Mile 225 Report

June 16, 2018
by driscolke

Otter Rock, Devils Punch Bowl SP
Saturday 3:45 AM
62° F
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
-2.3 ft
Humans / Pets:
This was a holiday last school day 6 school buses 350-500 people on this beach with trained volunteers knowledgeable about Marine Reserves
Cars/Trucks parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 6
Activity Comments:
Majority of visitors were being given guided tidal pool tours. Too many people but well informed and behaved.
Notable Wildlife:
All splash zone, low intertidal, middle intertidal, high intertidal zone floor/fauna all present; seals and pups, black oyster catchers,w. gulls, c geese, harlequin ducks, pigeon guillmont all present. Punchbowl caves available for entry.
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:

Devil's Punchbowl is a highly visited are as are both the N surf beach/vertical tidal pools and the Marine Gardens S tidal pool area. This year there is increased use >350-500 visitors in one day. One must wonder the recoupertive tide effect with this increased use.


This year there is increased use >350-500 visitors in one day. One must wonder the recoupertive tide effect with this increased use.

Other Mile 225 Reports (16)


January 30, 2018 - driscolke
Exceptional low tide for this time of year. COASST survey and Marine Debris conducted.  This was an unusual winter day for tide pooling >23 flora/fauna identified along with COASST dead bird...


December 30, 2017 - driscolke
Unusual to see so many people this time of the year. It was a delightful day, sunny after other rainy days and holiday vacation. Families from Kanas, Texas, Pantagonia the usual Utah, WA and CA.


April 9, 2016 - driscolke
Most significant was the establishment of the sea star survey site, exciting numbers of 3 species. Natural landslide from Otter Crest Inn was significant and exciting to view, no injuries just noise...
March 26, 2016 - Batthecat
Documentation of the second hour of a shoreline science event presented by Fawn Custer, CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator. Event recorded was on the beach between Otter Crest restaurant access and...
  • Shoreline science hands-on
  • Fawn explaining the process
  • Marking the shore side gridline
  • Cliffside extent of grid line
  • Advising SOLVE volunteers of project
  • Heading to shore side of grid
  • Working the water line
  • Close look along the water line
  • Larger perspective of project area
March 12, 2016 - driscolke
In spite of the stormy weather the were 23 eager tidepool observers, all guests at Otter Crest Inn. There were very few mature sea stars, no immature sea stars; mussels and purple urchins were...
February 2, 2016 - driscolke
It was a blustery, cool day at Otter Rock. I used the Inn's staircase to access the north tidal area exposure as the marine garden asphalt walkway is badly eroded by high tidal waters. There were...
  • Erosion of beach entrance due to King Tides
  • Observation of erosion due to the King Tides and storm surges


November 21, 2015 - driscolke
This was a gorgeous day at Otter Rock enjoyed by many, mostly with respect for the marine environment. Unleashed dogs barking at sunning seals is a concern. People seemed not to understand there is a...
August 17, 2015 - driscolke
This is a large tidal/sandy beach area available for on-foot inspection. The whales spouting, single seal, abundant marine tidal pool creatures was wonderful. Although I've visited this area numerous...


April 6, 2013 - daveincamas
I just wanted to bring the following to your attention.Someone is selling an old Devil's Punch Bowl State Park sign on Ebay. They say "Washed up on an Oregon Beach in the 1980's" but it seems pretty...


October 1, 2012 - dderickson
A beached California sea lion, approximately 9' in length, was observed on the sand beach between Otter Crest and Devil's Punchbowl, an estimated 75-100' south of the trail entrance to the beach (not...


June 20, 2011 - Enhydra
It was a busy Sunday down at the Marine Gardens, mile 225. Weather was nice, sunny and warm! Most individuals were tide pooling, walking on the beach or playing in the sand.This is my first report...


April 5, 2009 - acwasner
Lovely weather, sunny with mild to moderate breeze.People enjoying the tide pools but not bothering the seals. More than usual shells in the drifline.I was happy to see a mature bald eagle.Erosion...


November 23, 2008 - acwasner
Gorgeous day with clean hardpacked beach. Very calm at the marine gardens. Water reflected like mirrored pools.
  • Northern end of mile 225 by Cape Foulweather
  • Blue Heron and Seals at Marine Gardens
  • maroon sea star
July 8, 2008 - acwasner
Beautiful, calm morning with quite low tide. More people than usual. Everyone enjoying the beach. No problems noted. Beach very clean. No new erosion noted. More birds than usual. Lots of seals (40+...
  • Resting bald eagle
March 5, 2008 - acwasner
Beautiful calm, sunny weather. Usual wildlife with no dead or injured animals, birds. Hanging tree is still in place held by only minimal roots. No new erosion visible. Very clean sand. People not...
January 18, 2008 - acwasner
Gorgeous sunny, cool day. Little wind. Most of mile very clean with lots of new driftwood after storms.Most of this mile is difficult to reach and can only be accessed during minus tides. No other...
  • marine gardens
  • Seals on north mi. 225
  • blue heron and rocks
  • spruce tree barely hanging on to cliff