Saturday, December 9, 2023


Cape Arago Light near Coos Bay, Oregon

Cape Arago Light from viewpoint on Sunset Bay State Park trail. (Julianne G. Crane)

Cape Arago Light is perched on a small three-acre island a few hundred feet off Oregon’s mainland, roughly 10 miles southwest of Coos Bay on the Cape Arago Highway. The lighthouse and the land it sits on are not currently open to the public. And, there are only a few places it can be seen from land.

Cape Arago Light (Julianne G. Crane)

Spotting it was one of our rewards for hiking a short section of the Oregon Coast Trail that meanders through the coastal forest from Sunset Bay State Park to Shore Acres State Park and Cape Arago State Park.

The original Cape Arago Light was erected in 1866. The current lighthouse, the third, was constructed in the early 1930s, and is the only surviving structure on Chief’s Island. To read about Cape Arago Light’s full, rich history, click here.

RVers Jimmy Smith (pink cap) and Sharon and Ron Vail (Powell Butte, Ore.)

Another place for RVers to get a view of the lighthouse (bring your binoculars) is a pullout with parking for most-sized rigs.

From Highway 101 in Coos Bay, take Newmark Street west. Newmark Street will become Cape Arago Highway.  Follow Cape Arago Highway about 12 miles to Sunset Bay State Park. Shortly after you pass the entrance to the camping area on your right, and before you reach Shore Acres, there will be a pullout area on your right from which you can get a distant view of Cape Arago Light.

Cape Arago Light:
Latitude: 43.34123
Longitude: -124.37543

Julianne G. Crane
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Photos: (Double click on images to enlarge) (Top two images) Camp Arago Light taken from viewpoint along hiking trail south of Sunset Bay State Park. (Bottom) RVers Jimmy Smith (pink cap) and Sharon and Ron Vail (of Powell Butte, Ore.) look at the Oregon Coast and lighthouse in the distance from a pullout area along Cape Arago Highway. (Julianne G. Crane)

Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane writes about the RVing and camping lifestyles for print and online sites. She was been hooked on RVing from her first rig in the mid-1980s. Between 2000-2008, she was a writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. One of her popular columns was Wheel Life about RVing in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Crane started publishing RV Wheel She and her husband, Jimmy Smith, keep a homebase in southern Oregon, while they continue to explore North America in their 21-foot 2021 Escape travel trailer. Over the years they have owned every type of RV except a big class A. “Our needs change and thankfully, there’s an RV out there that fits every lifestyle.”



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