Mile 206 Dispatch

August 22, 2021
by Fawn and Mike

Seal Rock Wayside south, Elephant Rock, Hill Creek
Sunday 2:45 PM
65° F
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
2.4 ft
Humans / Pets:
Activity Comments:
Lots of people walking and playing on the beach
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
New Development:
Natural Changes:

Large number of pelicans

  • Brown PelicansBrown Pelicans
    August 18, 2021
  • Brown pelicansBrown Pelicans
    August 18, 2021
  • climbing the knoll to the roadclimbing the knoll to the road
    August 18, 2021
  • Pelican in flightPelican in flight
    August 18, 2021
Other Mile 206 Reports (27)


October 9, 2019 - shelgeson
Overall, beautiful day on Mile 206. I enjoy seeing my mile through the seasons and becoming more familiar with it. 
June 2, 2019 - shelgeson
It was a pleasant Sunday evening on Mile 206! Despite the cloudy overcast and wind, several individuals were enjoying the coast. I saw several shorebirds (being undisturbed), 2 sea stars, 3-4 seals...
March 17, 2019 - shelgeson
Great day at mile 206! People were out enjoying the sun and tidepools. Noteably, there were 2 starfish found in the tidepools on 206. People, families (including those with young children) were...


December 15, 2018 - shelgeson
* This report is from the December 21st quarter.This is my second report for coastwatch! During this visit, I noticed that there was less human activity and dead birds/crabs on the shoreline. However...
August 26, 2018 - shelgeson
This is my first mile report with coast watch! I enjoyed becoming acquainted with my mile and walking it! Attached you will find pictures of what I saw. 


May 9, 2017 - Fawn and Mike
Excellent to see science at Seal Rock.  Researchers studying the Marbled Murrelets off shore by listening for tag pings and Audubon volunteers monitoring Oyster Catchers.  Visitors on the beach.
  • Researchers/ Marbled Murrelets off shore
  • Audubon volunteers/ Black Oyster Catcher survey
  • Enjoying the beach


December 22, 2014 - Fawn and Mike
This was the 2nd day of King Tides. Marine debris- drift line included small wood, logs, bits of plastic, plastic water bottles, glass bottles, 4 tooth brushes, 3 shoes, 2 crab bait containers,...
  • There were 8 of these on the beach
  • We filled 3 bags with debris
  • glass float
  • woody debris, logs, plastic bits and bottles, dead birds, glass float (yay), tsunami debris
  • Waves coming in with power
  • King tide series
  • King tide series
August 2, 2014 - Jenni
Lots of people out at Seal Rock state park. Very clean beach. The sea star population is much lower than it was but almost all of the sea stars I did find were healthy looking.
  • It's kind of hard to see in this picture, but you can see the bissel threads left from when someone took all of the mussels off the lower half of this rock.
July 30, 2014 - Fawn and Mike
No sea stars. The water in tidepools and surf was very brown and murky. 65 people, 4 dogs - playing in surf, walking the beach, playing in sand and fetch with dogs.
  • Murky brown water in tide pools and surf
  • Murky brown water in tide pools and surf. No sea stars.
April 6, 2014 - Jenni
The beach has been very clean lately, not much driftwood, seaweed or debris. Sewer smell reported in December is gone. There were two rocks on the north end of the mile in the intertidal zone that...
  • sand covering cobbles at the southern beach of mile 206
  • looking south from Seal Rock state park


December 28, 2013 - Jenni
Very nice day, strong wind when we started off at 3 p.m., calmed down by 3:45 or so. Lots of people out. Pretty big waves, but good low tide. There was a sewage smell coming from the northernmost...
  • Two cormorants out of several seen
November 23, 2013 - Fawn and Mike
Sunday the Ocean was calm...light wind...sunny and quite warm for so late in the season. Pocket of ice in the shade still frozen. The shoreline area contained little plastic debris and small amount...
  • Fifteen feet of rusted twisted metal angle iron protruding from embankment...
  • Sage's primary goal was to make sand castles
October 27, 2013 - Fawn and Mike
Blowing sand had covered much of the wrack line. Typical human activities, including cliff-climbing.
August 18, 2013 - Jenni
Amazingly nice day. Very warm, lots of people out tidepooling. There is new development along beach 1. Tide was low enough to get around the rocks between beaches.
  • New development along beach 1.  Looking back at old photos, it looks like they have torn down a house or added onto it.
  • Several beach forts and driftwood structures have been erected.
March 2, 2013 - Jenni
The house being developed along beach 2 appears to be finished. Lots of small bits of styrofoam and plastic, mostly styrofoam. Nothing obviously Japan tsunami-related. Found a section of rope...
  • House being developed on beach 2 appears to be finished.  Stairs lead down the bluff.  Also note that the sand has returned to the beach.
  • 3 seals on the rock, 3 in the surf


November 18, 2012 - Jenni
High tide and large storm waves prevented walking the entire mile. Numerous birds in surf and sheltering on beach.
  • Lots of foam at Elephant Rock at the north end of Mile 206. This is 2 hours after a low tide of 3.2
  • Looking south from the north end of mile 206.  Very stormy.  Wind is picking up.
May 19, 2012 - Jenni
Beautiful morning for a mile walk! Tide was quite low and the tidepools looked healthy. Lots of anemones and stars. Sand has moved away from the 3rd beach completely, see picture. Several plastic...
  • Development is continuing along beach 3.  Lots of sand piled up at the north end of the house.
  • The was completly filled in with sand in January.
  • Beautiful day at Seal Rock State Park.
March 1, 2012 - Jenni
Rather uneventful walk. Nice day. Most people were congregated at the north end of the mile on the beach at Seal Rock State Park. Noticed sand had moved away from the second beach to expose some...
  • another picture of house being built very close to the edge.
  • Probably about 1 foot less sand on beach 2 than in late Dec
  • trail head off the beach at Seal Rock State Park.  Possible erosion above the trail
January 21, 2012 - Jenni
Went out to take pictures of King Tide event. Could only access Seal Rock State park and highway pulloffs due to the extreme high tide. Photos were taken at 10:30-10:40 a.m., high tide was forecast...
  • Looking south on the north end of mile 206 at high tide.  Again, have named the three beaches of mile 206 from north to south so this is the north end of beach 1.
  • Large rock at the north end of beach 1 of mile 206 at high tide.
  • Note lots of foam in the ocean today.  This is at the north end of beach 1 of mile 206.  You can also see the large driftwood piece in the lower right of the picture that was on the beach on my last mile walk.
  • Looking south from the north end of beach 2 on mile 206.  Extreme high tide is up to the rocks on the cliff below the highway.  Also lots of large driftwood.
  • South end of beach 2 of mile 206 looking north.  Lots of logs in the surf, also, it's hard to see but there is what looks like a giant spool near the long piece of driftwood in the lower part of the picture.  Waves were knocking it around.


December 31, 2011 - Jenni
This was our first mile walk. The beach appears only to be walkable at low tide. There are several small headlands along this mile but all have trails around the back. Beach seemed pretty clean,...
  • New construction very close to bluff edge.
  • Blue ooze seeping from rocks just north of the development site.  Probably unrelated to development.  Seemed slightly oily.  Did not see an obvious source.
  • Interesting rock layers along bluff
  • There were a lot of mussel shells at the south end of the first beach going south.
  • Very large driftwood.  Appears to be several boards bolted together.  May have been a dock?  Appears to have been in water a while.  Metal parts are rusted and there were a lot of barnicles.
  • close up of huge driftwood.  Note metal parts and rust


August 16, 2008 - ocayouthvol
This was the first coastwatch walk for many of the volunteers. Also, most of them were from other areas so we were not able to note many physical changes. Very nice sunny day. Lots of families at...
May 9, 2008 - [email protected]
Beautiful sunny morning low tide with many people and some classes tidepooling. Sand level remains high compared to other years causing a smothering of many of the higher tidepools. Green algal...
March 20, 2008 - [email protected]
Surprisingly little driftline content. Beach almost bare. Very few seabirds either on the beach or in the water


November 22, 2007 - [email protected]
Sand very high suffocating seaweeds and invertebrates in tidepools, 2 dead (pelagic?) cormorants and 1 dead seal
August 14, 2007 - [email protected]
Sand build up still high on the beach smothering many filamentous algae that usually occur in the high and mid intertidal. Abundant new graffiti on the sandstone cliffs and signs of sliding down the...
June 16, 2007 - [email protected]
Sand level was high for this time of year, possibly due to the recent storms from the south. Sand covered most of the upper tide pools on the public beach to the north -- and, in the south, it made...
March 15, 2007 - [email protected]
No unusual findings. Normal flora and fauna for late winter -- including normal sand buildup