South of Depoe Bay on the Oregon Coast, Devil's Punchbowl State Natural Area is a beachside spot with beautiful views and plenty of room to explore and enjoy the beach with your family and friends, or even your furry friends. The “punch bowl” in the name stems from the geological feature in the park—a hole in the rock formation that is partially open to the ocean.
Waves can enter the bowl and swirl and churn, producing foam. Ocean conditions are very attractive to surfers near the bowl. There is a rock formation offshore that funnels waves that can be visible from shore. Seventeen large rocks offshore are also part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
This area of coast is a great spot for whale watching and viewing other wildlife. And since the spot projects somewhat into the sea, the views of the Pacific Ocean are nearly panoramic. Devil's Punchbowl State Natural Area has trails to explore and walk, along with plenty of beach area. The park also provides picnic tables and restrooms with flush toilets.
Campfires and open grills are prohibited in Oregon state parks. If you want to barbecue, you may bring a grill that can be turned off, but do not leave any cooking device unattended. Devil's Punchbowl State Natural Area is a day-use-only area and is open every day. There are no fees for admission or any reservations required.
If you bring your dog to Devil's Punchbowl State Natural Area, be respectful of others and the local wildlife. Follow park rules and clean up after your pet and yourself, so that others can continue to enjoy the park. If you are looking for a beautiful beach spot to enjoy the day with your family and furry companion, join one of the more than 575,000 people who visit Devil's Punchbowl State Natural Area every year.