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Name: Indian River Life-Saving Station  

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Nearest Town or City:
Dewey Beach, Delaware, United States

Location: Entrance to Indian River Inlet.

Managing Organization:
Indian River Life-Saving Station and Museum in Delaware Seashore State Park

Telephone: 302-227-6991


Contact Address Information:
130 Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach
Delaware, 19971,

Built in 1876, the Indian River Life-Saving Station is one of few life-saving facilities on the Atlantic Coast that still stands in its original location. The building served as a Coast Guard station from 1915 to 1962, when it was damaged by a severe storm and was decommissioned. In the 1990s, the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation began work to preserve the building as a museum, restoring it to its 1905 appearance and adding an impressive gift shop. Since 2004, it has been in the hands of Delaware State Parks, who conduct daily tours of the museum and host programs out of the station site. The site is also available for private functions such as weddings. For more information, please call or visit the station website.

This light is not operational

Date Established: 1876

Date Present Tower Built: 1876

Date Deactivated: 1962

Current Use: Museum.

Open To Public? Yes.

Hours of operation: Seven days a week, 8:00-4:30 Memorial Day – Labor Day call for off season hours Museum admission: Adults: $3.50 Children 6-12: $1.00 Children under 6: FREE Seniors 62 : $2.50

Follow Route 1 south from Dewey Beach. The station will be on your left, 3.6 miles south of Dewey Beach. Also located 1.5 miles north of the Indian River Inlet.


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