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Cape St. Elias Lighthouse and School - Alaska


Cape St. Elias Lighthouse

Cape St. Elias Lighthouse is on uninhabited Kayak Island, 62 miles southeast of the nearest town, Cordova, Alaska. The island is 20 miles long and generally only 2 miles wide, but rainforest vegetation is so dense that hikers cannot cross it. The solitary island extends into the Gulf of Alaska, separated from the mainland by a channel 4 miles wide. At its southernmost seaward side is situated the lighthouse, automated since 1974.
 

 

It is now a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1916, it sits on a steep slope adjacent to a two-story lightkeepers’ residence. Below it is a helicopter pad, boathouse, and research center. Today only the boathouse is habitable, with wood stove, water tank, propane oven, blankets, and bunks for as many as 10 paying visitors. It is maintained by the Cape St. Elias Lightkeepers Association

Organized in 1997, the Association is dedicated to restoring and preserving the complex of buildings at Cape Elias. It has a 30-year lease with the U.S. Coast Guard. An individual membership in the Association is $35 the first year and $10 annually thereafter.

Through The Lighthouse School, groups or individuals can visit the island for educational tours or participate in experiential science classes such as Geology of Southeast Prince William Sound and Kayak Island.
 


Cape Saint Elias Lighthouse Keepers Association
PO Box 1023
Cordova Alaska 99574
Phone: (907) 424-5182
Email: info@kayakisland.org

 

 













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