Cape Disappointment and North Head Light Houses

Long Beach Washington Coast Lighthouse photos

The Columbia River Bar, where the saltwater of the Pacific Ocean meets the mighty Columbia rivers' freshwater, is one of the most difficult marine crossings in the world.  Winter storm waves top 50 feet, and over 2000 ships have run aground here, with 700 lives lost. The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse was built in 1856 to help prevent shipwrecks.  However, with many ships still capsizing, North Head Lighthouse was built in 1898. Both lighthouses are a photographer's dream, with sweeping views of the Long Beach Peninsula, Pacific Ocean, Baker Bay, the Columbia River Bar, and parts of the Oregon Coast.  To learn more about the history of the Long Beach Washington Coast, be sure to spend time at one of the many acclaimed museums.

North Head Lighthouse view of top
North Head Lighthouse
North Head Lighthouse
North Head Lighthouse Aerial
North Head Lighthouse Aerial
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
People in North Head Lighthouse
Stairs North Head Lighthouse
North Head Lighthouse
North Head Lighthouse