Cape D — Washington State Parks and Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse are inviting the public to help celebrate the 120th anniversary of the North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco. This year, the lighthouse will be open for guided tours.
In addition to the tours, numerous family-friendly events will take place to commemorate the lighthouse’s birthday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 2, at Cape Disappointment State Park, 244 Robert Gray Drive, Ilwaco.
For portions of the last four years, access to the interior of the lighthouse has been closed while the building was undergoing a major renovation. State Parks and the Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse are pleased to announce the lighthouse is now open for guided tours for a cost of $2.50 for those 18 and older. Entrance is free for youth ages 7 to 17. Children must be at least 7 years old to tour the lighthouse tower.
Tours are expected to temporarily cease again after July 8 for the final phase of restoration work.
The lighthouse celebration will feature music; kids’ entertainment, including a clown; an open house at the lighthouse keeper’s residence; guided historical hikes at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and cake and refreshments.
Two members of the Keepers will be on the grounds dressed as a lighthouse keeper and his wife. The lighthouse store and a small museum with related exhibits will also be open. A special tour at 3 p.m. explains the Maya Lin-designed art installations in the park: the cedar grove, the Confluence Boardwalk and the Fish Cleaning Table.
Parking and a free shuttle to the lighthouse will be available at the Cape D Café, which is across from the main campground entrance. Parking is also available at the North Head Lighthouse parking area. A Discover Pass will not be needed for vehicle access to the park that day because June 2 is a State Parks free day, in recognition of National Trails Day.
The Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse will be selling tickets for a chance to win a lighthouse-related prize — proceeds from which will help with renovation costs.
For more information about the day’s activities, contact Stephen Wood, Parks Interpretive Specialist at 360-642-3029; Janet Easley, Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse at 360-665-5580 or Lona Niemi, also from the Keepers group at 360- 642-2502.