Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, Mukilteo

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Mukilteo Lighthouse Park encompasses the lighthouse at the west end of the city of Mukilteo, Washington, and 12 acres (0.049 km2) south of it. The property is west and south of the Washington State Ferries terminal with ferry service to Clinton, Whidbey Island, and is bordered on the south and east by the BNSF Railway (formerly the Burlington Northern Railroad) mainline. Whidbey Island lies across a narrow portion of Possession Sound and is easily visible from the shore.

This park was formerly known as Mukilteo State Park. The lighthouse was deeded to the City of Mukilteo in 2001, and Washington State Parks deeded the parklands to the City in 2003. In 2004, the City adopted a Lighthouse Park Master Plan to make physical site improvements in four phases. Phases I and II have now been completed, adding a greater range of amenities and parking. The artwork by Joe Gobin and James Madison, Tulalip Tribal carvers, indicates the significance of this site to many tribes, especially the Tulalip Tribes of Snohomish County, who lived at this location for over 1,000 years until European-American occupation in the mid-nineteenth century. The 1855 Point Elliott Treaty was signed in the area and three tribes were forced to re-settle at Tulalip Bay across Port Gardner Bay. Lighthouse Park is also significant as Captain George Vancouver's naturalist landed a small craft on the shoreline on May 31, 1792. Vancouver named the area Rose Point, a name today reflected in that of the nearby community of Rosehill.

Mukilteo Lighthouse Park has about 1,500 feet (460 m) of sandy beach and includes a public boat launch, lighthouse and a spectacular shoreline walkway. This is one of the most easily accessed shorelines in urban Snohomish County, especially those needing ADA access.

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  • This is a park with a lighthouse and some of the buildings including the Keeper's House (Lighthouse Keeper), nice sculpture, good information including a Mukilteo Walking Tour done by an Eagle...  more »
  • My friend and I came down for lunch on a sunny January day. The park is well maintained. There are places to sit and eat, fire pits and great access to the beach. In addition there are the lighthouse....  more »
  • I love Mukilteo Lighthouse Park for its peace and quiet sounds of the waves splashing into shore or photographing the lighthouse, sunset, ferries, and birds. It changes with the seasons, so I like...  more »
  • Beautiful place to visit, especially during the golden hour just as the sun is about to set. Set next to the water, it is especially beautiful seen from aboard the ferry. The nearby beach is a great place to gather with friends and family to munch on fish and chips from Ivars, across the street, or enjoy a refreshing cone from the eatery on the corner. No need to go inside, as they have a pick-up window facing the beach. The profuse array of lavender in bloom all around adds to the ambience of the park. Great place for a walk.
  • cute little park next to the train tracks that hugs the coast...had a train go by too. clean restrooms and ample parking. can use small change for the parking meters that remind me of European parking.
  • Gods, what an absolute beautiful place. There was so much history here and getting to explore on such a beautiful day was magical. Some stuff to know: Parking isn't free and this place is almost always packed, so be prepared! There were usually a lot of bonfires, people fishing, and a lot of activity. It is right next to the ferry dock in Mukilteo, so traffic can also be hard. There are public bathrooms at the lighthouse area itself, but they aren't clearly marked. There is a gift shop in one building that was worth stopping in at. You can go tour there lighthouse itself, but there was a wait when I was there. Only groups of 5 at a time. There are opportunities to volunteer here if you're interested!
  • Very cozy and the bon fires are cool too... This is like my boyfriend and my spot we go that we have only been to with each other as far as relationships go.... Just love the sound of the waves.
  • This is such a wonderful gem of a place to visit if in the area. The beach, the water, and the lighthouse are absolutely beautiful. Catch a sunset if you find the time.

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