YACHATS, Ore. -- Visitor access to the interior of the Heceta Head Lighthouse will be temporarily closed for repairs starting July 1. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department says the work is expected to be completed by July 31.
The project includes the repairing of several cracked interior metal columns on the upper floor. The lighthouse lens will be covered and the light will be out of service temporarily to protect the lens during the renovation work.
The grounds will remain open, and visitors may walk up to the lighthouse during the closure but not enter the building. Interpretive programs will be conducted on the grounds.
The project will cost an estimated $135,000. Park visitors donated most of the funds, with the amount totaling $75,000. The remaining $60,000 is funded with Oregon Lottery dollars dedicated by voters to park repairs and improvements.
The historic assistant lighthouse keeper’s house, which the U.S. Forest Service operates through a concessionaire as a bed and breakfast, will remain open.