The Heceta Head Keeper's House is perched on a cliff with a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean and the beach below. Paths from the Keeper's House lead to the beach and to the lighthouse. This historic Queen Anne style home is now a bed and breakfast.
The light at top of the fifty-six foot tower was illuminated in 1894. The automated beacon can be seen twenty-one miles out at sea and is rated as the strongest light on the Oregon coast.
A short half-mile trail leads to the lighthouse from the parking lot.
-The Heceta lighthouse was named for Don Bruno de Heceta, who surveyed the Oregon coast while on a Royal Spanish Navy expedition in 1775.
-The federal government bought 19 acres of the homestead to accommodate the light station.
-A crew of 56 began building the light station in 1892.
-Stones used in the construction came from Oregon's Clackamas River, east of Portland. Bricks for the lighthouse came from San Francisco.
-The builders finished the compound in August 1893, at a cost of $80,000
-The assistant lightkeepers' house is now a bed and breakfast with facilities for group events.
-The head lightkeeper's house was sold for $10 in 1940 to a buyer who tore it down and used it for lumber.
The lighthouse is beautiful and very much a part of its surroundings. It sits in the middle of a seven-mile trail network that features beach and wildlife viewing areas. You can see puffins, cormorants, gulls, and other birds. Sea lions and whales can be viewed from the beach and cliff-top lighthouse. Looking down, just over the railing near the lighthouse, you can spot common murres, which lay their eggs on the bare rocks. Its common to see brown pelicans and bald eagles fly by. Migrating gray whales travel to and from Alaska and Baja California right past the lighthouse. May is the busiest time of year for whale watching. Often you'll see migrating mothers with their calves as they travel close to shore.