What to do in Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint

Soak in the view from 500 feet above the ocean on the breathtaking crescent sweep of white sandy beach stretching to the south. Cape Foulweather is stunning and inspirational with its picturesque promontory. This popular whale watching spot also provides a good view of the Devil's Punchbowl environs. Imagine Captain Cook's first sighting on that stormy March day in 1778. The adjacent gift shop is privately owned.

Vital stats: There is no fee to use this park.

Otter Crest offers opportunities for viewing coastal scenery and viewing marine wildlife.

Otter Crest is located on Oregon's Central Coast, off U.S. Highway 101, 10 miles north of Newport.

The Oregon coast receives abundant rainfall, mostly between October and April. July and August bring the best chance for clear days. Summer temperatures are normally moderate and almost never hot. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long.

1115 Commercial Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-1002

Phone: 800-551-6949

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