Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area

Near Newport, Oregon, United States

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. 

Effective Sep 18, 2020
Campfires are banned in all state parks, including campgrounds, day-use areas, and beaches. The ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Propane stoves and other cooking devices that have an immediate shutoff valve are allowed for cooking only. Locally, park managers have discretion to allow fires in designated campfire rings only if conditions have improved enough to do so. 
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COVID-19 may affect dates
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History

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.

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Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.