spit in the town of Sequim.

If you’re visiting this picturesque lighthouse, you can take a guided tour to the top of the 63-foot-high tower, where you’ll have an amazing view of the landscape. In addition, there’s an interpretive center that includes displays about the history of the New Dungeness Lighthouse and its current role as a guide for ships.

The lighthouse’s original sitting room and office have been restored to their 1930s appearance. In those two rooms are more fascinating artifacts and photos as well as period furniture.

Tour guides are volunteer “keepers” who pay a fee to live in the onsite keeper’s house for a week at a time. They are members of the New Dungeness Light Station Association and are extremely knowledgeable about the structure.

Where is the New Dungeness Lighthouse?

The Dungeness Spit is not accessible by automobile. Visitors can arrive by boat or can drive part way. Take Highway 101 west of Sequim and turn north on Kitchen-Dick Road. Drive 3 miles to Dungeness Recreation Area. Go through the recreation area to the Refuge parking lot. Hike the 3/8 mile trail through the forest to an overlook on the bluff above the spit. The remainder of the trail goes down a steep hill and, at that point, it’s another 4-1/2 miles down the beach to the lighthouse. Potential visitors should always check the tide tables first!

When is the New Dungeness Lighthouse open?

Hours vary. Water access is limited, so those arriving by boat or kayak must call ahead for reservations. The best bet for any visitor is to call ahead before taking the long hike or boat ride to the lighthouse.

How much does Dungeness Lighthouse cost?

The fee for adults is $3. This allows entrance to the wildlife refuge and access to the trail to the lighthouse. Children under 16 are free.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

For more information, call the General Manager at 360-683-6638. Or visit their website.