Barnegat Lighthouse S.P. Photography Hot Spot

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The Lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Barnegat Lighthouse in 1971.

In 1988, the tower was closed for construction of the new south jetty, then reopened to visitors in 1991 with a new walkway on top of the jetty. The top of the lighthouse is accessible via its 217 steps and continues to attract in excess of half a million visitors year round.

In 2008, the Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, a local non-profit organization, raised funds to reactivate the lighthouse. A sum of $35,000 was raised, with $15,000 contributed by the Barnegat Light Borough Fraternal Order of Police Local Lodge No. 5. This supported the acquisition of a new $15,000 VRB-25 light system, as well as the replacement of aging windows. Funding was raised entirely at the local level.

In October 2008, the VRB-25 system was installed. While physically smaller than the original light, the system has become a standard for US Lighthouses, with more than 100 installed.

On January 1, 2009, at 5:00 pm, the 150th anniversary of its opening, Barnegat Lighthouse activated its beacon for the first time since before World War II.

The light now operates daily from dusk until dawn. There is a foghorn on Barnegat South Breakwater Light 7, at the ocean end of the south breakwater, which guards the inlet. The tower is flood-lit at night.

Oceanfront In-Room Amenities:

  • Private Balcony
  • Flat Screen Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Wet Bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • Hair Dryer
  • Step Up Jacuzzi (Suite Only)

ENJOY

  • Oceanfront views per building site
  • Drifting Sands beach access
  • Outdoor lounge area
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Computer center
  • Beach accessible wheelchairs
  • Walk to the heart of Long Beach Island
  • On-site parking

 Photography Information

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is also a Milky Way Dark Sky location so be sure to go at the right time. You can get sunset and Milky Way images all in one trip. Be sure to see our Dark Sky Photography Information Page.  If you are newer to Milky Way Photography will also be helpful.

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When shooting the Barnegat Lighthouse and you want to keep all of the moving subjects crystal clear you will want to shoot in Shutter Priority Mode.  Our favorite way to shoot it is in manual mode to get the effect of the milky water.  You will need a neutral density filter to do this during the daytime. This is also one of the few dark sky Milky Way locations in New Jersey. Be sure to plan your trip for when the Milky Way is visible.

This is a great sunset and sunrise location too. You can really create a lot of images at this photography hot spot. It is one of the best locations in New Jersey due to the fact that you can get sunset and Milky Way all in one trip. That is two things that are rare in New Jersey

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Barnegat Lighthouse S.P. Photography Hot Spot

The lighthouse’s beacon remained a first-class navigational light until August 1927 when the Barnegat Lightship was anchored 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi) off the coast. This prompted the automation and replacement of the first-order lens with a gas blinker. As a result, the tower’s light was reduced by over 80 percent. The gas blinker was replaced several weeks later with a 250-watt electric bulb, though the gas apparatus can still be seen at the top of the tower.

The light was deactivated as a Coast Guard lookout tower in January 1944 and given to the State of New Jersey. Four years later, the local municipality, Barnegat City, renamed itself Barnegat Light. In 1954, the lens was returned to the borough of Barnegat Light and is now on exhibit in the Barnegat Light Museum. The area around the lighthouse was declared a state park and dedicated in 1957. The lightship was removed in 1969.

The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Barnegat Lighthouse in 1971.

In 1988, the tower was closed for construction of the new south jetty, then reopened to visitors in 1991 with a new walkway on top of the jetty. The top of the lighthouse is accessible via its 217 steps and continues to attract in excess of half a million visitors year round.

In 2008, the Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, a local non-profit organization, raised funds to reactivate the lighthouse. A sum of $35,000 was raised, with $15,000 contributed by the Barnegat Light Borough Fraternal Order of Police Local Lodge No. 5. This supported the acquisition of a new $15,000 VRB-25 light system, as well as the replacement of aging windows. Funding was raised entirely at the local level.

In October 2008, the VRB-25 system was installed. While physically smaller than the original light, the system has become a standard for US Lighthouses, with more than 100 installed.

On January 1, 2009, at 5:00 pm, the 150th anniversary of its opening, Barnegat Lighthouse activated its beacon for the first time since before World War II.

The light now operates daily from dusk until dawn. There is a foghorn on Barnegat South Breakwater Light 7, at the ocean end of the south breakwater, which guards the inlet. The tower is flood-lit at night.

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Use a Circular Polarizing Filter or a Neutral Density Filter.  You will also want to do some editing to your images and use a Topaz Filter.

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