Lighthouses on the Oregon Coast

  • 01 of 09

    Visit Oregon Lighthouses

    Map of Lighthouses on the Oregon Coast
    Map of Lighthouses on the Oregon Coast.

    Oregon's wild, rugged coast is home to a number of splendid and historic lighthouses. These much-photographed icons are among the many attractions a visitor can enjoy while touring Highway 101, the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. Most of the beacons are in Oregon State Parks, which offer a range of recreational amenities. A visit to four or five of the lighthouses makes for an exciting day trip; viewing all of them is at least a two-day excursion.

    A stop at any or all of these lighthouses is sure to make your visit to the Oregon Coast a delight. Don't forget to bring your camera and plenty of film or storage media. A pair of binoculars will enhance your wildlife viewing. The Oregon Coast is usually cool and windy, making a hooded sweatshirt or earmuffs a good idea. Finally, after a day of salt spray and sand, a change of warm clothes, shoes, and clean socks will allow you to finish your lighthouse tour in comfort.

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  • 02 of 09

    Cape Meares Lighthouse

    Cape Meares Lighthouse
    Cape Meares Lighthouse. ©Oregon Coast Visitors Association

    The Cape Meares Lighthouse is located on a coastal promontory near the town of Tillamook in Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint. Cape Meares Lighthouse is open daily during the months of April through October. Tours can be scheduled a minimum of three weeks in advance by calling (503)842-2244. The lighthouse can be reached via a wheelchair-accessible paved trail.

    Cape Meares Lighthouse is nestled among the spruce, where interpretive trails lead visitors through the area. Plentiful bird and whale watching provides even more reason to plan a stop at this scenic viewpoint. The Cape Meares gift shop offers items featuring lighthouses and sea life.

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  • 03 of 09

    Yaquina Head Lighthouse

    Yaquina Head Lighthouse
    Yaquina Head Lighthouse. ©Oregon Coast Visitor Association

    The town of Newport, Oregon is home to a number of fabulous attractions, including the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. This lighthouse is part of the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, operated by the Bureau of Land Management. The Yaquina Head Interpretive Center offers a film covering the Yaquina Lighthouses and the intertidal life on the Oregon Coast. You will also learn how the Fresnel lighthouses lens works. The lighthouse is open for self-guided tours during the warmer months of the year; the interpretive center is open year-round.

    The Yaquina Head beacon is Oregon's tallest lighthouse. Recent Yaquina Head Lighthouse restoration work was completed in June 2006.

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  • 04 of 09

    Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

    Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
    Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. ©City of Newport, Oregon

    The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is located in Oregon's Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site in Newport. Private tours are available when scheduled in advance by calling (541)574-3129. In addition to visiting the lighthouse, you can enjoy beach access, walking trails, and interpretive tours.

    The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, originally lit in 1871, was restored to service in 1996 and is currently in operation.

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  • 05 of 09

    Heceta Head Lighthouse

    Hecata Head Lighthouse
    Hecata Head Lighthouse. ©Oregon Coast Visitors Association

    Heceta Head Lighthouse is located north of Florence at the Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint. Lighthouse tours are available daily from March through October. Off-season and group tours are available by appointment by calling (541)547-3416. An interpretive center is located in the lightkeeper's house and a gift shop is located in the generator room. The assistant lightkeeper's house is now a bed and breakfast.

    A series of trails, part of the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area in Siuslaw National Forest, provide spectacular views of both the rugged seacoast and its wild inhabitants. Famous for being the most photographed lighthouse in the United States, the Heceta Head Lighthouse is one of Oregon's most popular lighthouses.

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  • 06 of 09

    Umpqua River Lighthouse

    Umpqua River Lighthouse
    Umpqua River Lighthouse. ©Oregon State Parks

    Beyond Cape Arago lies the photogenic Umpqua River Lighthouse, in Oregon's Umpqua Lighthouse State Park. The beacon's flashing colored lens is particularly beautiful when shining in the night. The Coastal Visitor Center & Museum is located in the old Coast Guard Administration Building. The lighthouse and adjacent museum are operated and maintained by the Douglas County Parks Department, with daily tours offered May through September.

    Located among Oregon's coastal sand dunes, you'll find unique recreational opportunities to enjoy in addition to Umpqua River Lighthouse. Yurt and cabin camping are available in the state park's full-service campground and RV park. Fishing, picnicking, and walking trails are among the other day activities to enjoy along the shores of Lake Marie.

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  • 07 of 09

    Coquille River Lighthouse

    Coquille River Lighthouse
    Coquille River Lighthouse. ©Oregon State Parks

    Coquille River Lighthouse is located in Bullard's Beach State Park, just north of the town of Bandon. The Coquille River Lighthouse, in operation from 1896 to 1939, is the smallest lighthouse on the Oregon coast. The lighthouse sits right at the water's edge and is in need of preservation work. Volunteer-guided tours of the lantern room are available during May through October.

    In addition to enjoying the lighthouse and the gift shop, you'll find a range of outdoor and beach recreation opportunities near Coquille River Lighthouse. The state park provides a full-service campground, complete with RV hookups, a horse camp, yurts, cabins, tepees, and covered wagons. Fishing and crabbing on the Coquille River are popular activities. The paved pathway to the beach is great for walkers and bikers. Wildlife lovers will enjoy the nearby Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • 08 of 09

    Cape Blanco Lighthouse

    Cape Blanco Lighthouse
    Cape Blanco Lighthouse. ©U.S. Coast Guard

    Cape Blanco Lighthouse is situated just a few miles from Port Orford, Oregon; the cliff-top structure is the oldest standing lighthouse in the state of Oregon. Initially operated in 1870, the light from this beacon has prevented many seafarers from foundering on Cape Blanco's rocky coastline. Visitors can enjoy tours April through October, on Wednesday through Monday. The lighthouse is located within Oregon's Cape Blanco State Park, which offers a full-service campground that includes yurts, cabins, and RV hookups. Walking trails, fishing, bird watching, and picnicking are among the recreation opportunities available in the state park.

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  • 09 of 09

    Private Oregon Lighthouses

    Cape Arago Lighthouse
    Cape Arago Lighthouse. ©U.S. Coast Guard/National Park Service

    While you can't actually visit or tour these lighthouses, you can still enjoy viewing them from a distance.

    Tillamook Rock Lighthouse
    On a large rock situated over a mile out to sea, the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse can be viewed from the shores of Cannon and Seaside Beaches. Privately owned, the lighthouse is currently a cemetery, or "columbarium at sea". The lighthouse is now the home of the cremated remains of persons who have chosen Tillamook Rock as their final resting place.

    Cape Arago Lighthouse
    Located in the fishing hamlet of Charleston, Cape Arago Lighthouse is managed by the U.S. Coast Guard and is not open to the public.

    Cleft of the Rock
    Located near Cape Perpetua, this privately-owned lighthouse was built in 1976. The lighthouse is on private property and is not open to the public