Great Open Beaches Await You At Devils Kitchen | Local News
BANDON – The name first caught my attention – Devils Kitchen. The beach kept him.
I took a trip to Bandon earlier this week to make a story and decided to take a few minutes to see what areas there might be to explore.
Earlier in this space, I wrote about Coquille Point and Face Rock Beach. After seeing these two I knew there must be more beaches in the Bandon area worth seeing so I followed Beach Shore Drive waiting to see what happened.
That’s when I saw the sign with the arrow saying “Devils Kitchen”. What? So I had to watch.
I spent time wandering around Devils Kitchen, but to be honest I couldn’t find any obvious reason for the name. I’m sure some elders know where the name came from, but that’s a story for another day.
I was just excited to see another beach that I hadn’t had the chance to visit before. The first thing I noticed about Devils Kitchen was that it wasn’t too crowded. As I was driving down the road, past Coquille Point and Face Rock Beach, I noticed that every parking spot was full on both beaches. But at Devils Kitchen there was plenty of room.
Second, it is much easier to get to the beach than the first two. As you park above the beach there is a gently sloping path down to the beach rather than a number of stairs.
But that was only the first impression. To enjoy a beach, you have to be on it, smell the sand, hear the waves, appreciate the smell of salt in the air.
So that’s what I did. And I enjoyed every minute of it.
There is nothing that I have seen in Devils Kitchen that makes it so amazing. There is a ton of sand, big rocks like Bandon and waves as far as the eye can see. But there is not really a catchphrase. No starfish like Face Rock Beach and no amazing shows at low tide like Coquille Point. But at the same time, the beach has everything one could want.
While I was there a family was flying kites in the gentle breeze. Another was playing in the water. A third was trying his hand at surfing. Others were exercising while walking on the sand, and a few were just sitting on chairs and enjoying a nice day.
Me? I was just there to explore. So, I walked along the beach, enjoying the breeze and the sea birds flying around. I was alone this time, so I walked and mostly listened. Speaking of seabirds, there were signs warning of snow plovers nesting in the area. The nesting sites are supposed to be cordoned off, but just in case, be vigilant and leave the birds alone.
Crooked Creek flows into the ocean at Devils Kitchen, adding fresh water to the ability to enjoy the beach and the ocean.
Devils Kitchen is one of the many beaches that are part of the Bandon State Natural Area. Together, they provide three miles of uninterrupted beach access. So if you like to walk on the beach for exercise, this could be a great place to enjoy it. Be warned though, if you’re like me, you’ll probably stop a lot to take a close look at the amazing things that can be seen.
I never understood how the location got its name, but my mind keeps racing with possibilities. While nothing has been imposed on Devils Kitchen, I will be back. The beach is a great place to bring your family. With the smaller crowds and the expansive sand, I could see my wife and I sitting down while some of our kids are playing in the water, others are walking on the beach and maybe we can even fly a deer. – steering wheel.
To reach Devils Kitchen from Coos Bay, follow Highway 101 to Bandon. Continue on the freeway through downtown Bandon and turn right onto Eleventh Street. When you reach Beach Loop Drive, turn left and follow the road for a few miles. Large signs will tell you when you’ve arrived.