Log In  
    Who We Are  
    Coastal Goods  
    Contact Us  
    Tour of the Miles  
    Watchful Eyes  
    CoastWatcher's Bookshelf  
    Coastwatcher's Knapsack  
    Filing a Mile Report:  
       Getting Started Online  
       Online Mile Report  
       Online Mile Dispatch  
       Paper Report form  
       Observation Checklist  
       Mile Reports Browser  
       Summaries by County  
    OPRD Planning Maps  
    The Wide, Wide Sea  
    Marine Reserves  
    Position: Marine Reserves  
    Position: Ocean Energy  
CoastWatch Mile 183
DescriptionNorth end of Roosevelt Beach, Rock Creek, Rocky Knoll
Boundaries N 44° 11.575', W 124° 6.895' to N 44° 10.713', W 124° 6.991'
Google MapsNearby Roads, Directions to/from, Google photos, Satellite image, Terrain overlay
OPRD MapBob Creek to Rocky Knoll (2), to Heceta Head
Vehicles• Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the Lincoln County-Lane County line (44° 16.5774', Mile 190), southerly to the Siuslaw River (44° 00.9720', Mile 170).
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.


Photos Mile 183 north and south   1/13/13
North Section looking north, surf reaches bluff at some points.

May 28, 2016 1:30 PM
South section Hwy pull off very dangerous. Soil erosion created six inch drop from asphalt, level in spots. Erosion of bluff "steps" down to beach limits access Some plastic debris. 10-12 Gulls seen.   MORE 
Feb 27, 2016 12:00 PM
Beach south of Rock Creek. South section (including Rock Creek) erosion now severe. No access to beach because of vertical face of bluff. Drainage makes face muddy. Perhaps this section of 183 could be reached from north shore of Big Creek to the south. If so, could it be added to that mile? Pull off on HWY 101 very dangerous because of wear and lack of visibility of traffic from the north.   MORE 
Oct 3, 2015 11:30 AM
Deep sand covering rocks at base of South Bluff, forming two lakes from normal drainage at base of other bluffs on the north section. Beach extremely clean. No plastic on North section   MORE 
May 10, 2015 12:00 PM
Bluff erosion: several 15' - 30' wide slides onto beach. Beach extremely clean. No plastic found. South section: Gulls standing around mouth of Rock Creek. North Section: 3 people in lot and 1 person on beach.   MORE 
Jan 25, 2015 11:30 AM
Some shells on wet sand, no debris in rocks near bluff. Five dogs with walkers well with people who were walking.   MORE 
Oct 8, 2014 11:45 AM
Part of jellyfish and eel crass in surf line, groups of black waterbirds beyond surf line.   MORE 
Jun 1, 2014 12:00 PM
Very clean beach. 4 small pieces of plastic and small broken crab shells on north section. Very large design raked on the low tide beach, elaborate design, geometrical about 50 yards along surf line.   MORE 
Mar 9, 2014 11:30 AM
Rock creek so full and swift it cut a channel through beach gravel directly to the surf. Beach very clean with driftwood concentrated next to bluff.   MORE 
Nov 29, 2013 11:00 AM
Beach extremely clean, sand over west beach rocks. Cormorants in offshore surf. Erosion of bluffs continues, small chunks of land/shrubs/grass now on beach level. Broken auto glass in parking lot is evidence of car clouting in recent past.   MORE 
Aug 25, 2013 12:00 AM
Many burned logs at South Rock Creek site, no fire circle evident. Birds Viewed: South, group of gulls on offshore rock. North, two crows on driftwood. Dogs, three not causing problems.   MORE 
Apr 28, 2013 11:00 AM
3 Gulls on south section of mile, no debris on beach. One dog on leash.   MORE 
Jan 13, 2013 11:30 AM
Waves onto beach, surf to bluffs.   MORE 
Photos Mile 183 north and south   
Description:North Section looking north, surf reaches bluff at some points.
Mile 183   
Description:North section looking south, surf reaches bluff.
Date:Jan 13, 2013 12:00 AM
Mile 183    
Description:South Section looking north. Note erosion approaching Hwy. 101
Date:Jan 13, 2013 12:00 AM
Mile 183   
Description:South section looking south, surf crossed rocks to bluff.
Oct 6, 2012 12:30 PM
No plastic of any kind seen on beach. Culls crows and assorted shorebirds standing around waiting for tide to come in?   MORE 
Aug 31, 2012 9:00 AM
We did see several turkey vultures who were interested in the dead deer. There was lots of packed sand on the beach. We did not see any litter. The surf was low and quiet. We are reporting on mile 183. However, we only walked Ocean Beach.   MORE 
Jun 10, 2012 11:00 AM
Birds seen: Gulls on rocks, swifts(?), 8 Canada geese,2 turkey vultures. Beach very clean, sand and few pebbles and shells. Total of 6 cogs with people, no wildlife disturbed. North section: no sign advising people of auto breakins;Pay tube closed. No evidence of shooting rock cliffs to trigger large rockfalls as described in ad in Siuslaw News, 5/19/12, which we sent to you.    MORE 
Jun 6, 2012 12:00 PM
Beach was beautiful and seems pristine at first sight, but I found quite a bit of debris mixed in the with small rocks piled below the cliff faces. Walked out with armloads of foam, a small bucket and two bags of garbage, including Japanese water bottles and a Japanese grape juice container. Found one orange float (local?) as well as several small floats in shapes/sizes that I have never seen before. Saw many crab boats and one small sailboat offshore. Five people and one dog on the beach over the course of an hour. It would be great if there were a garbage can at this location--Ocean Beaches Picnic Area. People seem to be leaving garbage next to the bathroom, but there is no receptacle. I hauled my debris to the garbage bin in the county park near Driftwood Shores. As tsunami debris increases, the need for garbage cans and recycling in parks and waysides will become more of an issue.   MORE 
Unusual Floats   
Japanese Grape Juice Bottle   
Local Crab Float?    
Jun 5, 2012 9:00 AM
Once again we had Ocean Beach to ourselves. There was very little litter. However, there was one large red metal drum which was near the bottom of the steps. There were no markings on it; it was light and appeared to be empty.   MORE 
Mar 11, 2012 10:30 AM
2-3 Gulls on entire walk, large logs at mouth of Rock Creek, Some Styrofoam float pieces. Erosion north of creek.   MORE 
Dec 11, 2011 10:00 AM
Beach Clean. some large driftwood and 2 plastic bottles on each section. Birds observed: many gulls, several Cormorants and one Bald Eagle. No people on the beach, but 2 sets of Footprints seen. Animal tracks above beach: Racoon.   MORE 
Sep 13, 2011 8:45 AM
There was lots of sand on the beach and some up on the side of a cliff. Nancy Creek was completely covered with sand. There were some footprints from earlier visitors to the beach, including a couple of dogs. The beach was very clean of debris. Jan/Paul Hirsch   MORE 
Sep 11, 2011 10:00 AM
Little Driftwood showing, sand drifted against bluff in several places. One piece of red cloth and one piese of broken plastic bracket only man-made debris on this mile. Dogs off leash, one running after gull. South Experimental tarp affixed on bluff.   MORE 
Jun 26, 2011 11:00 AM
Beach very clean. Very little debris: 1 peice of clear plastic sheeting, 1 clear water bottle, 1 fishing boat rope, 1 sandal, 1 piece of gray plastic,(remains of counter top dish drainer?) Porta-potty on side of 101 on north secton entrance.   MORE 
May 5, 2011 12:00 AM
We noticed several landslides and some were in front of the Oregon House grounds. The top soil and vegetation were loosened and slid down the hillside. Also in one cave a large boulder and rocks came down from the top of the cliff.   MORE 
Mar 27, 2011 10:00 AM
Bluff erosion north section, small amount of driftwood north section; large amount south section.   MORE 
Dec 5, 2010 10:00 AM
South section: 1 sea lion. North section: 4 surfers and 7 sea lions in same waves. No injuries seen. One surfer came ashore and said sea lions were aggressive but backed away without incident. Just playing? Black streaks in sand (oil?)    MORE 
Jun 19, 2010 12:00 AM
South Beach: clean and sandy at low tide. North Section: Plastic debris (9 water bottles and 6 "parts")   MORE 
Apr 7, 2010 2:15 PM
There was lots of debris on the beach. We were told that this was due to recent strong westerly winds. We picked up a couple sack fulls and more and put it all by the restroom door. Was this the right place to put it?? On Sunday, May 9th, there was a dead sea mammal, mostly skeletal remains. It was either a seal or a sea lion.   MORE 
Mar 14, 2010 10:30 AM
South Beach very clean. Total of 4 plastic bottles and one milk carton. North section, more mud and rock from bluff onto beach. Parts of net on beach. Two birds observed: one crow flying south and one gull standing on beach facing ocesn. Sand covered rocks on beach to within five yards of bluff. Some plastic debris at tide line.   MORE 
Feb 25, 2010 12:00 AM
This report covers Ocean Beach including the area beyond Nancy Creek. The beach area is nearly free of man made debris. We saw two large clusters of small red anemones on rocks north of Nancy Creek.   MORE 
Dec 25, 2009 2:00 PM
Sealion in the surf, some splastic on the beach otherwise beach clean. Birds in surfline. Found one dead jellyfish on the beach.   MORE 
Dec 25, 2009 1:30 PM
Folks and dogs were enjoying walking on the beach. We did not see any major changes.   MORE 
Sep 27, 2009 11:00 AM
Beach very clean. Sand very deep and blowing up face of bluff. Few shells seen. Kid's fort built of driftwood below high time line.   MORE 
Jun 21, 2009 9:30 AM
Many shells at high tide line, very clean beach, sand covered rocks, large driftwood pieces against bluff, wild flowers in bloom. No plastic seen on entire beach.   MORE 
May 19, 2009 12:00 PM
Nothing significant to report. At low tide, we were able to walk south from Ocean Beach and around the rock barrier to Rock Creek. Seen small red anemones.   MORE 
Dec 14, 2008 1:00 PM
Observed string of Pelicans flying along wave troughs. Some other birds feeding in surf and two crows flew by. Low tide still washed up to bluffs. Large swells and waves with beach very clean.    MORE 
Nov 19, 2008 11:00 AM
We enjoyed seeing one Bald Eagle at south end of ocean beach and aren't sure if the eagle will feed off the dead sea lion nearby. There is plenty of sand on the beach with some small rocks uncovered. South end of mile 183 - lots of sea gills here.    MORE 
Sep 7, 2008 11:00 AM
Beach extremely clean, beach sand almost to bluff generally and fifteen feet up bluff in one spot.   MORE 
Mar 9, 2008 9:45 AM
Beach clean, five plastic bottles and one auto tire on south section. Truck tire on North section.   MORE 
Jan 13, 2008 9:30 AM
Flock of gulls feeding in the shallow surf. 10' x 12' black plastic tarp pegged down on grass on bluff in south section.   MORE 
Jun 24, 2007 8:00 AM
Beach very clean, seen only one piece of rope, one net float, one piece of styrofoam and one beer bottle.   MORE 
Mar 24, 2007 10:30 AM
We had a group of 10 REI Staff walking and cleaning up the mile. The Northernmost part was micro sized debris with the occasional fishing or boat related garbage. The Southern most part was loaded with macro to large sized debris. Only two dead birds were found. Neither was banded and both appear to have been eaten by other wildlife. It was a beautiful day considering the gray skies and people were out in force walking the beach.   MORE 
Mar 11, 2007 11:35 AM
Brisk weather on the beach, six people walking with three dogs, two on their leash. Some debris, plastic bottles, net float and two parts of other nets. Only a few Gulls seen.   MORE 
Jan 7, 2007 9:25 AM
Winter day on the beach, rain and strong wind. The bluffs are being undercut by the surf and creek action, also there were large piles of driftwood next to the bluff south of the new bridge construction.   MORE 
Sep 23, 2006 9:00 AM
Sand very high, over rocks and up bluff. Bridge under construction, one-way traffic controlled by light. Beaches extremely clean and covered by sand. RV appeared to have stayed overnight at north section, no license visible.   MORE 
Mole crab carcasses   
Description:Pacific Mole Crab, Emerita analoga