Devils Punchbowl, Otter Rock

Devils Punchbowl, Otter Rock

by | Aug 6, 2019

The Devils Punch Bowl is located near the community of Otter Rock, about 5 miles (8 km) south of Depoe Bay, and about 8 miles (13 km) north of Newport, Oregon. Devils Punchbowl is a littoral sinkhole, a natural feature in a rock headland that was created when the roof of a large sea cave collapsed. The sea cave is partially open to the Pacific Ocean and waves can be seen from above entering with great force to violently churn and swirl.

Devils Punchbowl State Park encompasses 5.34 acres (2 ha) and includes picnic grounds and a trail for access to a beach and tide pools. The land was acquired between 1929 and 1971, with the first parcel given to the state by F.W. and C.P. Leadbetter. Later tracts were purchased from other private owners. In the early 1900s, a long wooden slide, called “chute the chutes”, provided access from the Otter Rock bluff to the beach. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps developed day use improvements for the park, including picnic tables, restrooms, fountains, water supply, fireplaces, a foot trail, and steps to the beach.

Otter Rock is a community located on U.S. Route 101 that takes its name from a sea stack located about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) offshore where sea otters once lived. Otter Rock Marine Reserve is currently the smallest marine reserve along the Oregon coast with approximately 1.2 square miles (311 ha) providing habitat for a variety of seaweeds, fishes, and invertebrates. Monitoring of the marine reserve began in 2010 and scientists from Oregon State University, the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans, and UC Santa Cruz conduct studies of juvenile fish recruitment in the reserve. Read more here and here. Explore more of Devils Punchbowl here:

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