Mile 184 Report

July 9, 2016
by Blue Turtle

N of Ocean Beach Picnic Area, S of Squaw Creek
Saturday 11:30 AM
63° F
Strong from the S
Tide Level:
0.1 ft
Humans / Pets:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Not much litter, but a large fishing net at north end of beach. It was about 12 feet long and 2 feet wide. It was very heavy and I could not carry it. Worry about birds and sea mammals being tangled in it.
Notable Wildlife:
lots of exoskeletons of Sand Crabs on beach. Medium size to small. Pigeon Guillemots nesting at south end of beach in crivice in rocks- high up. Saw one carring food in beak into crice to feed young. Exciting! They nested there last year. Surf Scotors and Brant and Pelagic Coromonts flying
Dead Birds:
Seemed to be Immature Gulls
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
large fishing net
New Development:
Natural Changes:
lots of sand covering large logs on high part of beach. Drifting sand dunes in places. COMMENTS

It was a very windy day with lots of sand blowing across beach. Unusual to have such a strong south wind this time of year. But have had rain for past 2 days. More due today.
Only 2 people and a dog on beach while was there.
Sand Crab exoskeletons on beach.
The most exciting thing  seen was the nesting Pigeon Gillemots. One was seen going into a rock crevice with food. The nesting site is the south end of beach on high bluff facing north. Walk down steps and turn left until reach bluff. Look up high for a narrow slit in rocks.
Also saw 3 other Guillemots on rock in the water.
There were Surf Scoters in waves and Pelagic and Brant Coromonts flying by.

Other Mile 184 Reports (34)


September 22, 2020 - simmonsk
The first day of fall on Ocean Beach! I saw many things that I have never noted on this beach particularly the number of dead sea birds and the abundance of crab casings.  I also didn't observe any...
  • Driftline
  • One of 9 dead sea birds
  • Sand bank
  • Rock formation covered by sand
  • Jelly
September 2, 2020 - bluemoonjoanie
An amazing summer morning on mile 184, with lots of gulls, sunshine, and peace. 
  • Unknown animal, high tide line.
  • Unknown animal photo #2
  • Human built shelter with person camping.
August 3, 2020 - simmonsk
Final low tide of the summer brought lots of people to the beach at this early hour.  Lots of people rock collecting, some fishing and lots of great tide pools.  There are large sand banks all along...
  • Rock formation almost completely obscured by sand
  • Example of sand bank along beach
  • Shrimp like crustacean in drift line
  • Sand bank filling up cave located mid beach
  • Pigeon guillemots
  • Rock field at base of stairs, only one visible on beach
July 9, 2020 - simmonsk
Lots of people enjoying Ocean Beach on this warm day.  Lots of sand lance burrowing, un-burrowing, dead and dying along the surf line.  There was a bald eagle walking along eating them the entire...
  • Sand lance along the surf line
  • Sand lance
  • Bald eagle walking along surf line eating sand lance
  • Only rock field observed on beach, full of agates
  • Large flocks of cormorants and surf scooters right off beach
  • Gaper burrowing in sand
  • Ocean Beach looking north
June 5, 2020 - bluemoonjoanie
A very nice day for this mile, with a minus tide. Only 2 sea stars observed on the exposed rocks. Land slides seem more prominent than last time observed. First time on mile since early March, with...
  • Mile 184
  • Beach debris
  • Exposed roots
  • Sand bank
  • Slide Mile 184
  • Slide 2 Mile 184
  • Two people digging in rocks for ?
  • Two sea stars Mile 184
  • View from the inside out. Cave
May 31, 2020 - simmonsk
Lots of people out enjoying the beach.  Noted numerous sea stars on many exposed rocks.  Didn't note any plastics in the debris line.  
  • Sea stars visible on many rock formations
  • Sea gulls on the beach
  • Sea stars visible on many rock formations
  • Landslide at north end of beach
  • Fishing vessel off beach
March 12, 2020 - simmonsk
It was a warm day at Ocean Beach.  The rock fields typically noted at the north end of the beach are mostly covered.  There is a large rock field mid beach now.  The large rocks on the beach were...
  • Rock field
  • Low tide
March 2, 2020 - bluemoonjoanie
This later winter day, we observed changes in the bluffs, with new rock slides. Some of the large bolders looked like mussels were removed in small patches.  No sea stars were observed this time. ...
  • Rock slide
January 3, 2020 - simmonsk
Happy New Year Ocean Beach!  It was a very warm winter day so lots of people and dogs were enjoying the beach.  The rocks at the base of the stairs which are normally up against the bluff, were moved...
  • Rock field at base of stairs
  • Water flow from waterfall
  • Debris line all along beach
  • Egg
  • Driftwood
  • North end of beach


December 26, 2019 - simmonsk
Visited the beach during the high tide.  Waves were coming up over the stairs from the picnic area.  Large amounts of driftwood moving in tide.  Numerous large tree trunks crashing against the cliff...
  • Rock field at bottom of stairs
  • Large tree trunks of driftwood
  • Large rock formations not visible
November 22, 2019 - simmonsk
On this beach walk, I noted a great deal more of plastic debris towards the north end of the beach.  The pieces were larger than previously noted in other mile reports I have documented.  This was...
  • Rocks
  • Jellyfish
  • Plastic
  • Sunset
October 23, 2019 - simmonsk
The large sand drift observed last month mid beach is gone with the higher tides.  Lots more rocks and rock formations exposed. One of the larger rocks down the beach is halfway covered with sand. ...
  • Driftline with plastic debris
  • Sandbar has disappeared with higher tides
  • Sea stars visible on large rock
  • Higher tides exposing more rocks on beach
  • Waterfall
October 1, 2019 - simmonsk
More exposed stone fields on beach toward north end.  Large sand drift against cliff mid beach.  A few sea stars visible from the shore on outlying rocks.  Debris line to the south of stairs has lots...
September 2, 2019 - bluemoonjoanie
Low tide made for great viewing of tide pools, and coastal caves.  
  • Pelicans
  • Octopus egg mass


March 27, 2018 - bluemoonjoanie
Calm winter day, with an outgoing tide.  Large amounts of water draining from the cliffs/bluffs.  


December 26, 2017 - Blue Turtle
A cool ,cloudy day on Ocean Beach. Hundreds of Sanderlings along the shore running back and forth with waves. They seem to be getting a lot of food- think small crabs and a few seemed to have very...
May 26, 2017 - bluemoonjoanie
Beautiful and quite walk on mile 184. The -1.8 tide made tide pool exploring amazing, as this mile has beautiful rock formations, abundent with sea life. The usual plastic debri throughout the high...


May 8, 2016 - Radioguy
Priscilla and I returned at very low tide to the rocky part of our mile because we saw no seastars at our recent visit whereas previously there were hundreds of healthy ones. Again, we saw not one...
  • Photo showing lack of seastars
  • Photo showing lack of seastars near base of path at Tokatee Klootchman
April 19, 2016 - Radioguy
Little human activity on this beach except for a few agate hunters at the north end by Tokatee Klootchman Wayside. The rocky part prevents most people from traversing the entire mile. Very little...
  • Sorry, no scale in photo but the block is about 30" long. Next time we'll get a GPS reading and put a ruler in the photo.


July 30, 2015 - Blue Turtle
Beach was quite different with large sand mounds and no stream to cross. Nancy Creek is just a small puddle at base of cliff. Many jellyfish dead on beach. They are in driftline and also up high on...
July 17, 2015 - Radioguy
One Red tailed hawk perched beside path down to north end of mile. Nesting cliff swallows with babies nearby, sea stars on rocks too numerous to count. River otters playing/eating in tidal pool with...
May 25, 2015 - bluemoonjoanie
This is my first report for Mile 184, Ocean Beach Picnic park. This is an amazing area along our Oregon coast; with tall basalt cliffs, many caves, and rocks of varying sizes. There are rarely people...
  • Sea Star in tack, no signs of disease. During a previous visit, there was one with the sea star wasting disease.


May 16, 2014 - Blue Turtle
There was a lot of debris on beach and in high wrack. The debris was often covered with Goose Barnacles. There was a huge log covered in Goose Barnacles, Also a few sandals, big pieces of strofoam,...


December 25, 2013 - Blue Turtle
A very quiet and calm day on the beach. Lovely and no litter to speak of or dead birds or animals or invertebrates . Just a pleasant walk.
November 21, 2013 - Blue Turtle
A quiet but cold day on the beach. There was some ice on the sand and icicles hanging from the rocks. Very rare to see ice like this. I was also doing the dead bird survey. Found one plastic bucket-...
April 25, 2013 - Blue Turtle
A glorious day on beach watching the amazing migration of birds. The numbers are just unbelievable. have never seen anything like it. Bonaparts Gulls flying just over the waves near shore and out...


October 21, 2012 - Blue Turtle
It was a beautiful day on the beach. the sand was very flat and swept clean of big logs. All were piled up on the rocks close to the bank. there were no more small dunes that covered part of the...
February 26, 2012 - Blue Turtle
The large buoy is located in second cave heading North from picnic area. It is caught up in the rocks at base of cave. Will take a number of people to remove. The Nancy Creek is very full and rather...


August 16, 2011 - Blue Turtle
The 184 mile beach is beautiful with its extensive sand beach. You can walk much further North from Ocean Beach entrance because of the high sand. I was at the beach a few days before this report...


June 27, 2010 - Blue Turtle
The last time I walked the beach was in March and change in sand level is drastic. The sand has been washed out on much of the beach and there are many stones now uncovered. Also the Nancy Creek...


July 27, 2008 - bailiffd
The north end of my mile was quite pristine. There is more sand than my last visit making the walking easier. Because this beach is a bit remote there was little activity. The nine year old along...
July 25, 2008 - bailiffd
The day was warm, overcast and still, perfect for walking the beach. On this day I walked the south half (for this mile is equally divided by a large outcropping that makes it difficult to walk the...
April 10, 2008 - bailiffd
This was the first walk on my mile. It was done in two phases due to the height of the tides. Initial walk was from north to south. Second walk was from the south end to just a rock outcropping...


February 12, 2007 - [email protected]
Proposed huge house to be built on bluff which is zoned Significant Natural Shoreline. Filed appeal with Lane county hearing on 2/15, awaiting outcome. 3 CoastWatchers showed up for hearing. Thank...