Mile 204 Report

June 6, 2020
by Jon French

Driftwood Beach Wayside, Buckley Creek
Saturday 11:15 AM
Party cloudy
55° F
Moderate from the S
Tide Level:
3.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Very few birds, just a few gulls, crows, and turkey vultures. There are two current Western Snowy Plover nests on Mile 203, and two on Mile 205, but none seen here.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
Very light driftline content, no debris
New Development:
Bluff development
Development is not new, approximately 20 homes in three or four clusters atop the bluff overlooking the beach.
Natural Changes:

I've walked this mile for Plover Patrol; this is my first time for CoastWatch. The photos show the future landfall site of PacWave South, OSU's project to install and test wave energy collection devices six miles off the coast between Waldport and Newport, with seafloor transmission cables coming ashore at Driftwood Beach. In the wayside's parking area, the seafloor cables will connect to terrestrial cables which will proceed underground to an OSU facility just east of Highway 101, where the electricity generated will be transmitted to Central Lincoln PUD.  Although the project will generate electricity, it's primary purpose is to test different wave energy collection devices along with the infrastructure necessary for such a project. OSU has prepared a detailed environmental assessment plan, and it doesn't appear that there will be adverse impact to the shore. All terrestrial drilling will occur underground through "horizontal directional drilling," although in the Driftwood parking lot underground concrete vaults will be installed for transitioning between seafloor and terrestrial cables. The project is to begin later this year, with the first phase scheduled to last six to eight months. Information, maps, photos, and schematics, can be found by Googling PacWave South

  • Driftwood Beach, from Driftwood Beach State Wayside
    Driftwood Beach, from Driftwood Beach State Wayside
    Mile 204, Driftwood Beach State Wayside, Latitude: 44.46916686370969 Longitude: -124.08141139894724
    June 6, 2020
  • Driftwood Beach State Wayside entrance from beach
    Driftwood Beach State Wayside entrance from beach
    Mile 204, Driftwood Beach State Wayside, Beach entrance 66 Latitude: 44.46916686370969 Longitude: -124.08141139894724
    June 6, 2020
  • Parking area, Driftwood Beach State Wayside
    Parking area, Driftwood Beach State Wayside
    Mile 204, Driftwood Beach State Wayside, Latitude: 44.46916686370969 Longitude: -124.08141139894724
    June 6, 2020
Other Mile 204 Reports (32)


October 16, 2020 - Jon French
The woman ahead of me on the path down to the beach from the Driftwood Wayside parking lot cried out "Yes! Yes! The beach!!!"  I don't know where she was from, but that's how beautiful it was today....
  • Driftwood Beach
  • Surf Fishing, Driftwood Beach
  • Driftwood in dunes
  • Driftwood log and rusted spikes
  • Driftwood, 45 tree rings
  • Driftwood, 100 tree rings
  • Driftwood, 110 tree rings
  • Houses at edge of sand cliff
  • In Memoriam log, Buckley Creek
  • New entranceway, Buckley Creek leanto
September 12, 2020 - Jon French
Today's weather forecast called for areas of fog with a Dense Smoke Advisory because of the wildfires, but I didn't smell any smoke, just dense fog all along the beach, with hardly anyone to be seen...
  • Aliens and spaceship, Buckley Creek sand cliff
  • Buckley Creek entering beach
  • Rebuilt Buckley Creek leanto
  • Gulls in fog
  • Dunes in fog
  • Walkers in fog
  • Small shell particles
  • Very small shell particles
  • PacWave worker
July 29, 2020 - Jon French
Driftwood Wayside is open again after remaining closed beyond the COVID restriction period due to construction scheduled to begin on the PacWave South wave energy project (see my report for 6/6/2020...
  • Driftwood dunes
  • Driftwood dunes closeup
  • Driftwood Wayside warning sign
  • Survey equipment
June 24, 2020 - Jon French
I walked Mile 204 today for CoastWatch along with Miles 203-205 looking for snowy plover nests.  Three chicks have hatched this nesting season on Miles 203/205, and beach ranger Doug Sestrich roped...
  • Time Is Important
  • Buckley Creek petroglyphs
  • Bluff collapse, Buckley Creek
  • Driftwood leanto, before
  • Driftwood leanto, after
  • Kinnikinnick
  • Dunes, forest, houses, Mile 204


May 18, 2018 - Shema
5-18-18 mile 204 Driftwood beach wayside north to south end of Seal Rocks beach8:30 am,  1.7 minus tide, went with 1 other person, cloudy morning, no rain, very little windonly other people on the...


March 16, 2016 - Volunteer Trainer
They're Back...They are in even earlier than last year. Along with the larger Velella velella was a purple mass of tiny substance. I collected it an took it into the Hatfield Marine Science Center....
  • Purple mass high in wrack line at Driftwood State Park
  • Zoomed in on the purple mass
  • took the sample to HMSC, under dissection scope, shows development of polyps from medusae to polyps
  • medusa
  • the purple mass close up showing metamorphosis
February 8, 2016 - malachite
I walked from the Driftwood State Park access north to the rocks/point. I saw a dead seal on the beach. It had either been there for awhile (and dead) or had been in the water for awhile after death...
  • Dead seal observed on north end of Mile 204, possibly near the line between miles 204 and 205.
  • This photo provided to aid in location if anyone wants to retrieve the body (if it's still there) to determine cause of death. Unfortunately, I was delayed in posting this dispatch.


January 6, 2015 - Janets
The day started with a beautiful sunrise and then.... at 8:15 a.m. the full moon setting into the horizon. Will add that photo.Clouds were high and thin with the sun breaking thru. The tides had...


December 3, 2013 - Janets
On the day before...the day of the high tides, we had a series of very violent hail storms. It was fun to see that the hail had left dimples in the clean smooth sand. Rather like really rough...
January 7, 2013 - Janets
The wind was strong.... perhaps 30 mph. We walked south to begin our mile, walking from Drift Creek to Bayshore. There were many waterways to ford. The sand was wet from high tide all the way to...


August 21, 2012 - Janets
The sun was out, the blue sky was decorated with a few fluffy white clouds. The temperature was mile with no wind.We were just enjoying ourselves! As were the other 30 people we saw, the most we...
July 20, 2012 - waterwitch
This is a very stable beach. I find the usual woody debris and not much else. Good vegetation on the hillsides and not alot of visible changes.9 people strolling the beach, a few playing with a dog...
May 21, 2012 - Janets
Cold, rainy and windy. Beach laden with debris, from big trees to pebbles.
February 3, 2012 - waterwitch
Driftwood Beach lived up to its name. Considerable wood debris but surprisingly no trash.


October 17, 2011 - Janets
It was a most interesting walk. The sun was out, but the wind a bit strong to be comfortable.The large number of birds was fascinating. And the gal photographing the stranded seal pup was very...
July 18, 2011 - Janets
My friend and I really enjoyed being able to get out onto the beach for a very refreshing walk.
March 23, 2011 - Janets
This was a gorgeous walk on an early spring morning. The sun came in and out of the clouds and the wind was minimal. The beach was wide, flat, and extremely clean. Notably devoid of logs, kelp...


November 2, 2010 - Janets
We were excited to walk our mile on this day of wonderful weather following yesterday's storm. The surf was fluffy and white with large balls of white foam on the shore that were drifting south....
August 20, 2010 - waterwitch
Clear, breezy day, hard-packed sand, beach looks good with a dozen people enjoying a variety of activities including horseback riding.
July 18, 2010 - waterwitch
a clean windswept beach at low tide with little or no debris.
June 21, 2010 - Janets
It was a wonderful sunny lst day of summer. A bit too chilly to sit on the beach. The beach was especially wide, flat, and clean.The high tide had recently been all the way to the bluff so the...
June 16, 2010 - waterwitch
The beach was calm and clean of debris. No seabirds present. The only birds were vultures eating two, apparently headless, dead, baby seals that had washed up appx. 1/2 mile apart.
March 7, 2010 - waterwitch
A calm day with broad expanse of clean beach, no duning, not much driftwood, nothing major to report.
February 15, 2010 - Janets
Doug and I enjoyed watching more people on this beach than we have ever seen before. All ages and all enjoying the beautiful day!No unusual animal or environmental issues.We were enjoying it as well!


November 1, 2009 - waterwitch
No visible issues with cliffs, a large flock of gulls, no debris but a large piece of rope, a clear wind-swept beach with tide receding.
October 27, 2009 - Janets
A cold and windy day. Sand was clear and clean. Only a bit of driftwood and it was way at the back edge of the sand.
August 2, 2009 - waterwitch
Beach very clean, very little debris, no dead animals, or birds. 25-30 people (adults and children) enjoying the beach, 5 leashed dogs. A flock of gulls and 3 wimbrels or curlews on the shore. Both...
June 15, 2009 - waterwitch
Sunny day, low tide, not much wind. About a dozen people and 3 dogs observed. No seabirds present, only crows. 3 large plastic bags picked up. A cruise ship passed heading north - seemed close to...
June 1, 2009 - waterwitch
This was the first time I had seen or walked Mile 204. The beach was clean and wind swept. I saw 3 people, each with a leashed dog, and picked up one 8" round piece of plastic.


November 5, 2008 - Janets
Our biggest observations were two-fold. The huge number of small feathers in the tide lines and the total change in the surface of the beach from many wind rippled mounds to just the opposite: many...
July 23, 2008 - Janets
On this, our first "official" CoastWatch walk, the bluffs seem well covered with healthy vegetation - trees shrubs, beach grass.


August 19, 2007 - [email protected]
An ailing sea lion was on the beach. OSP were called -- final disposition unknown.