Cape Blanco Light Station






Cape Blanco Lighthouse was added to the
National Register of Historic Places
on April 21, 1993.


Climb the winding stairway to the top of Cape Blanco Lighthouse and stand beside its spectacular Fresnel ( pronounced: frey-NEL ) lens. Up close you can appreciate the genius of its inventor and imagine generations of dedicated light keepers toiling to keep the lamp burning brightly. Beyond the windows your gaze is drawn to the magnificent ever-changing Pacific coastline..

Erected in 1870, this lighthouse stands on Oregon’s farthest west point of land and is the oldest one continually operating in Oregon. It holds the record for longest service at one lighthouse too: James Langlois worked here for 42 years.

James Hughes served at this light station for 37 years. He was born at

Hughes House Ranch

Discover several other records this special lighthouse holds when you visit.

Tours are available April through October each year.

Tour Hours:

10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed Tuesday’s.

Last tickets for lens room tour are sold at 3:15 p.m.

Tour Admission:

$2.00 per adult 16 or older

Free for 15 and under

Lighthouse grounds are open only during tour hours.

You can also hike, ride horseback, walk the beach, or camp in a tent, RV, or cabin at Cape Blanco State Park.

To get there:

From Highway 101, 4.5 miles north of Port Orford or 26 miles south of Bandon and just south of Sixes, Oregon, turn west on Cape Blanco Road. Follow the road past historic Hughes House to the very end.

Click here for an area map.