For current conditions and historic data, see the Newport Surf Report and Forecast.
Located on the south side of Yaquina Head, this Newport area hotspot offers lots of nice beach-breaks and is protected from the north wind by the massive headland. Surfing is good on most tides and is popular with long-boarders. This is a good beginner spot when small, but holds up to double overhead. There is a speedy transport to the line-up via rip along the head.
Level: All levels.
Hazards: No major hazards listed.
Access: Off US 101, in Agate Beach. Free parking at Lucky Gap day -use park. Please don't park on private property.
South of Newport, miles of typical beach-break with mostly lefts, and a really nice right on a S swell at "The Box" in the lee of the south jetty. Fun and popular summer spot. There is a long-board contest held here in September.
Level: All levels.
Hazards: Strong currents when big; sharks.
Access: Off US 101, 2 miles south of Newport. Follow signs to South Beach State Park. Walk the beach or the paved paths to the jetty at the north end of the park.
Facilities: Restrooms, campground
Kayaking is popular throughout Newport's waterways, and sea kayaks are often spotted just offshore. Many shops, such as Ossie's Surf Shop, rent kayaks and give sea kayaking lessons.
The picturesque Yaquina Bay offers an exciting place to get your paddles wet. The wildlife and scenery is sure to make for an adventure. Sea birds and sea lions are plentiful; you may also enjoy paddling along the NOAA giants that are docked in the Yaquina Bay. The bay continues into the Yaquina river offering miles of fresh air and water to explore.
Guided kayak tours are offered on nearby Beaver Creek. The seasonal two-hour trips launch at Ona Beach State Park, five miles south of South Beach. Beaver Creek winds through coastal wetland inhabited by a variety of wildlife. The number of people who register and the availability of guides determine tour schedules. The fee is $15 per person. Kayaks are supplied. Beaver Creek is also a great location for independent kayaking.