Cape Saint Elias Light, Kayak Island

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Cape Saint Elias Lighthouse is on the southern tip of Kayak Island, about 62 miles (100 km) southeast of the nearest town, Cordova, Alaska. The uninhabited island extends 20 miles (32 km) into the Gulf of Alaska and is separated from the mainland by a channel 4 miles (6.5 km) wide.

The defining feature of Cape Saint Elias is Pinnacle Rock that stands a half-mile off the western end of the cape like a giant exclamation point. Due to hidden rocks and reefs, the waters around the cape were regarded as one of the most dangerous points along the entire Alaskan coast. The light was constructed in 1915 and has been automated since 1974.

The building is now being leased by the Cape St. Elias Lightkeepers Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, restoring and sharing the lighthouse. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Cape Saint Elias and Kayak Island.

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