Cattle Point, Friday Harbor

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Cattle Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse on the southeastern tip of San Juan Island overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca where the Haro Straits meet the San Juan Channel, in San Juan County, Washington. The light lies adjacent to the state's Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area and, as of 2013, is part of the San Juan Islands National Monument.HistoryThe first light at Cattle Point was a lens lantern on a post erected in 1888. In 1921, the U.S. Navy installed a radio compass station. The modern 34ft, octagonal, concrete tower on Cattle Point was erected in 1935. Following automation in the late 1950s, the tower's lantern was removed and replaced with a 250-mm drum lens that sits on a short mast on top of the tower. The lighthouse received a temporary makeover in 1984, when it was used as a backdrop for an Exxon television commercial. The commercial's ahistorical additions were subsequently removed. The Coast Guard announced plans to reinforce the structure, which was in danger of collapse from the forces of erosion, during the summer of 2010.
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  • This spot was really easy to get to and had beautiful views of the water and a little lighthouse too. We strolled down and watched for whales for a bit before returning to the car.  more »
  • Picnic benches and standard issue government outhouses, but the view is everything. Eagles, gulls, maybe seals and kelp fields. Great for exploring, climbed up and down rocks at low tide and explored ...  more »
  • The views from Cattle Point were the best we witnessed on our trip I also really enjoyed the history of American Camp which is fairly close and easily combined with a trip to Cattle Point.  more »
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