Docent Slots Are Filling Fast!!!!

Our upcoming spring/summer/fall docent stay slots are filling fast. It looks like August is already fully booked. July and September still have spaces, but not for very long! Docent stays can be anything from a weekend to a week+ and we provide the training.Washington State Park boats provide transportation to the island for you docent shift.

As a docent team, you will open the lighthouse and greet visitors. Visitors always have questions so we provide you with info sheets on any and all likely questions: typical question include…”How old is the lighthouse?” (it was built in 1893) and “Where did the families live?” (the families lived in a separate house….a beautiful Victorian duplex which was destroyed by the Coast Guard in 1958…BooHoo)

Docent fun does not end with the closing of the lighthouse doors…docents get to enjoy what are often the most beautiful sunset views in the San Juans.


To find out more: email…




Incredible sunsets are common

Incredible sunsets are common





Spring/Summer Volunteer Opportunities on Patos Island

The early birds get the places on the boat!

KOPL sponsored Work parties will start in April, with a work party scheduled to follow each month through September.

Weekend(+)Docent Stays will start Memorial Day weekend through mid/late September, Book now and get your first choice of time slots.

Both opportunities include transportation to and from Patos Island, courtesy of Washington State Parks.

For complete details, email:

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After Renovations

Volunteers at the Lighthouse

On our way to Patos Island!

On our way to Patos Island!


Volunteers breaking for lunch at the Lighthouse

Volunteers breaking for lunch at the Lighthouse

Patos Island in the News!


Lopez Youth hard at work all summer

 LICC with SJICC at Patos Island Lighthouse - Contributed photo

LICC with SJICC at Patos Island Lighthouse

— image credit: Contributed photo

by Emmett J. Lawrence

The Lopez Island Conservation Corps had another successful summer program in 2015. Buoyed by a strong turnout of motivated youth, the crew exceeded expectations. In total, there was a crew of seven this season Jana Gruenwald, Alyssa Hamlin, Claire Roberson, Marvin Snapp, Tyler Sovelove and Galen Westervelt. With a balance of different personalities, genders and skills the crew grew into a great team as the summer progressed. It was the first season for all of the crew members, as well as crew leader Emmett Lawrence, so there was a natural learning curve, but after a couple weeks of working together things really started jelling. The crew worked in six different locations throughout San Juan County, ranging from Watmough Bay and Iceberg Point, to Patos Island and Moran State Park. In total, they served nearly 920 hours, cumulatively, in public recreation areas this summer. In 2015, the LICC improved close to 8,000 feet of trails, filled 25 fifteen-gallon trash bags with the flower buds of invasive thistles, and constructed a variety of different trail structures within SJC. Another valuable part of the summer schedule was the environmental education curriculum. This portion of the program relied on the knowledge, skills, and generosity of local community members who came out to share with the crew. They learned about archaeology and oral history of native people, local ecosystems, invasive species, poetry and art in nature, leave no trace outdoor ethics, and basic First aid and CPR. There was also a series of visits to farms, where the crew learned about the processes of making milk, bee keeping, compost production, and seed saving. The crew wishes to extend its thanks to the LICC board members, the Bureau of Land Management, and all the community members who worked with them.

September 15th Work Party Cancelled….

Parks is having issues again with their boats and I cannot in good conscience keep you good volunteers hanging. Suzanna, please notify your friend with my apologies.

If the work party is rescheduled, you all will be the first to know.

I want to thank you for your patience and Marvin & Karan, I am so sorry to bring you this news.

If we do not reschedule, I hope you (all of you) can join us next year for a trip to polish our little gem of an island.

Tom, just rest up and have a great trip.

Kind regards and Happy Sails,


Volunteers, Thanks for all your great work this year in “polishing” our little island. Soon we will tightly locking up our lighthouse for the winter to come. Who knows what storms and high waves she will see until we visit her again?

Gracias, Merci, Thank-you!  Linda, President, KOPL

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Reports From A Small Island! Birthday Party a Grand Success!

Here are emails from our honored guests at the Birthday Party: Denise Wilk, Cake Maker Supreme and “Patos” Bill LaVergne, US Coast Guard, Patos Island, 1952-1954
Hi Denise and Patos Friends.
My dear Denise…….
What a great friend you are to me….What a great day we had due to you and what a wonderful birthday carrot cake you made…..Every one loved it ….and it really made my day special….Sorry not all of you made it out for the party….You really missed having some of Denis’s great cake…And I missed seeing and visiting with you…..
All of you worked so hard getting me to and from the lighthouse in the wheelchair…..Oh How Thankful am I for that….Jon( ham operator) who came to help was a great one also.
My friend Joe and I got back to Tacoma at 9PM. The day started at 5AM so sleep came early….
My friend Joe gave a $100.00 gift to the lighthouse fund I hear….Thank you Joe. If it were not for him I would never get up from Tacoma for the party. I hope we send him a thank you note.
Well Denise my friend again thank you from the bottom of my heart for a great party day….
” Thanks for the MEMORIES”
Patos Bill
On Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 8:54 AM, Denise Wilk <> wrote:

Dear Keepers of the Patos Light and island care takers,
Thank you all for the logistic coordination on our behalf. The group was able to give $80 to parks. Patos Bill was able to see his beloved Island and Lighthouse once again. An annual bucket list for sure.
We did have our ham operators and some boaters come out for celebration and cake time. It was low key and we really missed all of you. Erin and Lisa’s Husband did a fly over and we tried to make the Patos by using our hands and legs. That must look funny. Hope to get a photo. Thank you again for making it all happen.
I put the chair back in the sign spot around the corner. It was a perfect day and we did get a bit of a workout getting up there. Thank goodness for “Jean” the Ham man and P.Bills friend Joe from Los Angeles, for helping us get Bill up the hill.
I hope next year we can all be together again. The island looks so pristine and organized.We did have a few honor sales from the store.  Lisa and her Dad, did grab the totes for Parvin. All is well. I did have cakes galore, so I will take some into work today. Take care and thanks again, Sincerely, Denise Wilk

This wonderful picture was taken in a flyover by Tom DiGiorgio, by Erin Corra

This wonderful picture was taken in a flyover by Tom DiGiorgio, by Erin Corra

Come and Join Us at Patos Lighthouse’s 122nd Birthday!

Patos Lighthouse, as we all know, is a lovely lady of a certain age…that is, specifically, she turns just 122 years old this year! Come and help us celebrate her wonderful years at a birthday party given just for her on Sunday, August 16th from around 12 to 2 Pm. Cake, lemonade and silly hats will abound!


New Website Launched!

Welcome to our new website! We still have some work to do to make sure all the content is up to date and that events are added to our new Calendar. The site is designed to work well on mobile devices. Thanks for your patience!