Lunch with an expansive view of the Oregon Coast … Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint


+OtterVP_south_JulianneGCraneOtter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint thrusts out into the Pacific Ocean between Newport to the south and Depoe Bay to the north along the Oregon Coast Highway.

It is a beautiful place to pull off  to take a few snapshots, stretch your legs or fix a bite to eat.

But, first the downsides for folks traveling in an RV:
– Difficult entry crossing oncoming heavy traffic to access road if traveling north on Highway 101.
– Only toilet facility available the day we were there was one porta-potty that had not been service in a long, long time.
– Parking is a extremely tight for larger rigs and any outfit towing a trailer or boat/car.

That said, upwards of half-a-million travelers pull off the coast highway each year for the spectacular view from 500-feet “above the ocean on the breathtaking crescent sweep of white sandy beach stretching to the south (pictured above). Cape Foulweather is stunning and inspirational with its picturesque panoramic views. This popular whale watching spot also provides a good view of the Devil’s Punchbowl,” according to Oregon State Parks.

“In 1928, Wilbur S. and Florence Badley gave the land on Cape Foulweather to the state of Oregon with provisions that the state not allow concessions on the property, the sale of merchandise or the erection of buildings on the land. (Must be the reason for the over-flowing porta-potty). The state was to maintain the viewpoint for the public. Adjoining the tract, the Badleys built a small souvenir shop called ‘The Lookout,’ from which many thousands of souvenirs have been dispensed over the years.”

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Photos: Top: Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint looking to the south with fog bank and Gull Rock offshore. (Bottom) Foggy view to the north and the basalt headlands along the Oregon Coast. (Julianne G. Crane)

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