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Lighted Boat Parade Dinner Party!

Tickets are on sale now for our annual Lighted Boat Parade Dinner Party at Mo’s Annex on Newport’s Historic Bayfront!  Join us on December 1st at 5pm for an evening full of fun, food, and friends. Tickets are $25 each (1/2 price for those 12 and under), and include choice of entrée, a beverage, and entry into multiple raffles of items from the Yaquina Head Interpretive Store.  Additional beverages and raffle tickets are available for private purchase, we will also be raffling off a basket of items donated from local Newport businesses to help raise funds for the 2019 Tidepool Guide Program at Yaquina Head. Raffle tickets for this special fundraiser will $5 apiece, with the regular raffle entries still being $1 each.  Reserve your seat now by contacting Amy at, at 541.574.3129, or purchase in person at the Yaquina Head Interpretive Store.  Space is limited!


2019Yaquina Wild Calendar – On Sale Now!

Looking for a way to support our organization? With the help of local artist Mitch Rohse as well as Roger and Donna Thompson, we have put together our second annual calendar! Chock full of spectacular images taken of Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area in Newport, Oregon and complete with daily tide times this calendar is a must-have for nature enthusiasts everywhere.  On sale now from this website, or contact the Interpretive Store at Yaquina Head at (541) 574-3116, or email Amy at The price is $15.95 in-store or $18.95 online (includes shipping).  Thank you for you support!




  Help To Uncover the Secrets of the Past, Find a Shipwreck of Your Own!

  • Fresh breeze N. West thee 24 hours, first part of 24 hours little high dry fog. Last part of 24 hours fair weather. Sea quite smooth. Keeper went to Newport. 1st ass’t and 2nd ass’t painting roof of woodshed & whitewashing tight board fence. At 6. P.M. sighted three ship’s boats coming toward the cape and landed, it proved to be the entire crew of the ship St. Charles that blew up by coal gas at 8.40 A.M. the 17th. The Captain and crew taking to the boats. The Capt and two of the crew are badly burned and are at the Station taking care of them the best that we can. Gave the entire crew supper and lodging and breakfast. Have telegraphed to agents particulars concerning the accident.

We have historic letters, logs, and inspectors reports that need to be transcribed! Help to reveal the unknown history of the Lighthouse! Just recently a volunteer found an account of not one, but two maritime disasters. The above is an example of the beginning of the St. Charles disaster at sea, following is a link to the story of the St. Charles along with a gruesome Newspaper article from Sacramento regarding the events

There’s a list of shipwrecks here Oregon shipwrecks at Wikipedia .

Surely there are more buried in our logs, to find your own just Transcribe them here!



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