Yachats State Recreation Area Beach Pacific Ocean Scenic View

• Yachats State Recreation Area has an observation platform for nature viewing
• You can rockhound on the beach and along the banks of the Yachats River

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Yachats State Recreation Area, also known as Yachats State Park, is a scenic coastal wonderland in the town of Yachats at the mouth of the Yachats River.

This is a sandy shore with multiple rocky formations surrounded by coastal greenery.

The most captivating feature of the Yachats area is its rugged shoreline, where waves crash dramatically against the cliffs.

The park has an observation platform made for you to enjoy the mesmerizing winter storm. It is also great for whale and bird watching.

The area has picnic tables and accessible flush restrooms. The observation platform and most of the concrete walkways are accessible as well.

Yachats State Recreation Area - Things To Do

This site is popular among hikers, whale watchers, anglers, tide-pool explorers, rock collectors, and all those who savor the awe-inspiring ocean vista and experience the tranquil beauty of a spiritual sunset.

Yachats State Recreation Area Rockhounding

The rocky shore along Yachats is a rockhounding paradise! Especially after winter storms on the low tide when you can find the biggest gemstones!

You can also look for cool rocks along the banks of the Yachats River.

The most common finds are agates, jaspers, petrified woodfossils, and serpentine.

Yachats State Recreation Area
Observation Platform
Yachats State Recreation Area Yachats River Mouth
Yachats River
Yachats State Recreation Area Beach Pacific Ocean Tidepools
Yachats State Recreation Area Beach Pacific Ocean Scenic View
Beach View

Yachats State Recreation Area Tidepool Exploring

The intertidal zone at Yachats State Park is full of life. As the tide recedes, it reveals tidepools full of colorful sea anemones, crabs, starfish, purple sea urchin, California mussel, and other ocean creatures in their natural habitat.

Please, remember to be careful and not step on or remove any ocean plants and animals.

Yachats State Recreation Area Fishing

The shoreline off Yachats is a fantastic place for surf fishing. You can expect to catch sea perch, rockfish, greenling, and other species.

The Yachats River offers opportunities for summer and fall chinook salmon, winter steelhead, and sea-run and resident cutthroat angling.

Yachats State Recreation Area Surfing and Kayaking

The Pacific Ocean and mouth of Yachats River attract kayakers and surfers for the scenic surroundings.

Surfers prefer the stormy weather for the exciting waves, while kayakers usually appear during the calmer times.

However, if you decide to enjoy any of those activities, remember that the shoreline here is very rocky, and the currents are pretty powerful.

Yachats Camping, Lodging & Vacation Rentals

There is no camping allowed at the Smelt Sands State Recreation Site. Campgrounds can be found north of Yachats at Beachside State Recreation Site and Tillicum Beach.

The nearest lodging is available in Yachats or Florence.

Lodging in Yachats

Affordable vacation rentals for short and long term stay in Yachats

Lodging in Florence

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Yachats State Recreation Area | Facts

Open: Year-round
Managed by: Oregon State Parks

Amenities: Restrooms, benches
Activities: Beachcombing, rockhounding, tidepool watching, fishing, surfing, kayaking, hiking, picnicking, and nature viewing

Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: None

Yachats State Recreation Area is located:

  • 1 mile west of Yachats
  • 26 miles north of Florence
  • 86 miles northwest of Eugene.

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Directions to Yachats State Recreation Area

From Yachats Downtown,

  • Take 2nd St West
  • Turn left onto Ocean View Drive.

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Attention Fellow Beachgoers

Unfortunately, our beautiful Pacific North West beaches are stained with trash, especially plastic. We, at Oregon Discovery, as well as other unaffiliated groups of nature lovers made a commitment to do our part in keeping our beaches clean, but we need your help too!

Every time you go out to enjoy nature at your favorite spot, please bring a garbage bag or two and help us pick up garbage. Even picking up a little bit here and there will make a huge difference long term.

Please, help us save our beautiful nature for the generations to come!

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