Crooked River Lighthouse

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Crooked River Lighthouse

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Address:

1975 HWY 98 W
Carrabelle, FL 32322

Region:

Northwest

Phone:

850.697.2732

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For 116 years the Crooked River Lighthouse has stood as a beacon, guiding timber ships as well as local fishermen and oystermen through the treacherous pass between Dog and St. George Islands, along Florida's Panhandle.  Built in 1895, this iron and steel structure replaced the lighthouse on Dog Island, which was destroyed by hurricane in 1873.

In 1995, the Crooked River Lighthouse was decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard which four years later, despite its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, had plans to surplus the lighthouse and auction it off to the highest bidder.  It was at this time that the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association (CLA) was formed by a dedicated group of local citizens with the goal of preserving, restoring, and opening the lighthouse to the public.

The Keeper's House Museum and Gift Shop is open from noon to 5:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.  Weather permitting, you can climb the Crooked River Lighthouse on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. till 4:00p.m.  The cost for climbing the lighthouse is $5.00 per person.  All climbers must be 44 inches tall.  

The Crooked River Lighthouse Park is publicly owned and operated as a historic and natural resource conservation site and outdoor recreation area.