• Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area is a unique geological wonder
• Exploring the arch from the bottom is possible at very low tides
Located between Depoe Bay and Newport, Otter Rock and Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area, sometimes simply referred to as Devil’s Punchbowl is a unique geological wonder and one of the most scenic coastal areas.
The Punch Bowl looks just like it sounds - a large round hole in the sandstone bluffs of Otter Rock. The most likely theory of bowl creation is the roofs of two ocean-carved caves collapsed due to the water and wind erosion creating a punch bowl form. The formation itself can be as old as 18 million years!
Devils Punchbowl can be enjoyed both during calm weather at low tides and during high tides when you can see the power of the ocean unleashed! A fenced overlook at the large parking area is a great start for exploring this exceptional coastal feature regardless of tides and weather. During winter storms and king tides, churning power waves fill the colorful bowl from beneath.
If you want to hike down to the beach to explore the arch from the bottom, do it at very low tides. A trip from the parking lot to the bowl's bottom and tidepools is an easy 1.2-mile out-and-back hike. Go 2 blocks north on C Street and after 3rd Street, you will find a trail on the left down to a secluded Otter Crest Beach. Walk left to the archway entrance. Be careful, green seaweed makes rocks extremely slippery. Check tides before you go. Tides can come in quickly and leave you stranded.
A beach at the southern side of Otter Rock is the northern edge of Beverly Beach that extends 1.5 miles to Spencer Creek at Beverly Beach State Park. A wooden staircase brings you down to the sandy beach protected by Otter Rock's headland from the northern winds. This is a popular spot for beginners and experienced surfers, skim-boarders, and kayakers. Pura Vida Surf Shop, conveniently located near the parking area, provides numerous services including rentals, repairs, and sales.
Restrooms and picnic tables are provided at the park.
Devil's Punch Bowl State Natural Area sits in the community of Otter Rock 5 miles from Depoe Bay and 8 miles from Newport. This gives you access to many interesting places worth visiting on the Oregon Coast. This includes Cape Perpetua, Newport with everything it has to offer, multiple beaches to explore, Oregon's lighthouses, and much more!
Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area | General Description
Open: Year-round for day use
Managed: Oregon State Park
Amenities: Restroom, picnic tables
Activities: Hiking, surfing, fishing, nature viewing
Day-use fees: None
Usage: Moderate to heavy
Accommodations: Lodging in Newport and Depoe Bay
Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area is located:
- 8 miles north of Newport
- 76 miles west of Salem
- 106 miles southwest of Portland.