Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint

Park History

Heceta Head is named for Bruno de Heceta, a Spanish navigator and explorer, who surveyed the Oregon coast in 1775. The lighthouse was constructed between 1892 and 1893 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The head lightkeeper’s  house was demolished and the lumber purchased for $10 in 1940 following the move from kerosene to electricity to power the lighthouse. The salvaged wood was used to construct the Alpha-Bit Café in nearby Mapleton. The state of Oregon was granted a license to use the lighthouse and surrounding property by the Coast Guard in 1963, the same year that the lighthouse became fully automated. The assistant lightkeeper’s house, which still stands, is now a bed and breakfast operated by concessionaires of the U.S. Forest Service. The already-existing Devil’s Elbow State Park, which included a cove south of the lighthouse, was enlarged to include the lighthouse and renamed Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint, connecting it with Washburne State Park to the north. The land for Devil’s Elbow State Park was acquired between 1930 and 1987 by purchase from private owners as well as gifts and exchanges with U.S. government agencies. In 1998, Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint was officially deeded to OPRD by ODOT.  In 2001, the remaining Coast Guard property was transferred to OPRD.

Acreage: 548.89

Annual day-use attendance: 1,056,538

Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint FAQ


Is it possible to drive to the lighthouse?

No, there is no public vehicle access to the ligthouse.

Can we get married in the lighouse?

No, but you can get married outside of the lighthouse.  Groups must be 10 or fewer.  Please contact the park for further information.

I am attending a wedding at the keeper's house, do I need to pay for parking.

Yes, all visitors parking in state park day use fee areas must have a valid permit.

Day use/Special Events

Do I need a day use pass to see the lighthouse?

No, but you do need a day use pass to park in the parking area.

The day use pass is not a pass to see the lighthouse. 

Of the hundreds of day-use parks in the Oregon state park system, around two dozen charge a day-use fee. This charge is a parking fee and not a charge for recreational purposes under ORS 105.672 to ORS 105.696. The immunities provided under ORS 105.682 apply to use of state park land for recreational purpose.

If you´re not camping and don´t have an annual pass, you need to buy a daily parking pass. Daily passes are $5 per day, per vehicle. You can only purchase them at a park that charges a day-use parking fee. Most are dispensed from cute, little yellow machines near the park entrance or parking area, but some are sold from the park booth or office.

The daily pass is good for parking entire day at any state park (you can leave one day-use fee park and travel to another).

How long is the trail to the lighthouse?

The trail is 1/2 a mile long and climbs 150 feet in elevation to get to the lighthouse.

Statewide FAQ

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