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“This Lighthouse is a Must See At Night!”

Umpqua River Lighthouse
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

The red and clear glass on this very normal lighthouse is absolutely remarkable right at dusk and into the night. You can drive right up to the lighthouse and see the red and clear lights as it reflects off the surrounding trees and out onto the Oregon dunes. The Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is excellent for disabled campers with flat campsites overlooking the lake. Restroom facilities do require a little extra help as they are on raised ground but have flushing toilets and handicap showers.

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

The Umpqua River lighthouse is special as it is one of only two lights in Oregon that uses red as well as clear lens in its' light. We had bypassed this light over the years because I knew it was a duplicate of the Haceta Head light, and I figured as I had seen that one, we didn't need to see this one, too. I was wrong. This light is 65 feet tall and was first lit in 1894. It is the second light at this location, as the original was built on sand and fell into the river 7 years later. (Moral taken from the childrens song- "The foolish man built his house upon the sand, the rain came down and the flood came up, and the foolish mans house went SPLAT!") Anyway, apparently they built the lighthouse upon the rock the next time, because it is still there for us to enjoy. You will drive through the charming town of Winchester Bay, a few miles south of Reedsport, to get to this light, and stop at the former Coast Guard house, a beautiful 3 story building that housed young men who used tiny row boats to save lives in earlier years. The house is now a museum, with the third floor being a display of the coast guard barracks, the main floor being a very imformative and attractive museum about this light and the Coast Guards role, and then there is a basement housing a quite large gift shop stocked with-what else- lighthhouse souveneirs. The tour, which costs $5 pp, began at this house. The knowledgeable and friendly volunteer guide then walked us over to the light, and explained that the modern housing surrounding the light is current housing for Coast Guard families. Once up in the lighthouse, we saw that this light is also unique because the bottom of the actual lamp is open, and visitors climb the final steps and stand shoulder-high INSIDE the light itself! This is a first for me! At the Cape Blanco light, you are able to go all the way up into the lamproom and walk around just inches from the light, which is amazing also, and the only place on this coast that you can do that, but there you stand outside the light- at Umpqua River, you are partway inside it, and with its' red as well as clear lenses, it is like being surrounded by brilliant stained glass, and is one of the most beautiful things I have seen. The colors rotate around you and you are standing just under the two 1000 watt bulbs that send light miles out to sea. There are 616 glass prisms in this 2 ton first order Fresnel lens. The guide gives you about 30 seconds a minute to snap a picture that cannot possibly do justice to what you are seeing. Of course, the best time to see the red and white light show is after dark, which we were unable to do on this trip. After the tour, the guide showed us where to stand to get the best shot of the lighthouse. For me, touring the Umpqua River light was the highlight of our vacation. You won't want to bypass it like I did for so long!

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

While traveling down the Oregon coast we decided to stop and see this lighthouse that overlooks Winchester Bay and the Pacific. The views of the bay and ocean are beautiful from the parking area near the lighthouse. We also enjoyed watching dune buggies driving well below us at the beginning of the Oregon Dunes area. We didn't take a tour of the lighthouse (tours were available) but instead walked to the small museum that explained some of the history of the area. Take time to make this side trip if you are driving along the coast.

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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Gorgeous lighthouse, one of the few remaining french crystals still in use, be sure to save time for the interpretive center. You can climb up with a guide to see the lens close up. Worth the side excursion.

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Reviewed December 7, 2012

This lighthouse is near Winchester Bay, OR, and a state park, as well as a number of private RV parks. It's also close to Dean Creek Elk Refuge, so there is a lot to do and see. Beautiful lighthouse.

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