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Yaquina Head Natural Area

Yaquina Head Directions

Directions to BLM Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

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Yaquina Head is located on the central coast of Oregon at the north end of Newport.

Newport is located 55 miles west of Corvallis on the central Oregon coast. Take Hwy. 20 to U.S. Hwy. 101 to Newport. Turn right onto Hwy. 101 and proceed north 4.5 miles to Lighthouse Drive and turn left to enter Yaquina Head.

Driving from the north on Hwy. 101, turn right onto Lighthouse Drive approximately 0.5 mile south of the Newport city limit sign.

There are signs on the highway and at the stop light at the intersection of Hwy. 101 and Lighthouse Drive to help direct you to Yaquina Head.

Hours of Operation

  • Park Grounds:
    Gates will open at 8 am and the site will close at sunset.
  • Interpretive Center:
    Closed for maintenance. Scheduled to reopen November 28. Hours 10-4.
  • Lighthouse:
    A Historic Lighthouse Preservation Project at Yaquina Head Lighthouse is currently underway. The project includes scaffolding and re-painting the outside of the Lighthouse and is expected to conclude in late December 2014. The lighthouse will be closed to public tours through early 2015.

Call 541-574-3100 for the most up-to-date information.

Fees & Passes

The entrance fee is $7 for a private, non-commercial vehicle; $3 for each motorcycle; and free for each visitor entering by foot, bike, roller skates, etc. This fee provides the visitor with a 3-day entrance permit for Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. Remember to keep your admission receipt in order to re-enter the park. Cashiers can accept cash or check only.

Commercial bus tours are subject to a separate fee schedule based upon the seating capacity of the bus. This fee provides visitors with a 1-day entrance permit for Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.

For a complete list of fees and the annual and lifetime passes accepted at Yaquina Head, click here (PDF).

Academic Fee Waivers

The BLM "may waive Special Recreation Permit fees on a case-by-case basis for accredited academic, scientific, and research institutions" (43 CFR 2932.34). Commercial enterprises are not eligible for fee waivers, but school groups that are using a commercial vehicle to get to Yaquina Head are still eligible to apply for a fee waiver.