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Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
Oregon Coast Lighthouses
Celebrated with Special Tours All Month
|Florence's Heceta Head Lighthouse
(Oregon Coast) – In an interesting proclamation by
Governor Ted Kulongoski, August has been declared “Lighthouse Month”
– more than just another slant on tourism, but also a way to pay
reverence to the magnificent symbols Oregonians have grown up with.
It’s also a way to spotlight the need for donations
for these much loved icons of the state.
Seven of Oregon’s lighthouses are open to the public,
often holding special events that involve night tours or period garb:
Cape Meares, Yaquina Head, Yaquina Bay and Heceta Head on the central
coast; Umpqua River, Coquille River and Cape Blanco on the southern Oregon
coast. Each will have its own schedule.
|Yaquina Bay Ligthouse: it was only used for three years back in
The northernmost lighthouse in the state – Tillamook
Rock Lighthouse, just offshore from Seaside and Cannon Beach – is
never open to the public as it is a bird refuge now and a place to house
ashes of the dead.
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But the others won’t remain so mysterious. Heceta
Head Lighthouse (by Florence), Newport’s Yaquina Head Lighthouse
and the Umpqua River Lighthouse on the south coast are offering night
tours – something truly unusual, as these are never open at night.
Yaquina Head’s tours will be Thursday nights, gradually
starting a little earlier each week as the sun goes down earlier. There,
the men giving the tours will be dressed in 1870 lighthouse keepers' costumes,
while the ladies will be in Victorian attire.
|Cape Meares Lighthouse: at only 30 feet, it is the shortest
on the coast
The next night tour at the Heceta Head Lighthouse happens
September 1, starting at 9 p.m. At Yaquina Head, they begin around 7 p.m.
on Thursdays, but will get earlier each week. They are free, although
the state park day-use fees will be in effect (even though it’s
actually at night).
The night tours at Heceta Head will spotlight navigation
by the stars, and how seafarers made it in those early days without electronic
help, radar, GPS – and even before the advent of lighthouses.
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At Heceta Head, there will be guided tours, daily from
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the state park fee.
Special birding events will happen at Heceta Head, where
the public can learn about sea birds. These go from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.,
August , 23, 24 and 25. There is a special birding walk at 10 a.m. on
|Inside Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Self-guided tours can be found at Cape Meares Lighthouse
(just west of Tillamook) and at Yaquina Head, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. At
the home-like Yaquina Bay Lighthouse in Newport, the self-guided tours
happen everyday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visitors may receive lighthouse bumper stickers and other
materials while visiting this month.
|Yaquina Head Lighthouse, the tallest on
the coast: it was recently refurbished to its original colors from
There may be a fee for the tours at some lighthouses, while
those in the state park system will be charging day-use fees. All will
accept donations, which the United States Lighthouse Society says is in
great need these days. Coastal weather is hard on these ancient buildings,
and they are in constant need of repair because of the harsh elements.
The USLS is asking the public to make donations at the
lighthouses or through the society, but they prefer a direct gift to the
Three of the north coast’s four accessible lighthouses
have rather intense ghost stories behind them, although the one at Yaquina
Bay was in recent years discovered to have come from a fictional short
story published locally in the early 1900’s.
Heceta Head is known for its tale of a female ghost who
cleans up around the area and has befriended the family who runs the B&B
Head Lighthouse, the tallest on the Oregon coast, had until recently a
legend of a man who supposedly fell to his death on the spiral staircase,
after a particularly heavy night’s drinking binge. His spirit was
then said to haunt the lighthouse. But that one was debunked in the early
part of this decade when a descendent of the man wrote the Bureau of Land
Management and explained that he – named Higgins – actually
moved to Portland eventually and died there of natural causes in the 30’s.
Visitors are asked to call ahead with each lighthouse and
check on the schedule, and at times reserve a spot in a tour or event.
Cape Meares; (503) 842-2244; Yaquina Head; (541)
574-3100; Yaquina Bay; (541) 265-5679; Heceta Head: (541) 547 3416; Umpqua
River: (541) 271-4631; Coquille River: (541) 347-2209; Cape Blanco; (541)
756-0100 or (541) 332-6774.
For more on Oregon coast lighthouses, including videos,
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