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Anacapa Island

First Operational: 1932

Height: 55 feet

Accessibility: Lighthouse/fog signal building closed, station service building and grounds open

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Image by Priya Karkare

Visitor Information


Grounds: Sunrise to Sunset

Island Visitor Center: Open when visitors present on the island

(805) 658-5730


1691 Spinnaker Dr.
Ventura, CA 93001

The main office for Island Packers, the boat company responsible for bringing visitors to the island, is located in the Ventura Harbor. Ventura is located 70 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara.


Anacapa Island is the one of the smallest of the Channel Islands, a group of largely uninhabited islands off the Southern California coast. The Island, marking the Santa Barbara Channel, was deemed hazardous by many ships, though a small skeletal tower was not built until 1912. However, this lighthouse was ultimately deemed insufficient after the steamer Libra crashed at Anacapa, and many in the shipping industry were egar for a more official light and fog signal station. In 1930, the Anacapa Island Lighthouse was finally built in a Spanish style, with four keepers houses, a water catchment basin, and a powerhouse for electricity.


The lighthouse was equipped with a 3rd order Chance Brothers Lens Fresnel Lens, and remains an active aid to navigation today. By 1967, 3 of the light keeper's dwellings were demolished, with more structures soon to be destroyed. However, in 1970 the National Park Service agreed to maintain the remain light station buildings save for the lighthouse and fog signal. In 1980, Anacapa Island along with 5 of the 8 Channel Islands were designated as Channel Islands National Park. Today, visitors are free to walk the grounds of Anacapa Island Light Station and observe the lens in the visitor center on the island.

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