Thing to Do

Ebey's Reserve - Fort Casey & Admiralty Head Lighthouse

Lighthouse building on grass with forest behind.
Admiralty Head Lighthouse located in Fort Casey State Park

Photo courtesy of the Island County Historical Society - the Denis Hill Collection

Built in the late 1800's, Fort Casey was constructed with the sole purpose of protecting the shipping lanes of Admiralty Inlet. By World War I, the fort was a hub of activity with eager young soldiers and officers preparing for the Great War. The fort was shuttered following WWI, but was re-activated as the US approached World War II as part of the Coast Artillary to protect the entrance to Puget Sound and its shipyards.

The fort houses a pair of 10-inch disappearing guns and two additional 3-inch mounted guns are also on display in their original emplacements. Bring a flashlight to explore the rooms beneath the Big Guns. 

Located within the park is Admiralty Head Lighthouse, a 30-foot tall brick and stucco building designed by Carl Leick and completed in 1903. This replaced the original wood lighthouse built in 1861. Admiralty Head Lighthouse was deactivated in 1922, but is open to the public with exhibits.

There's plenty of space to picnic or to take advantage of the Whidbey winds and fly a kite on the wide-open parade grounds in front of the fort.  Want to stay longer? The campground is open year-round with great views of Admiralty Inlet. Visitors will need a Discover Pass, which are available at the park office.


 
Details
Interpretive materials are available throughout the park. Be sure to visit the World War I batteries and see the Big Guns. State Park rangers and volunteers will be happy to provide information and the park.
Pets are allowed on leash. Pick up your pet's waste.
A Discover Pass is requred at all state parks unless otherwise posted.
Fort Casey State Park is located within Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, and is adjacent to the Coupeville Ferry Terminal and Keystone Spit.
Reservations are required at Fort Casey campgrounds.  Reservations can be made online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
Fort Casey is open from dawn to dusk. Admiralty Head Lighthouse hours vary by day and time of year.
Accessibility Information
Fort Casey is very accessible with convenient parking, restroom and picnic facilities.

Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve

Last updated: January 24, 2022