The city of Yachats is a little coastal community found in Lincoln County. This beautiful city offers stunning miles of enchanting beaches and old-growth rainforest that kisses the rocky coastline. The area has a mild climate accompanied with temperatures averaging 60 degrees in summer as well as 45 degrees Fahrenheit in winter. This makes any activities in and around the area great to do any time of year. In 2007, Budget Travel Magazine named the city one of the "Ten Coolest Small Towns of the U.S.".
This small coastal city is named from a Siletz language meaning “dark water at the mountain foot”. For many centuries, Native Americans lived in this area as hunter-gatherers, that migrated between the summer camps and the winter residences. The Little-Log Church that was built in 1926 and was owned by Sir R. Perks, who owned most of the town at the time. Today the church acts as a historical museum holding many artifacts related to the city’s past. The museum is currently under the ownership of the city.
Region: Central Oregon Coast • USA
Population (2015): 706
Area: 0.92 mile2 (2.38 km2)
Elevation: 45 ft (13.7 м)
GPS Coordinates: 44.312,-124.1183
Zip Code: 97498
Average Winter T°: 45.5°F (7.5°C)
Average Summer T° 60°F (16°C)
Things to Do and See
Yachats is a beautiful place to visit, relax, enjoy the sounds and sights of the ocean, hike and explore a variety of wildlife. Tide pools could be found everywhere along the rocky shoreline. At low tide, you can seek out tide pool animals and plants such as sea stars, urchins, chitons, sea stars, anemones, and saltwater algae. Please do not remove them. Be sure to check the tide tables to ensure precaution is taken at all times. Never turn your back on the ocean.
Whale-watching is one of the most popular activities year-round as the Oregon Coast is filled with these majestic creatures. Watch the gray whale migration twice a year, in winter and spring, where about 20,000 whales pass offshore. This tremendous journey is a sight to take your breath away.
Hiking from Cape Perpetua through to Yachats offers breathtakingly beautiful scenery. Head to the top of the Cape and experience stunning ocean views, narrow shoreline channel Devil's Churn, Spouting Horn at Cook's Chasm, and Thor's Well.
Hike closer to the shore and see surf and rock splendor. There are also rainforest trails for you to experience, with leafy and fresh soil scents still near the beach.
Cape Perpetua Shelter
Spouting Horn and Thor's Well at Cook's Chasm
A narrow shoreline channel, located south of Yachats. Over long periods of time, tides and powerful waves created a deep fissure in a basalt shoreline.
Smelt Sands State Recreation Site
Located a mile north of Yachats. The excellent whale watching and an excellent viewpoint for taking pictures. Walk the historic 0.75 miles one-way 804 Trail. The park is known for its tide pools, breathtaking sunsets, and rock fishing. Smelt Sands State Recreation Site is one of the northwest beaches in Yachats, where previously, smelt came ashore to spawn. Unfortunately, the silver ocean gem disappeared from this area.
Yachats State Recreation Area
In Yachats, turn west onto the 2nd Street. The road makes a beach loop, offering a breathtaking view of the Yachats River as it meets the Pacific Ocean. This destination is a great place for whale watching, tide pools researching, rock and salmon fishing.
Neptune State Park
Located three miles south of Yachats at foot of Cape Perpetua. You can watch for whales, see a variety of birds, and sea lions. The creek is also a great place to look for agates. At low tide, you can walk to the south to see a natural cave and tide pools.
Located a few miles farther south, the spot has excellent views of the ocean, great tide pools, and sandy beaches. Sometimes harbor seals can be seen on the rocks just offshore.
This location offers beach access and agate hunting.
Festivals And Events
Yachats city has some great spots for later afternoon or evening fun. Try gourmet dining at its best at the Green Salmon café or enjoy live musicians at the Drift Inn. During summer, be sure to attend the farmer’s market featuring enriching foods and crafts on Sundays.
This charming and beautiful blend of the ocean and forest is the ultimate place for a holiday. With oceanic activities, lush forests and divine cuisine, it would be hard to say no to this stunning city.
This small city offers varieties of annual festivals and events.
Yachats Agate Festival is held on the second weekend of January.
Yachats La De Da Parade - Independence Day festival and fireworks show.
Yachats Music Festival is held in July, the weekend after July first.
Yachats Village Mushrooms Fest takes place on the third weekend of October.
Yachats Celtic Music Festival is held on the second weekend of November.
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