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Devil's Churn, Yachats

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Devils Churn is a narrow inlet of the Pacific Ocean in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States, south of Yachats. It is located in the Siuslaw National Forest and is accessible via the Restless Waters trail from the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area visitor's center or the U.S. Route 101 overlook. Access to the trail requires a United States Forest Service pass.

The inlet developed over many thousands of years as wave action carved into the basalt shoreline, first forming a deep sea cave whose roof eventually collapsed. As the tide comes in it can throw spray several hundred feet into the air when the waves reach the end of the churn. Visitors are urged to be cautious when visiting the churn, as it can be dangerous. In 2021, a man visiting the churn died from drowning after attempting to jump across the water.
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  • A great place to see the power of the ocean and how it has created this churning action and sea life abounding in the area 
    A great place to see the power of the ocean and how it has created this churning action and sea life abounding in the area  more »
  • There is a nice hike from here down to Thor's Well and Spouted Horn. However we arrived just before low tide and all these features need to be experienced at high tide. Most of the trail was paved... 
    There is a nice hike from here down to Thor's Well and Spouted Horn. However we arrived just before low tide and all these features need to be experienced at high tide. Most of the trail was paved...  more »
  • We visited Devil's Churn while on the Oregon Coast. The entire coastline and Cape Perpetual is such a beautiful area. It's so fascinating to watch the water surge in and out of the black volcanic... 
    We visited Devil's Churn while on the Oregon Coast. The entire coastline and Cape Perpetual is such a beautiful area. It's so fascinating to watch the water surge in and out of the black volcanic...  more »
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  • Great stop. Be aware of the tides and watch out for rogue waves. Also hold onto your hat!
  • Incredibly amazing.
  • So much fun to see! ✨ Highly recommend!! Wear rain boots! It's wet! 😁
  • Easy walk down to the water. Nice but not epic.
  • Waves roar into the rock channel, slashing and crashing!

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