Home of the Crooked River Lighthouse and the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association

The Lighthouse Tower, built on its current site in 1895 and restored in 2007, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This iron skeleton structure is topped with a circular parapet which provides great viewing for those adventurous enough to climb its 128 inside steps which are open to the public. This historic 103-foot lighthouse is the tallest on the Forgotten Coast. The Crooked River Lighthouse
Tower is open for climbs, weather permitting,.  Our hours are Wednesday thru Friday from 11:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m, Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost for climbing the lighthouse is $5.00 for adults (age 13+), $3.00 for youth (7-12 yrs), and free for children (6 & under). All climbers must be 44 inches tall.  There is no admission fee for the Keeper's House Museum and gift shop. 
Exhibits include a historical setting of the early 1900’s, examples of beacons and the methods of constructing a skeletal tower lighthouse.  Everyday life objects in the Keeper’s Room include its original clock, a barometer, a glass fire grenade, pages from the keeper’s watch book, currency and much more.  The gift shop is full of wonderful nautical-themed gifts for both children and adults. Surrounding the lighthouse, the grounds are known as Crooked River Lighthouse Park. The park is a publicly owned and operated historic and natural resource conservation site and outdoor recreation area. It is typically open daily from dawn to dusk. Special events may also be scheduled during the evenings.

Funded in part by
the Franklin County TDC

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Wednesday, May 26



The community is invited to the Crooked River Lighthouse on Sunday, May 30 from 3:00-3:30 pm for the annual Coastal Blessing.

Faith leaders from the Carrabelle area community will share a prayer for the coast at the lighthouse.  Those who would like to gather with positive hearts for a safe hurricane season are welcome at this event which has become an important, annual tradition at the lighthouse. Since 2010, the Crooked River Lighthouse has conducted a ceremony on the Sunday before the start of hurricane season where church leaders in the community unite in shared positive intentions; that our coastal communities be safe from hurricane damage.

All are welcome to attend this free event. Light refreshments will be available after the ceremony. Come early or stay after and explore the Keeper's House Museum (open 1:00-5:00 pm).

NEWS: CLA Selected for U.S. Lighthouse Society Grant

CRLH Tower by David Stahler

The Carrabelle Lighthouse Association Inc. (CLA) was recently selected to receive a $1,000 grant from the United States Lighthouse Society on behalf of the Crooked River Lighthouse and Keeper’s House Museum. We are one of 35 lighthouses in the nation and only 4 in Florida to receive a 2021 Emergency Relief Grant from the U.S. Lighthouse Society.

The grant specifically provides financial assistance for operational expenses for lighthouses due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum’s revenue and attendance were significantly impacted last year by the pandemic. Steve Allen, Board President for the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association said, “We are very grateful to the United States Lighthouse Society. These funds will help us continue to share this historic treasure with the community and the public.”

The United States Lighthouse Society is a nonprofit historical and educational organization dedicated to saving and sharing the rich maritime legacy of American lighthouses and supporting lighthouse preservation throughout the nation.

Crooked River Lighthouse and Keeper’s House Museum is located in Carrabelle, just west of the Carrabelle Public Beach Park at 1975 Hwy 98 W, Carrabelle. The Carrabelle Lighthouse Association is 501c3 non-profit devoted to the worthy cause of maintaining and sharing the Crooked River Lighthouse as a piece of maritime history. For more information, contact Crooked River Lighthouse at (850) 697-2732 or keeper@crookedriverlighthouse.com.


Carrabelle Lighthouse Association

In 1999 the U.S. Coast Guard had plans to surplus the Crooked River Lighthouse and auction it off to the highest bidder. It was at this time that the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association, Inc. (CLA) was formed by a dedicated group of local citizens with the goal of preserving, restoring, and opening the lighthouse to the public. In August 2001 the CLA, in conjunction with the City of Carrabelle, was successful in having the Lighthouse deeded to the City through the Federal Lands to Parks program. Since that time the CLA and City officials have worked to obtain funding for the restoration of this historic treasure of Florida's "Forgotten Coast."
Today, the CLA's members are devoted to the worthy cause of restoring this small piece of maritime history. Through its efforts, the CLA has received funds from the Florida Lighthouse Association, the Florida Communities Trust, and the Florida Legislature. These funds have made possible the restoration of the lighthouse and improvements to the land surrounding the lighthouse. If you would like to help continue the work of maintaining the Crooked River Lighthouse, please join the CLA or make a tax deductible donation today. CLA, P.O. BOX 373 Carrabelle, FL 32322
*The Carrabelle Lighthouse Association is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. 


President Steven Allen
Executive Vice-President
Lori Gilbertson
Laurel Newman
Treasurer Missy Cumbie
Grounds and Park Keeper Chip Klaus
Safety/Lens Op Keeper Tim Keith-Lucas
Historians John Canetta and Rodney Reeves
Past President Delores Hardin
Charter Member Barbara Revell
Media and PR Sheri Wesson
Curator Joan Matey
Gift Shop Attendants
Laurel Newman, Eva Gombas, Lori Gilbertson


Help protect, preserve and restore our lighthouse's heritage. Join us or renew  WITH THIS FORM
KEEPER'S BEACON $100 (Business membership will receive one membership card. Free climbing for one year with proof of employment.)
GUARDIAN OF THE LIGHT $250 (Lifetime Membership)


We are asking our guests to wear a mask when you visit us at the Crooked River Lighthouse and Keeper’s House Museum and Gift Shop. In order to help keep our visitors and staff safe, we will continue to limit the number of guests inside at one time, provide hand sanitizer, and follow enhanced cleaning procedures. While masks are not required, for your safety and ours it would be appreciated! Thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness.

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All donations go into an account to be used only for restoration of the playground area and Carrabella. CLICK THE IMAGE TO DONATE NOW! On Mother's Day morning in 2015 our beloved pirate ship playground, "Carrabella", was destroyed by fire. It was a favorite place to play for many of our local children, a popular site for pirate themed birthday parties and a very popular place to visit for both children and adults from all over the country. The ship was also the stage and often the inspiration for performances at our fall Lantern Fest. Many people have expressed a desire to help the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association to rebuild the "Carrabella". We have a savings account at our local bank specifically for donations for this effort.


Crooked River Lighthouse Museum Volunteers Can: 

Get a 20% discount on any items purchased in the gift shop. (Excluding consignment items)

Climb for free as well as members of their extended family.

Reserve the Community Room for meetings of groups with which they are affiliated.

Pave the pathways with a custom personalized brick

In our ongoing efforts to maintain the Crooked River Lighthouse Park, purchase a memorial brick paver to be placed in front of the lighthouse tower door.  Honor a loved on with a permanent tribute or highlight your business, give congratulations or simply share a favorite saying.   DOWNLOAD THE ORDER FORM