Still Room on the June 22nd Work Party Boat!

There are still a couple spaces on the State Parks boat going out to Patos Island early on June 22nd. To sign up and/or if you have questions, please contact Sandy Evans, Work Party leader, at: evans.sandy@frontier.comDSCF5786

Get Your Washington State Lighthouse Guide!

Get Your Washington State Lighthouse Guide!

Coupeville, Wash.

Lighthouse Environmental Programs has published a new Washington State lighthouse visitor’s guide. The free brochure includes five lighthouse loop routes, as well as maps and information to help residents and visitors learn about local and maritime history.

Besides providing travel information for lighthouse enthusiasts, LEP also organizes and manages funds and grants from specialty Washington lighthouse license plate sales.

Lighthouse license plates have provided nearly $150,000 in grants since 2009. Most of this money has been used for material costs involved in restoring or maintaining lighthouses or for obtaining historic expertise; labor is often donated by local businesses or performed by teams of dedicated volunteers.

The specialty lighthouse license plates can be used on cars, motorcycles, trailers or RVs. For each license plate sold and renewed, LEP receives $28, an amount that is tax-deductible for the driver.

To download a free copy of the new lighthouse guide, or to learn more about purchasing a lighthouse license plate for yourself or a loved one, go to:

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Overnight Camp Out Work Party a Great Success

On April 20th, 10 intrepid Keepers of the Patos Light Volunteers arrived on Patos Island, courtesy of Washing State Parks, for an overnight Camp Out. Trails were cut back, grass was weed whipped, campsites were cleaned and the annual blackberry whacking began anew. Everyone had a great time and the crew left the island with a huge sense of accomplishment.

Thanks to all the volunteers who participated and a special thank you goes out to Sandy Evans, who organizes  all KOPL volunteer work parties…check our calendar for work party opportunities for the summer and into the fall.


All photographs, courtesy of AleK Taylor-Hope of Orcas Island, Thanks Alek!!!!untitled-5376 untitled-5379 untitled-5383 untitled-5402 untitled-5429 untitled-5444 untitled-5446 untitled-5447 untitled-5459


Patos Island Lighthouse Reopening Memorial Day Weekend!

Our beloved lighthouse will be reopening for the season Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29th!  A work party crew is going over on Thursday the 25th to spiff up the trails and campsites and a docent crew will head out on Saturday, the 27th to open the lighthouse doors!

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Patos Lighthouse: Closed for the Winter

Our intrepid work party and lighthouse closing teams went out to Patos Island last weekend to close up the lighthouse for the coming winter. I always think of our beloved lighthouse closing her eyes for a long winter’s rest. For 123 years now, she has experienced winter winds and occasional snows.

Rest little lighthouse and we’ll see you again in the spring next year!


Here are some photos of what winter was like for the Coast Guard families in the 1950s.

Patos Island Storm Mid 1950's Collection of Dawn Nelson Alexander

Patos Island Storm Mid 1950’s Collection of Dawn Nelson Alexander

Patos Island Boat Launch Ramp 1959

Winter on Patos Island 1959 Collection of Dawn Nelson Alexander

Patos Island Snow 1959

Patos Island Snow 1959

The Boat is filling Fast!

There are just 30 seats on the Outer Island Expeditions boat going out to Patos Island on Sunday, August 21st and seats are filling fast. The boat is already just over half booked….


Here is my original posting:


It’s official! We will be having the lighthouse’s 123rd Birthday Party on August 21st from 1-3 PM. We have hired a boat from Outer Island Expeditions which will take 30 people over to Patos for the celebration. The boat will leave at 12PM from Orcas Island’s Brandt’s Landing Marina aka “The Ditch” (returning by 4) and cost per person will be $60. To get on the boat send an email to and send checks to KOPL, Box 334, Lopez Island, WA 98261. You can also pay thru our Keepers’ PayPal account.contact8