Oregon Coast Lighthouses
There are eleven lighthouses on the Oregon Coast and
nine of them are on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Oregon Coast Visitors Guide recommends the lighthouses
highly. They have a lot of history attached to them, and
every single one is unique and special in its own way.
The stories about how they were built, what they became after they were
decommissioned, what life was like for the light keepers, and
so many more interesting topics associated with the Oregon
Coast lighthouses, make them very fascinating.
The lighthouses have incredible views of the ocean and surrounding
coast for obvious reasons. Many of them are also located
next to some of Oregon's premier wildlife viewing areas.
Visit some of these lighthouses and get up-close looks
at birds nesting, whales out in the ocean, and some of
Oregon's most beautiful scenery.
Explore the lighthouses on these pages and then go visit
them all. It will be a great experience.
Cape Arago Lighthouse
The newest lighthouse in terms of service can be found in North Bend.
Cape Blanco Lighthouse
This lighthouse is on the westernmost point in the state of Oregon.
Cape Meares Lighthouse
The shortest lighthouse on the Oregon Coast.
Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse
An old lighthouse operator decided to build his own private lighthouse.
Coquille River Lighthouse
Not used since 1939, but it has a nice interpretive center.
Heceta Head Lighthouse
This one has the strongest light and can be seen 21 miles offshore.
Port of Brookings Lighthouse
Privatly owned and operated lighthouse on the Oregon Coast's most southern city.
Tillamook Rock Lighthouse
This lighthouse is a storage place for dead people.
Umpqua River Lighthouse
When they first buildt this one, it fell into the river.
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
This lighthouse was only operational for four years back in the 1870s. Find out why!
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
The tallest lighthouse you can find along the Oregon Coast.
You may also want to download this great
Oregon Coast Lighthouse pamphlet
Why are lighthouses so tall?
Lighthouses must be tall in order for the light to be seen around the curvature of
the Earth. If the Earth were flat, rather than round, then lighthouses could be shorter.
Lighthouses and Life-Saving on the Oregon Coast
The Oregon Coast has been the site of shipwrecks even before Lewis and Clark’s arrival in 1805. Even as the population grew, the federal government
let the Oregon Coast go unguarded by lighthouses and lifesavers for decades. Economic and political pressures finally forced the government to build
the first Oregon lighthouse in 1857 at the Umpqua River. The LifeSaving Service followed in 1878 with a station at the mouth of Coos Bay. Eventually,
most of the harbor entrances and headlands were protected by both the Lighthouse Service and the LifeSaving Service, the precursor to today’s Coast Guard.
Lighthouses and Lifesaving on the Oregon Coast commemorates the true heroes who served to warn, protect, and rescue those who went to sea.
Lighthouses open to public
The are seven lighthouses along the Oregon Coast that are open to the public. They are
Cape Blanco (Port Orford),
Cape Meares (Tillamook),
Coquille River (Bandon),
Heceta Head (Florence),
Umpqua River (Reedsport),
Yaquina Bay, and
Yaquina Head (Newport).
Oregon Coast Shipwrecks
The lighthouses did not succeed in saving all ships along the coast.
Check out Oregon Coast Shipwrecks