This lighthouse has a 65-foot tower, which started in 1890. It is located near Reedsport and Umpqua Lighthouse State Park. First illuminated in 1894, Umpqua River lighthouse gives off very distinct red and white flashes. Visitors can check out the inside of the lighthouse, nearby park, or Lake Marie.
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Adorable light house right on the beach.
This was our families first experience with a lighthouse! We loved learning about the history of lighthouse and viewing the local surroundings. The lighthouse is surrounded by gorgeous woods and ocean. We say several deer down in the grass near the beach grazing. So much beauty!
Nice view overlooking the ocean
Nice drive down a wooded road, beautiful scenery. The light house is the home of the Coast Guard do unable to explore it. Nice lookout over the ocean in front of the light house though. Tons of local fisherman out there in their boats.
Lots of history
The tour of the lighthouse is wonderful. So much history about the Coast Guard and the seaman who have history here. A very nice gift shop is in the basement of the old living quarters museum. It's fun to go through the museum and see the different years and history of the men and women who served here. The gift shop has tons of nautical and beach treasures to purchase. I live in Winchester Bay, so both spots are always on my list to visit when guests come to our home.
Excellent Views, Rich History, Easy Place to Take Break from Driving the Oregon Coast
We were staying near this lighthouse so we walked to it once and drove by it a couple times. We did not take the tour so I can't comment on that. However, from what I did see, this looks like an excellent place to take a break from driving and check out a local attraction with a rich history. We visited at night during some light fog which made the lighthouse look like a light show. Also during the day, there are great views of the surrounding ocean, river, bay, and dunes. This stretch of the Hwy 101 can be a little secluded from the ocean and this is a great place to view the Winchester Bay area. If your driving, I recommend doing the loop to see Winchester Bay and ATV campgrounds as well. Take Salmon Harbor Drive and Lighthouse Road to see the best of what the area has to offer. It also appeared that you could walk from the lighthouse down into the dunes a little bit in an area that is not open to ATV's. Which allows sightseers to experience the dunes and watch ATV's without the risk of being near them.
We arrived at the end of the day and were given a thorough history and tour of the lighthouse. We learned about the area as well. We enjoyed going up into the lenses. The gift shop is full of souvenirs and photographs.