Eleven Oregon lighthouses line the coast today, many of which are visited by the adventurous from around the world. Five provide educational tours including, Yaquina Head, Yaquina Bay, Heceta Head, Umpqua River, and Cape Blanco lighthouses. Cape Meares and Coquille River lighthouse have public exhibit areas while the others are closed or privately owed and can only be viewed from a distance. Lighthouses are not the only sight to see around these attractions from the past, many provide hiking trails, beautiful scenery of the Oregon Coast, and wildlife viewing. So what are you waiting for, go on and explore these beautiful structures but remember to bring your camera.
List of Oregon Lighthouses
- Yaquina Head Lighthouse Yaquina Head Lighthouse is located three miles north of Newport, it stands 93-feet-high and 162 feet above sea level. The lighthouse stands guards over the entrance of Yaquina Bay. Commissioned in 1873 the tower is now toured by vistors and managed by the Bureau of land Management. Trails lead to the lighthouse and tide pools accessible [...]
- Heceta Head Lighthouse The Heceta Head Lighthouse is located 10 miles north of Florence, Oregon and stands 56-feet-high, 205 feet above the Pacific Ocean. The lighthouse is open to tours, has a gift shop and an interpretive center to answer all your questions. Perfect for photographers trying to catch the tower in the magnificent view of the Oregon Coast. Hiking trails, tide [...]
- Umpqua River Lighthouse The Umpqua River Lighthouse is located on the south side of the Winchester bay and stands 65-feet-high, 165 feet above the Pacific Ocean. The lighthouse is open to tours and has a visitor center full of information located across the street. Commissioned in 1894 the tower replaced the oldest lighthouse in Oregon originally located on the [...]
- Yaquina Bay Lighthouse At the north end of the Yauina Bay bridge in Newport stands the 42-foot-high tower 161 feet above sea level. The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is the second oldest standing lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. Commissioned in 1871 the tower was only used for a short while as the brighter Yaquina Head Lighthouse eliminated its necessity [...]
- Cape Meares Lighthouse Cape Meares Lighthouse is located ten miles west of Tillamook and U.S. 101 stands the 38-foot-high tower 217 feet above sea level. The lighthouse stands guards 1.2 miles of the shores of the Oregon Coast. Commissioned in 1890; later replaced by beacon in 1963. From the main parking lots, trails lead to the lighthouse and [...]
- Tillamook Rock Lighthouse South of Seaside stands the 62-foot-high tower 133 feet above sea level. The lighthouse stands guards 1.2 miles of the shores of the Oregon Coast. Commissioned in 1881 to help ships enter the Columbia River safely. No public access to this lighthouse. Whistle buoy replaced the lighthouses function in 1957.
- Cape Blanco Lighthouse The Cape Blanco Lighthouse is located near Cape Blanco, Oregon, less then 10 miles north of Port Orford. The lighthouse stands 59-feet-high, 256-feet above sea level. Commission in 1870, the furthest west lighthouse in Oregon can be toured to this day. Visitor Information Grounds open, April 1 to October 31st. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. [...]
- Coquille River Lighthouse The Coquille River Lighthouse is located near Bandon, Oregon on the north shore of the Coquille River. The lighthouse stands 40-feet-high and 47-feet above sea level. Commissioned in 1896, the lighthouse was later replaced by an automated beacon in 1939. The Coquille River Lighthouse has undergone a couple renovations projects since 1976.
The Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is located just north of Newport, Oregon. The land jets out due west nearly a mile into the Pacific Ocean and offers a tour of Oregon’s tallest lighthouse, tide pools to explore and an interpretive center to learn more about the area. Tidepooling before the Yaquina Head Lighthouse opened. You’re allowed to touch but you can’t take anything home with you. Taking a close look at a starfish securely attached to a rock. Don’t prey them loose or you can damage these...read more