Dry Tortugas National Park
Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 6208
This is the last lighthouse seen from ships heading from Key West into the Gulf of Mexico. The National Park Service maintains the buildings and grounds; the Coast Guard maintains the active optic.
Tower Height: 157
Height of Focal Plane: 151
Description of Tower: Conical brick tower, upper half black and lower half white.
This light is operational
1922 brick keeper's house, four cisterns, oil house, workroom, guest house, boathouse.
Date Established: 1858
Date Present Tower Built: 1858
Date Automated: 1988
Optics: 1858: First order Fresnel lens; 1909: Second order Fresnel lens; now VRB-25, solar powered. The Fresnel lens is on display at the U.S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Training School in Yorktown, VA.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? no
Dry Tortugas National Park is open all year; day use only is allowed on Loggerhead Key. This lighthouse can be seen from sightseeing flights offered by the Key West Air Service; call (305) 294-6978 for information. Seaplanes of Key West can also provide a view; call (305) 294-0709 or (800) 950-2359.