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When other central Oregon Coast beaches are crowded on a hot summer's day, I can usually find peace and relative solitude at the Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint, where China Creek flows into the Pacific Ocean.  There are many miles of beach in either direction, offering further opportunities to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Pacific Ocean.

The free wayside is located along Highway 101, a few miles north of the popular Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint and Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park, and south of the town of Yachats.

Muriel O. Ponsler State Scenic ViewpointMy wife and I can usually find an available picnic table to lay out a sumptuous spread, but we always bring along camping chairs and tables just in case.  Thick hedges help to block the wind on a breezy day.

Picnic Table at Muriel O. Ponsler WaysideMuriel O. Ponsler SignWho was Muriel O. Ponsler?

The park is named for the wife of Jack C. Ponsler, who donated the 2 acres of land to the Oregon State Parks after Muriel died on March 29, 1939 at the age of 41.

Christee Gamron researched and wrote an excellent story about Jack and Muriel Ponsler in her 100 Steps blog article titled Muriel O. Ponsler: The Woman Behind the Wayside.

The Oregon Coast has many small scenic viewpoints to stop at similar to this one.  A glance at vehicle license plates shows that a visit to the Coast isn't just for Oregonians.

The Oregon Pacific Coast Passport can be a good value for those people planning on an Oregon Coast vacation.  It's a multi-agency day use pas that covers entry, vehicle parking and day use fees at over 15 fees sites along Highway 101, the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway.

China Beach at Muriel O. Ponsler Wayside

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Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest.  He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.

To learn more about Eugene, Lane County, and western Oregon, visit 365 and More Things to do in Lane County, Oregon on Facebook.  You'll see hundreds of pictures and links to discover the beauty and attractions of this special area.


Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

This beach park looks like a beautiful place to visit. I’m sure that this could very easily become a favorite spot to enjoy for both locals and visitors. 

Mar 12, 2018 03:41 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

While I don't recall being at this particular park in Oregon, I do know your state has many wonderful areas along the coast.

Mar 12, 2018 08:13 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Rick, I have always enjoyed the beauty of the Oregon coast and your post has been featured to the group:



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Mar 16, 2018 02:50 PM