Mile 225 Dispatch

October 13, 2021
by CherieE53

Otter Rock, Devils Punch Bowl SP
Wednesday 3:15 PM
Party cloudy
54° F
Calm/Light from the W
Tide Level:
4.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Apparent Violations:
Activity Comments:
7 visitors were on the beach walking and enjoying the the view, and taking pictures.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
New Development:
Natural Changes:

The was a lot of Ball Kelp on the beach, more than you would normally see, other than that everything appeared normal. I also saw about 25 Western Gulls, 2 Harbor Seals. and 3 Pelagic Comorants.

  • 3 Pelagic Comorants on Rock
    3 Pelagic Comorants on Rock
    North side of Otter Crest Inn.
    October 13, 2021
  • Beach below at Otter Crest
    Beach below at Otter Crest
    Otter Crest Inn
    October 13, 2021
  • Devil's Punchbowl State Park
    Devil's Punchbowl State Park
    Viewing from the top of the Punchbowl.
    October 13, 2021
Other Mile 225 Reports (21)


September 3, 2021 - CherieE53
I saw only a few surfers on the beach below the Devils Punchbowl state park trying to surf, but there was not enough wave action to surf. The cliffs appeared to be stable, and there were no falling...
September 2, 2021 - CherieE53
All the visitors I saw were just taking pictures and enjoying the views. No one went beyond the fences. I saw 5 harbor seals sunning themselves, 20 Brown Pelican. and 26 Common Murres.
  • Devil's Punchbowl
  • Harbor Seals sunning


December 14, 2020 - CherieE53
The public was telling me that they saw a Beached Seal that appeared dead. I did not see the animal.
November 17, 2020 - CherieE53
The park was filled with about at least 20 or more storm watches. They all wanted to know when high tide was going to happen.
  • Cliff at Devil's Punchbowl State Park


June 16, 2018 - driscolke
This year there is increased use >350-500 visitors in one day. One must wonder the recoupertive tide effect with this increased use.
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