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Devils Punch Bowl State Natural Area
Type Public, state
Location Lincoln County, Oregon, United States
44°44′49″N 124°03′53″W / 44.746866°N 124.064748°W / 44.746866; -124.064748Coordinates: 44°44′49″N 124°03′53″W / 44.746866°N 124.064748°W / 44.746866; -124.064748
Opened 1929
Operated by Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department

Devils Punch Bowl State Natural Area is a state day use park on the central Oregon Coast in the United States. It is centered on a large bowl naturally carved in a rock headland which is partially open to the Pacific Ocean. Waves enter the bowl and often violently churn, swirl, and foam.[1] Outside the bowl, ocean conditions are attractive to surfers near a large offshore rock pinnacle named Gull Rock (located about a half mile WNW of Devils Punch Bowl), which funnels and concentrates waves easily seen from the park. There are at least seventeen large rocks, part of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, which provide interesting wave viewing, and also attract and provide a home for wildlife.

Devils Punch Bowl is located about 8 miles (13 km) north of Newport, Oregon in the community of Otter Rock, about one-quarter mile west of U.S. Route 101. The park encompasses about 5.34 acres (2 ha), which includes picnic grounds. There is a trail for access to the beach, which contains some tide pools.

The bowl is thought to have been created when two caves carved by the ocean collapsed.[2]

The park is one of several popular areas to watch migrating whales (in season), because its projection out into the Pacific provides 180-degree views of the ocean.[2]



Inside the Punch Bowl

The park was acquired in at least three parcels ranging from 1929 through 1952. The Civilian Conservation Corps installed a fresh water system and sanitary works, picnic tables, stoves, trails, and safety fences.[3]

Park attendance in 1963 totaled 228,528 visitors.[3] June through October is the park's busiest season.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Devils Punch Bowl State Natural Area". Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved 2008-05-28.  
  2. ^ a b c Patrick Johnson. "Devil’s Punchbowl is a must see on Oregon Coast". Oregon Interactive Corporation. Retrieved 2008-06-03.  
  3. ^ a b Chester H. Armstrong (July 1, 1965) (pdf). History of the Oregon State Parks. pp. 120. Retrieved 2008-05-28.  

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