Devils Churn

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Devils Churn viewed from above, looking north

Devils Churn is a narrow inlet of the Pacific Ocean in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States, south of Yachats. It is located in the Siuslaw National Forest and is accessible via the Restless Waters trail[1] from the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area visitor's center or the U.S. Route 101 overlook. Access to the trail requires a United States Forest Service pass.

The inlet developed over many thousands of years as wave action carved into the basalt shoreline, first forming a deep sea cave whose roof eventually collapsed. As the tide comes in it can throw spray several hundred feet into the air when the waves reach the end of the churn. Visitors are urged to be cautious when visiting the churn, as it can be dangerous.[2] In 2021, a man visiting the churn died from drowning after attempting to jump across the water.[3]


  1. ^ "Siuslaw National Forest".
  2. ^ Johnston, Greg (June 14, 2007). "Cape Perpetua offers coastal forest hikes, beach wandering and stunning scenery". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  3. ^ KATU Staff (2021-09-10). "Man who fell into ocean while jumping across Devils Churn presumed dead, OSP says". KATU. Retrieved 2021-09-10.

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Coordinates: 44°17′04″N 124°06′40″W / 44.28444°N 124.11111°W / 44.28444; -124.11111