Cape Blanco Lighthouse Nhs

Bureau of Land Management, Oregon.


The oldest lighthouse in the state, Cape Blanco Lighthouse sits atop wind-swept bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. These bluffs, the western-most point of land in Oregon, provide an unparalleled opportunity to watch California gray whales and other marine mammals. Cape Blanco holds the record for longest service at one lighthouse. James Langlois, namesake of the nearby town, worked here for 42 years and James Hughes, born on a nearby ranch, served here for 37 years. The site's proximity to the Cape Blanco State Park provides visitors with camping, hiking, and beach combing opportunities in addition to a lighthouse visit.

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Climb the winding stairway to the top of the lighthouse and stand beside its spectacular Fresnel lens. Appreciate the genius of its inventor and imagine generations of dedicated light keepers toiling to keep the lamp burning brightly.

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From Port Orford, Oregon, drive north for 4.5 Miles on U.S. Highway 101, and from Langlois, Oregon, drive south for 8.5 miles on U.S. Highway 101. Turn west on Cape Blanco Road and follow it to its end at the Cape Blanco Lighthouse.

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