In November 2011, the First Order Fresnel lens was moved from the tower's lantern room to the fog signal building. The tower itself has been closed to the public since December 2001. The massive lens will be on display in the fog signal building while the tower is restored; once the restoration is complete, the lens will be returned to the tower's lantern room. Our partners, the California State Parks Foundation, www.calparks.org, and the Coastside State Parks Association www.CoastsideStateParks.org, are spearheading the effort to raise private funds for the restoration of the tower, related buildings, and grounds.
The park remains open to visitors daily. A dedicated group of volunteer docents is on-site Thursday through Monday to host the bookshop, lead tours around the historic grounds, and organize a shore whale watching program each spring. An interpretive center is located in the fog signal building and includes a replica lighthouse showing the interior structure of the lighthouse tower, in addition to the Fresnel lens.
Pigeon Point Light Station is located off Highway One near Pescadero, California, approximately fifty miles south of San Francisco. For more information, call the Pigeon Point information line at (650) 879-2120 Thursday through Monday. Educational program support is provided by California State Parks and the Coastside State Parks Association www.CoastsideStateParks.org. To find out more about the restoration efforts and to read updates, visit http://www.calparks.org/whatwedo/improving/pigeon-point/.