Monday, November 9, 2015

Cape Blanco State Park, Port Orford, Oregon

Cape Blanco State Park has a campground with 52 sites with 30/50 amp electric and water and a dump station, except the dump station was closed when we were there due to drain field issues. There are four sites that the lighthouse hosts use with full hookups and since they are no longer here, we were able to get one of the sites for the same price of $22.00. There are also 4 cabins and a horse camp. The sites have a picnic table and fire ring. There are flush toilets and showers. The sites are good size and most have trees/bushes between them for privacy.

Cape Blanco State Park is the home of the Cape Blanco Lighthouse. This is the most southern of Oregon’s lighthouses and is the westernmost point in Oregon. It was the first lighthouse in the state outfitted with a first-order Fresnel lens in 1870. The first-order lens was replaced with a second-order lens in 1936. The headland is 245 feet above the sea and the light is visible for 22 miles at sea. Tours of the lighthouse are given from April through October, so we missed that by a week. This is the oldest standing lighthouse on the Oregon coast, towering 245 feet above the ocean. It was commissioned in 1870 to aid shipping generated by the gold mining and lumber industries.

We were lucky enough to have some days of sun and walked on the beach and had beautiful sunset pictures. We even saw 3 whales through binoculars!


Click here for more pictures. We took tons of pictures of the sunset, and I have to go through and delete some yet.

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