So close to so much!
Between Newport and Lincoln City, this state park is close to Yaquina Head Historic lighthouse, Devil's Punchbowl, the jetties around Yaquina bay (big fishing marina and processing plants in Newport), sea lions lounging around on the docks, an outstanding ocean museum, and the Rogue Brewery.
The beach is a great place to look for agates. Mostly what we saw were huge piles of kelp - the surf has been particularly rough and the kelp was really tangled up like braided rope.
The campground is huge, but shady - full of big spruce. A lot of 'Octopus trees' - big spruce that grew out of fallen trees or stumps and when the stumps rot away, you can see the roots of the new trees. The trees look like they're standing on tip toe.
An owl hanging around like a scrub Jay!
Walking around the campground, we were surprised to see an own up in a tree. While we watched, it flew down into a yurt site - I've never seen such a bold owl.
Sea lions are a rambunctious, noisy lot!
These guys hang out on some old docks next to Pacific Seafood processing plant on the old Newport waterfront.