• 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
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 wood, fossils, and serpentine.
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.
Yachats State Recreation Area | Facts
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.