(Depoe Bay, Oregon) – Just a tad south of Depoe Bay and the sprawling headland known as Rocky Creek Wayside, more oceanic drama awaits the traveler (above: the drama of Rodea Point, at Otter Crest Loop).
This part of the central Oregon coast – about eight miles from Fishing Rock State Park to the southern edge of Cape Foulweather – is yet another remarkable chunk of rocky shoreline where things explode more often than not.
Here, as Highway 101 going south to Newport hits a stark fork, the tiny road jutting off towards the shoreline is called Otter Crest Loop Road. At this junction sits what is called Rodea Point: basically an informal viewpoint where a gravel pullout allows the traveler more means of watching massive waves do their pyrotechnics.
It doesn’t happen all the time – but certainly more than half the time in winter and spring months you’ll find these basalt ledges the recipient of routine batterings of enormous waves. They can tower far above you, often by 20 feet or more, then crash on these rocks with an intense, even frightening noise.
Because of this, you’ll want to stay away from the temptation to go walking down to these ledge areas. This is an area that can and will kill.
But the show up on this bluff is full of never-ending wonders.
At night, especially if the moon is lighting up things at all, things really get crazy and spectacular.
The same view from Rodea at night.