Mile 182 Report

May 8, 2011
by CoastBear

Roosevelt Beach, Ponsler SW, China Creek, Big Creek
Sunday 1:35 PM
56° F
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
signs of firepits above tideline and near beach grass
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Bonfire sites were south of china creek, approx. 50-60 yards from the stairs to the beach from the campground
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
parial carcasses, wings breast bone, etc.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Shells
New Development:
Natural Changes:
The last pictures from this site showed smooth level sandy beach. Now the area from China Creek north to Big Creek is mostly large cobble. The area south of Chiva Creek was soft sand
This was my first visit to this mile, so other than pictures from previous reports I have no information on it. It will be interesting to see the changes over time.
  • looking south from parking area to Heceta Head
    May 8, 2011
  • View north from parking area
    May 8, 2011
  • 200 yds north of parking lot
    May 8, 2011
  • bank undercutting near the mouth of Big Creek
    bank undercutting near the mouth of Big Creek
    75 yds south of Big Creek
    May 8, 2011
Other Mile 182 Reports (47)


January 20, 2023 - mj6dolphin
Not a lot in the driftline due to recent king tide. There were some logs and driftwood by the trail entrance but they were not blocking the entrance to the beach.


November 26, 2022 - Dale Lee
No issue to report, but a recently deceased sturgeon was near the top of the wrack line. Google images says it was a green sturgeon, but ID was closer to a white. The fish was grey, and approximately...
September 10, 2022 - mj6dolphin
Lots of people walking dogs today. Feathers, sand dollars, kelp, sea grass , mussel shells, crab legs in the wrack line.
July 2, 2022 - mj6dolphin
There was a low tide and numerous tide pools. One with an 8 inch red crayfish that had black tips on the pinchers. There were several sand dollars. Continued erosion of cliffs.
February 6, 2022 - mj6dolphin
Lots of people out today on all three beaches, lots of people rockhounding. Small pieces of styrofoam in the wrack line,pieces of jelly fish and feathers in wrack line. A few sneaker waves hit a...


November 15, 2021 - mj6dolphin
China creek and Big creek with large amounts of water in them due to recent rainfall. There are numerous pieces of jellyfish everywhere due to recent ruff seas. There continues to be undercutting of...
  • Piece of dune washed out Muriel Ponsler.
  • Piece of jellyfish on Muriel ponsler
  • Retreating dune Muriel Ponsler
  • Gulls in Big creek
August 7, 2021 - mj6dolphin
Thousands of 1 inch tubes in the drift line. Not sure what they are some type of invertebrates or casing. The beach has been sculpted into small ridges making walking difficult unless you are walking...
  • Invertebrates or tube casing
  • Sand ridges Muriel Ponsler
  • 1 inch tube or invertebrates
June 9, 2021 - mj6dolphin
No new changes noted. Small jelly fish and pyrosomes in the wrack line, rocks, pieces of shell and plant material. No plastic noted today.
March 16, 2021 - mj6dolphin
Nothing unusual in drift line. Damage of dunes is still apparent from the King Tides .There is still  more larger logs on the beach than usual. See photos. People walking and rock collecting on the...
February 23, 2021 - mj6dolphin
The King tide had left a lot of debris in the picnic area. The path to the beach has been filled in with rocks to stabilize the path and make it more safe. A few pieces of a sand dune had fallen onto...


November 20, 2020 - mj6dolphin
Wrack line with a wide variety of things today. Razor clam shells,few pyrosomes,crab shells,bull kelp, muscles,clams shells,and one jelly fish.More rock exposure and less sand.
September 27, 2020 - mj6dolphin
A large die off of moon jelly fish. A lot of dead crabs in the wrack line.
August 15, 2020 - mj6dolphin
Lots of high wind action left new foredunes 1-3 ft tall 10 ft long in rows on the beach causing one to have to walk the tide line.Four sea aninomes on the wet sand, five ladybugs eating in the wrack...
May 22, 2020 - mj6dolphin
People with several dogs walking and rock hounding around China creek and Big creek.Lots of dead baby crabs in the wrack line. Much less or hardly any trash or plastic seen today. Continued erosion...
February 27, 2020 - mj6dolphin
More micro plastics in the wrack line, continued erosion of dune bluffs on Roosevelt beach exposing large boulders that could fall.


December 16, 2019 - mj6dolphin
More people on the beach today. Two surf fishing.The waves are undercutting the dune wall at Muriel Ponsler.logs and more gravel on the beach.
September 5, 2019 - mj6dolphin
More people on the beach today.The sand has moved back in over the gravel beds. There are a lot of dead jellyfish in the wrack line. There is one large jellyfish a foot across.
June 5, 2019 - mj6dolphin
There was a lot of gravel beside China creek as a lot of sand had washed away leaving gravel beds exposed.the cliffs have more undercutting on Muriel Ponsler.Some logs had washed up over the cliffs....
March 11, 2019 - mj6dolphin
Low tide and people walking, rock collecting at 182.Very little in the rack line today.No debri seen on the beach today. There is wash over of the dunes next to Big creek. There is undercutting of...


December 31, 2018 - mj6dolphin
People were walking the beaches. Three people were rock hounding in Big creek. Two people were looking at rocks in the cliffs.The dunes beside Big creek were visibly worn down from high waves.The...
September 12, 2018 - mj6dolphin
10 people walking with one sitting. One dead bird that appeared Raven size. Sea gulls resting on the sand.Very large muscles with barnacles in the rack line.Large clumps of sea grass in the rack line...
May 29, 2018 - mj6dolphin
There were 8 people, two were rock hounding, there were 3 dogs being walked.There were by the wind sailors, kelp and sand fleas in the drift line.The sand was flattened in places due to recent high...
January 13, 2018 - mj6dolphin
A beautiful afternoon at the beach. It was low tide but there were many swells from an oncoming wind or storm. I had never seen dead crabs with one to two small holes in their backs and legs and...


November 16, 2017 - mj6dolphin
A pleasant day at the mile with people collecting trash. One woman collected a rock.Two hundred gulls.Pyrosomes and a jelly fish were on the shore line.


February 1, 2016 - Nikki T
I very much enjoyed being back on Muriel Ponsler beach (mile 182) after a protracted absence. I brought a friend with me. We were looking for dead birds for COASST, as well as surveying "my" mile....


September 7, 2014 - Nikki T
It was great to be back on Mile 182 after my disappearing summer!The sand has built into dunes this summer. I noticed many of the people walking on the beach did not head all the way to Big Creek,...
May 22, 2014 - Nikki T
I was happy to see so many marine birds feeding along the surf and near the ocean today.There was a low High tide this morning so the surf line was low. It was also sparse and scattered.So few...
April 22, 2014 - Nikki T
Our beach remains clean and scoured; only a few plastic bottles and wraps scattered here and there over the mile. No birds; dead or alive. The wrack line was high and consisted primarily of small to...
March 21, 2014 - Nikki T
There is very little cobble on the beach, and a lot of sand. Even the basalt outcropping about a quarter of the way up the beach is nearly obscured by sand. Also, perhaps due to wind and sand, the...
February 24, 2014 - Nikki T
Very quiet on the beach today. No wildlife observed, tide receding. There was a lot of small wood in patches on the drift line. There had been a 9.3 tide earlier. No dead birds. Hardly any...
January 17, 2014 - Nikki T
In spite of a glorious, warm day there were not many folks on the beach, but then again the tide was on its way in. I saw only six people on the beach, two photographers, two fishermen fishing for...


December 2, 2013 - Nikki T
I have two new beach partners so am looking forward to more regular walks on "my mile". Today we were out at the receding tide after a high of 8.5. It had been raining earlier and the wind was not...
March 9, 2013 - Nikki T
Glorious day. Many people on the beach taking advantage of it. We only count going in one direction (COASST) as we are looking closely for dead birds and changes. There were likely more than 18...
February 10, 2013 - Nikki T
My apologies for posting this a month late! There were quite a few people on the beach Feb 10. It was reasonably warm, and much warmer than inland. Was interesting to note the amount of erosion...


December 8, 2012 - Nikki T
We entered the beach at two locations again this month, due to high water in China Creek. There were more people than I anticipated for such a cool, occasionally rainy day; 9 people, three dogs.We...
November 4, 2012 - Nikki T
It was warm today after three days of stormy weather and the sun was peeking out now and then so there were a lot of people on the beaches. We spotted 7 dogs and 7 people, and only counted the...
September 1, 2012 - Nikki T
The beach was quite clean today in spite of the large number of people (10) on a busy three day weekend. We only collected one small bag of trash. There were some vehicle tracks; unusual for this...
August 7, 2012 - Nikki T
Beautiful day on the beach with lot of people, many of whom had walked from Washburn Park; so not many cars at Muriel Ponsler Wayside, where we accessed the beach.
July 7, 2012 - Nikki T
While long familiar with this beach this is the second time I have have surveyed for COASST and the first for CoastWatch. On our first visit, for COASST 06/03/12, we noted a sea worn fiberglass punt...


September 7, 2009 - Jackie
As has been the case all summer long, there is very little to report. There are no visible signs of erosion, very little if any debris, and this visit the driftline was basically clean with the...
June 15, 2009 - Jackie
Mile 182 is covered in sand. Very few rocks visible. The driftline was a coating of dried sea water although some small bits of material was visible here and there. Wildlife was restricted to birds...
  • Stretch of sand covering the beach.
  • Deep sand on mile 182.
March 16, 2009 - Jackie
It has been approximately one month since we walked Mile 182, and little has changed. Areas of the beach that are normally exposed rock this time of the year are still sandy. China Creek and Big...
January 31, 2009 - Jackie
The lack of recent storms seem to have brought the sand back on shore. Earlier in January many rocks were visible, but now they are again buried in the sand. No noticable bluff erosion has taken...


December 18, 2008 - Jackie
A river otter was spotted in the surf near Big Creek. The recent storms have scoured and widened Big Creek and littered the shore with tree trunks and smaller wood debris. The sea has pulled out a...
November 5, 2008 - Jackie
Winter storms are beginning to pull sand out to sea and small cobbles are becoming visble. This beach borders sandstone bluffs approximately ten to forty feet in height north of Big Creek, south of...
  • Typical beach and bluffs of this mile.
  • China Creek meeting the sea.
  • Looking south, from just south of Big Creek.
  • Typical mix of physical features of mile 182.
  • Looking north at mile 182 Big Creek.  Photo taken from just south of Big Creek.
  • Big Creek lagoon and Highway 101 bridge.
  • Gulls.
October 21, 2008 - Jackie
The sea and winds were calm. Though the sand is evenly distributed, rocks are protruding through the sand and several agates were found. Due to the lack of people, the beach and surrounding areas...
October 13, 2008 - Bill&Janie
Beach pretty clean; only 1 sack of trash removed. 4 ancient large stumps are exposed at low tide. 3 dead Murres on beach. Two 50' sections eroded bench.