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CoastWatch Mile 199
CountyLincoln
DescriptionBeachside SP, Waconda Beach, Little Creek
Boundaries N 44° 23.774', W 124° 5.285' to N 44° 22.93', W 124° 5.432'
Google MapsNearby Roads, Directions to/from, Google photos, Satellite image, Terrain overlay
OPRD MapSeal Rock to Alsea River (2), to Starr Creek (1)
Vehicles• Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from Yaquina Bay (44° 37.0374', Mile 215), southerly to the Lincoln County-Lane County line (44° 16.5774', Mile 190).
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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.

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Mole Crab in the driftline   12/31/13
Mole crabs in the drift line - keys to give sense of size.
seagazer


8 REPORTS FOR MILE 199:
seagazer
Dec 31, 2013 3:30 PM
 
It was a nice, mild and windless morning. Came down to take pictures of the King Tide but was surprised that it was so much lower than last night and the day before. About 3:15, I spotted the ATV on the beach again from our balcony (picture). It was on the beach yesterday too. It did not look official. It was driven by a woman with a child in the passenger side and a woman in the back seat. I have seen it go up and down the beach three more times as I am filing this report. Now there is a guy driving it with two different people in it. The guy in the back seat is flying a kite from there. I can't tell if it's coming from the north or south initially but I think north. I have not reported it because I do not know what the process is for that. There are a couple of large pieces of wood that look like they have been cut on. One older but another fairly fresh (picture). The surfaces were smooth indicating not much time in the weather/water. Likely taken for woodworking judging by how nice the chunk is. Along the base of the bank, some areas are dug out by wave action and others have had sand deposited against it. There are some larger logs partly buried or sitting on top of the sand. Can't tell if they have been exposed or recently deposited. Found two bird carcasses in yesterday's high water line. I am not able to identify (pictures). Found some other tufts of feathers but no skeletons.    MORE 
 
The last three high tides   
Description:Three different lines of high tide described on the photo
Location:Mile marker 159 - 44.23 15.4N 124.05 20.30W
Date:Dec 31, 2013 11:00 AM
Cutting wood on the beach   
Description:Piece of wood cut - probably with a chain saw - likely harvesting material for woodworking.
Location:mile marker 159 - 44.23 15.4N 124.05 20.30W
Date:Dec 31, 2013 11:00 AM
ATV on beach   
Description:This ATV was seen yesterday on the beach and went up and down the beach today at least a half-dozen times with different operators and riders.
Location:mile marker 159 - 44.23 15.4N 124.05 20.30W
Date:Dec 31, 2013 11:00 AM
Mole Crab in the driftline   
Description:Mole crabs in the drift line - keys to give sense of size.
Location:Wakonda Beach
dead bird in drift line   
Description:dead bird in drift line - appears to be somewhat fresh considering how much meat is still on the bones
Location:Wakonda Beach
dead bird in drift line   
Description:unidentified bird in drift line
Location:Wakonda Beach
seagulls feeding on crab at sunset   
Description:seagulls feeding on crab at sunset
Location:Wakonda Beach
seagazer
Feb 16, 2013 3:45 PM
 
It has been a couple years since I have made a report on this mile. I have not been on the beach much. Today's visit was not complete but I hope that soon I can get back to making full reports. This is not our primary residence. Changes noticed since my last report are basically a cleaner beach with sand rebuilt at the top of the beach to ease access on and off the beach. Also, frontage bluffs of some of the houses has slipped down onto the beach. No properties appear to be threatened at this time.   MORE 
 
Dead Puffin   
Description:Someone brought a dead puffin to the top of the Wakonda beach Rd access near where the beach cleanup bags are hung.
Location:Pacific Coast Highway milepost #159
salp   
Description:complete salp found at high water line.
Location:Due west of Pacific Coast Highway marker #159
seagazer
Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM
 
We wanted to see what effect high tide driven by storms was doing to the beach and adjacent embankment. Due to how high the water was coming up, we could not get onto the beach to walk our mile so we settled for pictures from above. I took a couple from the beach edge and no sooner did I turn around and climb back up, a wave covered the spot I was standing on. They say to not turn your back on the ocean don't they? The photos posted here show that many of the logs and debris that were deposited on the beach last year and were subsequently buried are now being exposed again and moved around in the surf. One can see that the waves are digging down at least a couple of feet of the sand that was previously deposited that buried so much of the "log bomb" that went off (landed) on Dec 31, 2008. I filed a report a month ago which looked quite different from todays.   MORE 
 
Beach erosion   
Description:The waves are scouring down the surface of the beach
Location:Across from Wakonda Beach Rd. - 101 mile 159
Beach erosion   
Description:Looking south
Location:Across from Wakonda Beach Rd. 101 mile 159
Exposure of buried wood, depth of beach erosion   
Description:Beach scouring - erosion
Location:Across from Wakonda Beach Rd. 101 mile 159
seagazer
Nov 28, 2009 1:15 PM
 
We walked from the northern edge of Beachside State Park to Little Creek which we did not cross. Considering how nice the weather is today for a late November, there were not a lot of people/dogs on the beach considering the popularity of Beachside State Park. I was unable to tell whether the people were from the park, rental units or local residents. There was very little evidence of shellfish, crabs, jellyfish or the like on the beach. Three seagulls, possibly male, were found two of which seemed to be intact so may have been dead prior to landfall but one was just a pile of fresh feathers which means it may have been a predator attack. A large seal was found on the beach that is now being partially buried and bones are becoming evident. Despite the recent heavy storms, beach erosion appears to be only to isolated areas. Definitely less than my last report last December 31st. The major deposit of logs and other debris has been reduced to the larger pieces being pushed up to the top of the high tide line.   MORE 
 
Looking south one year later.   
Description:This is looking south from the same location as the pictures taken last December 30th and 31st of Wakonda Beach before and after the mass log landing.
Location:Mile marker 159 - 44.23 15.4N 124.05 20.30W
Looking north one year later.   
Description:This is looking north from the same location as the pictures taken last December 30th and 31st of Wakonda Beach before and after the mass log landing.
Location:Mile marker 159 - 44.23 15.4N 124.05 20.30W
Dead seal   
Description:A dead seal washed ashore on or before 11/25 but now has washed up to the high-tide line near the embankment and is partially buried in the sand.
Location:44 23.08N 124 05 20.36W
Dead seagull   
Description:One of three dead sea gulls found on the mile.
Location:44 23.09N 124 05 21W
Bank erosion   
Description:Some parts of the embankment that seem to be well established have been sloughing off.
Location:near 44 23N 124 05W
Bank erosion   
Description:Increased sloughing of the embankment exposing fill material
Location:near 44 23 15N 124 05 20W
seagazer
Dec 31, 2008 10:00 AM
 
What we noticed was a small number of both humans and groups of birds who were mostly overflying the beach with few landing. We saw one group (40) of what looked like sanderlings (guess) running the beach as the waves retreated. Mixed within the wood debris were a few shells, small stones a brown jellyfish and some kelp pieces. There continues to be beach erosion which started in earnest last December (07) that is exposing previously unseen rip-rap and some boulders have fallen.   MORE 
 
Clean beach 12/30/08   
Description:This picture was taken looking north the day before 'the big log landing'. Night was falling so the camera tried to compensate for light so this is a rough image.
Location:N 44.23.16 W 124.05.21
Date:Dec 30, 2008 4:30 PM
Clean beach 12/30/08   
Description:This picture was taken looking south from Wakonda Beach access.
Location:N 44.23.16 W 124.05.21
Date:Dec 30, 2008 4:30 PM
Mass log landing   
Description:This picture was taken looking north from the Wakonda Beach access road.
Location:N 44.23.16 W 124.05.21
Mass log landing   
Description:This picture was taken looking south from the Wakonda Beach access road.
Location:N 44.23.16 W 124.05.21
Sanderlings?   
Description:A group of sanderlings feeding along the beach
Location:N 44.23.16 W 124.05.21
Dislodged rip-rap adjacent to Little Creek.   
Description:It appears that some of the rock rip-rap has fallen into a drainage ditch from a pipe which has been scoured out and enlarged by the high surf. Many shells are evident in the bottom. Were these previously deposited years ago subsequently covered with sand and now uncovered again?
Location:N 44.23.21 W 124.05.17
speelyei
Dec 30, 2008 1:00 PM
 
Due to constraints, I had to do my mile at almost high tide. I saw 5 people including two small children, 2 dogs, and a lot of accumulated flotsam and jetsam. Some domestic plastic and glass bottles, many with Japanese manufacturers names on them. I found two dead birds and an unidentifiable carcass at the very start of my mile. Compared to the usual windswept appearance of this stretch of beach, there was a lot to look at. 2 weeks ago there were a lot of jellies washed up, evenly spaced at 1 every 3 or 4 feet in the tide line. Today, I only saw one jelly, very few crab shells, and lots and lots of kelp. The high tides and rough weather has knocked down a set of stairs, and has caused some predictable erosion along the mile, but nothing remarkable.   MORE 
 
unidentified carcass   
Description:approx 30" x 18", no visible appendages, but I didn't poke around much, either.
Location:extreme N end of mile 199
beach debris   
Description:accumulation on tide line. Compare with pictures from earlier reports.
Location:Mile 199
dead birds   
Description:Dead birds on mile 199, also at N end of mile
Location:Mile 199
speelyei
Oct 19, 2008 10:00 AM
 
This morning was calm, clear, and clean, with very little beach activity of any kind. The beach was clean. I saw 3 dungeness crab shells, 40 Western Gulls, a single piece of bull kelp, and a very light accumulation of shells, small rocks, rounded bits of wood, a single Ochre sea star (deceased), many pacific mole crab carcasses, a light but continuous collection of sea lettuce, and some broken sand dollars, all marking the high tide line.   MORE 
speelyei
Mar 10, 2008 12:00 AM
 
Quiet, uneventful morning on this windswept stretch of beach.   MORE 
 
Mile 199   
Description:This is at the big stump looking North. this photo gives a good representation of what most of this mile looks like.
rip rap on mi 199   
Description:Rip rap erosion control on Mile 199
Drainage pipes on Mile 199   
stairs on mile 199