Mile 187 Report

October 14, 2006
by [email protected]

Neptune SP, Bob Creek, Gwynn Knoll
Saturday 1:30 PM
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in sand:
Collecting Kelp
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Large numbers of Gulls, Surf Scoters in water. Crows scavenging shell casings.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Minimal changes in bluffs.
Lots of human activity on the beach plus a large number, (100+) Gulls, Crows, and Surf Scoters in the waterline. Cobbles 50' wide at narrowest, sand exposed 100' at narrowest, minimal change in bluffs.
Other Mile 187 Reports (43)


October 28, 2018 - Baller Leigh Anne
No noteable changes to the beach. 
September 3, 2018 - Baller Leigh Anne
Overall a surprisingly quiet day at the beach. There were far less people than I anticipated giving that it was Labor Day weekend and the past few days had been abuzz with tourists. The quiet did...
June 15, 2018 - Baller Leigh Anne
A beautiful day with a very low tide. There were certainly more photographers out this day than on other occasions. Upon returning to the parking lot from my walk the lot was at max capacity for cars...
April 4, 2018 - Baller Leigh Anne
It was a mild, overcast day with no strong winds. Upon first arrival there were only two other cars, one belonging to a large family with children, the other to an older couple who were exploring the...
January 28, 2018 - Baller Leigh Anne
Beautiful day on the beach. Lots of families respectfully exploring the rocks and tidepools. One woman wearing far too much patchouli. I could smell her long before I could see her. There was far...


September 24, 2017 - SandyJean
It was a beautiful day, rather warm, many people enjoying the low tide and tidepooling. Many children enjoying the creatures in the tide pools, no one disturbing the creatures. The children were...
March 23, 2017 - FriendofStrawberry
Bob Creek is a posted Marine Reserve and no fishing is allowed. As we arrived we saw a man carrying a fishing pole come around the rocks on the north. I continued to take his picture as he came...
  • Signage at Bob Creek
  • Bob Creek Beach


December 30, 2014 - Debra and Loren
Lots of folks enjoying the beach. Playing in the surf, strolling, Tide pooling, Taking pictures... a most enjoyable time at the ocean.
September 14, 2014 - SandyJean
The weather was beautiful, Low tide. Many people with cameras, many tide pooling. Clean beach. An all around wonderful day on the beach.


April 28, 2013 - turnstone
Three River Otters South of Bray's Point were the highlight. Birds of note, Black Oystercatcher, Bald Eagle, Pigeon Guillemots.Sand is returning to cover the cobbles on the beach.


May 8, 2012 - turnstone
Lovely spring day and super minus tide. Beach still largely cobble and rock. Deep piles of pulverized seaweed and wood. Seaweed starting to grow on the rocks and in the pools.
  • English Daisies frame a still largely cobble beach
  • Piles of pulverized seaweed and wood in the driftline
  • Purple Shore Crab posing on rock
  • Giant Green Anemone with Coraline Algae
  • Black Katy Chiton and anemones on exposed rock
February 2, 2012 - turnstone
Largely cobble beach and well scoured rocks. Lots of big driftwood washed in. Beautiful sunny day in February, 59 degrees.
  • The sand is mostly washed away leaving a largely cobble beach.
  • Big driftwood logs washed into the mouth of the cave.
  • No barnacles left on these boulders.
  • Lined Shore Crab


June 5, 2011 - SandyJean
Beach was clean, tide was out... a bit cloudy, slight breeze.. most enjoyable.
May 18, 2011 - turnstone
The beach is still largely cobble, sand moving in on the southern end. Two small slides not far south of the parking. Two new commercial crab pots washed in on the beach. Seaweed just starting to...
  • Most of the beach is still cobble.
  • One of two small slides just south of the parking.
  • One of two small slides
  • Commercial crab pot washed in
  • Commercial crab pot washed in
  • Exceptionally clear water in small tidepool with Giant Green Anemone and Ochre Seastar
  • Sea Lemon exposed during minus tide
March 16, 2011 - [email protected]
Fairly quiet after storm and tsunami waves further south. Usual log piles at base of bluff.Several sea mammals bobbing and barking between rock outcroppings despite turbulent water.


November 7, 2010 - SandyJean
Beautiful day, tide was in up to the beach rock. Blue sky large white clouds and lots of sunshine. Three people walking along enjoying the beauty of nature. Beach area clean of any debris.
October 26, 2010 - [email protected]
Eveyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, there were gulls some crows. Also seals and sea lions bobbing in the water.
September 5, 2010 - SandyJean
Beautiful day, several families, couples and dogs enjoying the wonderful weather and tide pool gazing at Brays Point, what a treat! Beaches clean, ocean waves crashing, sun shining what more can...
July 13, 2010 - turnstone
A day of days at Bob Creek. Minus tide provided access through the surge channel below Bray's Point.Rarely visited tidepools exposed.No visible sign of nesting at the Pelagic Cormorant Colony at...
  • Giant Green Anemones with Coralline Algae
  • Amphipod Ligia pallassii that was at least 2 inches long
  • Ahnfeltiopsis linearis is found in dense patches where a sandy beach joins a rocky habitat
  • Codium fragile a native of Europe was introduced to New England in 1957 and has spread rapidly since
  • Katharina tunicata is common at Bob Creek, they are grazers feeding on algae with their rasping tongues
  • ODOT crew addresses the void discovered under the southbound lane of Hwy 101 at milepost 169.5
June 15, 2010 - [email protected]
100 Gulls on rocks at Bob Creek. 37 silver gray seals and sealions lying on rocks at Strawberry Hill. Clean sand and cobbles exposed. Big logs high on beach.
April 18, 2010 - turnstone
Very idyllic morning at the coast, no wind, warm andminus tide. Tidepools fresh and clear. Seaweed starting to grow. A lot of bird activity.Sand is starting to move back in to cover the cobble and...
  • Well fed Ochre Seastar
  • Giant Green Anemone just after lunch
  • Polished rock presents a challenge to re-colonize
  • Sand is moving onshore again as we transition fromwinter winds to summer winds
February 20, 2010 - [email protected]
Mile 187 including Strawberry Hill, Bob Creek and Bray's Point. No additional erosion noted, no new construction, logs at bluff base.Bob Creek had gulls bathing in the creek. Bray's Point view spot,...
January 27, 2010 - turnstone
The minus tide brought out the rock pickers and the tidepoolers. The beach has been scoured to bedrock and cobble. The driftline is large driftwood pushed up right against the bluff.Many crab boats...
  • Sunflower Star caught in a small pool
  • Large Driftwood pushed right up against the bluff
  • Beach scoured down to bedrock and cobble
  • Beach scoured to cobbles and bedrock


August 1, 2009 - [email protected]
Many pick ups, cars, RV's from OR and WA. Sandy areas clean, tide out, rocks exposed. Fore dune grass mowed, cliffside vegetation and wild flowers grown into the high cobbles. NEW! Bob Creek grassy...
June 24, 2009 - turnstone
A Perfect morning for tidepooling, -2.5 tide, cloudy, calm, flat calm seas. Many people were out enjoying just that.The sand is moving in and covering the cobble beach.
  • everything is exposed when the tide is -2.5
  • ochre seastar, breadcrumb sponge, leatherback chiton, green & aggregating anemones, coralline algae
  • dogwinkle with eggs
  • sea lemons with egg ribbons
  • crab pot completly covered with intertidal lifecould it be the same one I reported in Jan 2008?
February 4, 2009 - turnstone
Beach almost entirely cobble, very little sand. Many rock hunters and tidepoolers making the most of a warm sunny day with a .4 low tide
  • Most of the sand has been washed away
  • Beach almost entirely cobble
  • Two men were using a chainsaw mill to cut boards from a very large log


November 13, 2008 - [email protected]
Tide up, rocks almost underwater, heavy surf. Strawberry Hill, eight Harbor Seals in the water and upon the rocks. People were watching the ocean from their cars and also from the beaches at Bob...
October 24, 2008 - turnstone
Crossed the creek and explored Gwynn Knoll a little. Noted a Pelagic Cormorant Colony on the cliff there. Some Cormorants were using the area now.The channel below Bray's Point is all sanded in and...
  • Pelagic Cormorant Colony on the cliffs of Gwynn Knoll. Some Cormorants were using the area even this time of year.
  • Looking north from Gwynn Knoll, note the Pelagic Cormorant Colony on the cliff
  • Channel below Bray's Point, all sanded in and easy acess
July 27, 2008 - [email protected]
Sea calm, small amount of beach exposed and cobbles out lining rocks almost under water, very quiet and fog rolling in fast.
June 5, 2008 - turnstone
Very low tide with lots of folks checking it out in spite of the rain and the wind
  • bright neon color in the water, I saw this in 3 different places
  • Ahnfeltiopsis linearis with egg masses of  snail Lacuna variagata or related littorine species
April 10, 2008 - turnstone
Rain giving way to sun brings the people out to enjoy a minus tide
  • Western Gull dead on the beach
  • tire washed up on beach
February 27, 2008 - [email protected]
Strawberry Hill, 4 sea lions feeding on rocks, 2 large light gray pups on rocks, also several piles of large and small driftwood at cliff base and a few gulls on rocks.Bob Creek, many gulls on rocks...
February 17, 2008 - turnstone
A beautiful sunny day, a -.2 tide and people were out enjoying it, especially the rock hunters. Someone has been digging in the shell midden again.
  • Someone has been digging in the shell midden
  • Someone has been digging in the shell midden again
January 20, 2008 - turnstone
Previous items washing away, new items washing in, all ocean based debrisMany people enjoying a brief sun break
  • New commercial crab pot has washed in
  • Someone built a stoneman sculpture


December 21, 2007 - turnstone
A partial car body has washed up as well as a partial commercial crab pot. Most litter is ocean based. A minus tide and many people stopping by. Tiny barnacles starting to grow where all barnacles...
  • Partial car body washed up
  • Long-necked mammal skeleton in driftwood
  • New barnacles are growing where all barnacles and mussels were washed away
December 10, 2007 - turnstone
Beach completely cobble and bare rock, no sand at all.A lot of wood washed up. Many crabbing vessels offshore.
  • A well scoured beach, all rock and cobble
  • mussel beds and barnacles gone from these rocks
  • All cobble and bare rock, no sand at all
November 18, 2007 - turnstone
A very rainy day, one of several in a row. All wood on the beach pushed up to top. Very little sand, mostly cobble and solid rock. Ocean very rough, big swells. Bob Creek very swollen.
November 13, 2007 - [email protected]
Heavy surf exposed the cobbles with only patches of sand at the bluffs, also leaving some large driftwood. Twenty-seven mature Sea Lions at Strawberry Hill.
October 21, 2007 - turnstone
There were still a few clumps of dead mussels, many mussel and barnacle shells on the beach, and many places where the mussels and barnacles are gone.Some sloughing of midden from the bank south of...
  • rocks where barnacles are gone
  • Rocks where mussels and barnacles are gone
  • Same rock as 10/3/07 report, mussel beds gone down to bare rock
  • Possible digging in midden here
October 3, 2007 - turnstone
There were many large clumps of dead mussels and barnacles on beach, areas on rocks where mussel beds and barnacles were gone, dead smell in area
  • rocks where mussels and barnacles have been washed away
  • rocks where barnacles and mussels are gone
July 8, 2007 - [email protected]
Receding Tide, Sand and Cobbles clean, some Gulls and Crows seen. Increased amount of large driftwood at bluff above cobbles. Red Clover seen along bluff.
April 22, 2007 - [email protected]
Beach sand smooth and clean of debris, large pile of driftwood high on cobbles.
March 6, 2007 - [email protected]
Very narrow sand strip still exposed, cobbles at surf line, upper cobbles and large driftwood piled high and exposed, heavy vegetation (native) still holding well on rocky bluffs.