Patos Island Lighthouse will be open for visitors this weekend…June 23/24/25! Drop in say “Hi” to our volunteer docents, hear the stories and climb the tower!
The lighthouse will be opened this weekend by docents going out on Friday and staying until Sunday afternoon. Thanks Lighthouse Docents!!!!
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: www.washingtonlighthouses.org
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.
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.
WoW! What a great article on a former Patos Lighthouse keeper and our 123rd birthday celebration!!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and send checks to KOPL, Box 334, Lopez Island, WA 98261. You can also pay thru our Keepers’ PayPal account.