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Lighthouse destinations on the Oregon coast

There are multiple lighthouses located on the Oregon coast.

There are multiple lighthouses located on the Oregon coast.

When people think of lighthouses, they may have the many that line the Northeastern United States in mind. However, many parts of the country's coast have notable lighthouses. If you are planning a relocation to the Pacific Northwest and you are a fan of coastal activities, you can rest assured that there are plenty of lighthouses to visit. Oregon has a number of these spots dotting the entire coast. If this sounds like another good reason to make the move to Oregon, it may not be a bad idea to contact your moving company and set a date for your move.

Coquille River Light, Bandon
One spot that may not be a bad place to start your lighthouse quest in the Beaver State is the Coquille River Light. The light is in the southern section of the state's coast. While it has been around for more than 100 years, the light was not used for a significant amount of time, according to NWCoast.com. This is because another beacon took over until the mid-1970s. It is possible to wander around the lighthouse, which can give you a great view of the Pacific Ocean.

Pelican Bay Light, Brookings
Heading further south toward the California border will bring you to Brookings. This area is the home of the Pelican Bay Light. It doesn't have the history of many of the other lighthouses on the Oregon coast, as it was only commissioned in the late 1990s by the Coast Guard, according to the Oregon Coast Visitors Association. It is still a very powerful light, which can send signals more than 10 miles. The best ability to see this is to visit the boat basin off of Highway 191.

Cape Arago Light, Charleston
Another unique lighthouse is near Sunset Bay State Park in Charleston. The Cape Arago Light has a tower that rises more than 40 feet, and it has been in operation since 1934, according to NWCoast.com. This is the third lighthouse used in the area, but this one is the only one currently being used. The light is surrounded by a fence, so you won't be able to go up and touch it, but there are still ways to see this from afar. If you are in the state park, you can have a good vantage point to view it among the rocks.

Heceta Head Light, Florence
There is a lighthouse of note in the middle of the state, just west of Eugene. Head toward Florence and you will come across the Heceta Head Light. It is one of the most popular lighthouses on the Pacific, according to the Oregon Coast Visitors Society. This fixture has a light that travels more than 20 miles out to sea in order to warn boaters, and this is perched on a tower that is more than 55 feet high. If you are looking for a tour of a lighthouse, this may be the place in Oregon, as visits are allowed, on occasion.

Umpqua River Light, Winchester Bay
Traveling down the coast between Eugene and Roseburg brings you to the Winchester Bay area. This spot is the home of the Umpqua River Light. The fixture is located in Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, and was moved from its initial spot, according to NWCoast.com. The initial light began operation in 1857, while the second light was created in 1894. It is possible to visit the lighthouse in the park, which can be a fun day trip. It is not far off of the beaten path from Highway 101.