Mile 211 Report

March 13, 2021
by Chad101

Location:
Lincoln
Lost Creek Wayside north, Holiday Beach south
Conditions:
Saturday 2:00 PM
Party cloudy
48° F
Wind:
Moderate from the SW
Tide Level:
4.1 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
42
Dogs:
2
Activities:
Walking / Running:
28
Playing in sand:
4
Rockhunting:
7
Surfing:
1
Fishing:
2
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
n/a
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
32
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Many people were on the beach on this rare day with no rain and only moderate wind. Fyi, I only counted 11 people not wearing facemasks.
Notable Wildlife:
2 ducks, 1 turkey vulture, in addition to gulls.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam
A plastic strap, from what I could not tell. Found 2 dark green rectangular objects that looked similar to skate egg casings, but the surface was shiny like plastic though it tore easily unlike plastic. See photo attached.
New Development:
Bluff development·Drainage pipes
Only one drainpipe appeared to be new, located about 200 meters north of Thiele Creek. See photo attached. I noted 3 others that I have reported in several previous mile reports.
Modifications:
Along the base of the embankment in the same part of the beach as the rockfield there were patches of rocks fairly uniform in appearance that looked as if they might have been put there intentionally, though there were no houses, motels, or other businesses at the top of that portion of the embankment, so I am not sure who would have put them there. See photo.
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls
Comments:
Summary:

My last previous report was at the end of 2019, but the changes over the last year are typical of Mile 211, including rockslides or boulder falls, rockfields covering parts of the beach, and a new drainage pipe.  A fairly large number of people were enjoying the beach on a nice rain-free Saturday afternoon, engaging in typical Mile 211 activities such as dog-walking, playing in the sand, fishing, and rock hunting.

  • View up the beach
    View up the beach from a point about .2 mile north of Lost Creek parking lot.
    about .2 miles north of parking lot.
    March 13, 2021
  • Treated lumber
    One of several pieces of treated lumber found in tide line
    High tide line
    March 13, 2021
  • rockfall
    rocks fallen from embankment not previously observed.
    base of embankment
    March 13, 2021
  • microplastics
    some of an unusual number of tiny plastic pieces (less than 1 square cm) on the beach. Mile 211 usually has relatively little plastic debris.
    High tide line.
    March 13, 2021
  • chunk of concrete or asphalt
    heavy chunk of concrete or asphalt with smaller stone pieces embedded in it.
    Tide line
    March 13, 2021
  • rockfield
    Area with high concentration of stones and rocks on beach.
    N44.55494 W 124.07239
    March 13, 2021
  • Rocks at base of embankment
    Concentrated area with numerous fairly uniform rocks accumulated or placed at bottom of embankment in area near the rockfield in preceding photograph,
    Same gps as preceding photograph
    March 13, 2021
  • New construction
    Newly constructed building at top of embankment in Holiday Beach area, about 200 meters north of Thiele Creek, with construction equipment and drainage pipe on the right.
    About 200 meters north of Thiele Creek.
    March 13, 2021
Other Mile 211 Reports (25)

2020

June 11, 2020 - Chad101
More than 10 previously unobserved drainage pipes in places with already existing pipes.  Relatively large number of people on beach, presumably seeking respite from sheltering in place.  Weather was...
  • Panorama of mile 211
  • Tarry sand
  • rocks above sand
  • charred driftwood
  • boulder fall
  • graffiti
  • Erosion
  • drain pipe
  • numerous drainage pipes
  • drainage pipes
  • new drainage pipes, north end of mile 211
  • Vehicle tracks
January 9, 2020 - Chad101
I tried to pick up and carry back to trash collection area all plastic pieces I found larger than 1 square inch, but for every piece I picked up there were at least 100 smaller pieces, a great...

2019

September 19, 2019 - Chad101
The contour of the beach has changed again so that there are numerous patches of standing water at the base of the embankment.  Despite this, and despite the increased amount of trash, it is still a...
  • Panorama
  • dead bird
  • dead bird
  • drainage pipes
  • standing water
  • more standing water
  • boulder fall
  • Foam float
June 12, 2019 - Chad101
Most of the people were within 100 yards of the Lost Creek beach access.  Standing water has begun to appear on beach, both near base of embankment and near water's edge (see photos).  Pleasant day,...
  • Panorama
  • dead bird
  • Standing water away from ocean
  • standing water near ocean
  • Tracks, probably from ATV
  • Fog on beach
March 17, 2019 - Chad101
Many people enjoying the beach on a beautiful Sunday near spring break.  Standing water I noted earlier on beach near bottom of cliff has disappeared and beach continuously slopes down to ocean.
  • Overview

2018

December 18, 2018 - Chad101
The beach has resumed its gentle slope down to ocean, so no standing water on beach.  There have been many storms in the month preceding this report, and the waves have been lapping the base of the...
  • Panorama 12-18-2018
  • boulder fall
  • Bull kelp
  • water draining on beach
  • bald eagles
  • Drainpipes north of Thiele Creek January 13, 2019
  • Second drainage pipe north of Thiele Creek
  • Drainage pipe farthest south on north side of Thiele Creek
September 14, 2018 - Chad101
Beyond about .5 mile from beach access, there were no people on the beach and the beach remained relatively pristine, at least south of Thiele Creek.  The area at base of cliffs is flattening out and...
June 12, 2018 - Chad101
Three of the four drainpipes have been either removed or cut down.  Erosion continues in the cliffs, including at least 3 areas with sizable boulders broken off and fallen onto the beach.  The level...
  • Panorama
  • Long drainpipe after being cut down.
  • Graffiti carved into cliff.
  • Boulders broken off from cliff face and fallen onto beach.
  • Velella velella on beach.
  • Area of standing water near base of embankment
  • Sawed driftwood south of Thiele Creek
March 17, 2018 - Chad101
Mile 211 is relatively unspoiled, at least south of Thiele Creek.  The mud and standing pools of water have disappeared for the moment, and the level of the beach has dropped several feet, uncovering...
  • Drainage pipe #3
  • Rock field on Mile 211.
  • Rock uncovered by lowered sand
  • Two Bald Eagles
  • Drainage pipe #1 on hillside
  • Drainage pipe #2 on open hillside
  • Drainage pipe #3
  • Drainage pipe #4 coming down cliff face
  • Drainage pipe end protruding from riprap

2017

December 5, 2017 - Chad101
There is still a minor amount of standing water on portions of the beach.  Also, it appears the level of the beach is dropping enough for a few small rocky areas to be emerging from under the sand (...
  • Cliff erosion.
September 17, 2017 - Chad101
Very few people on the beach on the cloudy Sunday afternoon I was walking mile 211.  A few areas of mud and standing water had appeared since my last report.  Rocks, broken shells, drift wood, kelp,...
  • exposed drain pipe
  • exposed drain pipe
June 17, 2017 - Chad101
Standing water and muddy sand in only one small area.  In general beach slopes continuously to ocean.  Not much plastic debris, large number of rocks, 3 kinds of kelp that I noticed (bull kelp, sea...
  • Panorama
  • Common Murre (?)
  • Boulder Fall from cliff.
March 19, 2017 - Chad101
Mile 211 has greatly changed since I first began walking it 8/16.  The mud and standing water are gone, and it is now a very people-friendly and inviting beach.  As a result, there are many more...

2016

November 29, 2016 - Chad101
I have walked this beach maybe a dozen times since my September report.  At the moment it is well-drained and devoid of standing water.  Large boulder-sized rocks have fallen from the cliff onto the...
September 14, 2016 - Chad101
Mile 211 is not heavily used by people.  I saw 12 people on one or another part of the beach, but that was over 3+ hours.  Because of the constant water seepage from the lower part of the cliff, much...

2012

October 5, 2012 - waterwitch
A few people walking, some with dogs. A beach ranger on an ATV was patrolling. Cliffs crumbling in several places, a large fissure near the end of the mile.
July 25, 2012 - waterwitch
Low tide and clean beach. More visitors heading south than north from wayside. Considerable cliff erosion, but since this is my first report from mile 211 I will become more aware of any changes as...
June 9, 2012 - Jacq and Mike
Took suspected Tsunami debris to John Chapman at Hatfield for verification. Significant retreat of bluffs and sand stone. Continue to see slides top tier continues to recede above solid rock bluff....

2011

July 7, 2011 - Jacq and Mike
Five streams running off to the ocean. No visible drainpipes. Couple flocks of sandpiper-type birds, plus lots of gulls and crows.
March 28, 2011 - Jacq and Mike
Spoke with a walker who is familiar with this beach over many years.She noticed more slides this spring than in previous years. She also said more sand covering up what would have been good agate...

2008

September 23, 2008 - Gibsjerry
My usual beach access trail at LawrenSea OceansideMotel is now blocked by fence & locked gate. Iused alternate beach access trail located about 1/4 mile south of Motel. Beach was very clean (...
March 2, 2008 - Gibsjerry
Most people and cars at/on my mile seen in 14 years! All were "rock hunting". Much sand lost this winter(est. 2-5 ft.) Many Cypress tree roots exposed, as well as sections of wave-cut basalt &...
  • See Filename

2007

October 22, 2007 - Gibsjerry
Flat sandy beach. No exposed cobble. Beach was very clean.
  • Beach Bluff
June 19, 2007 - Gibsjerry
Very clean beach. Flat, and sandy with much exposed cobble. Fantastic day. Sunny with slight north wind and white fluffy clouds above.
February 9, 2007 - Gibsjerry
Much sand lost compared to last survey. Flat, sandy beach with considerable cobble on beach near Thiel Creek. Several rooted Sitka Spruce sticking out of the sand near Thiel Creek.