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Thor’s Well, known as the drainpipe of the Pacific, is a naturally occurring saltwater fountain located in Oregon’s Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. An awe-inspiring and mesmerizing marvel, this feature provides photographers and nature lovers alike with unparalleled views during high tide and storms.


Thor’s Well is situated along the Oregon Coast in the Siuslaw National Forest. Approximately three miles south of Yachats, you can find it just off Highway 101.


Here’s what you can experience at Thor’s Well:

  1. The Wonder of the Sea: Watch seawater fill and drain from the well continuously, creating a captivating spectacle. High tide and storms make the well especially breathtaking.
  2. Coastal Trails: Explore nature along the Captain Cook Trail, where you will find spruce forests, volcanic basalt cliffs, and tidal pools.
  3. Nearby Attractions: Visit the Cook’s Chasm and Spouting Horn, two nearby attractions that also exhibit the power and beauty of the Pacific Ocean.


The area is open for visitation all day, but to witness the phenomena at its peak, time your visit for an hour before to an hour after high tide.


  • Be cautionary around the Well and the waves given the potential danger due to powerful currents and slippery rocks.
  • Bring a high-resolution camera or binoculars for capturing stunning shots and an unforgettable view.
  • Keep a proper distance during stormy weather or high tide for safety.

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