Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is one to not miss on the Oregon coast. Nice recreational facilities, with access to other lighthouses along the coast not very far away! That's what we like. How about you?
Vintage Coastguard Photo of Umpqua Lighthouse
Another ideal circumstance to recommend it - it's open year-round. Along with so many choices to awe you during your visit. So come on over to Umpqua Lighthouse State Park and see what you'd like to do while you're there.
The Day Use area at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is open from 6am to 9pm, with free parking (no permit needed). That's quite a lengthy time to have fun at gorgeous fresh-water Lake Mary! You can stake your spot for a picnic, or go to the lakeside beach to take a swim. What else can you do while spending just the day?
Bring your rod to try your fishing luck
Float your boat! The non-motorized type, of course - have fun!
Getting to Umpqua Lighthouse State Park in Oregon, is nicely accomplished since it's not far off Hwy. 101, here called the Oregon Coast Highway. It's part of that wonderful scenic road winding up the entire Pacific U.S. coastal areas. The closest major city is Eugene, approximately 95 miles away. Drive just 10.7 miles from Reedsport, Oregon.
Then take Lighthouse Road right off the 101. From there you'll get to the Campground, to Lake Mary and the Day Use area, and the Lake Mary Trail. You can take Lighthouse Road straight on to the Umpqua Lighthouse and the Umpqua River Lighthouse Museum. (More on these Features to Visit>)
The park is in a rural setting, amidst other parks: Ziolkouski Beach Park and Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Nearby is Elliot State Forest, Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area, and South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. It seems an area to spend some time!
Location of Umpqua Lighthouse State Park
State Park Camping
A major reason to get here, is to stay awhile, as you can see. Choose one of these terrific options: campsites, cabins, or yurts. Do you love the outdoors, roughing it a little? Then you'd like to gather your camping gear, and grab one of the 24 tent sites. Do you have an RV? There's something for you. Needing a little more comfort, they got you!
Umpqua Campground 23 Tent Sites (no utilities, water nearby)
2 of these accessible
1 of these pet-friendly
Camping Area Available for Hiking-In / Bicycle Ride-In Backpackers
Umpqua Lighthouse Campground 12 Full Hook-up Sites
Umpqua Lighthouse State Park 8 Electric/Water Sites
For all of us lighthouse lovers - we enjoy going here, because we have great access to the historic 1890 Umpqua Lighthouse!
It rules over the entrance to Winchester Bay. Right where the Umpqua River meets the Pacific Ocean.
The light is unique, flashing red and white. Tour it year-round between 9am and 6pm, guided by a docent: Adults - $8, Ages 5 to 17 - $4, Under 5 - Free. Tour includes Museum admission.
Plus, you'll also want to get investigating the Umpqua River Lighthouse Museum, just adjacent. Admission free with Lighthouse tour. Learn the lighthouse's history as a lifesaving station and its U.S. Coast Guard history. Many relics from times past will bring its history into focus. It will make your time at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park even more memorable.
And there are other nearby historic parks right along the coast, including more lighthouses, that you can spend some of your time taking a drive to see:
Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint - A Day-use parking permit is required, $5 from the machine. But if you're camping at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, your receipt substitutes. From there take the trail to access the lighthouse. The 1893 assistant keeper's cottage is now a B&B.
Bullards Beach State Park - The location of Coquille River Lighthouse. You can't climb the tower, but you can enter the fog/ signal room from mid-May through Sept., 11am - 5pm
Cape Blanco State Park - The Cape Blanco Lighthouse from 1870 is the oldest on the coast, and has tours: only $2 ages 16 & older. From April thru Oct. 31, 10am - 3:15pm Daily, except Tuesdays.
Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site - Yaquina Head Lighthouse was also used as a lifeboat station. It's been restored. Open to the public, under jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management.
Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park - Named for the first Oregon State Parks Superintendent. It features dwellings listed in the National Register of Historic Places built by the CCC from 1930 to 1936.
Port Orford Heads State Park - Features the 1934 Port Orford Lifeboat Station, now a free museum (donations, please). Restoration work is proceeding on a 36-foot motor lifeboat used here. Very scenic area with wonderful coastal trails & picnic areas. Open May 1 to Sept. 30, 10am - 3:30pm daily, except Tuesdays
Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint - What's unique about this spot is the sunken 1910 wreck of the J. Marhoffer. You glimpse it at low-tide, when the ship's boiler surfaces. But it's also a scenic spot for year-round gray whale sighting, & birders love it. About the best Oregon location for oceanic birds. Watch for pelicans, loons, shearwaters, albatrosses, grebes, oystercatchers, murrelets, jaegers.