Devils Churn Day Use

Area Status: Open

Located just north of the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, here you can watch the crashing waves and the dramatic churning action of the ocean  inside the wave carved inlet that we call Devils Churn.

This deep chasm exposes the shoreline's volcanic history and shows the relentless, violent power of the ocean. The chasm likely started as a narrow fracture or collapsed lava tube in the volcanic bedrock. Over many thousands of years under the constant pounding force of the ocean waves it's now more than 80 feet wide where it opens at the ocean.

Provides access to Restless Waters Trail #1364

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 1/30/24: The Forest Service is seeking applicants to operate a food and beverage concession service at this location. Applications due by April 3. More information. People can use the cash-only self-service fee tube  for single-day-recreation pass purchases. Please note that single-day recreation passes must be paid in exact change. The information window is staffed July-September from Fridays through Sundays, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Operational Hours: Information window is open July-September from Fridays through Sundays, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The window is not staffed in winter and spring.
Fees: $5/vehicle/day or valid recreation pass
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Heavy
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Flush Toilet (1)
Passes: Recreation passes may be used as a form of fee payment
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Central Coast Ranger District - Waldport Office or Cape Perpetua Visitor Center

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11.0 miles south of Waldport on Highway 101.


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