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CoastWatch Mile 189
DescriptionGwynn Cr, Neptune SP / North access, Cummins Cr
Boundaries N 44° 16.358', W 124° 6.845' to N 44° 15.636', W 124° 6.685'
Google MapsNearby Roads, Directions to/from, Google photos, Satellite image, Terrain overlay
OPRD MapCape Perpetua to Bob Creek, to Rocky Knoll (1)
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).
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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.


View south from Neptune State Park   12/27/05
Looking south from Neptune State Park, from a point very close to the Lincoln/Lane County line.
-- Copyright: 2005 Susan M Etienne. All Rights Reserved.

Sep 24, 2016 12:00 AM
The SOLVE Beach cleaner-uppers were new for me. Sept 24 is the big SOLVE beach clean up in Oregon. There were perhaps a few more people than I am used to. This could be owing to the spectacular weather this day. The humans, except the SOLVE workers, didn't stay long and kept pretty close to Cummins Creek. Human activity did manage to scare the gulls off their preferred loafing grounds at the mouth of Cummins Creek. The tide was falling but still fairly high, so my rocky intertidal observations were limited and even in the higher zone, I didn't spend much time looking. The Porphyra was more obvious than I remember, as was the high abundance of periwinkles on the reef south of Gwynn Creek. The drift line was clean north of Cummins Creek, almost solely consisting of juvenile Emerita molts. South of Cummins Creek the Drift line was dominated by a small filamentous green alga, Emerita molts, and conifer needles. Drift Postelsia, feather boa kelp, and bull kelp were also present. And, lots of sea foam on the reef just south of Gwynn Creek. The base of the stairs at Cummins Creek is eroding. Assuming some heavy surf and high tides this winter, that's going to need repair or replacement before long.   MORE 
Gulls loafing at Cummins Creek   
Location:Mouth of Cummins Creek
Sea foam on the reef just south of Gwynn Creek   
Description:Sea foam is a product of phytoplankton breakdown
Location:Reef just south of Gwynn Creek
Blow hole at the reef south of Gwynn Creek   
Location:Reef just south of Gwynn Creek. View is to the north, along Cook's Reef and out toward Captain Cook Point.
Nov 23, 2015 11:13 AM
I hung around from about 11:15 am to 3:00 pm, hiking from the parking lot south as far as I could go, given the tide, which was nearly to the southern end of the mile, then back north onto the reef on the south bank of Gwynn Creek. I had hoped to cross Gwynn Creek and hike Cook's reef to the northern end of the mile, but even with only two hours 'til low tide, crossing Gywnn Creek would have been harrowing so I decided to view the northern 1/3 from the reef on the south bank of Gwynn Creek. All in all, a nice quiet day on mile 189. I've included photos illustrating declining sand levels, cellophane tube worm casings on the north end, and Pelvetiopsis on the rocks on the southern 1/3 of the mile.   MORE 
Falling sand levels expose a layer of dead acorn barnacles   
Location:Southern 1/3 mile 189
Drift line dominated by Sitka spruce needles and cellophane tubeworm casings    
Location:mid mile 189
Lush growth of Pelvetiopsis tops rocks in the high intertidal   
Location:Southern 1/3 mile 189
Oct 10, 2014 6:35 AM
Between 6:30 and 11:30 am saw 4 people beside myself; two were solo birder at Cummins Cr. early and the other two, a couple on the north beach an rocks to the north about 11:30. The Driftline was pretty clean, mostly composed of clear casings of a small invertebrate. I'd love to know what they are (photo attached). About 300 gulls spent the morning bathing and loafing at the mouth of Cummins Cr., and I noticed a lone seal, a harbor seal I guess, humping down into the surf about 7:30 am. Cormorant and scoter swimming and diving in the surf zone off the north end of the north beach; the scoter stayed most of the morning; 3 pelicans passed by the north beach in flight. Three large orange Pisaster in the rocks north of the north beach - couldn't get a close look due to tide and rough surf. I'm including a few photos. If anyone knows what those casings in the driftline are, please let me know.   MORE 
Thin whitish/clear invertebrate casings   
Description:I'm thinking these are invertebrate casings but I'm not sure. Would love to know what they are. For scale, they are about an inch long.
Location:Neptune, north beach
Date:Nov 9, 2014 12:00 AM
Aug 17, 2014 11:30 AM
It was a busy morning on the beach for Neptune State Park. Families were wading in a very low Cummins Creek and playing in the sand in spite of a very strong wind. The beach was very clean including the drift line. The lower natural pathway to the North beach is getting worn, slippery and hazardous.   MORE 
Mar 17, 2013 12:00 AM
The beach was very clean. Minimal amount of styrofoam and plastic. No SOLV bags on site for tsuanami debri.   MORE 
Aug 12, 2012 2:00 PM
I was able to walk the entire beach from one end to the other because the tide was out. It was a beautiful day. There were about 15 people, mostly families including children, and 3 dogs enjoying the beach, walking, checking out the rocks and playing in the sand. No birds dead or alive were noted. The beach was clean except for a lot of small styrofoam pieces which I collected. The picnic area was clean and the wood steps were in good shape.   MORE 
Apr 8, 2012 1:00 PM
Mile 189 has not had active reporting done since 2009. This was our first visit and it was high tide. The beach was mostly covered with river rock and driftwood with very little sand. There were no signs of fresh erosion of the banks in the Neptune Park area. There were about 6-8 people in the picnic areas and 3 people plus a dog on the beach. No one was on the rocks or near the tidepools because the water was too high. There were no birds or sea mammals observed. The steps and path down to the beach area are both pretty precarious.   MORE 
May 25, 2009 8:00 AM
The number of people at this site at one time is fairly small (I include both the north and south areas of Neptune State Park) and only occasionally have I observed dogs on the beaches and never a vehicle. Sea gulls love to bathe in fresh water Cummins Creek, the mouth of which dances across the beach at the south parking area. The creek shifted from the north side of the creek basin two winters ago and continues to erode the cliff face on the south side where the steps go down from the parking lot. Access to the beach is becoming more difficult and, I believe, more dangerous for visitors.   MORE 
May 20, 2008 9:45 AM
Sand level on Neptune Beach (south and north) is going down. Three bald eagles spotted feeding on bird carcass.   MORE 
Jul 9, 2007 2:00 PM
This is generally a well used beach with very little litter or man-made disturbance. The sand is high this year and Cummins Creek has drifted against the south shore.   MORE 
Mar 21, 2007 2:00 PM
Neptune has very little impact from humans or dogs other than dune climbing on South Neptune. Very nice beach to visit.   MORE 
Dec 13, 2006 10:00 AM
Beach clean, some erosion of dune, south. People continue to slide down the dunes.   MORE