Devils Punch Bowl State Natural Area

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Devils Punch Bowl State Natural Area
Devil's Punchbowl 2011.JPG
Inside the punch bowl
Devils Punch Bowl State Natural Area is located in Oregon
Devils Punch Bowl State Natural Area
TypePublic, state
LocationLincoln County, Oregon
Nearest cityDepoe Bay
Coordinates44°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
Operated byOregon 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 12 mile (800 m) west-northwest 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 attract and provide a home for wildlife.

Devils Punch Bowl is located about 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Depoe Bay, and about 8 miles (13 km) north of Newport in the community of Otter Rock, and about 14 mile (400 m) west of U.S. Route 101. The park encompasses 5.34 acres (2 ha), which includes picnic grounds. There is a trail for access to the beach, and tide pools.

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

Whales migrate past the park, in season, and the park, which projects into the Pacific, provides panoramic views of the ocean and good whale watching.[2]


At one time the Punch Bowl was referred to as "Satan's Cauldron".[3] The park was acquired in at least three parcels between 1929 and 1952. The Civilian Conservation Corps installed a fresh water system, sanitary works, picnic tables, stoves, trails, and safety fences.[4]

Park attendance in 1963 totaled 228,528 visitors.[4] June through October is the park's busiest season.[2]

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  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. Archived from the original on 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
  3. ^ (2012-05-07). "Origin of an Oregon Coast Landmark: Devil's Punchbowl". Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  4. ^ a b Armstrong, Chester H (1965). Oregon State Parks: History, 1917-1963. Salem, OR: Oregon State Highway Department. p. 120. OCLC 5694863.