Patos Island in Pugent Sound, Washington is the northern most island of the San Juan Islands. While it is one of the least visited of the islands, it is also one of the most intriguing.
Patos is best known for its historic lighthouse. Originally built in 1890, the main structure was completed in 1905. The Patos Island lighthouse station was made famous by author Helene Glidden whose book "The Light On The Island", chronicles her experiences on Patos, where her father was the lighthouse keeper, when she lived there for 8 years from 1905-1913.
The 38-foot tower of the Patos Lighthouse is a beacon to shipping traffic passing through the region to Vancouver B.C. and you can see large container ships and fishing vessels passing by the island at all hours, day and night, and in all weather.
This page updated or reviewed in March 2011