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CoastWatch Mile 244
DescriptionWecoma Beach north, Lincoln City, Roads End south
Boundaries N 45° 0.429', W 124° 0.615' to N 44° 59.399', W 124° 0.827'
Google MapsNearby Roads, Directions to/from, Google photos, Satellite image, Terrain overlay
OPRD MapRoads End to Siletz River
Vehicles• Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the Tillamook County-Lincoln County line (45° 02.6706', Mile 247), southerly to Yaquina Bay (44° 37.0374', Mile 215), except for the following locations within the corporate limits of Lincoln City:
(A) A distance of 150 feet on each side of the westerly extension of North 35th Court;
(B) A distance of 150 feet on each side of the westerly extension of North 15th Street.
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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.


Beautiful day, quiet peaceful beach   4/20/07
Millie & Carl

Oct 18, 2015 9:45 AM
Large number of people (184) observed. Two varieties of gull present in numbers. Body parts of several Common murre carcasses observed, including one being fed on by a gull. Large numbers of dislodged mussels and barnacles found in the wrack line. Of the birds I counted today, none were banded. On the return part of my little trek, the tide was rising over one of the birds.    MORE 
Aug 8, 2015 11:30 AM
It was a delightful experience to encounter so many people enjoying shoreline creatures, without trying to take them home, nor to damage them by invasive physical contact. We observed four healthy stars on the southernmost rock. On the center rock, we found one 8 inch purple, this in excellent condition.    MORE 
Jun 20, 2015 9:00 AM
This morning at around 9 a.m., I walked about an eighth of my mile, directly west of NW 37th to NW 39th streets. I was checking on the health of my rock-inhabiting neighbors. Using the “observing eye technique” taught to us by Fawn, I looked carefully at a small area to discern camouflaged life forms. What I saw, was a majority of anemones: many, many anemones. Some of them completely surrounded and covered the rays of an orange sea star. The star appeared to be alive, of vivid color, but covered with a transparent gel. The sand level was high, as it has been for some months, leaving about 10 feet of the tallest rock from top to sand. There were tidepools at the base of the rocks, few on the nearby sands. The sand up to the access steps was also high, covering the bottom three steps and having filled our usual stream mid-beach to the shore. Tide was at about minus seven. Of a total of 28 stars, varying in size from 4 inches (ray to ray) to 8 inches, I saw two that were covered with the gel. Is this a normal reaction of the sea star to its surroundings or body functions? The stars looked to be healthy, firm of texture and vivid of color. I saw no scars, stubs, extra rays or discolorations. A couple, who were photographing the rock, said that they had seen a small dead star moments ago. I looked for it, but found none. Several people have been on the beach for several days, so it is possible that the star was harvested and left high and dry. I also found a tiger snail, about a quarter inch long. The lady of the photographing couple took a picture of it, but whether it shows up on our website is a “maybe."    MORE 
May 26, 2015 11:00 AM
Gulls observed in numbers, including young of the year, some interacting with people. Two clusters of barnacles appeared pink, and one white with a pink one on top. No other species and no leg bands observed.   MORE 
May 14, 2015 8:00 AM
HUMAN ACTIVITY: Sandcastle - one - a grandfather, father and 4 pre-teen children. The men wete teaching the children to build with respect of their materials (handling or not handling live inhabitants of castle outer walls) and to be aware of the tide. They had built a mote that would alert them as it filled; the concept being that the rising water table was another sign that the tide was rising, therefore, time to go. Bonfire - one - had been left unattended, was adoped by other beach visitors, assuring fire safety. this was a fortunate find, as two folding chairs marked the area as occupied. Beach Blanket Camp - one - a mother and toddler watched the rest of the family wade. SHORELINE WILDLIFE: Birds - The large flock of small seagull-like birds were social with me, as well as with each other, and enjoyed showing off flight and landing skill in the dune pool and shoreline waters. They swam, played, fished and people-watched (coming quite near to where I watched them quietly). Shells: Dungeness crabs are molting aplenty, at all stages of maturity. Many mole crab casings of all sizes lie among clusters of young, live mole crabs. Dead Crab - one 4 inch Dungeness had been crushed, body still in shell, in moist zone. PHYSICAL CHANGES: Sand Drift / Deposit - I will measure more closely "my" exposed rock all along mile 244, to gage changes in coverage, and its effect on the inhabitants of the rock exposed surfaces. Road - / Infrastructure - Construction - It will be interesting to note any obvious change or effect the road "unprovement" has on the drain streams.   MORE 
Jan 10, 2015 9:30 AM
The tide had been up to the grass line. Sand deposit was heavy, covering bottom three steps at 38th Street access. I found most of the birds above the wrack line, one in the wrack and two west of the wrack. There was a grouping of about 10 birds, arranged in a cluster, fronted by an arrangement of driftwood that may have been meant as a memorial to the birds. Two women said that they had seen an arrangement further north on their walk that formed a line. They guessed that it was either to help monitors see them or as a memorial. NOTE: I also found a 5-foot length and a foot length of rope, both covered with Japanese mussels.    MORE 
Jan 9, 2015 9:30 AM
Having read this article in the local paper, I went out this morning to see it. It would have been on the north half of my mile, 244, just west of the casino. I did not see the bouy. It may have been retrieved or relocated.   MORE 
Tsunami Detection Device Washed up   
Description:this is an article that appeared in the local paper, with a photo of the device that broke loose from its placement off the California coast and washed up on mile 244. I went out to see it this morning and found only a blue 50 gallon plastic garbage can, no lid.
Location:just west of Chinook Winds Casino
Date:Dec 28, 2014 12:00 AM
Nov 1, 2014 8:00 AM
Fourteen colonies of those small, oval beads and a yard-long by 2-foot-wide cluster of live mussels in varying sizes up to 4 inches rested along a spotty wrack. Fifteen clusters of a green-leafed shore plant grew along the high tide line. These plants are like the ones we saw in Yachats on the conference field trip.   MORE 
Oct 31, 2014 8:30 AM
This was the south part of my beach, going along grass line, returning near water line. I started at 8:30 a.m. and finished at 10 a.m. There was a goodly amount of diatoms on the surf, and the surf was white. I saw a loveseat lawn chair on the edge of the grass, and a budding, green- leafed shore plant was growing in the sand. On my way to the beach, I encountered a "toddler" Western gull, feeding along the street, next to three adults. This was an unusual sight for me. He was after the adults, tapping at the "doorbell" red spots on the end of their beaks, begging to be fed. This little one grew suddenly much larger, when he stretched his neck out to peck at a worm that crawled too close to him on the pavement. I was quite impressed. The adult gulls showed no sign of surprise.   MORE 
Sep 14, 2014 11:30 AM
The beach was clear again today. In fact, we have few clouds and the ocean mist has vanished. The sand was soft about halfway to the water's edge. It has been rather dry here, too, then.   MORE 
Aug 14, 2014 8:30 AM
It is always refreshing to receive a thanks from strangers. by the time we parted company, Wally from Tuscon, Jennifer, Warren and their children from Snohomish and I had bonded over sea stars. They said that their enjoyment of the beach had been enhanced by a bit of introduction to the creatures, an awareness of the abundance they had not noticed and of the feeling of enrichment achieved by participating in closer observation and an official count of sea stars. These kind folks enriched my morning, too.   MORE 
Aug 8, 2014 12:45 PM
Rocks at the 36th Street beach access usually provide some challenge between the paved drive and the sandy dune. Today, the rocks were covered, allowing smooth walking. I have felt fortunate for not finding dead birds nor mammals on my walks for some months. Today's young seagull was an unpleasant surprise.   MORE 
Jun 28, 2014 8:45 AM
A couple of large groups, one of them a family gathering, included small children. A few of these group members were wading on the west side of the rocks out from the NW 38th Street access. I made mention of the incoming tide to a nearby member of the group, and he said that he was bringing in the waders.   MORE 
Mar 24, 2014 4:30 PM
I brought a friend to visit the north cap of my mile. We collected a sample pebble for her geography students.   MORE 
Millie & Carl
May 19, 2011 9:00 AM
Nothing spectacular; just a nice peaceful scene on a sunny spring day. A few individuals looking in some low-tide pools, others just looking or walking; the few dogs all on leash. Very little trash; I presume the recent tsunami wave may have flushed much of it away.   MORE 
Millie & Carl
Aug 24, 2010 8:00 AM
In general, there was very little visible debris. However, we suspect a lot will appear as the sand gets shifted around by winds and tides. At the time of tihs report, the tide was only a foot or so but beginning to come in, but by noon would be almost 8'. A small group of people were standing in ~1' of water near a rock ~50' out. If they stayed there very long, they'd have found it had become pretty deep for the little kids with them. (Note photo)   MORE 
Rising Waters   
Description:A group of people about 50' offshore in shallow water, probably oblivious to rising tide making the water not so shallow.
Location:Off approximately NE 40th St access, Lincoln City
Millie & Carl
Oct 2, 2009 2:00 PM
A quiet, peaceful, sunny day; a moderate number of people just relaxing, wandering, etc.; one family with a couple of little kids busily building a sand castle. With beach clean-up just a few weeks ago, very little litter. One dead seal pup, and a couple of deteriorating gull carcasses. One young man, in a world all by himself, intently and vigorously dancing in the shallow surf; and a pair of Lincoln City policemen patrolling in a department beach buggy. The beach being used as the good lord and Tom McCall intended!   MORE 
Seal pup   
Description:A young dead seal pup (about 3'long), beginning to deteriorate
Location:On the beach, approx. opposite 3600 North
Entranced by the call of the sea   
Description:This young gent was really carried away; wholly engrossed in his music and the surf's roar, dancing while totally oblivious to the rest of the world.
Location:At roughly opposite 3800 North
Cops on the beat   
Description:Lincoln City PD beach patrol
Location:Approximately opposite 3600 North
Millie & Carl
Mar 6, 2009 3:00 PM
A sunny, shirtsleeve day. Purely by chance, we hit the beach the same time a wedding group did - bride in full regalia; tiny flower girl sprinkling flower petals ahead of the bride from the bottom of the access stairs to the tent. A fine time being had by all. Overall, the beach was quite clean, with only a small scattering of trash atop the sand.   MORE 
Altar to go?   
Description:Groomsmen preparing the scene
Location:Access at Chinook Winds, NW 40th St
The main event   
Description:On-the-beach wedding
Millie & Carl
Dec 11, 2008 2:30 PM
Quiet, pleasant afternoon on the beach. Cool breeze, not too strong. Very few people out strolling, walking and some playing with their dogs (all small, friendly and under good control). Lots of sand, all still damp from recent rains and well-packed for easy walking. Three bunches of gulls, and one interloper of a pelican, all just hanging out in the surf line, indisturbed by people or dogs.    MORE 
Anyone wanna count them?   
Description:One of three flocks of gulls.
Location:At the surf line, near the Grace Hammond wayside, NW 34th St
The party crashing pelican   
Millie & Carl
Sep 14, 2008 3:00 PM
Busy late-summer sunny Sunday; lots of people on the beach near the main access points. A few dogs, some on leash, but all well under control. There is a path down the bluff, apparently from houses at about NW 50th Drive, going past a "No Trespassing" sign. Also, in an apparent natural shallow cave in the bluff, a young man was apparently carving graffiti in the sandstone. Photos included of both of these.   MORE 
Making his mark in the world?   
Description:Busily carving graffiti in the sandstone wall, oblivious to the surroundings
Location:In the bluff fronting Lincoln Shores, at about the midway point
Do-it-yourself beach access   
Description:A rough path up the slope from the beach
Date:Sep 14, 2008 12:00 AM
Millie & Carl
Jun 19, 2008 8:30 AM
One bicycle carrying rider and surf board. Very quiet though occupied. Low tide revealed abundant life attached to the usually covered rocks.   MORE 
New private access stairs   
Description:New Stairs under construction from a house on the bluff at approximately NW 55th St.
Location:Roughly midway between Chinook Winds Casino & Roads End Wayside
Wind-created "Sand Shadows" #1   
Description:Wind-blown loose sand created these "shadows" on the downwind side of pebbles, shells, etc.
"Sand Shadows" detail   
Feb 24, 2008 1:00 AM
Griffiti sprayed on "Warning" Sign posted on bluff. Many charred logs. Logs driven onto embankments result of strong winter storms. Several forts and other structures erected. Some rather creative; e.g. a makeshift ship with 3 masts. Several sandcastles built. Large logs which has been buried by sand are now re-appearing. Dogs of all sizes represented from Teacup Poodle to Great Dane.   MORE 
Millie & Carl
Jan 18, 2008 3:00 PM
Post-storm, many driftwood logs, most with burn charring. Beach generally pretty clean, with just scattered bits of small debris; biggest items were one bath towel and one sock draped over a log. One "No climbing" warning sign made almost unreadable with graffiti (photo included). Overall, quite enjoyable -- first calm, sunny day in weeks. However, the perpetual caves are still waiting to trap a kid or two at the Roads End Wayside bluff.   MORE 
Sign defacement   
Description:An "unstable rocks - do not climb" warning sign, defaced and made almost unreadable by graffiti.
Location:Foot of bluff, near about NW 39th St
Millie & Carl
Nov 14, 2007 3:00 PM
Although few people were on the beach in threatening weather, it was actually pleasant. Mostly I was counting dead fulmars (20 total), and making my periodic check on the caves perpetually carved at Roads End Wayside.   MORE 
Dead Northern Fulmar #1   
Location:Near center of Coast Watch Mile 244
Copyright:(c)2007 Carl Ehrman
Dead Northern Fulmar #2   
Location:Coast Watch Mile 244
Copyright:(c)2007 Carl Ehrman
Dead Northern Fulmar #3   
Location:Coast Watch Mile 244
Copyright:(c)2007 Carl Ehrman
Potential Kid Trap   
Description:The two openings seen in this photo are connected, forming a short "tunnel". The obvious cave-in hazard has been reported several times.
Location:Roads End State Wayside
Copyright:(c)2007 Carl Ehrman
Millie & Carl
Sep 21, 2007 2:45 PM
Generally, the beach was quite clean appearing (SOLV beach cleanup just a week ago, and much sand build-up hiding who knows how much buried). Quite a few pieces of palm kelp washed up, not often seen in these numbers.   MORE 
May 14, 2007 11:30 AM
The continual erosion of bluff at Roads End State Park is of concern, as people are continuing to carve into the bluff, thereby creating premature erosion.   MORE 
Millie & Carl
Apr 20, 2007 8:00 AM
Beautiful day, very low tide, people enjoying being on the quiet beach, friendly dogs happily running off steam. Ultra-low tide exposing sea stars, anemones, mussels, and barnacles on the normally submerged rocks. Good sand build up -- only one (quarter to half an acre) area, vicinity of NW 55th St, with appreciable exposed cobbles.   MORE 
Fish netting (?) hung up on offshore rock   
Date:Apr 20, 2007 12:00 AM
Beautiful day, quiet peaceful beach   
Date:Apr 20, 2007 10:50 AM
Millie & Carl
Mar 5, 2007 2:00 PM
One 30-40' tree trunk and enough scragelly branches to look like the skeleton of a fair-sized shipwreck. Much less sand, many more cobbles exposed. There has been some apparent effort to collapse the caves previously reported at the bluff base under the Roads End parking area, but one deep one is still there. A sign has been posted warning of the danger posed by these caves, but it is small, inconspicuous and knocked over.   MORE 
Summer Cottage?   
Description:Some kids must've had fun building this harmless little attraction.
Location:Upper wrack line, roughly midway in mile
Date:Mar 5, 2007 12:00 AM
Hazardous Attraction   
Description:Couple of the caves dug into the base of the bluff directly under the Roads End Wayside parking lot, in soft collapsable sandstone.
Location:Roads End Wayside
Date:Mar 5, 2007 12:00 AM
Mar 3, 2007 12:00 PM
Large clusters of kelp, plus many empty water bottles, several broken wooden pallets, considerable amount of charred driftwood. Erosion: Considerable human destruction of bluffs, evidenced by carving into bluffs, and initials etched into them.   MORE