Devils Punchbowl hosts a dramatic water show at high tide; a short walk to the north, extensive tide pools teem with life at low tide. The combination makes it an ideal destination for an out-and-back hike (or one way, with a shuttle car for campers at Beverly Beach State Park).
Day visitors to Devils Punchbowl may take the beach walk after exploring the punchbowl area. Otter Crest refers to the shoreline here; Otter Rock refers to the community at Devils Punchbowl as well as the rock 0.5 mile offshore at Beverly Beach. Place names are all that’s left of the sea otter on the Oregon coast; history records that Otter Rock is the site where, in 1906, the last remaining sea otter in Oregon was shot. Successful reintroduction of sea otters off the Washington coast bodes well for plans to reestablish the species along Oregon’s shore, too.
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