Lighthouses are among the favorite spots to visit up and down the Oregon Coast. All in all there are 11 different lighthouses along the 363 miles of coastline. Five of the best lighthouses are within a short drive of Lincoln City.
The star attraction at Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint west of Tillamook, this lighthouse is the shortest on the Oregon Coast. The base of the tower is open for tours and includes a small interpretive gift shop. The lighthouse is open April through October. Learn about Cape Meares Lighthouse
Yaquina Head Lighthouse is one of the most visited lighthouses on the west coast. Situated just north of Newport in the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, a wonder in and of itself, the Yaquina Head Light was built in 1873 and remains an excellent example of late 1800’s lighthouses. The lighthouse tower, at 93 feet, is the tallest of any lighthouse in Oregon. Learn about Yaquina Head Lighthouse
The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is located at the mouth of the Yaquina River in Yaquina Bay State Park, near the north end of the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport. Built in 1871, the lighthouse was decommissioned three years later in 1874 after the construction of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse to the north. It is the only lighthouse in Oregon with attached living quarters, as well as Oregon’s last remaining historic wooden lighthouse, and is believed to be the oldest structure in Newport. Learn about Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
Located south of Yachats, the lighthouse and state scenic viewpoint are among the most popular photo ops on the Oregon Coast. Perched on a breathtaking bluff 150 feet above the ocean, Heceta Head Lighthouse is one of the most-visited lighthouses in the United States. This working lighthouse is the brightest light on the coast, casting its beam some 21 miles of to sea. Tours are available 7 days a week, weather and staff permitting. Day-use parking permits are required year round. Learn about Heceta Head Lighthouse
Cleft of the Rock
This privately owned lighthouse, and official navigation aid for the Coast Guard, can be found south of Yachats outside northwest corner of the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. It is closed the public but is conveniently viewable from Highway 101 near mile marker 166.
Other Oregon Coast Lighthouses
Built on an island 1.2 miles offshore, this lighthouse can be seen from Ecola State Park south of Cannon Beach.
Almost identical to Heceta Head, only slightly taller. Located on Umpqua Lighthouse Loop out of Winchester Bay.
The third lighthouse to occupy the same location and difficult to find, it closed to the public. Located just south of the entrance to Coos Bay.
Commonly referred to now as Bandon Light, it is staffed from May through October. Located north of Bandon, day-use fee required.
Towering above the westernmost point in Oregon, it sits 245 feet above the ocean with a 59-foot tower. Located north of Port Orford, day-use fee required.
Oregon’s newest light standing 141 feet above the Chetco River, is not open to the public. Located in Brookings-Harbor.