Pigeon Point Lighthouse Visitor Center hours:
Closed in case of rain.
Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park
Pigeon Point Light Station is the newest addition to the California State Parks on the San Mateo Coast. Ownership was transferred from the U.S. Coast Guard to the California State Parks in 2005. The Coastside State Parks Association operates the Keepers Bookstore, sponsors the annual Anniversary Lighting of the First Order Fresnel Lens, provides support for over 35 lighthouse docents/keepers, and is helping to raise funds for the restoration of the lighthouse.
Pigeon Point Fresnel Lens Removed from Tower
The iconic Fresnel lens was removed from Pigeon Point Lighthouse in just two days in November 2011. This is a crucial first step in the process of stabilizing and restoring the tower.
The removal was completed by disassembling the parts of the lens, placing them in a wooden "cradle," and running them down a cable to the adjacent Fog Signal Building. Click to view a time-lapse video of the disassembly process.
The pieces of the lens were then cleaned and reassembled in the Fog Signal Building. Click here for a time-lapse video of the reassembly process. Now you can view the lens up close while the structure of the light station itself is fixed and reinforced. The lens is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday through Monday.
Pigeon Point Anniversary Lighting
2007 Anniversary Lighting of the 1st Order Fresnel Lens
CSPA funds and supports the annual lighting of the First Order Fresnel lens on the anniversary of the lighthouse. The anniversary event normally occurs on the Saturday closest to the November 15, 1872 anniversary date and is the only opportunity each year for visitors to observe the Fresnel lens in action.
The lighting did not occur in 2011, and it won't take place again until the restoration work on the tower is complete and the Fresnel lens is back in place.
Your donations will help speed the restoration process.
Light House Restoration
The lighthouse has been closed to the public since December 2001, when a section of the cornice on the exterior of the lighthouse fell off. Due to the on-going risk to the public, the area around the lighthouse is blocked off, but the grounds are open and the lighthouse can be viewed from the grounds.
The California State Parks Foundation is raising funds for the restoration of this unique lighthouse. You can help by making a donation to the special Light House Restoration Fund. All donations are tax deductible.
Check this link to the Pigeon Point Rehabilitation Project for details on what is planned for this beautiful landmark.
Pigeon Point Light Station
Pigeon Point Light Station Docents and Keepers Bookstore
CSPA provides support for over 35 docents who present the natural and social history of Pigeon Point every Friday through Sunday. Docents/keepers receive training on the history of the Light Station, the cultural background of the area, and the natural history of Pigeon Point and its surroundings.
CSPA also operates the Keepers Store with volunteer docents/keepers every Friday through Sunday from 10 am until 4 pm. The store sells educational books, posters, games, stuffed animals, keepsakes, and apparel that directly relates to the Light Station, its history, flora and fauna. All proceeds go directly to support CSPA's programs in the State Parks on the San Mateo Coast.
Whale WatchCSPA supports the annual Whale Watch, which occurs from mid-March through the end of May. During this time period, over 18,000 gray whales pass Pigeon Point during their annual migration from the protected lagoons of Baja California to their feeding grounds in the Bering Sea. This display of nature is particularly enhanced by the extremely close proximity with which the whales pass Pigeon Point. Whales can come as close as 15 yards and can number in the hundreds in a single day.
During the Whale Watch, docents provide additional information through the use of special interactive displays on the Point. Docents also assist visitors in identifying characteristics of gray whales at a distance. For more information on gray whales and their migration see the Links Page.