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April 15, 2020

Oak Island Lighthouse from Beach

The Oak Island Lighthouse was completed in 1958 at a total cost of $110,000.00. The lights are 169 feet above the water. A misconception is that the lighthouse itself is 169 feet tall. The actual structure is 153 feet tall, but it stands on a slight rise. Therefore, the height of the light above the water is 169 feet, and it is so reported on nautical charts. There is no spiral staircase as found in most older lighthouses, but instead a series of ships ladders with a total of 131 steps to the lantern gallery level.

Oak Island Lighthouse Ladders

Tours: Public "no reservation required" free tours to the SECOND LEVEL (NOT to the Top) are offered every Wednesday and Saturday ONLY starting Memorial Day and running through Labor Day from 10 AM until 2 PM. Visitors can climb just 1 level (12 steps) for anyone age 7 and older where a guide will give you information about the lighthouse and answer any questions you may have.

View from Top of Oak Island Lighthouse

Tours to the Top RESERVATION ONLY: Tours to the top of the Oak Island Lighthouse (up 131 ships stairs to an outside balcony) are available year round at no charge with AT LEAST 2 WEEKS ADVANCED NOTICE and Reservations.  No phone reservations. Requesting a Top Tour is done through Email. Top Tour Request Info

Oak Island Lighthouse

1100 Caswell Beach Road

Caswell Beach, NC 28465