Explore all 11 Oregon Coast Lighthouses
The 11 Oregon coast lighthouses represent a great maritime heritage. Visit these beacons, as you explore the beautiful Oregon coast. Each lighthouse is unique and has its own story to tell. If your looking for things to do on the Oregon coast this is a great activity to consider. You can include the entire family and and you’ll undoubtedly love exploring Oregon’s historical lighthouses!
This is the most dramatic Oregon lighthouse. Built on a rock which is stretched more than a mile out to the sea, Tillamook Rock lighthouse was first lit in 1881. It is not open to the public. But you can view it with the help of binoculars from Ecola State Park close to Cannon Beach. It is he most expensive west coast lighthouse ever built, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It was deactivated in 1957. Amazing story of Jim Gibbs the Tillamook Rock Light keeper from World War II here.
This charming Oregon Coast lighthouse is managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreations department. Opened first in 1890, it has been under the care of many families since then. It was deactivated in 1963 Accessible easily to the public, this Oregon lighthouse is open daily, from April through October, between 11 am and 4 pm.
This is the tallest of the Oregon coast lighthouses. First lit in 1873, it has remained one of the most popular lighthouses on the Oregon coast. It can be seen at the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. Prior reservations in person is a must, for the year-round ranger-led tours.
This controversial lighthouse was operational for only three years. It was restored fully in 1974 and opened for visits. To see this restored Oregon lighthouse, visit the Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site in the Newport area all year round, between 11 am to 4 pm, Wednesdays through Sundays. Timings may change in off season.
Cleft of the Rock
Jim Gibbs, a former keeper of the majestic Tillamook Rock, built this private lighthouse on the Oregon Coast in 1976. It is modeled on Vancouver Island’s Fiddle Reef Lighthouse. It is closed to general public. But, you can see it from the Amanda Trail to the south of Yachats or Highway 101.
Part of an Oregon state park, Heceta Head is one of the most picturesque Oregon coast lighthouses. Set north of Florence, it boasts of stunning architectural beauty. You can sign up for a ranger-led tours that are conducted all year round.
Built in the site of Oregon’s first lighthouse, it is nestled 100 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Managed by Douglas County Parks, it is open for visits May through October, from 10am to 4pm. Prior reservation is not needed.
The single remaining structure from a complex of buildings, the Cape Arago lighthouse is quite difficult to find. It is situated on a rock south of the Oregon coast. Not open to public, it can be seen from viewpoints at Yoakam Point State Parks and Sunset Bay.
First lit in 1896, and abandoned in 1939, the lighthouse was partially opened to public in 1979. Today, it is a part of Bullards Beach State Park. It can be visited from mid-May through September between 11am to 5pm.
Part of the Cape Blanco State Park, this scenic Oregon coast lighthouse was first lit in 1870. It is open for tours between 10am to 3.30pm, Wednesdays through Mondays. Visit between April through October.
Opened in 1999, it is Oregon’s newest lighthouse. It is also a private lighthouse, commissioned by the US Coast Guard. It is not open to the public, but is visible from behind the Best Western Hotel.