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Otter Crest Marine Gardens

Central Oregon Coast, Oregon

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Otter Crest Marine Gardens

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  • The view of the marine gardens from Otter Crest and Devil's Punchbowl- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • The Marine Gardens.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • The path down the gardens is near the overflow parking lot.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • A group of tide poolers from the American Cetacean Society.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • Thomas, from the Oregon chapter of the ACS, observing a pool.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • Red crab.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • Sea clown nudibranch.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • Kelp crab.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • Ring spotted doris.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • Baby starfish.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • Purple sea urchin.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • Gumboot chiton.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • Leaf barnacle.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • Giant green anemone.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • Mossy chiton.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • Giant green anemone.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • Proliferating anemone.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • Giant green anemone.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • Thomas, a very experienced and certified naturalist, shows a leather star to onlookers.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • The grasses in the tide pools can hide small creatures.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
  • Navigating the gardens can be treacherous, and the experienced usually come prepared with knee and shin protection.- Otter Crest Marine Gardens
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Pros: 
Very accessable. Variety of wildlife. Whale watching. Easy to find.
Cons: 
Slippery. Some climbing to get to better spots. Parking is difficult later in the day.
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Region:
Central Oregon Coast, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

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The Otter Crest Marine Gardens are located just north of Devil's Punchbowl between Depoe Bay and Newport, Oregon. From the overflow lot, the gardens can be reached by a short sandy decline that should take visitors no more than 5 to 10 minutes. The gardens offer a plethora of of wildlife ranging from micro-organisms to marine mammals such as seals and sea lions. Buying a field guide can be very useful, as many of the animals you will find here are not as recognizable as an urchin or starfish. Chitons, nudibranch, octopus, crabs, and other interesting creatures can be found on just about every low tide. Going with a naturalist who is familiar with the area can be a huge benefit, as they have an eye for things that many people will miss on their first few trips.

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