Agate Beach Motel http://www.agatebeachmotel.com Engage. Enjoy. Encounter. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 20:01:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Yaquina Head Lighthouse: The Tallest Lighthouse in Oregon http://www.agatebeachmotel.com/yaquina-head-lighthouse-the-tallest-lighthouse-in-oregon/ http://www.agatebeachmotel.com/yaquina-head-lighthouse-the-tallest-lighthouse-in-oregon/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2016 18:40:16 +0000 http://www.agatebeachmotel.com/?p=734 Yaquina Head Lighthouse: The Tallest Lighthouse in Oregon Standing tall against the Oregon shoreline at the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is a lone lighthouse overlooking the turbulent waters of the Pacific Ocean. The Yaquina Head Lighthouse is located near the mouth of the Yaquina River in Lincoln County, north of Newport. As the tallest […]

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Yaquina Head Lighthouse: The Tallest Lighthouse in Oregon

Standing tall against the Oregon shoreline at the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is a lone lighthouse overlooking the turbulent waters of the Pacific Ocean. The Yaquina Head Lighthouse is located near the mouth of the Yaquina River in Lincoln County, north of Newport. As the tallest lighthouse in Oregon, its tower reaches an incredible 93 feet high. Standing guard at the westernmost point of the Oregon headlands, The Yaquina Head Lighthouse was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

Shining Its Light to Guide Supply Ships Up the Coast

Built in Paris in 1868, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse was shipped to Oregon to help guide ships and their supplies to their destinations along the western coast. The lighthouse began operating on August 20, 1873. Equipped with a French Fixed Fresnel Lens (1st order), which it still uses today, the light can be seen 19 miles out at sea. The U.S. Lighthouse Service maintained the facility, usually staffed by three lighthouse keepers, until 1939, when the U.S. Coast Guard began managing the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. The servicemen stationed there during World War II used the structure to spot enemy ships.

The original lighthouse had an attached oil house as well as a keeper’s house. During the intervening years, other buildings were constructed to accommodate the lighthouse keepers. In 1984, these structures were torn down, leaving a grassy field around the lighthouse. The Yaquina Head Lighthouse was featured in an episode of TV’s “The Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977) as well as in movies (1983’s “Hysterical” and 2002’s “The Ring”).

Seeing the Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Depending on weather conditions, the Bureau of Land Management offers daily public tours of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, which actively aids navigation to this day. The tower of this historic structure has 111 steep steps that may not be suitable for anyone with a heart condition, respiratory condition, limited mobility, or other medical condition. The tour is not suitable for children who are under 42” tall, under 5 years of age, or who cannot climb the 111 steps without help. For detailed tour information, call (541) 574-3100 or visit the tour info website.

When touring the wonders of Oregon, remember to visit the historic Yaquina Head Lighthouse, standing sentinel on this basalt headland of the Oregon coast.

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Pack Your Surfboard and Head to the Oregon Coast http://www.agatebeachmotel.com/pack-your-surfboard-and-head-to-the-oregon-coast/ http://www.agatebeachmotel.com/pack-your-surfboard-and-head-to-the-oregon-coast/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2016 18:19:08 +0000 http://www.agatebeachmotel.com/?p=731 Pack Your Surfboard and Head to the Oregon Coast When you think of surfing, what comes to mind? Do you imagine a long ride down to warmer coastal areas with beaches so packed with swimmers that it’s nearly impossible to catch a wave? Come visit Oregon’s coastline! From Pacific City all the way up to […]

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Pack Your Surfboard and Head to the Oregon Coast

When you think of surfing, what comes to mind? Do you imagine a long ride down to warmer coastal areas with beaches so packed with swimmers that it’s nearly impossible to catch a wave? Come visit Oregon’s coastline! From Pacific City all the way up to Seaside, we’ve got the waves to challenge surfers of all skill levels and in all seasons.

Surfing in Oregon: A Year-Round Adventure

Summer surfing along the Oregon coast is ideal for beginners. During these warmer months, our sandbars form closer to the beach, creating smaller waves in water that’s only waist-deep.

But you don’t have to wait for summer to surf the Oregon coast! Our surfing season extends into the cooler months when intermediate and advanced surfers can brave brisk winter waters on less crowded beaches. So don your wetsuit to enjoy the more challenging winter waves along our surfer-friendly coastline.

What makes Oregon beaches so suitable for surfing? Our uneven coastline produces predictable waves year round, regardless of wind direction. Our smaller summer waves appeal to beginners and our world-class winter waves challenge experienced surfers. Our beaches, maintained year round in our state park network, are more sandy than rocky, and are less likely to scrape surfers on our shores.

Places to Surf

The beaches, coves and headlands scattered all along the coast make Oregon a surfer’s paradise. The following list highlights just a few of Oregon’s prime surfing locations.

  • Agate Beach State Recreation Site
  • Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area at Pacific City
  • Indian Beach at Ecola State Park
  • Otter Rock
  • Oceanside
  • Short Sands in Oswald West State Park

Before choosing your beach, evaluate your skill level as well as natural hazards such as boulders and currents. Besides safety issues, other considerations include the weather forecast and nearby amenities.

Whether you’re on vacation or just squeezing in some surf time before work, check out these ideal locations along Oregon’s coast. You just might find that elusive perfect wave!

Discover more about Agate Beach. Surf’s up!

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Experiencing the Oregon Coast http://www.agatebeachmotel.com/experiencing-the-oregon-coast/ http://www.agatebeachmotel.com/experiencing-the-oregon-coast/#comments Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:57:52 +0000 http://www.agatebeachmotel.com/?p=483 What is the weather like on the Oregon Coast? In spring – temperatures range from high 50’s during day to low 40’s at night with a good chance of rain. In summer – temperatures range from 60-70’s during day to high 50’s at night. In autumn – temperatures range from mid/high 60’s during day to […]

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What is the weather like on the Oregon Coast?

In spring – temperatures range from high 50’s during day to low 40’s at night with a good chance of rain. In summer – temperatures range from 60-70’s during day to high 50’s at night. In autumn – temperatures range from mid/high 60’s during day to low 40’s at night. There is a good chance of rain in late autumn early winter. In winter- temperatures range from mid/high 40’s to low 50’s during day to mid 30’s at night. Winter is a great time to visit the Oregon coast and watch our magnificent winter storms.

When do the whales migrate?

December through early February on their annual 6,000 mile journey in the Pacific Ocean from the Arctic to the warm waters of Baja CA. Then, during March through October, the whales return north with their calves. Check out this website for more information: www.WhaleSpoken.org

Are Oregon’s beaches all open to the public?

From an aerial view, the Oregon Coast is a series of long stretches of sandy beaches interspersed by rugged headlands. These beaches were first protected for public use by Governor Oswald West (in office 1911-15). In 1967 Governor Tom McCall (in office 1967-75) assisted in the passage of the Oregon Beach Bill to maintain West’s vision in keeping Oregon’s beaches open to the public. The Oregon Beach Bill decreed that all land within sixteen vertical feet of the average low tide mark belongs to the people of Oregon and guarantees that the public has free and uninterrupted use of the beaches along Oregon’s 363 miles of coastline. A state easement exists up to the line of vegetation. Only one other state, Hawaii, guarantees public access from the surf line to the vegetation line. The Beach Bill also directed that the ocean shore be administered as a state recreation area. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is charged with the protection and preservation of the recreation, scenic, and natural resource values found on Oregon’s ocean shore.

Can I have a fire on the beach?

Use small pieces of wood only. Large logs are prohibited. The fire must be west of the vegetation line, NO EXCEPTIONS. Build your fire away from the beach grass & piles of driftwood. Extinguish the fire with water. Don’t just bury it. Doing this will allow the fire to remain hot and continue to smolder for hours. This could also cause someone to get burned.

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