Devils Churn Day Use


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.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 6/8/2017: The Lincoln County Technical Rope Rescue Team will be simulating a rescue for a patient trapped 200 feet below at the Devil’s Churn Day Use Area Saturday, June 17. Devil’s Churn Day Use Area will remain open while the drill is in progress but please use caution if traveling in the area, obey all posted signs and regulations, and not impede the flow of traffic on Highway 101.
Fees $5/vehicle/day
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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