Otter Rock Marine Reserve


Otter rock

Otter Rock by Charlie Plybon.


Just the Facts

Location: Otter Rock Marine Reserve is found just north of Newport and can be accessed through Devil’s Punchbowl State Park.

Access points: Devil’s Punchbowl State Park. On the north side of Devil’s punchbowl, the shoreside portion of the marine reserve offers great tidepooling, previously protected as a marine garden and now incorporated into the marine reserve.


Otter Rock Management Plan (will be reviewed in 2017)

Regulations - Harvest restrictions are in effect and have been since January 2012

Otter Rock Brochure (ODFW)

Otter Rock Map (ODFW)

Ecological Monitoring (ODFW)

Ecological Monitoring Plan (2012)

Ecological Monitoring Report (2014)

Human Dimensions (ODFW)

Human Dimensions Plan (2012)

Human Dimensions Report (2014)

Marine Reserve Boundary 

Habitat and Wildlife

The Marine Reserve covers 1.2 square miles and is home to a diverse array of nearshore habitats, including dynamic rocky reef, sandy bottom and several wash rocks and islands. Visitors can observe fantastic tidepools in the rocky intertidal area on the north side of Devil’s Punchbowl and seals and sea lions can be commonly viewed on their rocky haulouts as well. The area is home to nine seabird colony nesting sites. The rocky reef provides habitat for a variety of nearshore rockfish.

Cool Stuff!

Check out this time-lapse video of Otter Rock marine reserve!

devils punchbowl
sea lions


tufted puffin

The Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership is a fiscally sponsored project of The Ocean Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.