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Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint

Central Oregon Coast, Oregon

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Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint

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  • Sign along Highway 101.- Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint
  • Stone memorial for Muriel O. Ponsler.- Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint
  • Protected picnic table near the parking lot for Muriel O. Ponsler State Scenic Viewpoint.- Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint
  • Picnic table with a view of the beach.- Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint
  • The beach that is accessible from Muriel O. Ponsler State Scenic Viewpoint.- Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint
  • - Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint
  • Long strech of sandy beach is great for beachcombing. - Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint
  • - Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint
  • A small stream flowing onto the beach from the coastal forest. - Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint
  • - Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint
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Pros: 
Long stretch of sandy beach. Easy beach access.
Cons: 
No restrooms.
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Region:
Central Oregon Coast, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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If you’re looking for a beautiful place to stop along Highway 101 to explore Oregon’s sandy beaches, check out Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint, located about 15 miles north of Florence. With around 5 miles of beach to explore, you will have plenty of space to roam around. The land was donated to the state of Oregon in 1938 by J.C. Ponsler in memory of his wife, Muriel. A stone memorial with a plaque is located in the parking lot.

The viewpoint is a great spot to watch for wildlife such as whales, seals, and birds. The picnic tables provide a nice spot to enjoy a snack or just sit and watch the waves roll in. The main parking area is small, but there is a long stretch right next to the highway that is large enough for a truck and trailer or RV.

Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint is part of the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Areas. This means that there are specific prohibitions against fishing and the harvesting of fish, invertebrates, and seaweed. Check here for specific clarifications on regulations, exemptions, and a detailed representation of the area's boundaries.

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