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Boiler Bay State Park
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Boiler Bay State Park boiler bay © Lesli Dawn Stok
Boiler Bay State Park Boiler bay © Lesli Dawn Stok
Boiler Bay State Park © Kirt Edblom / CC BY-SA 2.0
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119 U.S. 101
Depoe Bay, Oregon   97341
(lat:44.8101 lon:-124.0624) map location

Phone: 541-765-3304
A miraculous and rugged, basalt-rimmed bay, Boiler Bay is a great place to watch wild surf action on the rocky spurs. This splendid panoramic viewpoint presents a good opportunity to see migrating and resident gray whales. Take your binoculars -- this is one of the best sites in Oregon to see ocean-going birds (like shearwaters, jaegers, albatrosses, grebes, pelicans, loons, oystercatchers and murrelets). In 1910, an explosion sank the J. Marhoffer, and you can see the ship's boiler at low-tide. A short, rough trail takes you to some of Oregon's richest tide pools.
History of the Area
In the late 1800s, Boiler Bay gained recognition due to its treacherous waters that posed significant risks for ships navigating along the coastline. Numerous shipwrecks occurred in this area over the years, leading locals to refer to it as "the graveyard of the Pacific." One notable wreck was that of J.Marhoffer schooner named "J.M.Colman" which ran aground near Boiler bay in 1913.

To address these dangers and improve maritime safety, construction began on a lighthouse at Yaquina Head just north of Boiler Bay in 1871. This iconic structure still stands today and serves as an important landmark within close proximity to what would later become Boiler Bay State Park.

Over time, people started recognizing not only the hazards but also appreciated scenic views offered by this rugged stretch of coastline with dramatic cliffs overlooking crashing waves below. As tourism grew along Oregon's coastal region during early-mid twentieth century so did interest around boiler bay area among visitors who were drawn towards witnessing nature's raw power firsthand from viewpoints accessible through trails carved into surrounding hillsides
Nearby Accommodations
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Oregon Beach Vacations - LINCOLN CITY, OR
Cottages and Cabins
Oregon Beach Vacations chooses our Oregon vacation rentals very carefully. Each home is personally screened prior to acceptance, and we work closely with the property owners to ensure that every Oregon coast rental continues to meet our high standards. Each rental has certain amenities to make it special. You may never want to leave.
13.6 miles from park*
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Oregon Coast Vacation Condos - LINCOLN CITY, OR
Vacation Rentals
Keystone Vacation Rentals - Offering guests luxury oceanfront vacation rentals to enjoy the perfect getaway along the magnificent Oregon Coast. Rentals offer all the amenities you would hope to find including commanding oceanfront views, private hot tubs, access to indoor pools, WiFi, HD televisions and much more.
11.8 miles from park*
Enjoy fishing from the rocky shoreline for species like greenling, rockfish and perch. Crabbing is also popular here.

Charter boats offer deep-sea excursions targeting salmon, halibut or tuna.

Fishing gear can be rented nearby if needed.

Remember to check local regulations before you start your adventure.

Bird watchers can spot various species like pelagic birds, sea ducks and shorebirds. Whale watching is also popular.

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Outdoor Resorts Pacific Shores Motorcoach Resort
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Lincoln City KOA Kampground
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1. Start by getting onto US:26 W/US-30 W toward Seaside.
2. Continue on US:101 S until you reach Lincoln City.
3. In Lincoln City, take a right turn onto NW Logan Rd and continue for about 5 miles.
4. Turn left onto OR:18 W/Otis Hwy and follow this road for around 6 miles.

If coming from Newport:

1. Take Highway 20 southbound towards Toledo/Lincoln City.
2. Continue straight as it turns into SW Coast Hwy/W Nye Beach Blvd in Newport.
3. Follow signs to stay on SW Coast HWY (OR:229) through South Beach area.
4. Turn Right at stop light intersection with SE Ferry Slip Road/OR:34W/Siletz hwy.
5. Merge Left after crossing Yaquina bay bridge staying west bound following sign indicating Pacific city /Lincoln city via highway #101 North Bound.
6. Stay On Highway#101N passing Otter Rock,Devils Punch Bowl state park areas till reaching Depot bay.

Once you arrive near Depoe Bay:
7. Take a slight right turn off OR:18 Westward when approaching NE Rocky Creek Ave/North Pointe Dr which will lead directly to Boiler Bay State Park parking lot.

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