Hunting Island Lighthouse re-opens

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Photos by Bob Sofaly

The iconic Hunting Island Lighthouse reopened under limited capacity Monday, June 15, but by appointment only and in small groups of no more than six at a time.

There is a fee of $2 to climb all 175 steps in the 131-foot structure and one has to be at least 44 inches tall to even be considered for the trek.

Ranger Carl Berube said visitors to the lighthouse have a full 45 minutes to climb to the top, take some pictures and descend. He said the lighthouse is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Above: Samantha Melius and Arthur Sprangel trudge up the first of the 175 steps on their way to the top of the 131-foot tall Hunting Island Lighthouse on Monday.

Right: Park Ranger Amanda Taylor, left, schedules a time slot for Laurie Kleppy and her young nephew to climb the Hunting Island Lighthouse Monday morning. In the background are Samantha Melius and Arthur Sprangel of St.Louis, Mo., waiting for the time slot to open.