List of lighthouses in Oregon

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This is a list of current and former lighthouses in Oregon.

Oregon Coast[edit]

This is a complete list of existing public and private lighthouses on the Oregon Coast, in order from north to south. Not all of them are currently used for navigation.

Name Image Location Height Year lit Year automated Year deactivated Description
Tillamook Rock Light USCG Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.jpg Cannon Beach/Seaside
45°56′15″N 124°01′08″W / 45.9375°N 124.019°W / 45.9375; -124.019 (Tillamook Rock Light)
62 ft (19 m) 1881[1] 1957[2] Known as "Terrible Tillie" due to erratic weather conditions and the dangerous commute for keepers and suppliers.[2] Listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1981.[3]
Cape Meares Light Cape Meares Lighthouse.jpg Oceanside/Tillamook
45°29′11.6″N 123°58′42.2″W / 45.486556°N 123.978389°W / 45.486556; -123.978389 (Cape Meares Light)
38 ft (12 m)[4] 1890[5] 1963[5] Located at the south side of Tillamook Bay[6] and within a state park;[4] no old surrounding structures remain,[6] but the light still has its original lens;[4] listed on NRHP in 1993.[3]
Yaquina Head Light Yaquina Head Lighthouse - Oregon.jpg Newport
44°40′36.4″N 124°4′45.9″W / 44.676778°N 124.079417°W / 44.676778; -124.079417 (Yaquina Head Light)
93 ft (28 m) 1873[7] 1966[7] Located on a headland just north of Newport, listed on NRHP in 1993,[8] tallest lighthouse in Oregon [9]
Yaquina Bay Light Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, Newport, Oregon.jpg Newport
44°37′27″N 124°03′46″W / 44.62415°N 124.06290°W / 44.62415; -124.06290 (Yaquina Bay Light)
51 ft (16 m) 1871–74, Reactivated 1996[5] 1996 Located at Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site south of Yaquina Head Light, deactivated in 1874 due to the new Yaquina Head Light,[10] added to NRHP in 1970,[3] re-lit in 1996 using a lens provided by lighthouse historian James A. Gibbs[11]
Cleft of the Rock Light Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse.jpg Yachats
44°17′26″N 124°06′39″W / 44.290479°N 124.110773°W / 44.290479; -124.110773 (Cleft of the Rock Light)
34 ft (10 m) 1976[12] 1976 Private aid to navigation, a wooden lighthouse about a mile south of Yachats built by James A. Gibbs in 1976, closed to the public[12][13]
Heceta Head Light Heceta Head Light - Oregon Coast.jpg Florence
44°08′15″N 124°07′40″W / 44.13737°N 124.127835°W / 44.13737; -124.127835 (Heceta Head Light)
56 ft (17 m) 1894[5] 1963 The brightest light on the Oregon Coast, visible 21 miles (34 km) out to sea, named for Spanish explorer Bruno de Heceta, added to NRHP in 1978, now part of a state park[14][15]
Umpqua River Light Umpqua River lighthouse.jpg Winchester Bay
43°39′44″N 124°11′55″W / 43.662291°N 124.198476°W / 43.662291; -124.198476 (Umpqua River Light)
61 ft (19 m) 1894 1966
Cape Arago Light Cape Arago Light.jpg Coos Bay
43°20′28″N 124°22′32″W / 43.34123°N 124.37543°W / 43.34123; -124.37543 (Cape Arago Light)
44 ft (13 m) 1934 1966 2006 Added to NRHP list in 1993.
Coquille River Light Coquille River Light July 2009.jpg Bandon
43°07′26″N 124°25′27″W / 43.123911°N 124.424222°W / 43.123911; -124.424222 (Coquille River Light)
40 ft (12 m) 1896 1939 Added to NRHP list in 1974.
Cape Blanco Light PortOrfordORTrip 002 CapeBlancoLighthouse.jpg Port Orford
42°50′12″N 124°33′48″W / 42.8365897°N 124.5633023°W / 42.8365897; -124.5633023 (Cape Blanco Light)
59 ft (18 m) 1870 1980
Port of Brookings Light[16]
(Pelican Bay Light)
42°02′30″N 124°15′46″W / 42.04175°N 124.26279°W / 42.04175; -124.26279 (Port of Brookings Light)
35 ft (11 m) 1997 1997 Private

Former coastal lights[edit]

Name Location Year lit Year automated Year deactivated Year demolished Description
Desdemona Sands Light Astoria
46°13′31″N 123°57′13″W / 46.22528°N 123.95361°W / 46.22528; -123.95361 (Desdemona Sands Light (former))
1901 1934 1965 1965 Located at the Columbia Bar; built on wooden pilings, rendered obsolete by the introduction of the Lightship Columbia
Point Adams Light Astoria
46°11′18″N 123°58′40″W / 46.188333°N 123.977778°W / 46.188333; -123.977778 (Point Adams Light (former))
1875 1899 1912 Located at the Columbia Bar; rendered obsolete by south jetty extension, and subsequently burned to the ground
United States lightship Columbia (WLV-604) Moored offshore near the mouth of the Columbia Commissioned 1951 Decommissioned 1979 Replaced by unmanned navigational buoy; now located at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria

Current and former inland lights[edit]

Name Image Location Height Year lit Year automated Year deactivated Description
Warrior Rock Light Warrior rock lighthouse north view P2617.jpeg On the Columbia River, on Sauvie Island near Portland
45°50′55″N 122°47′18″W / 45.84858°N 122.78835°W / 45.84858; -122.78835 (Warrior Rock Light)
25 feet (7.6 m) 1877 1930 Oregon's smallest lighthouse and only current river lighthouse, if Umpqua River Light is considered to be on the coast.
Willamette River Light At the mouth of the Willamette River near the Columbia 1895 1935 Former lighthouse that burned in 1950s.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cowan, Ron (April 30, 2005). "Loud past, quiet future". Statesman Journal. Salem, Oregon. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Yardley, William (October 24, 2007). "Terrible Tillie, Where the Departed Rest Not Quite in Peace". The New York Times. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Oregon National Register List" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. June 6, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Oregon Coast Lighthouses" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. p. 2. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Historic Light Station Information & Photography: Oregon". U.S. Coast Guard. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Cape Meares Light". Inventory of Historic Light Stations: Oregon Lighthouses. National Park Service, Maritime Heritage Program. March 6, 2002. Archived from the original on September 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Yaquina Head Lighthouse". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Yaquina Head Lighthouse (Newport, Oregon)". University of Oregon Libraries. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Yaquina Bay Light (Old)". Inventory of Historic Light Stations: Oregon Lighthouses. National Park Service, Maritime Heritage Program. March 7, 2002. Archived from the original on September 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Yaquina Bay, OR". Lighthouse Friends. Retrieved November 22, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Young, Don; Young, Marjorie (2009). Adventure Guide to the Pacific Northwest. Edison, New Jersey: Hunter Publishing. p. 107. ISBN 1-58843-131-2. 
  13. ^ Engeman, Richard H. (2009). The Oregon Companion. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press. p. 222. ISBN 978-0-88192-899-0. 
  14. ^ "Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint". Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint: Park History". Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Oregon Almanac: Hydropower Projects to State Motto". Oregon Blue Book. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 

External links[edit]

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