Devil's Punchbowl State Natural Area

Get to know the devilish side of the Oregon coast at Devil’s Punch Bowl State Natural Area, a coastal spot about nine miles north of Newport by the community of Otter Rock.

The real draw to this part of Oregon is the Devil’s Punchbowl itself – a natural sandstone cauldron sculpted into the headlands by the powerful waves of the Pacific Ocean. This geographic formation began as a sea cave, created over hundreds of years from coastal undercurrents. At one point the cave ceiling collapsed, exposing the churning ocean at work.

Watch the heaving tide breakers surge in and out of the crater, sloshing round with incredible, sonically-awesome power. Visitors can stand by the edge and observe this site, and perhaps glimpse the frequent groups of seals and sea lions congregated nearby. This is also a primes spot for Gray Whales spotting, as they feed in kelp beds close to shore.

There’s no admission fee for access to the natural area.

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7 years ago

Another must see on the Oregon Coast, regardless of the season!

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