Mile 201 Report

April 29, 2018
by kalninsp

Patterson Memorial SP, Patterson Cr, Yaquina John Pt
Sunday 8:00 AM
45° F
Tide Level:
-1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
some people left dog feces on beach
Activity Comments:
Everyone appeared to be following all laws and regulations
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
one seagull, and also one goose
Fish & Invertebrates:
one 24" black rock fish carcas
Small rocks·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Velella in surf line too
New Development:
Dune Modification·New plantings of European beachgrass
picture attached
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
recent storms have continued to erode away shoreline and bluffs evidence of broken stairs

We picked up three bags of trash.


Was a very calm morning, we walked on the south side of the Alsea Bay first entering at the Wyziata access point at the stairs. It was raining on and off, about 48 degrees. No other vehicles were parked there for access. Tide was out and we looked to see it was a minus tide due to full moon. 5 walkers on the south side 2 people with 1 dog each. Observed dog feces left on the beach. We picked up two bags of trash consisting of plastic bottles, ropes and many plastic peices. We noticed lots of Velella Velella in the shore line. One dead black rock fish carcas that was aprox 24" long, also one dead seagull and bird carcass unidentifyable in a brownish looking water-pic attached. We saw a staircase that was fallen down due to erosion. The runoff from homes above beach observed was very discolored and appeared to be growing blue green algea-unsure took pictures. 

On the North side of Alsea bay we parked at Alsea spit access in Bayshore. No other cars were parked there. we noticed 5 people walking with three more dogs. Observed beach grass planting to help stabalize beach erosion. many homes had sand piled up onto their back porches. Also appeared equipment used to push sand from homes back onto the beach. We noticed a dead bird that I couldnt identify see pic. we picked up another bag of trash with plastic, buoys, and a boot. More rain on and off but still calm with no wind. Observed many logs and debris. The north side has much more debris-logs and such. Appears to get a much more sustained flow of water wind and push up from the sea. We saw 4-5 different wood log forts that people had made out of drift wood. Found one dead sea star-orange. 

  • Run off.
    We noticed this coming from above the beach and pooling up.
    mile 201 south side of Alsea bay near stairs
    April 29, 2018
  • Dead bird carcass found in discolored run off.
    South side of Alsea Bay near access off SW Waziyata Ave. at beach near bluff.
    April 29, 2018
  • Dead bird.
    Found along north side.
    North side of Alsea Bay off of the Alsea Spit beach access.
    April 29, 2018
  • Found 2 new areas with beach re-stabilization efforts using beach grass planting.
    North side of Alsea bay off of the Alsea Spit access.
    April 29, 2018
  • Birds playing in the surf line.
    North side of Alsea Bay off of the Alsea Bay spit access.
    April 29, 2018
Other Mile 201 Reports (15)


June 22, 2021 - kalninsp
Nice calm foggy day. No body else on the south side of the bay during our visit. 4 people observed walking on the north side of the bay and crab pots were set in the bay but no boats observed. 
  • good water visibility
  • trail and outflow
  • attention crabbers
  • driftwood piles
  • shore birds
  • plover in driftwood
  • driftwood structure
  • driftwood
June 22, 2021 - kalninsp
Nice calm foggy day. No body else on the south side of the bay during our visit. 4 people observed walking on the north side of the bay and crab pots were set in the bay but no boats observed. 
  • good water visibility
  • trail and outflow
  • attention crabbers
  • driftwood piles
  • shore birds
  • plover in driftwood
  • driftwood structure
  • driftwood


June 30, 2020 - kalninsp
Trail is very steep and difficult to keep footing due to loose gravel. Water from the culvert is growing bright orange algae. Spotted a bald eagle fighting with a gull over food. Several driftwood...


February 17, 2019 - kalninsp
Sunny and chilly day. New trail (very steep) at access point with a culvert at the bottom. 


July 15, 2018 - kalninsp
Nice sunny day. Ive never seen so much of the beach. The tide was so low we could walk out for 1/2 a mile or so where it is usually under water. Small plane flying over head, a few driftwood forts...
  • lots of sand!
  • smug


March 26, 2015 - Batthecat
Minus tide a good time to explore. I walked from Patterson State Park north to the Alsea bay. Found a huge amount of wood debris as well as part of a cliff face eroded. Also noted the blobs of yellow...
  • This stretch of wood debris ran from about a 1/4 mile from the edge of the bay around to the S.W.
  • More cliff erosion farther south of other photos


September 14, 2013 - annathat1lady
I noticed six different driftwood logs had been set on fire. Five of them were out but one was still on fire. I made a phone call and the Park Ranger was there within 10 minutes.He was very nice....
  • When arriving at Governor Patterson state Park.I walked down to the beach and to the left there was a piece of Drift wood on fire. A park ranger was called to come put it out!
  • Lots of water needed to get the fire out.The Ranger made many trips to the water and back.
September 14, 2013 - annathat1lady
I started out at the KOA campground, and walked over the Alsea Bridge. It was nice to see all of the boats, people fishing and enjoying the beach! There were many pelicans and seagulls playing on...
  • People fishing by The Interpretative Center in waldport
  • As I walked by I noticed he was fishing but not with a pole.Instead a stick stuck in the sand with a string attached?
  • Looking from The Alsea Bridge.Just look at all of the boats!The people fishing, the birds.What a sight!
  • I see this has been here for a while.
  • Looks like it has been here for a while.But what is itandwhat is living on it?
  • Birds enjoying the afternoon
  • Just off shore some fun stuff to look at
  • Two Pelicans enjoying the day
  • A Seagull who chose to hang out around meI enjoyed taking his picture and video of him eating off of the rocks.
  • He was So well minded.Just watching the Ocean while his friend/owner was fishing!


September 18, 2011 - Sanderling
There has been a lot of beach buildup over the summer, and most of the large driftwood is partially covered.The dune vegetation has reached far from the dunes, especially the searockets. There is...
March 12, 2011 - gjport
Being a Monday at 2:15 PM, it wouldn't be unusual for there to be very few people on the beach, given that this is a work hour. So, the 5 people that were seen is small but not unexpected for March....


December 19, 2009 - VKnox2
A nearly windless day accompanied by sunbreaks, sanderlings, fulmars, and California gulls. The beach was scoured so clean that even the harbor seals bobbing in the channel were amazed!! Simply...
January 29, 2009 - gjport
Lovely day that brought out many folks and their pooches. Beach was remarkably clean. Picked up just 1 can and 1 plastic bottle. There is a considerable amount of wood (trees, logs, branches, etc)...


December 20, 2008 - VKnox2
A relatively calm day on the beach with brisk temperatures and light rain. There were harbor seals swimming in the channel, with gulls and pelicans walking in the surf. Very little trash. Sublime.
February 9, 2008 - VKnox2
Large driftwood flows interspersed with human trash covered most of the beach. Additional plastic and styrofoam were visible bobbing in the waves during my survey. A nearly windless, balmy, early...
January 10, 2008 - VKnox2
The deserted beach and bay areas were covered with debris: impressive driftwood flows interspersed with human trash and European beach grass. Plastic, plastic, plastic!! Western Gulls staggered along...