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CoastWatch Mile 168
DescriptionCentral South Siuslaw Jetty Road
Boundaries N 43° 59.376', W 124° 8.359' to N 43° 58.464', W 124° 8.472'
Google MapsNearby Roads, Directions to/from, Google photos, Satellite image, Terrain overlay
OPRD MapSutton Creek to Siuslaw R, to Siltcoos R (1)
Vehicles• Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from May 1 through September 30 from the Siuslaw River (44° 00.9720', Mile 170), southerly to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area south parking lot (43° 57.5910', Mile 167) and from sunrise to sunset on legal holidays (as defined in ORS Chapter 187) and on Saturdays and Sundays between October 1 and April 30.
• Non-street legal vehicle travel is prohibited year around from the Siuslaw River (44° 00.9720', Mile 170), southerly to the south end of the South Jetty Road (43° 57.3846', Mile 166).
WeatherCurrent Weather Conditions at nearby stations (may take a minute or two on a dialup connection)
TidesThe NOAA Tide Predictions site may be found here. Click on the station nearest to your location to see predicted tides in graphical and tabular formats.


Middle of Mile 168, looking north   1/23/08
Middle of Mile 168, looking north

Feb 15, 2015 12:00 AM
A lot less trash in the south section. A fair of amount of drift wood that is mostly covered by sand, see attached photo. The skid, picture attached is about 1/4 mile south of the parking lot 3 access. I was unable to pull this out of the sand.   MORE 
Sand covering driftwood   
Description:South of parking lot 3 access, driftwood being covered by sand.
Dead bird 1   
Description:1st of 3 dead birds. Possibly a cassin's auklet, but didn't see to be any skin on legs, so not positive.
Dead bird 2   
Description:2nd of 3 dead birds, again possibly a cassin's auklet.
Dead bird 3   
Description:3rd of 3 dead birds, looks like a common murre
Dune separation   
Description:Section of dune separating.
partialy buried skid   
Description:Partially buried skid South of beach side access to parking lot 3.
Feb 14, 2015 1:44 PM
Due to large amount of trash in North section, only covered north 1/2 on Saturday. Returned to cover South section on Sunday. Separate report for Sunday.   MORE 
Looking North from Parking lot 3 beach access   
Description:Looking north from the parking lot 3 beach access showing beach and dune areas
Looking South from parking lot 3 beach access   
Description:Looking south from parking lot 3 beach access, showing beach and dune areas
Jan 11, 2015 9:00 AM
Overcast and light rain. Very peaceful, except at South end of mile where you could hear the OHV vechicles. Wrack line full of wood and logs, a good bit of human debris. Also found 19 dead birds, per other reports these looked like Cassin's Auklets. Sand smooth from water line to dunes. A few birds working the beach and pelicans air-surfing the waves.   MORE 
Entrance from Lot 3 looking North   
Description:Mile 168 looking North from the entrance to the beach
Location:Entrance from Lot 3 looking North
Copyright:James Schuler 2015
Entrance from Lot 3 looking south mile 168   
Description:Looking South down the beach from the lot 3 entrance.
Location:Lot 3 entrance to beach mile 168
Date:Jan 11, 2015 12:00 AM
Copyright:James Schuler 2015
Smooth beach north of Lot 3 entrance mile 168   
Description:Smooth beach from waterline to Dunes. About 1/4 mile north of lot 3 entrance
Location:approx quarter mile north of lot 3 entrance mile 168
Copyright:James Schuler 2015
Example 1 Dead Bird north of lot 3 mile 168   
Description:Dead bird in wrack line, just north of the lot 3 entrance to mile 168
Location:approx, 10 to 15 feet north of the lot 3 entrance in the wrack line
Date:Jan 11, 2015 12:00 AM
Copyright:James Schuler 2015
Example 1 Dead Bird south of lot 3 mile 168   
Description:Dead bird in wrack line south of lot 3 entrance to mile 168
Location:approx 300 yards south of lot 3 entrance to mile 168
Copyright:James Schuler 2015
Jun 16, 2012 10:00 AM
The only other people on the beach were two joggers. Sand at the front of the foredune is mostly softly rounded, with only slight evidence of north summer wind causing sculpting of the sand to the south. Beach grass is a much greener color than at the time of my last report, when it was a more wintery gray color. Evidence of a prior party on the beach at the base of the path from parking lot #3, with burned log remnants of a beach fire, an empty graham cracker box, and an empty Pringles canister, but (happily) no beverage containers.   MORE 
Dec 21, 2011 10:30 AM
Beautiful sunny, but cold, day. No humans in sight. Two crows on the beach and a few gulls overhead. Surf moderate. Heavy frost remains in the shaded patches of the dunes and beach. Wood pieces and kelp scattered on the beach rather than concentrated in the driftline. Notable find was a black plastic cremation urn, no lid, no contents, but with label identifying the crematory in Eugene, OR. I returned the urn to the ocean, thinking that it belonged to the sea.   MORE 
Sep 14, 2011 10:00 AM
Sharp dune contours much softer, more rounded, in keeping with beginning return of some winds from the south in addition to winds continuing still from the north also. Very few birds. Few rocks and shells, isolated small clumps of grassy-type seaweed. Beach with smooth flat contour overall and exceptionally clear of shells, rocks, driftwood, and seaweed. Biggest and best news is the recent placement of new signs easily visible from the beach to identify the trailhead back to each parking lot. This will be most helpful to those who do not regularly visit the south jetty beach and/or those who are on the beach on foggy days. Huge thanks to whatever agency provided these new signs!   MORE 
Mar 31, 2010 10:00 AM
Quiet day at the beach. Lots of wood, plastic, and glass. The large, old tree stump with a notch for a logger's platform has moved slightly northward along the beach and is nearly at the northern end of mile 168 currently. The shipwreck "Bella" is still visible at low tide, although sand is continuing to cover her up again. I've seen raccoon tracks coming from the foredune and meandering along the beach on multiple occasions recently; does s/he enjoy a stroll on the beach as much as the humans do?   MORE 
Mar 13, 2010 11:00 AM
The sharp sand "cliff" at high tide line has disappeared in most places and sand is more evenly distributed from foredune to water. Not many birds today, only a few gulls. Lots of plastic debris, many pieces with pelagic barnacles. Lots of plastic floats in various sizes from basketball size to baseball size, also more flattened shapes. A few fluorescent light tubes and also a few incandescent bulbs, and a crab pot in good condition. Coke can and Nestle "Milo" container with Asian lettering. If today was the Beach Cleanup Day, there would be bags and bags of plastic!   MORE 
Dec 22, 2009 3:00 PM
A calendar picture perfect day on the beach! Blue sky, with beautiful white, grey, and black clouds. Many lines of surf, 6 or 7, with lots of fluffy white foam. Two other people walking, enjoying the day. Small and medium wood pieces on beach, some broken shells, very few rocks. No dead birds seen today. Usual winter steep edge to sand is forming at high tide line in two areas; have to walk above it at high tide as it's too high to scramble up to escape a wave of water.   MORE 
Sep 9, 2009 11:00 AM
Beautiful day, T-shirt, crop pants, and sandals. Central Oregon coast fall weather at its best! Gentle breeze from the southwest, surf relatively calm and smooth, with incoming tide. Unusual concentrations of small mussel shells, approximately 1 to 2 inches in length. Small amounts of shell pieces, wood, crab parts, and small rocks in driftline.   MORE 
Jun 9, 2009 10:30 AM
Only two other people on the beach today, visiting from Washington. Overcast, but only very light wind, comfortable temperature, a good day to be on the beach. Three small airplanes flew by, going south, low over the water and close to shore. Lots of crab shell pieces, legs and bodies, and also an unusually large number of "sand crab" shells in the driftline. Lack of birds today, saw only 2 turkey vultures gliding along the foredune.   MORE 
Feb 26, 2009 12:00 AM
Large amount of foam at waterline and blowing gently along the beach. Sand has been taken away from base of the foredune by winter surf action. Lots of driftwood, tree branches, and small pieces of wood on northern portion of mile 168. Fewer shell pieces and small rocks than usual. Major new development is the replacement of the bathroom buildings in the parking lots with new ones, which look exactly like the old ones but shiny clean and new!   MORE 
Dec 11, 2008 9:30 AM
Only people on the beach today were walking with their dogs. Summer sand deposition is still covering the driftwood logs near the foredune, no good places to sit. Lots of jellies and dead "sand crabs" in the driftline today, more than usual. Otherwise, driftline contains typical broken shells, small wood pieces, and some kelp.   MORE 
Sep 19, 2008 9:00 AM
Sand at foredune in a fall pattern, rounded, not showing signs of strong north or south winds. More sea palm kelp on the beach than usual. Unusually large number of dead common murres, probably mostly juveniles, at high tide line, do not appear fresh but are still identifiable. Nice fall day, mostly overcast but pleasant temperature and no wind.   MORE 
Jun 15, 2008 10:30 AM
Nice day, sunny, windy but not bone-chilling. The shipwrecked "Bella" is still visible although sand has partially covered her again. The dry sand at the base of the foredune is being reshaped to reflect summer winds from the north, and beach grass is green with new growth. Very small, newly dead harbor seal pup being actively scavenged by turkey vultures and a bald eagle.   MORE 
Mar 21, 2008 11:00 AM
Both steepness and sharpness of storm erosion of the foredune has lessened. The shipwrecked "Bella" is still visible although sand has been gradually re-covering it. Very little bird activity today, a small group of sanderlings at the waterline and two northern harriers swooping over the foredune area.   MORE 
Mar 21, 2008 12:00 AM
I had a nice walk with the dogs. The only other people were other beach regulars with their dogs. Everyone was enjoying the beautiful day. The only debris on the beach was some small rocks and shells, and the normal amount of driftwood. The foredune is still badly eroded, especially at the second parking lot where you have to climb down a small sand cliff to get on the beach. I also visited the beach on the 25th, and walked to the Bella. She is still very visable, and actually has moss growing on her from the 3 months of exposure.   MORE 
Beach Erosion   
Description:This is looking north on the beach at the second parking lot
Date:Feb 21, 2008 12:00 AM
The Bella   
Description:A photo of the Bella looking south
Location:between the third and forth parking lots at south jetty beach
Date:Feb 25, 2008 12:00 AM
Jan 28, 2008 11:00 AM
It was a typical, beautiful January day on south jetty beach.   MORE 
Onslow Surf   
Description:Onslow playing in the surf next to the Bella
Location:half way between the 3rd and 4th parking lots
Copyright:(c) 2008 David K Mason
Jan 23, 2008 8:00 AM
First visit to Mile 168. Access from the Siuslaw River South Jetty Road, parking lot #3, and a short hike up and over the foredune. Dramatic seasonal sand erosion all along the base of the foredune on this mile, in places to a depth of 8 feet or more. In spite of the easy access, very little human impact was observed, other than the occasional plastic/styrofoam flotsam. Thanks to the winter sand erosion, the bow section of the 121' 3-masted logging schooner "Bella", blown ashore November, 1905, is visible at winter low tides. The hull timbers are in surprisingly good condition for a 103-year old ship wreck! It is located at the north end of Mile 168, fairly close to the foredune.   MORE 
Middle of Mile 168, looking north   
Description:Middle of Mile 168, looking north
Middle of Mile 168, looking south   
Description:Middle of Mile 168, looking south
bow section of the "Bella"   
Description:Bow section of the 3-masted Florence-based lumber schooner shipwrecked November, 1905. Located at the north end of Mile 168. Visible only after winter beach erosion and low tide
Location:North end of Mile 168
Date:Jan 23, 2008 12:00 AM
Seasonal beach erosion   
Description:Seasonal beach erosion at base of foredune. Note glove on log for scale.
Location:Northern half of Mile 168
Seasonal upper beach erosion Mile 168   
Description:Seasonal upper beach erosion on Mile 168
Location:Mid-section of Mile 168
Jan 14, 2008 11:00 AM
Dune from #2 to #3 parking lot now washing away becoming a verticle bluff facing ocean, very steep in some places.   MORE 
Dec 16, 2007 10:00 AM
Nice day, some sun, not too much wind. Broken pieces of large shells, small pieces of wood on beach, very few rocks. Some new driftwood high on the beach, and older pieces have been moved around by tides.   MORE 
Sep 20, 2007 9:45 AM
Beach appears in late summer pattern of sand at the foredune showing evidence of wind from the north. Most people on beach are local, one couple visiting from CA. Except for the couple from CA and the preschool children, everyone else had their dog with them (including me!). The dogs facilitate easy communication between the beach walkers, giving a sense of community.   MORE 
Mar 24, 2007 10:00 AM
Being Oregon Beach Clean up Day there were many people with SOLV bags picking up trash. Also a group of Boy Scouts from Eugene were doing the same.   MORE 
Jan 10, 2007 10:00 AM
Approximately 100-foot area of greenish foam and lots of purple Vetch in bloom.   MORE 
Jan 1, 2007 12:00 PM
It was a beautiful day, clean beach, no problems.   MORE 
Dec 5, 2006 11:00 AM
Large amount of Ball kelp, huge piles, rest scattered along shoreline. Unusually larg waves, breaking far out, many dead birds.   MORE