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Pelican Bay Lighthouse
(July 4, 1999)

Port of Brookings LighthouseFor a number of years, "Cleft of the Rock" was the only official private lighthouse on the Oregon Coast.  That all changed when Bill Cady decided to have a lighthouse added onto his current home in 1990.  Then in 1997, Mr. Cady moved the home to its current location, perched on the corner of a 100 foot cliff above the Pacific Ocean.  This octagonal tower is 141 feet above the ocean and can be seen from as far as eleven miles away.  

After receiving approval from the federal government, this house was lit for the first time at 11:03 pm on July 4th, 1999.  The lamp is a fixed acrylic Fresnel lens.  It turns on at dusk and off at dawn.

If you would like to see this lighthouse, simply visit Brookings Harbor.  No more instructions are needed, and you shouldn't have any problem finding it!  We will also remind you that this is a private lighthouse, and the privacy of its owner should be respected.

Facts at a Glance:
  • Located above the Port of Brookings Harbor, 141 feet above sea level
  • Cape Cod style, building height is 35 feet
  • Commissioned as a private aid to navigation by the U. S. Coast Guard June 24, 1999
  • First lit July 4, 1999 11:03pm
  • The lamp is a fixed acrylic Fresnel lens, automatically on at dusk and off at dawn
    - There are a total of four lamps, 12 volts each with a life of 3,000 hrs. each.
    - When one light burns out, the bulb is automatically replaced with the next one by means of a built-in changer.
    - The lens is clear. Cost of light was $3,000. It runs on 110 alternating current.
  • Signal Range: 11 nautical miles, 20.4 kilometers, or 12.648 miles
  • Flash Characteristics: 3 flashes in 19.5 seconds
    - 1.5 seconds on, 2.5 seconds off, 
    - 1.5 seconds on, 2.5 seconds off, 
    - 1.5 seconds on, 10 seconds off
  • Pelican Bay Lighthouse is the newest lighthouse in the United States and the second private lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. 

Picture compliments of Bruce and Suzanne Watkins
Spirit of the Oregon Coast

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