Bob Creek Beach

• Bob Creek Beach is a picturesque section of the coastline with basalt slabs, tide pools, cliffs, and caves
• The site has a shell midden area protected by law

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A part of Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint, Bob Creek Beach or Bob Creek Wayside is a small crescent-shaped beach sitting about 6 miles south of Yachats. This picturesque section of the coastline with basalt slabs, tide pools, cliffs, and caves looks stunningly dramatic.

The northern part of the beach where the creek enters the ocean is stone and gravel. The southern section is sandy with huge boulders and caves.

When you go beachcombing to Bob Creek Wayside, keep in mind there is a shell midden area there that is an archeological site protected by law. Please, stick to surface collecting of minerals, avoid shell middens, and don't use digging equipment as per the local ranger's recommendation. Also, because this place is a marine reserve, fishing is prohibited.

Here you can find jasper, petrified wood, shells, sea glass, interesting rocks, and other items which can definitely add to your collection. Check tide charts since when tides are down you have the best chance to find unique rocks.

Bob Creek Beach is a just one of many productive spots of the Central Oregon Coast stretching 6 miles north all the way to Yachats and 6 miles south to Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park. So you can wander for hours discovering new treasures while enjoying the Pacific Ocean.

The Bob Creek State Wayside parking lot is small with space just enough for 9 cars and it has a tendency to fill up quickly. There are a few benches sitting near the parking lot so you can enjoy a picnic with a stunning view of the boundless ocean.

Check Rules and Rockhounding Regulation for Oregon Coast and Oregon State Parks.

The best time for rock hunting is between November and April when winter storms and king tides remove top layers of sand.

Note: A permit is required to collect vertebrate fossils.

Keep in mind, as a part of the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Areas, there are some restrictions. Fishing, taking any invertebrates, seaweeds, or wildlife is prohibited. To find out more check Oregon Marine Reserves Harvest Restrictions.

Cautions: Beware of changing tides, rip currents, driftwoods, sneaker waves and never turn your back to the ocean.

Bob Creek Oregon Coast

Bob Creek Wayside Oregon Coast

Bob Creek Rocks

Bob Creek Agates

Bob Creek Beach Camping and Lodging

There is no camping allowed at the Bob Creek Beach. The beach is located a few miles away from the charming coastal cities of Yachats and Florence. So, you can find numerous comfortable lodging or vacation rentals near the area.

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Bob Creek Beach | Facts

Open: Year-round from 6 am to 9 pm
Managed by: Oregon State Parks

Amenities: None
Activities: Beachcombing

Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any vehicles
Day-use fees: None
Restrictions: No digging, no metal detecting, no fishing

Bob Creek Beach is located:

  • 5.6 miles south of Yachats
  • 20 miles north of Florence
  • 80 miles west of Eugene.

Adventures Nearby

Directions to Bob Creek Beach

From Yachats,

  • Follow 5.6 miles south on Highway 101 to Lowry Lane and turn right.

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