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Anacapa Island Light

Location: at the eastern end of Anacapa Island at the entrance to Santa Barbara Channel near Port Hueneme, CA
Body of Water: Pacific Ocean

Source: National Marine Sanctuary

About Anacapa Island Light


The location of the light is at the eastern end of Anacapa Island at the entrance to Santa Barbara Channel. The nearest city is Port Hueneme, CA. The station was first established in 1912. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1932.

The lighthouse is a white cylindrical tower.

The tower has a flashing white light at a focal plane height of 277 ft above mean high water. The light has a nominal range of 14 nautical miles. The tower height is 40 ft. The light has a period of 60 seconds.

Open to the Public?: Grounds Only    Active?: Yes

Identification number: 6-185 (U.S.)
Identification number: G3940 (International)

Emergency light of reduced intensity when main light is extinguished. HORN: 1 blast ev 15s (2s bl), operates continuously.

Flash Pattern: 2 white flashes every 60 s, separated by 15 s.

In 1911, a 50-foot metal tower with a light atop it was constructed on the tip of East Anacapa. In clear weather, the light could be seen from 20 miles in the distance.

In 1928, the Bureau of Lighthouses allotted funds for fog signal and radio apparatus for Anacapa, as well as boats and miscellaneous improvements for water supply, sanitation, and grounds improvement. The new lighthouse’s keeper, Frederick Cobb, lit the first light on March 25, 1932.

NOAA Nautical Chart 18729

A 'flashing' light is a light in which the total duration of light in a period is shorter than the total duration of darkness and the appearances of light (flashes) are usually of equal duration. So in the 60 second period, the light is on for less than 30 then off for more than 30.

Source: National Marine Sanctuary

Today's Conditions on Site

Astronomical Info.

Astronomical Dawn: 5:35 am
Sunrise: 7:03 am
Sunset: 5:14 pm
Astronomical Dusk: 6:41 pm

Local Marine Forecast.

Gale Warning is in effect until January 20 at 9:00PM PST by NWS
...GALE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM PST THIS EVENING... * Winds...West to Northwest winds 20 to 30 kt with gusts to 35 kt are expected when winds are strongest. * Seas...Combined seas of 8 to 11 feet with periods around 14 seconds are expected when waves are largest. SEE THE COASTAL WATERS FORECAST (CWFLOX) FOR MORE DETAILS.

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