Mile 214 Report

April 18, 2019
by AnnaB

South Beach SP, South Jetty Yaquina River
Thursday 11:00 AM
Party cloudy
64° F
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
7.4 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
43= there were some school groups out looking at things
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
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:
an area was sectioned off to protect nesting birds
Natural Changes:

There were a good amount of people out for a late Thursday morning, mostly a few school groups. I noticed more large woody debris than usual including some trees that washed up. Down near the south end of the mile, close to the neighborhood, they've set up a protected area for nesting birds until September 15. I didn't see any birds in the protected area nesting at the time. 

  • Protected nesting site
    South Beach protected area for nesting birds
    April 18, 2019
  • Looking south on mile 214
    Looking south on mile 214. There's an increase of large woody debris along the driftline.
    April 18, 2019
Other Mile 214 Reports (40)


August 27, 2019 - AnnaB
A beautiful day at the beach. It was great seeing so many peeople out enjoying the coast in a variety of ways. There were a lot of crab molts in the driftline and a few dead birds. Also many visitors...
  • Plastics in sand
  • Volley ball net?
  • View from the south end of mile 214
July 6, 2019 - AnnaB
May 26, 2019 - PCTronquet
Over 150 people enjoying the Memorial Day weekend, velella in wrack line, no areas of concern....beach clean of trash
May 24, 2019 - AnnaB
It was a calm evening on Friday with few visitors at the beach. The Velella velella have started washing up and can be found in high numbers just above the water line. The snowy plover nesting area...
May 24, 2019 - AnnaB
February 18, 2019 - AnnaB
Mild weather for President's Day brought out the beach-goers of all kinds. We spotted many people walking, (razor)clamming, surfing, and playing around. The tide was the lowest we have seen which is...
January 31, 2019 - AnnaB
There weren't many people out at the time of our survey, mostly just a few groups walking dogs. It looked like a fair amount of driftwood washed up recently. Also it looked like some sand was dumped...
  • South Jetty
January 21, 2019 - PCTronquet
I counted at least 47 folks on mile 214 at noon, high 10.3 King Tide, 50 degrees, full sunshine, and little to no wind.  Several children were playing in the surf at high tide.....and were chased by...


December 21, 2018 - PCTronquet
First day of King Tide made for limited beach walking, so only two people and three dogs.  The Snowy Plover were feeding and sitting in footprints.  They scattered when the dogs came near.  Two large...
  • South Beach Snowy Plover
  • First day of King Tide, South Beach


November 29, 2017 - PCTronquet
November 29th was glorious weather at sunrise, and the birdlife abundant in Mile 214, Sanderling, Dunlin, and Snowy Plover.  The high tide line was littered with tunicates.  Large and small piles of...
August 27, 2017 - PCTronquet
We found a seagull on the beach totally wrapped in fishing line with hook and bobber, unable to get free.  After covering the bird with a jacket, we were able to cut the line, unravel and free the...
June 4, 2017 - PCTronquet
Human Activities ~  More people seem to be enjoying South Beach, Mile 214.....we've lived here two years, and see many more people on the beach this year.  The beach was remarkably clean.
  • South Beach
  • 56 degree day on South Beach
  • Sand digging


December 12, 2016 - PCTronquet
September 30, 2016 - PCTronquet
*There are very few left-over signs of summer tourists. Several "structures" have survived the tides. Surfers in the waves many mornings and evenings.*Eight snowy plover were foraging at the last...
April 21, 2016 - Anonymous
Our first report as CoastWatch volunteers. We have been watching the plover on our mile since January, 8 snowy plover and 1 mountain plover. As of this date, we think they have all moved on, our last...
  • This mile has many access points from South Beach State Park and stays remarkably clean of human debris....most has washed ashore.


December 25, 2013 - rasmussenschramm
The beach was almost empty of people. No litter to speak of and no sign of dead animals or unusual erosion.
May 11, 2013 - rasmussenschramm
Not much has changed on our mile since our last report. It is very clean. The line of the bluff over the beach has softened a little since last time, but that's all we noticed.
  • Nothing much has changed in the last couple of months. Quiet and clean...


December 30, 2012 - rasmussenschramm
We're attaching pictures of the wood construction we found.
  • Again, not sure what this is.
  • Not sure what this is...
June 9, 2012 - rasmussenschramm
We were surprised not to find more debris on the beach- it was mostly squeaky clean, except for a few areas with small styrofoam pieces.


July 23, 2011 - rasmussenschramm
The beach was very clean. A few kites were flying, sandcastles were being created, kids were wading in the watet. At the South Jetty on the bay side where beach grass grows, sand has been piling up...


July 24, 2010 - rasmussenschramm
On the way north on the trail we met a group of about 20 naturalists from Yamhill County on an outing, and also several people on foot and on bicycles. We checked the handicapped platform and met...
June 21, 2010 - rasmussenschramm
Walking from the jetty towards the state park we encountered about 20 people on the beach, enjoying the sun and about 14 playing in the water, and about five dogs running about.Close to the jetty we...
February 18, 2010 - rasmussenschramm
The beach was very clean, we found one dead murre. On our way north we encountered 8 person and two dogs plus two surfers close to the jetty. There were 8 vehicles parked on the jetty and about 10...


June 8, 2009 - rasmussenschramm
The beach was very clean, at the tideline we noticed crab molts, crab shells, small rocks and just natural debris. Near the jetty in the dunes was a huge broken tree trunk that had been cut in...
January 12, 2009 - rasmussenschramm
The morning was sunny, and the beach was relatively clean but for numerous beverage lids in one area. The sand has drifted towards the shore and built up towards the vegetation line.


December 30, 2008 - MAshley
Tide was way out. It was a beautiful day. Noticeable winter beach retreat.
December 29, 2008 - MAshley
Moderate numbers of visitors, mostly walking dogs.
September 27, 2008 - rasmussenschramm
The beach was very clean, but there was noticeable sand build-up
August 21, 2008 - ocayouthvol
Went out on the mile watch with a number of new volunteers. It was overall a pretty cool morning and not many people were out on the beach. And for the most part, there was very little trash....
April 21, 2008 - malachite
Interesting foredune undercutting or erosion present on one section of the beach. Associated with more (than average for this beach) steeply sloping beach & cobble sized sediment (if that's the...
  • Photo of beach at South Beach state park on 04/21/08 in late afternoon/early evening showing undercutting of foredune, exposure of bedding planes & cobble deposition (or suspension of smaller particles) in intertidal zone
  • Slight to moderate undercutting near oceanward base of foredune at South Beach state park reveals bedding planes, including some cross bedding, etc.
March 22, 2008 - rasmussenschramm
The beach was clean but much sand has been piling up in waves and some large pieces of driftwood were at the water's edge. No one was visible at the handicap platform above the dunes. 11 cars were...
February 11, 2008 - rensmere
The beach was mostly clear of debris and looked very "clean". It was a nice sunny day so there were more people than there have been. The only posible concern was the woman feeding the seagulls.
  • This is a picture documenting the south beach mile
  • Seagulls are eating bread pieces that a woman has just thrown onto the beach.


December 21, 2007 - rasmussenschramm
At the State Park were six cars parked, and at the beach were fourteen people, six dogs, people walking dogs and writing their names in the sand, one flying a kite. Five people were watching the...
October 14, 2007 - rensmere
The beach was very "clean" with no driftline content. There were a lot of people out enjoying the day.
September 8, 2007 - rasmussenschramm
Close to the jetty was the "Gathering Longboard Classic", the annual surf competition, in progress. Rogue Ale sponsering the event was to serve food and beer and wine. On the beach at the gathering,...
August 25, 2007 - rasmussenschramm
At the park picnicers were using tables and sitting in the shade of trees. At the beach there were people in the water, two surfers, many sunbathing. On the path east of the beach people were...
August 9, 2007 - rensmere
There were a lot of people on the beach for recreation. There was not a lot of debris. This was our first time surveying the mile so it is hard to compare. We will be sure to take pictures to add.
June 14, 2007 - rasmussenschramm
The tide was coming in having been at its lowest at 6:23 a.m., i.e. -2.3 feet. It was a beautiful morning except for a bit of chilly wind from the north. The beach was clean. Beyond the high tide...
March 16, 2007 - rasmussenschramm
On a beautiful sunny and calm morning on March 16, 2007 at 10 a.m. we walked our mile from the State Park to the South Jetty. The tide was coming in. At the State Park we counted 7 cars, and along...
January 11, 2007 - ocayouthvol
There was snow that day (though none on the beach at that time) and suprisingly few people for such a beautiful day. No obvious changes were noted.