Mile 197 Report

December 31, 2018
by oceanloonie

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG
Monday 1:30 PM
45° F
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
2.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 15
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Access to beach is fronted by a moderately-sized campground, which appeared to be near capacity.
Notable Wildlife:
a few gulls
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
2 large dead jellyfish located in wrack line at what was probably the last high tide line
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)
New Development:
New riprap or shoreline protection structures
There appears to be more extensive riprap rock in place against the embankment than on previous survey
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls·Erosion of vegetated foredune

This was a beautiful, sunny, although chilly at 45 degrees Fahrenheit, New Year's Eve afternoon after a week or so of rains and blustery winds. The tide was low, so there was a large expanse of beach, and people were walking dogs, or just pleasure-walking or running. There were few birds, only occasional gulls flying by. The only notable changes from the last survey 5 months ago were some mud and rock slides and further erosion of the bluffs. Predictably, there was a lot of rainwater runoff down the face of the bluffs in rivulets and washes and an occasional small waterfall. Only a few spots had functioning drainpipes. The ocean had calmed after the King Tides and huge rolling waves and spindrift of last week, and was sparkling in the sun, just glorious. All in all, an optimistic prognostication for the year to come. Happy New Year!

  • extension of slide area noted on July 21st survey
    Oregon Mile 197, heading south on beach below Tillicum campground
    December 31, 2018
  • largest of the new rock/mud slides noted today
    Oregon Mile 197, heading south on beach below Tillicum campground
    December 31, 2018
  • bluff erosion causing roots and bushes to slump toward the beach
    Oregon Mile 197, on beach south of Tillicum campground
    December 31, 2018
  • demonstrates the inadequacy of the existing drainpipe (L) to handle the rainwater drainage (larger volume of water running down wall on right)
    Oregon Mile 197, on beach south of Tillicum campground.
    December 31, 2018
  • jellyfish, one of two found high on the beach, seemingly in the wrack of the last high tide
    Oregon Mile 197, on beach south of Tillicum campground
    December 31, 2018
  • possibly more extensive riprap noted than on last survey
    Oregon Mile 197, from beach south of Tillicum campground
    December 31, 2018
Other Mile 197 Reports (40)


July 2, 2019 - mudslide
A pleasant afternoon on the mile, with fewer visitors than I would have expected two days before the 4th. Quite a few crabshells scattered along the driftline. All the big chunks of bluff that were...
April 20, 2019 - mudslide
After more than a year's absence, it was good to get back out on the mile. I walked about 2/3 of the way. It was a mild, overcast afternoon, with only 11 adults and 2 children on the beach plus two...


July 21, 2018 - mudslide
A gloriously sunny albeit windy day on mile 197, with many people and families enjoying the beach. I saw nothing outstandingly unusual or concerning. I was filling in for a friend (Mudslide) who...


November 18, 2017 - mudslide
A calm, mild late afternoon on a beach largely clear of debris. There were large tangles of bull kelp in the driftline. About 30 people, including 8 or so children, were enjoying the beach. There...
July 3, 2017 - mudslide
There was quite a bit of activity on the beach, with many visitors here over the Fourth of July holiday. Still, it wasn't anywhere close to crowded. I only walked about three-fourths of the mile this...
March 31, 2017 - mudslide
A sunny, mild day on the beach with only a few people in sight at the start of my walk. When I returned, many more had materialized in the vicinity of the campground. (The campground looked to be...
January 23, 2017 - mudslide
I visited Mile 197 to see what changes the recent storms had brought. Was amazed to find that the cliff had been scoured almost completely clean of carved-in initials, images, words of wisdom, etc....


December 3, 2016 - mudslide
I paid a quick visit to the mile on 12/3 to see if the recent storm had uncovered any interesting rocks. It hadn't, but since my 11/13 visit additional cliff erosion had taken place. Contrast photo 1...
November 13, 2016 - mudslide
A quiet afternoon on a very clean beach with few visitors: approx. 8 people and  3 dogs, all leashed. A couple of big chunks of cliff had come down, one just N of the campground’s N stairs and the...
  • Bank erosion
  • Bank erosion further down the beach
  • egg case for big skate
May 24, 2016 - mudslide
A quiet afternoon on the beach, though the campground looked almost full. There was very little manmade debris to be seen. The largest was a rubber pipe about 2" in diameter and approx. 7' long lying...
  • Sand crab carcasses
  • Unfamiliar seaweed
  • Velella velella
  • Feel-good vandal's message: Don't Worry, Be Happy
  • Additional riprap?
March 27, 2016 - mudslide
Significant cliff erosion observed (see accompanying photos). Possible tsunami debris and attached organisms (photos). Little wildlife--just a few gulls---but wash-up of what appears to be remains of...
  • See next photo for closeup of organisms attached to log.
  • Pelagic barnacles
  • Cliff erosion
  • Closeup of cliff erosion
  • Misguided message, considering the medium...
  • Cliff erosion with low-hanging vegetation
  • A potential safety hazard? A kid climbing on the pieces of fallen cliff and tugging on the vegetation could bring a whole lot of earth down on himself.
  • Very squishy to the touch. Velella velella came in about 2 months earlier than normal. The photo shows the immature medusa stage as well as the developing polyps of this hydroid.


December 18, 2015 - mudslide
Finally a sunbreak -- a cloudy one, at that -- in the midst of our ongoing series of storms. Only one site was occupied at Tillicum Beach campground. Five people and three dogs, one leashed, were out...
  • At least 18 in. of sand gone.
  • This is heavier than it looks.
  • Heavy and unwieldy debris
  • Storm damage
  • Dead bird
  • At early phase of storms
  • At later phase of storms
August 21, 2015 - mudslide
A pleasant day; the beach was very clean. I picked up only four small pieces of plastic debris. I was surprised at how few people were out, given the inviting conditions. Of the four dogs I saw,...
March 28, 2015 - mudslide
A very clean beach on this official clean-up day. I only managed to find a few small plastic fragments and some very small chunks of styrofoam. I did get a chuckle out of seeing a trail left in damp...
  • This is pretty typical of the density I found up and down the beach.
  • This is one of two sets of hand- and footholds that have been gouged into the cliff just north of the northern set of stairs down to the beach.


November 29, 2014 - mudslide
A fair number of people were out walking, considering the sharply chilly day. Only three or four dogs, the most memorable a miniature dachsund attacking the surf, urged on by its owner. It was fun...
August 14, 2014 - mudslide
Went down the mile at around 4:30 p.m., just after high tide, at the end of a mostly foggy day in response to the request to look out for the endangered sea turtle that was recently encountered in...
April 20, 2014 - mudslide
A beautiful Easter Sunday, warm and sunny, only slightly breezy. Incoming tide just past low tide. Few people on beach. Sand washed clean by recent rain and tides. Some driftwood at back of beach,...


December 2, 2013 - mudslide
This is to provide images of the king tide at Tillicum Beach campground, Mile 197. Not a very impressive inundation here. The first two photos are of the N steps down to the beach, the third of the S...
  • King tide, N steps, Tillicum Beach CG
  • King tide, N steps, Tillicum Beach CG
  • King tide, S steps, Tillicum Beach CG
November 2, 2013 - mudslide
A beautiful afternoon on what was anticipated to be a stormy day. Few people on beach. Lively surf. Found beached northern fulmar (had to look it up, as I don't know my birds that well; also, see...
September 30, 2013 - mudslide
Relatively calm day after back-to-back weekend storms. Only two other beachgoers sighted. Very clean sand; a few gulls. Major event was discovery of dead Steller sea lion, which had been entangled in...
  • Dead Steller's sea lion found on Tillicum Beach. Death caused by entanglement in and garroting by rope attached to small beam.
August 17, 2013 - mudslide
A foggy but warm early afternoon on an outgoing tide. While I was on the beach the fog cleared for a bit, but then returned. The surf was maybe 2-3 ft. I saw 30-35 people, some sunbathing, a few kids...
April 20, 2013 - mudslide
A surprisingly empty beach, given this afternoon's warm temperature, light breeze, and outgoing tide. At the north end of the mile, large driftwood posts have been sunk vertically into the sand,...


January 31, 2011 - [email protected]
Very calm morning with mild temperature. No wildlife seen. Two small trees near top of bluff at about the half way point on the mile show heavy erosion around roots. Cement retaining wall in front...


September 14, 2010 - [email protected]
Calm and comfortable AM for walking, though the fog did diminish visibility.
April 28, 2010 - [email protected]
Many small plastic bits in tideline. This is what I have imagined making up the "plastic soup" in the large ocean gyre areas.Two small active waterfalls falling from bluff at what used to be "Dean's...


November 23, 2009 - [email protected]
Wonderful weather for a November day. Calm and warm. Head scarf and fleece jacket were soon removed. Most notable item re: today's walk was the abundance of foam. The light breeze would send small...
October 6, 2009 - [email protected]
Have had this report on hand for sometime and now of course I find there are missing details.Did note that it didn't take long to find it was too warm for a jacket on this bright, sunny day, - so...
August 11, 2009 - [email protected]
This was an interesting walk with on a very pleasant day with my daughter from WI and our friends who were visting from Kakegawa, Japan. New steps and sandbagging etc. near south end of mile...
February 3, 2009 - [email protected]
T-shirt weather. Scattered large tree sections with stubs of roots attached have washed in. Several large jelly fish about one foot in diameter on the beach.A very nice walk. How fortunate we are...


October 22, 2008 - [email protected]
A beautiful day and clean beach -- a walker's delight. A few sandpipers foraging at surf's edge, a pleasure to watch. No debris but small scattered rocks and broken shells. No indication whatsoever...
August 7, 2008 - [email protected]
Some of the rocky areas revealed last winter at north campground entry remains. The interesting "Hobbit Village" of rock formations that appeared near the sound of the mile is now a group of "low...
June 21, 2008 - [email protected]
Much of the rocky area and low sandstone formations near the entry point (Tillicum day use) are now covered with sand. A nice tidepool area remains and this is where the seven tidepoolers were...
May 8, 2008 - [email protected]
Major natural changes on this mile wih more and more flat, carved sandstone exposed and new tidepool areas exposed. Some old tree debris exposed with the sandstone formations near the Tillicum day...
March 5, 2008 - [email protected]
Very interesting walk today. Just south of public beach entry area people were collecting agates as if they were picking strawberries. I had never before seen rock beds exposed here. Near south...


December 12, 2007 - [email protected]
Nice afternoon to be on the beach. Sunglasses needed when starting the walk. Dark clouds gradually became total cloud cover by walk's end. Only sign of the big storm was the set of damaged access...
November 4, 2007 - [email protected]
A great day to be on the beach. It was surprising there were so few people. Very clean beach.
September 2, 2007 - [email protected]
The form I had with me didn't ask about the number of dogs but, while walking, I remember thinking, "There are more dogs than people on the beach." Most dogs were off leash.Everyone seemed to be...
May 15, 2007 - [email protected]
Some new housing and steps construction on this mile.
January 30, 2007 - [email protected]
There was possibly someone clamming; we saw no digging but one person had a bucket, and another some sort of tool.A balk eagle flew out and flew lazy circles over us a few times.
January 24, 2007 - [email protected]
I see the Indian hogan type house near the south end of my route has had the sandbags removed and a low cement retaining wall has been poured. Generally, a very clean beach. Small rocks, a bit of...