Depoe Bay Devil’s Punch Bowl State Natural Area

Devil's Punch Bowl State Natural Area
Devil’s Punch Bowl State Natural Area


An inspiringly beautiful and awesome sight at anytime, but especially when offshore storm threaten. During winter storms, ocean waves slam with a thundering roar into a hollow rock formation shaped like a huge punch bowl. The surf churns, foams, and swirls as it mixes violently. The punch bowl was probably created by the collapse of the roof over two sea caves, then shaped by wave action. The park is a popular whale watching site and displays an intriguing geology. This is a scenic picnic spot atop the undulating rocky shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the tidepools at low tide. There is no fee to use this park.