Mile 211 Report

November 29, 2016
by Chad101

Location:
Lincoln
Lost Creek Wayside north, Holiday Beach south
Conditions:
Tuesday 2:30 PM
Sunny
52° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the S
Tide Level:
6.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
11
Dogs:
2
Activities:
Walking / Running:
7
Sitting:
4
Concerns:
Litter
Apparent Violations:
Saw food wrappers and water bottles apparently left on the beach recently.
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
5
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
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:
About 100 feet south of the Lost Creek parking lot, which is the southern edge of mile 211, there was a stranded sea lion, still alive but in obvious distress, in the rocky upper edge of the beach. I reported this to the OSU Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
Notable Wildlife:
No mammals apart from the distressed sea lion described above. Saw two bald eagles at top of cliff, one blue heron, some birds that I believe were sandpipers, and otherwise only sea gulls. Quite a lot of bull kelp. No crab carapaces that I could see, but some broken mussel and clam shells.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
In mid-November, before the date of this report, I found one dead puffin on the beach, with no leg band I could see.
Stranded:
Total:
0
See above.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Found 16 plastic bottles, including one with a label in Korean, and miscellaneous bits of hard plastic. Found 4 heavy foam fish floats, connected to long lines of plastic rope tangled in seaweed or driftwood.
New Development:
Modifications:
None that I could recognize beyond those described in my last report.
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls·Newly exposed roots/trees falling
The beach formerly had a flat/level portion near the cliff base where standing water accumulated and the sand was muddy. This is largely gone, and the beach now slopes gradually from the cliffs to the water, presumably resulting from the high October/November tides. The beach drains now and is only minimally muddy.
Comments:

I brought as many of the plastic bottles (15 of the 16 I found) and hard plastic bits as would fit into the garbage bag I brought with me.  As noted, I reported the distressed sea lion just south of mile 211.

Summary:

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 beach in several places as the cliffs continue to erode.  Over past weeks I have seen an additional bald eagle and a pair of  blue herons in the surf, and a well-scavenged sea lion carcass with exposed rib bones.  As of 11/29, most of the smaller seaweed and most of the crab shells have disappeared.  11/29 was the first time I have found no dead birds at all on the beach.  It continues to be a relatively deserted (at least south of Thiel Creek) and beautiful stretch of beach. 

  • immediately in front of Lost Creek State Park parking lot,
    November 29, 2016
  • Approximately 100 feet south of Lost Creek State Park parking lot.
    November 29, 2016
  • N44.558968, E-124.071889
    November 29, 2016
  • Drift line
    November 29, 2016
  • Dimensions approximately 3' x 10" x 8"
    edge of vegetation line and leading edge of drift line
    December 29, 2016
  • N44.560638, E-124.071659, top of cliff
    December 29, 2016
Other Mile 211 Reports (17)

2018

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

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&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&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&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.