• 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
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.
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.
Bob Creek Beach | General Description
Open: Year-round from 6 am to 9 pm
Managed: Oregon State Park
Accommodations: Lodging in Florence and Yachats
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.