Fogarty Creek Beach

• Fogarty Creek is a scenic cove beach located 3 miles north of Depoe Bay
• The area offers beachcombing, hiking, fishing, and picnicking opportunities

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Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area is located 3 miles north of Depoe Bay and 10 miles south of Lincoln City. The park was established in 1950s and named after the local judge John Fogarty.

A part of Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, Fogarty Beach is a scenic cove beach bisected by the creek with interesting rock formations. This stretch of the coastline is sheltered by surroundings cliffs that protect it from strong wind.

This is a good spot for beachcombing, exploring tide pools, bird watching, and fishing. Fogarty Beach is small and narrow at its edges. Be aware of the coming tide and sneaker waves. The best time to visit is during outgoing high tide at a low tide.

There are two ways to access the beach, from the south and north side of the creek. The north parking area provides the shortest hike to the beach under the highway bridge along Fogarty Creek.

Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area is a day-use site with picnic tables and a covered picnic shelter in the shade of the coastal trees. There is a wooden bridge over the creek that links North and South Parking Areas.

This beach is a popular spot and can be crowded during the summer months and weekends.


Fogarty Beach is a good place to search for agates. Also, be on the lookout for jasper, petrified wood, and invertebrate fossils. The beach is composed of course sand. There is a mound of gravel at the creek and the northern cliff.

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 the top of sand layers.

Note: A permit is required to collect vertebrate fossils.

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

Fogarty Creek Rockhounding

Fogarty Creek Beach

Fogarty Creek Rockhounding

Fogarty Creek Beach

Camping and Lodging

Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area | Facts

Open: Year-round for day-use
Managed: Oregon State Park

Services: Picnic tables, picnic shelters, flash restrooms
Activities: Beachcombing, hiking, fishing, picnicking
Accommodations: Lodging in Newport or Lincoln City

Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any vehicles
Day-use fees: None
Popularity: Medium to high

Fogarty Creek Beach is located:

  • 10 miles south of Lincoln City
  • 68 miles west of Salem
  • 100 miles southwest of Portland.

Adventures Nearby

Directions to Fogarty Creek

From Lincoln City,

  • Travel 10 miles south on Highway 101 to the destination on the left between mileposts 125 and 126.

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