Lighthouse Beach Legal Fund

Photo of barbed wire blocking Lighthouse Beach access point.
Barbed wire blocking the Lighthouse Beach access point.

Preserving public access to our public beaches has been a key issue for Oregon Shores for 50 years.  We strongly oppose any loss of public access to the shore. 

We therefore stand with the Surfrider Foundation in working to restore the public’s long-standing access to Lighthouse Beach near Charleston in Coos County. We ask all those concerned with public access to help by contributing to the legal effort that Surfrider is heading up.

Members of the public have used a footpath off of Lighthouse Way to reach this special beach for generations, but that access is currently being blocked. Lighthouse Beach is steeped in rich cultural, recreational, and even scientific uses. Surfrider members, Oregon Shores members (including two of our board members!) and members of the public have used a specific pathway to get to Lighthouse Beach not only for surfing and other recreation, but also as stewards of the beach and community.  Surfrider’s Coos Bay Chapter has hosted multiple beach cleanups at Lighthouse Beach, including an extensive months-long cleanup when a large dock and millions of bits of foam from it washed up on Lighthouse Beach. Additionally, Coos Bay Surfrider has conducted the Blue Water Task Force water quality testing program at Lighthouse Beach for nearly 20 years, using this very path for these cleanup and testing activities.  CoastWatch mile adopters need access to keep watch over this stretch of shoreline.

We fully support Surfrider’s legal team as it currently investigates the historical public use and access at Lighthouse Beach and explores all appropriate solutions.  They need our support to continue this work. Donations to this campaign will support the effort to restore access to Lighthouse Beach, including helping to fund attorneys' fees incurred by retaining outside expert counsel. Any excess funds will be used for stewardship at Lighthouse Beach.

To contribute, click on the “Donate” button, which will take you to the Oregon Shores donation portal.  Before finalizing your donation, direct your gift to the Lighthouse Beach legal fund by checking the box where indicated.  While on your way there, please consider joining Oregon Shores or renewing your membership for 2022, to assist us in our share of this battle and in other efforts to protect Oregon’s shoreline for the public.


Aerial photo of Lighthouse Beach and the traditional access trail.
Lighthouse Beach showing the location of the traditional access trail.