Each Oregon coast lighthouse has its own light pattern signal. Mariners long ago use to memorize the lighthouse signals so they knew where they were on dark foggy nights.
Cape Blanco Lighthouse
This lighthouse was built in 1870. There is a guided tour available for a small fee. The tour is free with America the Beautiful pass. The lens tower is open for tours too. The tower is conical-shaped. This is the oldest standing lighthouse on the Oregon coast.
Coquille River Lighthouse
Inside the lighthouse is a gift shop. There are no tours of this lighthouse. The Len tower is closed at this time. The light shines from atop a 40-foot octagonal tower when working.
Cape Arago Lighthouse
There is no tour for the Cape Arago Lighthouse. Cape Arago can be seen from 1/4 mile south of the Sunset Bay campground entrance. The lighthouse stands 100 feet above the ocean on an islet just off Gregory Point.
Umpqua River Lighthouse
There is a guided tour of the lighthouse. The museum is also open its filled with lighthouse information, history of the area & coast guard information. The red lens can be seen from almost the top of the tower. The lens is spectacular. This has the original fresnel lens and has a unique white/red pattern.
Heceta Head Lighthouse
We walked a 1/2 mile walk to see this lighthouse. There is a guided tour of the lighthouse & assistant keepers house. I had a good time listening to the volunteers talk about the “ghost” at the lighthouse & assistant keeper’s house. The view is spectacular if its not foggy at the time of your visit. This lighthouse is called the most “photographed” lighthouse in the west coast.
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
This lighthouse was only working for three years. The light wasn’t seen far enough so the Yaquina Head Lighthouse was built. This lighthouse has a ghost story. A keepers daughter was looking for her handkerchief and never was seen again. But a pool of “warm blood” was left. This is the shortest lighthouse in Oregon and the 2nd oldest lighthouse.
Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse (sorry no pictures)
This lighthouse isn’t open to the public. Its suppose to be on milepost 166, 1.8 miles south of Yachats. I didn’t see any National Lighthouse Stamp for this lighthouse.
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
This lighthouse was in the hit horror movie The Ring in 2002. The keeper made $1,000 a year. The keepers family raised cows, pigs and had a garden. This is the tallest lighthouse in Oregon.
You can make reservations for this lighthouse tour online or drive up to the interpretive center to reserve a spot. The tour is given in the view of the keepers wife when we toured in July 2016. I’ve never had a lighthouse tour like this. I liked the tour.
Cape Meares Lighthouse
Oregon’s shortest lighthouse stands 38 feet atop Cape Meares. The lighthouse has a gift shop inside, a tour of the tower and an exhibit with information about the lighthouse.
Tillamook Rock Lighthouse
Only 76 people signed the guest register of this lighthouse during its active service. Two visitors swam from Seaside in 1934,a distance of five miles. The lighthouse can be seen from Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach.