Surfers and surf watchers energize this area! During winter storms, water from the restless ocean slams with a thundering roar into a hollow rock formation shaped like a huge punch bowl. The surf churns, foams, and swirls as it mixes a violent brew.
The park is a popular whale watching site and displays an intriguing geology. The punch bowl was probably created by the collapse of the roof over two sea caves, then shaped by wave action. This is a scenic picnic spot atop the undulating rocky shoreline. Don't forget to explore the tidepools on the north side of the punch bowl!
NOTE: Parking is limited and is only allowed in parking stalls. Please respect the private property surrounding the park.
Acquired between 1929 and 1971, the first land was 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, "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, fire places, a foot trail and steps to the beach. In the 1970s, the park was expanded into the Otter Rock community for parking and restroom facilities.