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Cape Arago Lighthouse

Lighthouse Island, Charleston, OR
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Get your camera ready!

Cape Arago Lighthouse is one of the more picturesque lighthouses on the Pacific Coast...OK, let's... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Alan H
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Rexburg, Idaho
No Close Up

I enjoy seeing the Cape Arago Lighthouse, from shore; but, it is not easy to tour the lighthouse. I... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2017
Jenny Lu A
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Coos Bay, Oregon
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3 weeks ago
“Get your camera ready!”
12 Feb 2017
“No Close Up”
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Lighthouse Island, Charleston, OR
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cape Arago Lighthouse is one of the more picturesque lighthouses on the Pacific Coast...OK, let's agree to disagree and say that it's picturesque and leave it at that. This white lighthouse stands on Chief's Island at Point Gregory. The lighthouse is no longer in operation,...More

Thank Alan H
Reviewed 12 February 2017

I enjoy seeing the Cape Arago Lighthouse, from shore; but, it is not easy to tour the lighthouse. I am still working on it. Nice views from Sunset Bay and Cape Arago Highway Waysides.

1  Thank Jenny Lu A
Reviewed 17 January 2017

We got here early (0930) to see the cliffs shrouded in fog, and could hear the sea lions barking. The sun soon burnt of the fog, revealing spectacular rocks and and scenery. A very beautiful and peaceful part of the Oregon coast.

Thank wendyandmarc2016
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Great one hour loop drive. Stop at Simpson Reef to see elephant seals, seal lions and harbor seals. Beautiful rocky coast views.

Thank donfarrell911
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Try to get there at low tide and check out the tide pools and then sit back, relax and watch the sun set and the tide roll in crashing over the nearby off shore rocks. Even got to see some local whales.

1  Thank Ken T
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

The lighthouse is located on Chiefs island and not reachable. The lighthouse has been turned over from the Coast Guard to a local tribe. There are numerous places you can shoot it from though. But do not tresspass on private land without the owners permission....More

1  Thank SoCalOregonian
Reviewed 6 June 2016

Its possible to view the lighthouse, but a more beautiful view is from the end of the Cape Argo road. The Cape Argo State Park is more a large viewpoint with picnic tables, trails and gorgeous view of the coastline. From the parking area you...More

Thank Hazel S
Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

This is at the end of the road about 5 miles after passing through Charleston. The views to the north and south along the coast can't be beaten. It is also a fantastic place to watch the sun go down when the weather permits.

Thank Jaysuhn12
Reviewed 5 May 2016

Cape Arago Lighthouse is one of the few on the Oregon Coast where you can’t get a close-up view. It’s south of the entrance to Coos Bay on an island surrounded by a fence. The island’s shape is portrayed as a bony fist with an...More

2  Thank Nan M
Reviewed 19 December 2015

Great, calendar or postcard quality views from several locations around the Lighthouse, even though you cannot actually, physically get to the lighthouse yourself. Well worth hiking the trails just south to get some special views and the beach, Lighthouse Beach, adjacent on the south is...More

1  Thank OregonCoastDigest
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Michele T
Is this a good central location for spotting elephant and harbor seals in September? We are wildlife photographers. We will do grey whale tours in Depoe Bay, and of course visit Astoria(Goonies fans), but we have no idea where, or if, we can find seals(not sea lions) in September. Thanks!
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Michele T
Did you see elephant seals in September?? We are planning a trip in September, and are trying to find a central location for wildlife spotting, so that we don't have to stay in a different hotel every night of our two week trip. Thanks in advance!
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