Visitors to Oregon’s Adventure Coast come for many reasons. Getting a change to experience the coastal life if one of the main reasons. And what could be more representative than the marriage of land and sea? Both romantic and mysterious, lighthouses have been the backdrop of songs, stories and dreams. For millennia, these guideposts have helped sailors navigate rugged coastal terrain.
A whopping five of Oregon’s nine lighthouses are within one hour of the Coos Bay, North Bend area.
Cape Arago Lighthouse
12 miles southwest of North Bend in Charleston
This 44 foot high tower illuminated in 1934. Earlier structures were built on this site in 1866 and 1908.
Coquille River Lighthouse Interpretive Center
2 miles north of Bandon
Commissioned in 1896 to guide mariners across a dangerous bar, decommissioned in 1939 and restored in 1979 as an interpretive center.
Umpqua River Lighthouse
6 miles south of Reedsport
The first lighthouse sited on the Oregon Coast and was illuminated in 1894. It’s lens emits distinctive red and white flashes.
Heceta Head Lighthouse:
12 miles north of Florence
First illuminated in 1894, it’s light can be seen 21 miles from land, making it the strongest light on the Oregon Coast.
Cape Blanco Lighthouse:
9 miles north of Port Orford
Oregon Coast’s oldest standing lighthouse; on the western most point in Oregon; commissioned in 1870. The lighthouse was automated by the Coast Guard in 1980.