Mile 217 Report

June 4, 2019
by digincommunity

Newport, Nye Beach north, Agate Beach south
Tuesday 12:00 AM
58° F
Calm/Light from the S
Tide Level:
3.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in sand:
picture taking
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Variety of Seagulls. One Osprey. group of brown Pelicans
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Vallela vallela, hundreds washed ashore
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Major cracks appearing in bluffs·Visible retreat of solid bluff
active erosion near Jump-Off Joe

Mile 217 beginning at Agate Beach Wayside walking south to Jump-Off Joe the bluff is lined with homes near the top edge of the bluff but well vegetated with shore pine and a shrub layer. There are breaks in the line of homes where small drainages make there way to the beach. In these areas mature spruce trees survive limiting the effects of erosion. But midway, walking south, the vegetation ceases and the exposed slope shows signs of active erosion. In photos we document one large crack in the slope as well as the incremental wasting of the sandstone in and around Jump Off Joe. Question - Where the use of rip-rap and other environmentally damaging and ineffective techniques are not used to limit erosion, does the State of Oregon use other techniques to restore degraded slopes? 


Last month we had contacted State Parks regarding the need for a Doggie Poop Station. To our great surprise in just a couple of weeks they installed the station as well as a new pedestrian bridge. A big thanks to State Parks. They also visited the homeless camp near the mid-point of Mile 217 and cut away the willow hiding the camp from view. Unlike our previous walks we saw only Seagulls, one Osprey and a group of a dozen brown Pelicans. The sands that comprise the beach change day to day. Most recently the dunes have become shorter and the high tides have left small ponds of water high up the beach. In and around the Cow Parship we also found some Sea Watch or Wild Celery, and Ovate spike rush, both near the entrance to Agate Beach Wayside and found near the other small drainages along the bluff. Although we did find plastic, plastic bags and other garbage in our several outings, it was less than in our first report despite the fact that many people visited the area.

  • My wife looking south
    500ft into mile 217
    June 4, 2019
  • Jump Off Joe exposed slope
    At Jump Off Joe, south end of mile 217
    June 4, 2019
  • Sandstone remains at Jump Off Joe
    At Jump Off Joe
    June 4, 2019
  • Vellela vellela
    Mid-point of mile 217
    June 4, 2019
  • Modern Art on the beach
    At Jump Off Joe
    June 4, 2019
Other Mile 217 Reports (69)


November 21, 2022 - IsraelK
Quick walk during mid-afternoon hours. Noticed a fairly fresh sea lion washed to shore lying near Jump off Joe. Conditions were calm and tide was out with sun and wispy clouds in the sky.


July 27, 2021 - alexgrobbins
Business as usual. People seem to clean up after themselves and be responsible. Suspect a handful of people live on the beach with the number of fire spots and where they were located [next to large...
  • 'party' fire site
  • 'party' fire site


February 20, 2020 - digincommunity
This is our first winter in Newport. Our Mile 217 is a dynamic area constantly changing due to King Tides, Winter Storm and heavy rainfall.


November 15, 2019 - malachite
I took more photos of underside & tail of Pacific Ray (tentative ID) then I uploaded.   Will send to anyone who can confirm ID if more anatomical information is needed to confirm ID.
November 14, 2019 - malachite
Tentative ID of a pacific ray on the beach lying in run off stream that, according to linked Google map segment, that is located a little north of NW 20th in Newport, OR.    I've walked on beaches...
June 4, 2019 - digincommunity
Last month we had contacted State Parks regarding the need for a Doggie Poop Station. To our great surprise in just a couple of weeks they installed the station as well as a new pedestrian bridge. A...
April 19, 2019 - digincommunity
A large swath of the bluff is well vegetated with shore pines, willow and native shrubs like silverweed, and black twinberry. However, the southern third of the bluff is actively eroding and is...


September 18, 2016 - LMackey
Very nice day, people having a good time.


September 18, 2015 - [email protected]
It was a beautiful sunny day with a light breeze. There were many (31) people and dogs (10)enjoying the day walking the beach at lunchtime on a Monday. There were several dead Common Murres on the...
  • Please "Lose the Loop"! Please cut any plastic ring material before discarding so it cannot entangle any marine animals.
  • Bluff along Agate Beach where we have observed a person digging.
March 16, 2015 - [email protected]
A beautiful afternoon with a lot of people out walking/enjoying the weather. A moderate breeze from the NW. As usual, there were a lot of large and small plastic pieces in the driftline. I filled a...


October 12, 2014 - [email protected]
A beautiful morning. There were a lot of people walking the beach. We saw a large number of ctenophore jellies in the wrack line, as well as surfgrass and a few sea palms. We did find one intact...
March 16, 2014 - [email protected]
Big swells had covered beach during high tide earlier today. Strong south winds. One person picking up litter and one person riding a wind tricycle sail cart while we were walking.


September 21, 2013 - daveincamas
We read about the wave run-up study in the paper ( and decided to check it out. See photos below.Dead birds that I saw...
  • I must say that the yellow arts building sure is ugly.  You would think that an arts building would look nice.
  • Perhaps some new species of marine chicken? :-)  I would love to know the story behind this.
  • One of 9 that I saw.
June 18, 2013 - [email protected]
A beautiful evening with a lot of people out enjoying the beach. People were enjoying a variety of activities including walking dogs, throwing a ball, flying kites, playing in the waves, and playing...


December 16, 2012 - [email protected]
A very stormy day on the coast. Not many people out, just one person walking and another playing with his dog. The tide was high and the waves were coming up to the cliff in some areas. Not much to...
May 20, 2012 - [email protected]
March 7, 2012 - [email protected]
There were a lot of large logs and pieces of wood. As always, there were hundreds of small pieces of plastic and quite a bit of trash on the beach. Higher than normal number of dead birds washed...


December 18, 2011 - [email protected]
A beautiful morning. Most people were out walking or jogging with their dogs. Sadly, as with every walk on the beach, we filled up a garbage bag with bottle caps, pieces of plastic, rope, packing...
September 22, 2011 - Beachbum
In the past 24 hours, the season's first big surf has come rolling up into the summer dune field, and onto the main bluff near Nye Beach. The most seaward 'row' of dunes has been overtopped and...
September 19, 2011 - [email protected]
An absolutely gorgeous evening, warm, slight breeze, beautiful sunset. A perfect evening.
July 4, 2011 - firstrobin
The beach was wide and damp and rather flat. It was quite windy, but beautiful. The sun made the water very blue, and the sand bright. For a long stretch of the beach, a little water pooled where...
June 19, 2011 - [email protected]
Nice Father's Day Sunday evening. Many people enjoying a walk between Agate Beach Wayside and Nye Beach. Razor clam shells and Emerita were most common in drift line. Tire tracks on beach for...
March 31, 2011 - Beachbum
The first of what is quite possibly debris from the Oregon Coast tsunami of March 11th has come ashore at Miles 217-218. At the wrack line, I discovered several interior panels from a boat, including...


December 5, 2010 - [email protected]
Today was a beautiful, sunny day with a moderate east wind. There were people walking, running, sitting in the sun, and bike riding on the beach. There was a live stranded California sea lion on...
  • Photo of new erosion at Jump Off Joe
  • A live stranded California sea lion hauled out on beach between Jump off Joe and Agate Beach parking lot - signs are already posted for people to stay away
  • An example of wrack of bull kelp.  There were many large piles of kelp with attached holdfasts on the beach.
December 5, 2010 - Beachbum
Another California sea lion has come up on the beach, this one about 600 yards north of Jump-Off Joe. The small, apparently young, animal was critically ill (or injured), and was being washed over by...
November 3, 2010 - firstrobin
Today was a fine, foggy day, with little wind and mild temperatures for November: very pleasant for walking, although few others took advantage of it. The beach was wide and flat, except at the...
October 16, 2010 - firstrobin
It was a beautiful sunny morning with little wind. People were out enjoying the beach. At the northern end of my mile, at Agate Beach, the sand had been sculpted into wonderful natural sand castles...
September 5, 2010 - firstrobin
I have seldom been to the beach on a major holiday, and there were many more people than I am used to seeing. It was sunny and warm, although there was a breeze. It was a very nice way to spend the...
August 27, 2010 - firstrobin
It was a beautiful morning on the beach. There were only four cars counting ours at my access point at Agate Beach, and there were not a lot at Nye Beach Turnaround a little past the end of my mile...
July 14, 2010 - firstrobin
The summer beach is wide at low tide. Low dunes have formed above the high water line. A bank of fog stood just off the beach. I was pleased to see people all along the mile; this is the first...
June 30, 2010 - firstrobin
This morning at 9:30, there was not yet any wind, and the tide was out. The surface of the sand was more undulating than on my last visit--not as flat. The beach was noticeably dryer than it was...
June 20, 2010 - [email protected]
A fair number of beachgoers despite the light rain. Lots of surfgrass and mole crabs (Emerita) in driftline. New trail on bluff north of Jump off Joe becoming well used.
May 28, 2010 - firstrobin
I seldom go down to the beach this late in the day. I met only one person between my access point at Agate Beach Wayside and the rocks around Jumpoff Joe. The other 11 were at Jumpoff Joe and...
April 7, 2010 - firstrobin
It was a fine day for the beach, not windy, sometimes cloudy sometimes with sun peeking through. There weren't many dogs, but people were enjoying the beach. The beach was wide and wet. For a long...
March 10, 2010 - firstrobin
The beach was unwelcoming this afternoon: there was a stiff wind blowing from the south and it was overcast, with mist over the water in places. The tide was low, and the beach was wide and...
February 17, 2010 - firstrobin
This morning at 8 the beach was nearly deserted, and the weather was beautiful--sunny and not windy. It was low tide, and the beach was wide and flat. The water had been up very high on the beach,...
January 27, 2010 - firstrobin
The tide was low, and the beach was wide and flat. There was no trace of the sand dunes that had dominated the beach a few months ago. The wrack line contained more marine debris than in the last...


December 25, 2009 - firstrobin
The beach was wide, wet and flat; it was obviously windswept. It was a clear, sunny, and pleasant early winter day; the wind was only moderate, but it blew beautiful plumes of spray from the tops of...
November 2, 2009 - firstrobin
The beach is seldom nicer than it was today. It was not windy, and it seemed warmer than it probably was. There were very few people, and they tended to be at the ends of my walk. A dog galloped by...
August 30, 2009 - [email protected]
Recent large swells (for summer anyway!) began to erode portions of the summer dunes and deposited a fair amount of macro algae and eelgrass in the wrack line.
August 28, 2009 - firstrobin
It was a cold, damp day. The dunes on the Agate Beach end of Mile 217 were dryer than they were a month ago, and somewhat softened in outline. The beach was littered with piles of kelp, other algae...
July 25, 2009 - firstrobin
The dunes continue to predominate at the beach. Water at high tide snakes between the dune ridges to approach the bluffs, leaving pools behind in places. Rocks are coming down near Jumpoff Joe, and...
July 3, 2009 - firstrobin
I am glad I went to the beach today, because I have never seen the beach on a holiday weekend, and it was very crowded and busy at both ends of the mile (Agate Beach and Nye Beach access points),...
June 18, 2009 - [email protected]
It was a quiet day during the survey, people were either walking their dogs or jogging. There was some type of grave/memorial near Jump off Joe with flowers and a painted walking stick in the ground...
June 14, 2009 - firstrobin
It was a warm day, with only light wind, and people were enjoying the beach. The beach itelf was sculpted into low dunes. The wrack line contained mostly organic materials, with a heavy...
May 30, 2009 - firstrobin
I noticed that the sand had blown against the bluffs in several spots. There was some evidence that sand and rocks had fallen down the bluffs onto the sand in a couple of places. The wind was brisk...
April 24, 2009 - firstrobin
It was another beautiful morning. There were only four people on the Agate Beach end, none in between Agate Beach and Jumpoff Joe, and eleven more on the Nye Beach end. The dogs seemed to be having...
March 30, 2009 - firstrobin
The dunes on the beach have now been erased, and there is a wide expanse of beach at low tide, much of it wet today. There were huge clumps of kelp and smaller swirls of seagrass tangled with marine...
March 19, 2009 - [email protected]
Little sand removal this winter. A lot of marine debris on beach, especially plastic bottles.
February 16, 2009 - firstrobin
The beach at low tide was wide, wet, and mostly empty (except at the access points, and particularly the Nye Beach end). The sand had been blown into close, shallow ridges, giving it a corrugated...
January 3, 2009 - firstrobin
It was a beautiful, sunny, still, winter day. People were enjoying the beach mostly by walking along it. There was quite a bit of wood on the beach (lumber, stumps, logs, little pieces), and other...


December 20, 2008 - [email protected]
There were 15 people and 11 dogs walking the beach, nothing unusual. The only dead bird we found was a pelican. There was a lot of plastic debris on the beach and an uncut packing band. We bring a...
November 19, 2008 - firstrobin
The sky was cloudy, but it was a beautiful day for walking on the beach, with very little wind. There were only a handful of people between Nye Beach and Agate Beach, usually a popular area. The...
October 18, 2008 - firstrobin
There were people at and near Agate Beach Wayside and people at or near Nye Beach Turnaround, but the center part of my mile was empty of people. The water was fairly low, but there was evidence...
September 21, 2008 - [email protected]
There were a lot of people walking and running on the beach this morning. It was a warm, calm morning. Yesterday was the Oregon beach clean-up so the beach was pretty free of litter. There continues...
September 13, 2008 - firstrobin
It was a beautiful day on the beach. The tide was coming in. The beach was still heavily sculpted by wind and water, and there were places that had been made wet with seawater that came far up...
August 23, 2008 - firstrobin
It was a nearly perfect day on the beach, and many people were enjoying it. At the Agate Beach end, there was a wide expanse of sand. In the half near the water, the sand was mounded up to five...
August 15, 2008 - ocayouthvol
This was the first time on a coastwach walk for a lot of the youth volunteers. Many of them weren't very familiar with the area, so we were not able to note changes such as erosion, new development...
June 21, 2008 - [email protected]
Many beachgoers out early for the low tide.
June 15, 2008 - firstrobin
It was a beautiful day, although the wind was brisk and most of the people on the beach were walking rather than sitting as some would if it were more still. There were more people and dogs than...
April 26, 2008 - firstrobin
It was a beautiful day, and many people were enjoying the beach. Children played in the water and the sand. Dogs ran free on the beach. The sun was warm and there was little wind. There were thin...
March 22, 2008 - firstrobin
The tide was beginning to come in. There were several sparse and indistinct wrack lines. The beach was wet to the bluffs. Last month there were virtually no rocks in the tide line; this month,...
March 9, 2008 - [email protected]
Good day for a walk on the beach. A few shorebird flocks foraging along the water's edge. Bluff erosion near Jump-off-Joe continues this year, but not as dramatic as last year.
February 15, 2008 - firstrobin
There were very few rocks in the wrack line. I saw mostly organic material including seaweed, shell fragments, individual feathers, and bits of wood. A surprisingly large percentage, however, was...
February 11, 2008 - rensmere
There were a lot of people walking on the beach because it was a nice evening and a lot of dogs. The beach seemed relatively free of debris but had a few large logs, scattered small wood, shells,...


September 16, 2007 - [email protected]
Luxury condos are finished on the bluff overlooking Jump off Joe. House built close to the beach is just about finished. There is more erosion of the bluff and vegetation, mainly due to people...
September 14, 2007 - rensmere
There was nothing that stood out. My concern is really that water quality is an issue at Nye beach and there were lot's of people walking in the creek. We picked up some garbage but there was not...
June 16, 2007 - kraumsu[email protected]
Beautiful evening, lots of beach-goers taking advantage of the nice weather. Jump-off Joe bluffs seemed to have stabilized after last quarter's major erosion. Unidentified substance in driftline...
March 24, 2007 - youthvols
Part of the beach had a ton of wood, and elsewhere there was more debris.