Helicopter tours resume at St. George Reef Lighthouse (CA)

On Sunday, November 4, 36 people were shuttled to remote St. George Reef Lighthouse via helicopter for guided tours led by members of the St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society. Tours were last offered in 2012, but at that time it was found that the landing area for the helicopter, which is on the caisson supporting the lighthouse tower, was not large enough to meet federal aviation rules governing commercial heliports. A new, larger helipad means tours are again available. Future tour dates are scheduled in February, March, and April 2019, weather permitting.

St. George Reef Lighthouse under construction in 1892. National Archives photo 26-LG-66-37.

Flights cost $300 per person. Passengers enjoy a six-minute flight to the lighthouse, landing on a 42-foot wide section of the caisson roof, near the base of the tower.

Constructed between 1882-1892, St. George Reef Lighthouse cost in excess of $700,000 to build, making it the most expensive lighthouse built in the U.S. in the nineteenth century. Constructed of hundreds of granite blocks quarried nearly 100 miles to the south, it stands on a small wave-swept rock six miles off the California coast near Crescent City.

You can read about the St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society by clicking here.

You can read more about the new tours in the Del Norte Triplicate by clicking here.

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