Mile 209 Report

December 18, 2022
by Sakamoto

Ona Beach north of Beaver Creek, Tracy Creek
Sunday 9:15 AM
Party cloudy
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
6.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
Three sets of vehicle tracks on the beach
Activity Comments:
Three sets of vehicle tracks on beach (ATVs ?)
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
New Development:
Natural Changes:

10 people, 1 dog, three sets of vehicle tracks on beach (ATVs ?), wrackline rich with all kinds of debris, both organic and plastic. 

Other Mile 209 Reports (33)


December 31, 2022 - Sakamoto
There was more litter on the beach after the recent storm. Lots of micro plastics.The beach could use a scheduled cleanup. There was some graffiti on the rocks. The erosion on the bluffs appeared to...


July 19, 2019 - scottmillman
Beautiful day with a lot of human activity. No new changes noticed. Possibly a higher than usual amount of small to medium dead crabs washed up, but possibly a normal seasonal thing?
  • Facing north, north of Beaver Creek
  • North of Beaver Creek, facing north
  • Facing the ocean, 1/2 mile north of Beaver Creek
  • South of Lost Creek, facing south
  • Multiple crab parts and wholes washed up
  • Exposed cliff
  • Cliff erosion
May 29, 2019 - scottmillman
Pretty usual day. Some Velella velella washed up. Minimal litter or man-made debris. Oregon State Parks truck driving on beach near Beaver Creek. One photo shows a property owner's landscaping bricks...
  • Oregon State Parks truck driving on beach near Beaver Creek
  • Velella velella washed up
  • Velella velella washed up
  • Houses north of Beaver Creek
  • Houses south of Lost Creek
  • Bluff Erosion between Beaver Creek and Lost Creek
  • Bluff Erosion between Beaver Creek and Lost Creek
  • Bluff erosion affecting natural and man-made features
April 24, 2019 - scottmillman
Nothing of concern viewed during this visit. 
  • Beaver Creek at the beach, facing NW
  • Tire tracks on beach north of Beaver Creek
  • Structures at beach
  • Water runoff from land to sea
  • Close-up view of bank
March 20, 2019 - scottmillman
15 people observed, all walking along beach, some with dogs. No one in water or tidepools. Minimal wildlife observed, none dead. A few crows and seagulls walking on ground. This was my first report...
  • Tide pool mile 209
  • Existing structures along mile 209
  • shoreline facing south mile 209
  • Water and soil drainage on to beach, mile 209
  • Sunset mile 209 low tide
  • Shoreline facing south, mile 209
  • Shoreline facing south, mile 209
  • Low tide mile 209 facing north
  • Cliff erosion mile 209
  • Creed drainage mile 209
  • Rocks near shoreline, facing south mile 209
  • Exposed rock, facing south, mile 209
  • Fishing lure litter on shoreline, mile 209
  • Rock with vegetation, low tide mile 209
  • Low tide, facing ocean, mile 209
  • Low tide facing Ona State Park
  • Low tide cliffs just north of Ona State Park


March 20, 2015 - stella
More re-work on riprap construction under permit BA-687-13. The project, started in November 2013, is now on its third contractor. Not sure what is going on with this mountain of sand, but it looks...


March 7, 2014 - bloeffel
Considerable freshwater aquatic vegetation on woody debris.Re-work on rip rap construction under permit BA-687-13 the following is offered looking back from Mar. 28, 2014. picture and detailed...


December 18, 2013 - bloeffel
Uneventful on a clean beach except for the riprapping discussed above.
September 30, 2013 - bloeffel
The feature catching my eye were the piles of kelp strewn over the beach. I counted 45 large - small to medium car size - along the mile and many, many single pieces and small piles of kelp over much...
June 14, 2013 - bloeffel
Summer high beach sands were being built by the Northwest winds. Beach gradients checked were 1 foot in 18 or 19 feet. The beach was almost free of debris and litter in part because of the sand cover...
March 16, 2013 - bibliona
I walked north from Ona Beach and found a few small plastic items with Japanese writing on them. Then we found two large wooden beams that seemed made to fit together, a plastic container that had...
  • Phosphoric acid container
  • Large wooden beam
  • The two beams seem made to fit together.
  • Length of bamboo, about 15 feet long.
March 14, 2013 - bloeffel
No significant problems or actions taken. Sanderlings beginning to show breeding colors. Erosion (fallen blocks of material 100 cubic yards or greater) observed in several places. Creek washout...


December 14, 2012 - bloeffel
This week had the highest tides of the year, but they were not accompanied by high surf conditions. Nevertheless there was considerable sand moved from high on the beach to the lower beach. The high...
June 25, 2012 - bloeffel
Surprisingly steep gradient from bluff to water line for this time of year.


December 3, 2011 - bloeffel
The beach from end to end was unusually flat and free - clean - of debris including the usual wrack line material. I was going to include a picture of conditions, but couldn't make things come...
September 7, 2011 - bloeffel
This is a routine survey report as there was no activity or change noted except for the annual NW wind driven build-up of sand on the upper beach.Dead birds as noted in the regular weekly surveys I...
June 26, 2011 - bloeffel
The general mood of the weather during this period has been relatively easy, soft with some harder sw wind. While May and June were wet, there weren't strong winds and only one burst of west wind...
March 6, 2011 - bloeffel
Winter storms usually removes sand and often leaves the beach free of man-made and natural debris. Such was the case this time. Two small slides had occurred, one of which undercut a bit the very...


December 7, 2010 - bloeffel
The beach armoring approved under OPRD permit 644-10 was begun and completed in mid-Novembber. They did obsrve the approved beach encroachment of 6 feet. The rocks were covered with a layer of beach...
September 8, 2010 - bloeffel
While this report was filed in late October the survey was done on September 8 just 2 days before we left on a 16 day trip hense the late filing. Things were normal for late summer with a sand...
June 12, 2010 - bloeffel
The major change from all previous reports for this mile was a paving of the wrack line with pieces of plastic as described below.West winds during March and in particular April deposited, almost...
March 7, 2010 - bloeffel
Oregon Dep't of Parks & Rec has issued a notice of an application for a beach-armoring project filed for property in South Beach, a bit south of Lost Creek. If ten requests for a hearing on this...


September 20, 2009 - bloeffel
I found one heavy plastic canvas tote bag, about 1' x 2' x 3.5'. There was a beach clean up on the 19th which may or may not have covered this beach. The canvas bag should have been picked up if the...
May 31, 2009 - bloeffel
The beach was smooth from north to south with gradient seaward on the north end of 1 foot in 24 and of 1 foot in 27 feet at Wandemere. Considerable sand was blown to higher beach. Six rough-winged...
March 18, 2009 - bloeffel
There were car tracks at lost creek in two tight circle patterns. On September 15 I was walking on this mile at 9:00 am and found a log, 1 by 4 feet, still burning from some partying the night before...


December 20, 2008 - bloeffel
Recent big tides and an off-shore developed heavy surf stripped much of he sand from the upper beach, in some places down to the underlay. The upper beach gradient at the north end of the unit was...
September 14, 2008 - bloeffel
The beach was generally pretty clean; there was little human-derived driftline debris. Natural debris included sea palms, etc., and some mole crab thoraxes from bird-eaten animals. The beach had...
March 7, 2008 - bloeffel
By the first of the year much of the sand accumulated over the summer had left the beach and shortly thereafter rock started moving in, a lot of it relatively small. The sand eventually was removed...


December 17, 2007 - bloeffel
The recent heavy weather and surf had removed much sand from the beach and scattered rock from the bluff-base burn over the mid beach. I did not see new gravel beds. The gray whale that is buried at...
September 21, 2007 - bloeffel
There were car tracks at Lost Creek in two tight circle patterns. On September 15 I was walking on this mile at 9:00AM and found a 4' log, still burning from some partying the night before. There...
July 26, 2007 - bloeffel
The beach was smooth with little rock from north to south and bluff to surf edge with a gradient of about 1 foot drop for 20 feet of run at the north end and 1 for 18 at Wandemere. Considerable...
June 10, 2007 - bloeffel
there was little human derived drift line debris. A few pieces of dried bull kelp were high on the beach and 30 or more small clumps of sea palm at the wrack line. Wood pieces: 126 of size 20 to 30...
March 10, 2007 - bloeffel
The beach gradient was steep even though underlay was showing some in the higher beach. Rock that came onto much of the beach in February has been worked to the high area adjacent to the bluff,...