Mile 194 Report

September 15, 2021
by tietjenl

Yachats, Adobe Inn, Smelt Sands Wayside
Wednesday 1:30 PM
Party cloudy
61° F
Moderate from the N
Tide Level:
3.4 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
2 people riding fat tire bikes on the 804 trail
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Killdeer - about five juveniles flying, several adults foraging on rocks; Oystercatchers - one pair, and one single, Cormorants, including one drying its wings on the rocks in front of the Adobe; gulls; ravens
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
No leg band
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:

A wonderfully blustery, but sunny day! The waves looked enticing if you enjoy surfing! Walked the mile from south to north and didn't see any people until the Adobe. Found one dead bird just south of the Adobe [see picture]. Will use some resources to try to ID the dead bird. Saw more Killdeer than usual, foraging and flying. Was not able to identify several birds swimming past the surf - profile of a cormorant with a slender neck, but dark and white bodies with a dark head. Remarkably few people and dogs on the beach, possibly due to the windy day and time of year. 

  • Dead bird Adobe
    One dead seabird just south of the Adobe
    September 15, 2021
  • Dead seabird relative size to a size 9.5 shoe
    Dead seabird relative size to a size 9.5 shoe
    September 15, 2021
  • Closer view of the dead bird
    September 15, 2021
  • Purple asters looking out from the Adobe
    Purple asters looking out from the Adobe
    September 15, 2021
  • Color contrast of pool and ocean
    Color contrast of pool and ocean at southern border of Mile 194 - just north of Yachats State Park
    September 15, 2021
Other Mile 194 Reports (14)


January 19, 2023 - tietjenl
Enjoyed a warm sunny afternoon stroll on Mile 194 with no wind. Tide was still going out in the early afternoon heading for a -0.2ft tide at 5:18p. The high tide line was still wet from all the rain...


August 3, 2022 - tietjenl
My Coastwatch began with a flyover by six brown pelicans just above the surf at the southern border of Mile 194! A warm, calm day. Enjoyed observing the usual tidepool animals as listed above. Also...
May 17, 2022 - tietjenl
This Coastwatch walk started out with a fly by of 8 brown pelicans in line just above the surface of the water! Loved it! Gorgeous, sunny morning with almost no wind. Spent some time watching two...
April 13, 2022 - tietjenl
A welcome calm, partly sunny hour on Mile 194 amid what has been several days of hail, high winds and rain. Observed a group of 5 black oystercatchers and 2 additional single ones; a small feeding...
March 7, 2022 - tietjenl
Fun to see the spout of a whale just beyond the surf at the southern border of Mile 194 this morning! Enjoyed observing a group of striped shore crabs as they were feeding and dancing/hiding. A group...


December 3, 2021 - tietjenl
Notably warmer weather this December than last year [no gloves or knit hat necessary]! Clear, mostly sunny afternoon after a 9.6ft high tide this morning around 11a. No obvious cliff/bluff erosion. ...
  • Dead Western Gull
  • Dead Western Gull
  • Gulls bathing in the run off from Agency Creek
July 29, 2021 - tietjenl
It was cool and breezy and the fog bank limited visibility of the ocean much past the surf. But many people were out enjoying this special environment! Happy 50th Birthday Oregon Shores Conservation...
April 30, 2021 - tietjenl
A beautiful, peaceful morning on Mile 194 at a negative tide. Less marine litter collected than a few months ago. People were enjoying the trail, pebble shoreline and tidepools respectfully. No...
March 4, 2021 - tietjenl
A blustery day on the beach today. No concerns or significant changes noted, but as I'm new to CoastWatch, I'm still taking note of the normal baselines. I spotted one Black Oystercatcher on the...
February 13, 2021 - tietjenl
  • Styrofoam debris
  • Adobe frontage
  • North toward Adobe
  • South from Adobe


May 23, 2017 - DepoeRena
I walked this mile in the early morning hours and only saw two people.  Tide was low, but incoming.  Light breeze and moderate inversion layer.  This shoreline is surprisingly free of litter.  Micro...
  • Dead sea lion
  • Bluff erosion near 2nd St
  • Bluff Erosion


November 28, 2016 - Volunteer Trainer
28 Nov 2016 Smelt Sands Beach, Yachats Oregon. NOT JTMD. Polystyrene filled concrete float washed onto beach in late morning. Broken on impact of beaching.  Remaining surfaces that had been below...


February 2, 2009 - PhelpsPham
Beautiful, calm day a day after a very windy day. Saw some crows eating two dead fish, another rocky cove filled with foam, and found an unusual egg sac - most likely fish eggs. Very little human...
  • Found near Adobe Inn on rocks.
  • not sure what this is?
  • Foam-filled rocky cove


October 19, 2008 - wallytina
Will try and send a photo next was a beautiful day with a nice group of people enjoying our coast trails and beaches.Everything was awesome.!!!