Five Finger Islands Lighthouse

Aug. 6, 2019

Five Finger Lighthouse, Five Finger Islands, Hoonah-Angoon Area, Alaska


Station Established: 1902
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1935
Operational? YES
Automated? YES 1984
Deactivated: n/a
Foundation Materials: CONCRETE PIER
Construction Materials: CONCRETE
Tower Shape: SQUARE
Markings/Pattern: WHITE ART DECO
Relationship to Other Structure: INTEGRAL
Original Lens: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL 1902


  • Light Station was established in March of 1902.  Construction began in July of 1901 and was completed for a cost of $22,500.00.  Some consider this the first manned station in Alaska because all construction was completed before Sentinel Island Light.  Contained a fourth order Fresnel lens.
  • In 1931 a third-class radio beacon was added to the station making it the sixth station in Alaska to have such a facility.
  • Original structure burned down in December 1933.  The tower was rebuilt using public works appropriations to build the current structure made of concrete.  Completed and relit in 1935.
  • This was the last lighthouse in Alaska to be automated on August 14, 1984.
  • Lens replaced in 1997 with a solar powered VRB-25 VEGA.
  • Transferred to Juneau Lighthouse Association in 1998.  A renovation project is planned that will eventually open the light to the public.