Mile 220 Dispatch

February 10, 2020
by DKPowell

Yaquina Head north, Schooner Creek south
Monday 12:45 PM
51° F
Tide Level:
9.9 ft
Humans / Pets:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
New Development:
Natural Changes:

King Tides. 10-14 feet waves meant I could get down to 25 feet mark from normal beach access to SAFELY take photos.

  • Southwest view toward Lighthouse from 25 foot from normal beach access
    N44* 40.804’ W124* 04.170’
    February 10, 2020
  • West view from 25 feet mark from normal beach access
    N44* 40.804’ W124* 04.170’
    February 10, 2020
  • Northward view toward NW 68th Street from 25 feet mark from normal beach access
    N44* 40.804’ W124* 04.170’
    February 10, 2020
  • Southwest view toward Lighthouse from cliff top
    Top of Cliff N44* 40.817 W124* 04.155’
    February 10, 2020
  • Northward view toward NW 68th Street from cliff top
    Top of Cliff N44* 40.817 W124* 04.155’
    February 10, 2020
  • Northward view – looking down toward cliff wall
    Top of Cliff N44* 40.817 W124* 04.155’
    February 10, 2020
Other Mile 220 Reports (120)


January 19, 2023 - Hillsideshack
Continued changes on 220 due to the rains, high tides and normal loss of sand in winter. Found 1 WEGR dead (not COASST tagged), saw 2 live black oystercatchers. Most of the beach was fairly clean due...


December 17, 2022 - Hillsideshack
Including photos of a black plastic pipe sticking out of Mile 220 bluff and odd milky fluid coming out of bluff and over rocks. 
October 17, 2022 - Hillsideshack
Very cool jelly on Schooner South an iceberg!
October 16, 2022 - Hillsideshack
Bummer of a day walking onto our beach and seeing the bluffs spray painted. Lots of bull kelp and sea palm washed up along with mole crab shells. Lots of beached birds including 3 tagged for COASST....
August 31, 2022 - Hillsideshack
A foggy start to a beautiful walk, saw 8 Turkey vultures. Plovers (Snowy?) and whimbrel. Lots of summer sand on the beach allowing for entry through the south "cave" to the beach beyond (always fun...
August 16, 2022 - DKPowell
It was a nice clear day, with a slight breeze. In general the sand didn't erode/scour as much during the winter, so there is more sand on the beach.I normally go on the beach around 8AM--I waited...
July 19, 2022 - kmalarkey
Beautiful day with many people. Sand is so high on north side of Yaquina Head so there was easy access through the tunnel to the mini beach which is rare. Saw the greatest number of orchre sea stars...
July 5, 2022 - Hillsideshack
A beautiful day to be on 220. Not much trash, the high tide may have taken it out. Some nice rock cairn art at the northern part of my mile. The cliff continues to erode along with rock fall and...
June 18, 2022 - kmalarkey
Possible Sea Star Wasting disease observed in sea star across tidepool with binoculars and photo. Enlarge left section of dark area above pool. Note small light circle. Sea star with backwards...
June 15, 2022 - kmalarkey
Beautiful  -2.7 tide @ 8 am. Saw 5 immature eagles flying or sitting on nearby tree branch. High sand levels near Yaquina Head have created a "sand forest" of dead snags on upper beach near trail to...
May 16, 2022 - DKPowell
A nice day to walk the beach. With few winter storms, Starfish Beach (the old name on older maps) is full of sand.
March 24, 2022 - Hillsideshack
A nice Spring day on 220. Lots of timy stryofoam bits in the wrackline. The bluff is still falling down with the black drainage pipes showing themselves more every month. 2 Turkey Vultures overhead....
February 15, 2022 - DKPowell
It was a quiet day on the beach. The person and car at NW 68th arrived about 8:30AM, about the time I was almost done walking the beach.Rather than have a bunch of photos of cliffs eroding under...
January 29, 2022 - Hillsideshack
Beautiful day but sad to see the path to the beach widened significantly with the creek changing path due to the back hoe that was in the process of rip rapping the property just to the north of Mile...
  • Signs saying closed to access mile 220
  • Signs stating Beach access was closed.
  • Back hoe moving large rocks to rip rap just north of Schooner Creek
  • Another photo of the rip rapping of beach by back hoe.


November 16, 2021 - DKPowell
A cold partly cloudy day. The tide was already high enough that reaching "Keyhole" at north cliff of Yaquina wasn't possible.The beach only had 2 persons, but I got several pictures of partial...
  • Houses-Beach Erosion (north side of NW 56th-west of Meander)
  • First expose pipe location (equivalence of NW 61st Street)
  • First expose pipe location (equivalence of NW 61st Street)
  • New Water Source = between 1st and 2nd pipes, first noticed August 15, 2021
  • Two concrete sections on beach (equivalence of NW 62nd Street)
  • Most of second pipes hidden by erosion, but more recent/newer pipe seen
  • Third exposed pipes location (equivalence of NW 63rd Street)-south
  • Third exposed pipes location (equivalence of NW 63rd Street)-north
  • Fourth Pipe location (equivalence of NW 66th)
  • Fifth pipes (equivalent of NW 68th)
  • Fifth pipes (equivalent of NW 68th)
  • Sand still on the beach-looking South toward Yaquina Head
  • Sand still on the beach-looking North toward NW 68th Street
  • Lighthouse from NW 68th Street-north end of Mile 220
  • Plastic on beach, removed and put in trash
  • Partial Rainbow
  • Partial Rainbow
October 31, 2021 - Hillsideshack
  • Looking South on 220
  • Looking North from Schooner Creek
  • Bluff continuing to fall Mile 220
  • Closer photo of bluff and trees falling
  • One of 3 drain pipes continuing to be exposed on Schooner South
  • The 3 pipes exposed from the bluff Mile 220
August 15, 2021 - DKPowell
The continued exposure of pipes shows continued erosion along the shore cliffs/bluffs. Since I went later in the day there were more people (and dogs) present.I have changed my routine--I am no...
  • Houses-Beach Erosion (north side of NW 56th-west of Meander)
  • Sign on up from beach. Near Houses-Beach Erosion
  • irst expose pipe location (equivalence of NW 61st Street)
  • irst expose pipe location (equivalence of NW 61st Street)
  • irst expose pipe location (equivalence of NW 61st Street)
  • New Water Source = between 1st and 2nd pipes
  • Two concrete sections on beach (equivalence of NW 62nd Street)
  • Second exposed pipe location (equivalence of NW 62nd Street)
  • Third exposed pipes location (equivalence of NW 63rd Street) South pipe
July 31, 2021 - Hillsideshack
Chilly windy morning on 220. Lots of birds: 2 squadrons of pelicans flew over, 4 eagles, 9 Turkey vultures, a bunch of shorebirds and 2 separate gulls who were behaving out of the ordinary. One gull...
July 5, 2021 - Hillsideshack
So thrilled to only find one (!!!!) piece of fireworks debris this morning years past it has been 2 large trash bags on the 5th of July. It's possible that someone picked it up before me but I...
  • Schooner So looking south.
  • Black plastic hard pipes coming out of bluff
  • Closer view of one of the pipes
May 13, 2021 - DKPowell
Jesse Jones asked about the pipes along the beach. I was working a Covid clinic for Lincoln County at Waldport where I met a county property assessor. I mentioned the pipes along mile 220, and the...
April 30, 2021 - Hillsideshack
Not as many sea stars as I would have liked to see on the minus tide but they are definitely there. Only one sea star looked like it might have wasting disease (see photo)
February 17, 2021 - Hillsideshack
Rainy/cloudy/sunny day on 220. First time I've seen so many small sized Vellela vellela, I usually see the larger ones washed up. Lots of marine debris/land debris on 220 today. Most of the sand has...
February 15, 2021 - DKPowell
   I was suprised there was anyone on the beach--between the rain and wind gusts of 20 mph. NOAA had forecast a surf height of 16-20 feet. There was also a weather warning about sneaker tides. I didn...
January 22, 2021 - Hillsideshack
A nice sunny day on 220. Got a very long piece of rope (approx 25 meters) off the beach along with trash. One LIGU, not yet tagged. So much more visible erosion this winter, seems every week it is...
January 13, 2021 - DKPowell
Third day of January 2021 King Tides.The expected Erosion between normal 75 feet from beach access to Cliff Top happened. It will mean several minutes delay between photos as I have to retrace up to...
January 12, 2021 - DKPowell
Second day of January 2021 King Tides.The expected Erosion between normal 75 feet from beach access to Cliff Top happened. It will mean several minutes delay between photos as I have to retrace up to...
January 11, 2021 - DKPowell
First day of January 2021 King Tides.Erosion between normal 75 feet from beach access to Cliff Top will mean several minutes delay between photos as I have to retrace up to "Grand Central" and then...


December 15, 2020 - DKPowell
Another King Tides Day.High Tide was at 11:48 AM at 10.5 ft. NOAA had a Surf Height of 14-18 ft.   One last thing: AT NOON a High Surf Advisory went into effect.
December 14, 2020 - DKPowell
King Tides DayHigh Tide was 10.6 ft. NOAA also has Surf Height at 17-21 ft. I could have walked to "Rock Line" which is about 15 feet from my normal entrance onto Star Fish Beach.
November 16, 2020 - DKPowell
Another good day for King Tides.High Tide was at 12:08PM at 10.3 ft. NOAA had a surf height of 10-14 ft. The weather was 50 degrees, with wind blowing from the south at 20mph. Cloudly sky, and what...
November 15, 2020 - DKPowell
A good day for King Tides.High tide of 10.4 feet at 11:27AM. NOAA had Surf Height at 20-25 feet.I was able to shoot from my normal beach spot-75 feet from normal beach access, didn't take a photo--...
November 11, 2020 - DKPowell
It was a nice day. About 50 degrees, a slight wind, and clear skies. Since I didn't get down at a negative tide, I had a longer scramble along rocks to get to normal "Keyhole" position and didn't get...
August 16, 2020 - DKPowell
It was a quiet trip to the beach--being early at 6-7 AM.Mostly clear, with a slight marine layer which was already burning off by 7AM.I am concerned about the picnic table--will it be removed before...
June 21, 2020 - Hillsideshack
Hard to see the second needle and syringe (in the past 2 weeks!!) on our beach, lots of dogs and kids who easily could have stepped on it. The sea grass amount was notable. Eagles and turkey viltures...
June 7, 2020 - DKPowell
NW 68th street is open. The city has moved its pumping station closer to HWY 101 and sealed off the former gravel parking with a paved lot with 5 slots.A total of 4 walkers and a dog.
May 16, 2020 - DKPowell
A rainy day--Hatfield had 0.05 inches in the hour I was on beach, while my backyard rain gauge had 0.08 inch (my daily total was 0.24 miles).On the walk down from 57th street--there are now some...
May 3, 2020 - Hillsideshack
What a fabulous day on 220! I am pretty sure I found a Laysan Albatross, what a majestic bird, the wings so long but incredibly light. We had quite a storm last night with hail and wind...perhaps...
April 26, 2020 - Hillsideshack
A first for me (and sadly not alive), an octopus in the rocky area. Still beautiful, even in death. Large plastic/rubber mat was on top of one leg but I doubt that is why it died.
March 15, 2020 - Hillsideshack
A beautiful day to have to practice social distancing at the beach! Tons of small plastics in the north half of 220, very little to none in the south 1/2. 4 beached birds, 3 NOFU's and 1 cormorant....
February 16, 2020 - Hillsideshack
A large amount of debris on the beach, more than 15 pieces that were over 50cm in length. Lots of rope from crab/fishing, an intact Pacific Seafoods white tote, 2 pieces of possible tsunami debris: 1...
February 15, 2020 - DKPowell
It was not a good day. It was cloudy, and during the 1.5 hours I was scrambling along the rocks, taking photos, etc. it rained 0.03 inches according to Hatfield. The wind was 8-12 miles/hour. Wave...
February 9, 2020 - DKPowell
King Tides. Note that first two pictures show the 75 feet mark log shown by last month's King Tides picture is no longer present. Waves are 17-22 feet. A lot less foam.
February 8, 2020 - DKPowell
Another King Tides day. Weather has 47F, winds of 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Waves are 19-23 feet.Foam was past the 75 feet mark from normal beach access. Last month erosion was up to the 75...
February 6, 2020 - lacyajane
There are erosion, slides and new rock deposited.   Lots of larger debris on beach   Difficult to access, trail issues may need to be addressed after the last king tide
January 12, 2020 - DKPowell
Another day of King Tides--the waves didn't come as far up, but the "foam" came further.The waves were 17-21 feet.Wind was 20mph --gusts to 30 mph.Another note: with the erosion near the cliff wall,...
January 11, 2020 - DKPowell
Arrived 1 1/2 hours late of King Tide maximum--I had another appointment. And it was a good thing--as waves eroded up to my 75 foot mark from normal beach access!Waves were 30-35 feet.Wind was 15 mph...
January 10, 2020 - DKPowell
Catching some photos during King Tides.Winds were 20 mpg--with gusts to 30mpgWaves at 13-17 feet.I was able to get to the point which was only 25 feet from "normal" beach access and take some photos.


November 27, 2019 - DKPowell
A cloudy day, although tide slightly less than yesterday by 0.1 foot it was further up my usual entrance of beach.
November 26, 2019 - DKPowell
A drizzly day for King Tides--Hatfield reported over an inch of rain for the day
November 11, 2019 - DKPowell
A nice evening--mid 50's, setting up of a good sunset. The sand is still on the beach, with winter decrease still to come.  
November 11, 2019 - Hillsideshack
Beautiful sunny day on 220. Amazing to see the big chunks of rock/bluff/hillside continuing to fall onto the beach. 3 long black pipes are sticking out of the bluff (not further out than they had...
September 28, 2019 - Hillsideshack
The big tides have brought lots of bull kelp to 220 along with styrofoam pieces and a good length of fishing gear (ODFW tag # in photos). Counted at least 8 dead birds, I did not see tags on them yet...
  • Road is getting wider
August 30, 2019 - DKPowell
A quiet day at Sea Star Beach. With the City of Newport continuing work on treatment substation at NW 68th and closing the road they have limited the number of persons using the portion of the beach.
August 19, 2019 - Hillsideshack
Second Harbor seal found in as many days on Mile 220, this one bigger and a bit more decomposed than the smaller one found yesterday (who is also on the beach today- further south). 10 turkey...
August 17, 2019 - Hillsideshack
A wrackline filled with eelgrass, jellies and crab carapaces. Also a dead young harbor seal noted by the South end where the houses are over the bluff. 3 Turkey Vultures were nicely starting to clean...
  • Thanks for the free clean up turkey vultures!
August 5, 2019 - Hillsideshack
Still restricted access to 220 due to the sewage project. Quite a large rock fall off the southern end of Mile 220. The bluff continues to eraode and slide. 6 COMU noted. Small amount of plastic...
June 2, 2019 - malachite
This report was filed primarily to note observation of black oystercatchers feeding/hanging out on rocks exposed by low tides on this mile. On June 1, I observed between 4-6 black oystercatchers, on...
May 6, 2019 - DKPowell
A nice day on Sea Star Beach--with just a few persons. The birds are back at Yaquina Head, and the hill near my "Keyhole" picture is still eroding--causing slight change to get photo of ocean through...
April 9, 2019 - Hillsideshack
Found a Brown Booby (sula leucogaster brewsteri) on the southern portion of Schooner South while doing my COASST Marine Debris survey!! That's a first for me!!
March 7, 2019 - Hillsideshack
Difficult to stay upbeat along Schooner South today as the "microplastic" debris is overwhelming. In doing a COASST survey on the same day in a 20"x20" survey square I had 225 (!!!) pieces of plastic...
February 20, 2019 - DKPowell
Some King Tide photos
February 19, 2019 - DKPowell
Some King Tide photos
February 18, 2019 - DKPowell
Some photos at King Tide
February 17, 2019 - DKPowell
I wanted to take this survey on Feb. 14th or 15th--middle of the quarter but there was rain. This survey was taken the evening before King Tide.The winter has caused erosion exposing more pipes, more...


December 3, 2018 - Hillsideshack
A surprisingly nice day on 220. Beautiful sunshine and the wind was a lot less harsh down on the beach. The cliffs continue to erode dumping sand and rocks onto the beach below. More of the man-made...
  • Eroding cliff
  • plastic pipe falling down cliff
  • Cliff sliding
November 19, 2018 - DKPowell
Several things come to mind.First, I attended a Lincoln County Historical Society meeting--and in the "Log Cabin" found a map of the county. I went back on November 8th to get a photo of the section...
November 11, 2018 - Hillsideshack
220 continues to slide into the sea. A beautiful sunny day to walk our beach. Quite a bit of short polypropylene rope in the wrack line today along with other plastics (small) and rubber fishing lure...
  • Big Skate egg case
  • Second Big Skate egg case
  • Inside view of trash off 220
October 1, 2018 - Hillsideshack
A warm but wet day on Mile 220. 3 surfers and 7 walkers along with 3 dogs were out enjoying the spritzing. The bluff and vegetation continue to slide towards the sea. A small Harbor Seal has been...
  • Harbor seal at northern Mile 220
  • Vegetation slide
September 3, 2018 - Hillsideshack
Another stunning day on Schooner South! Quite windy but beautiful sunshine. 23 folks out enjoying the beach along with 4 dogs and a bike had gone by as well. The cliff/bluff continues to erode and...
  • Drainage pipe exposed
  • Southern end of Schooner
  • Bluff eroding
August 16, 2018 - DKPowell
It was a pleasure to walk the mile as the sand has filled in the cobble near NW 68th Street and rock sections near Yaquina head.I have a new hiking Garmin -- there are several changes in positioning...
July 7, 2018 - Hillsideshack
WOOD CHIPS!!!! Soooooo many of them all along the entire stretch of Mile 220. They are in the surf line and high wrack. Also a fresh Common Murre was being eaten by a Turkey Vulture. Lots of people...
July 4, 2018 - Hillsideshack
Lots of washed up jellyfish: counted over 30. Also a seal (alive) on the beach near southern end of the beach. Two dead seabirds (one COASST tagged), appearred to be LIGU's. 
June 4, 2018 - Hillsideshack
Nice to see a few folks out enjoying this gorgeous day! 6 people and 1 dog. Lots of small rocks in the north section of 220, LOTS of sand in the southern end. Able to go through the southern end "...
  • bluff deterioration
May 16, 2018 - DKPowell
The walk started with a very light mist, and then cleared off. The birds have returned to the Lighthouse area, I could have easily counted a thousand.I noticed there is new plastic pipe showing at...
March 6, 2018 - lmabeggs
The beach was clean of debris except for some scattered items coming in from the water.  There were significant plastic pieces in the driftline along the sandy areas of the beach.  Lots of rocks...
March 5, 2018 - Hillsideshack
A sunny day on 220. Lots of rocks and very little sand on the first 1/2 of the walk South , then lots of sand. Texted Fawn to have State Parks come and pick up garbage at Marine Debris sign as it was...
February 14, 2018 - DKPowell
A nice beach walk. Good weather (50F, calm breeze, mostly sunny) added to neutral tide (0.0ft. at 5:50PM) plus more sand this winter than usual on the beach.
January 3, 2018 - DKPowell
I was three times at the beach.The times were 8:30AM (four hours before King Tide, 4.9 ft.), 10:30AM (two hours before King Tide, 8.65 ft,), and 12:26PM (10.5 ft.)The first two times I took pictures...


December 5, 2017 - DKPowell
Two things of note.I have included several photos of the lead up to King Tide. The pictures at my usual entrance (path down from 57th and Meander) are roughly 50 feet back from where I normally enter...
  • 10:45AM-nearing KingTide, looking north.
November 27, 2017 - Hillsideshack
A sweet day on Mile 220. 8 people and 4 dogs. First time I had seen the single wheeled skateboard used on the beach! The loss of land continues as the solid bluffs fall to the beach, more exposed...
  • Erosion with large boulders.
November 17, 2017 - DKPowell
I could not get to the Yaquina cliff--the tide was higher than low tide (which was at 5AM), there was extra wave height. The beach is losing its sand--which also prevented my making Yaquina cliff,...
  • Erosion of pipes
  • Some concrete on the beach-from pipe erosion,
  • Second set of eroded pipes.
  • Loss of sand, returning to cobble beach.
August 24, 2017 - Hillsideshack
Beautiful but frustrating day on Mile 220. Five people on the beach, one of whom, despite my polite results to stop the activity, was 3/4 up the cliffs and digging soil out of the cliff. Driftline...
August 15, 2017 - DKPowell
The beach is continuing to fill with more sand. The prevention of cars going to the NW 68th street parking is probably reducing the amount of plastic/trash. Although it is summer, erosion continues...
  • Increase of erosion at Yaquina Cliff.
  • Increase of erosion of pipes.
  • New set of pipes seen from erosion.
  • Concrete blocks preventing parking at NW 68th street.
June 22, 2017 - Hillsideshack
May 19, 2017 - DKPowell
Compared to last report--sand is coming back to this beach area. I got to Yaquina Head cliff wall, plus the rocky beach now is some areas mostly sand with some rock.
  • Yaquina Head Cliff
  • Basalt erosion.
  • Yaquina Head
  • Exposed pipes.
  • Sand filling in rocky beach.
  • Sand filling in rocky beach.
April 8, 2017 - Hillsideshack
Beautiful day on Mile 220, one bag of trash collected. A fair number of folks out today enjoying the sunshine. The erosion continues along our mile. Thousands of Vellela vellela making for sparkling...
March 18, 2017 - Hillsideshack
Winter weather and water continue to erode the bluffs along Mile 220. March 18, 2017 visit saw continued plastic trash, 1.5 bags within just the rocky section at the beginning of the walk. One dead...
February 15, 2017 - DKPowell
This is an update to yesterday's report.The jaw bone and two fragments found near NW 68th Street were taken to Hatfield today. William Hanshumaker gave the identification as "seal".I am including...
February 15, 2017 - DKPowell
Three observations: First, there is more slippage than when I last went this way in fall of 2016. Second, the NW 68th access is a site of a pumping station for Newport. Today, I noticed that a new...
January 24, 2017 - lmabeggs
The beach had very little sand on it.  It was mostly rocks of various sizes.  There was no debris except for isolated areas of plastic pieces.  I was there at a very low tide, but the signs of high...


October 15, 2016 - malachite
Exhilarating time on the beach.  There was enough beach to walk safely from the access near my house to NW 68th street, but storm surge made it not possible or too risk to try to get around the...
March 26, 2016 - lmabeggs
The beach was very rocky with large rocks that are difficult to walk on exposed. There was an unusual amount of debris on the beach, much of it in this rocky area. This beach has always been pretty...


December 6, 2015 - malachite
Low tide at the HMSC dock was 3:18 p.m. Mile 220 is the closest beach to my home, so I walked down to see what the incoming storm weather looked like fairly close to low tide. Since the dead pelican...
  • Dead Pelican
August 22, 2015 - lmabeggs
The beach is very sandy, covering large rocks that are visible in the winter months. Very little plastic or man made objects noted on this trip. This beach does not have a large number of people on...
  • Creek on the beach is further south before it curves west to go to the ocean.
May 25, 2015 - m219walker
Memorial day on Schooner Beach South.21 adults and children (usually just adults), 2 dogs.Two adults retrieving larger driftwood logs.No physical changes.Wrack mostly skeletons/casings(?) of Velella...
  • Cyanea Capillata~13" diameter
May 10, 2015 - lmabeggs
The major feature of the beach today was the presence of Velella velella all along the beach. Since my last visit there has been continued erosion along bluff exposed to wave action. There are areas...
March 30, 2015 - m219walker
The wrack along Mile 220 consisted of thousands of (what I think are) Velella medusae and a few adults. See photos. ?? Is this normal ??13 people, 2 dogs: surfing, tide pooling, rock hunting (maybe,...
  • Wrack mostly Velella velella, thousands of medusae?, few adults
  • Closeup of wrack along entire Mile 220 that included thousands of Velella medusae ?, dense in places
  • Adult w/ finger for scale
March 19, 2015 - kmalarkey
Carcasses of a California and a Steller sea lion have been on the beach for more than a week and have been reported. Moderate amounts of marine debris (half--bag collected). Drainage pipes being...


December 26, 2014 - m219walker
Partly cloudy with some sun. Glorious sky!More than usual (usually small, often zero) number of people on the beach the day after Christmas, and following 'King Tide' and an atmospheric river...
September 20, 2014 - kmalarkey
A spectacular day brought many people to the beach. It looked more like California than Oregon. There is remarkably little litter or trash although there seems to be a disturbing trend of people...
June 15, 2014 - malachite
Very low tide this morning, - 2.5' at 8:44am (HMSC dock), walked this mile and part of Mile 221 to look for sea stars/starfish. I saw a fair number in one location, a rocky area at the south end of...
  • Photos of starfish, north side of Yaquina Head at low tide.
  • Starfish/seastars, rocky area near/adjacent to north side of Yaquina Head, exposed only at very low tides.
  • Same location as other photos.  Also present were anenomes.
May 31, 2014 - kmalarkey
Sea star wasting disease is now rampant on this beach, especially close to the head. This side of Yaquina Head is now the preferred dining area for the local raptors. A pair of juvenile bald eagles...
  • Sea star with detached leg nearby
  • Note puffed and bulbous flesh of sea star. Very mushy to the touch. Also note contorted legs on other star
  • Note the legs hanging on the rock in my shadow. Very sad.
  • Barely hanging on. End stage of SSWD
May 13, 2014 - lmabeggs
This beach was remarkably free of debris. The sand has come in and covered rocks that are visible in the winter months. A few birds seen, but nothing remarkable.
April 4, 2014 - kmalarkey
17 people are a crowd, but it is spring break for Washington and Montana. The sun after rain was a welcome sight. The beach is remarkably clean and the sea stars seem healthy on this beach. Several...
  • This star shows no sign of sea star wasting, but seems a bit chubbier than usual.
  • These two trees uprooted and fell on the beach last month during the storms.


December 30, 2013 - kmalarkey
Unusually good weather with great sunsets is a year end treat. No sign of sea star wasting disease on stars I observed. Seeing the sunflower star was fun. Minimal litter picked up today only about 2/...
  • This voracious sea star was happily hunting dinner.
October 4, 2013 - kmalarkey
Beautiful sunset with a low tide so there were many more people on beach than usual. Nothing remarkable today. Pelicans, oystercatchers, gulls, crows cormorants, fishing hawk looking for dinner....
  • These recent "steps" are helping to prevent falls on the slippery rock face. Minimal disturbance to rock. Interesting to see what happens this winter.


June 23, 2012 - lmabeggs
There is a new layer of sand on this beach disguising the ocean debris underneath. Very little debris seen today. There were about 20-25 people enjoying the low tide (-1). Much more of the beach...


June 17, 2011 - lmabeggs
The beach is mainly sand now. Very little debris on the sand. In the tidal area there was a lot of kelp and many plastic items were mixed within the kelp. We did see one large plastic barrel,...
  • This is an area where a stairway provided access to the beach from a neighborhood.  We had never seen this fabric before.


April 16, 2010 - lmabeggs
Very little sand on the beach right now. Winter erosion of the sandy bluff has been significant. Two staircases that lead to Skinner's landing and a neighborhood access are gone. There was a...
  • Area where a staircase was.


May 3, 2009 - lmabeggs
People were walking and looking at Tide Pools. There were only 15 people or so. There were small children playing in the sand and trying to fly a kite. One dog was chasing a frisbee. Other dog...
January 18, 2009 - lmabeggs
Bluff erosion is particularly noticeable this date. This mile does not have heavy human activity so human impact is not great. There are two stairs down to the beach from Schooner Landing Condos...
January 4, 2009 - CoastalKaren


August 21, 2008 - lmabeggs
This rocky beach was covered with sand. An unusual amount of driftline debris probably due to recent August storm. A 10ft plus log that was covered with goose neck barnacles was above the water...
  • Log with Goose Neck Barnacles is washed ashore above the water line
April 27, 2008 - lmabeggs
This beach showed little sign of human use. The only litter was in the driftline. Some new areas of sliding on the bank were noted. A bluff visible from the beach shows lots of erosion that is...
  • The breakthrough of this flume like slide was a new observation today.  Slides of a similar size were noted at other  locations nearby
January 17, 2008 - lmabeggs
The beach showed little signs of people being there. Very little sand the first .3 mile, then some sand close to the bluff.


July 26, 2007 - lmabeggs
The beach showed signs of increased use this summer. There was more litter (still not much), tire tracks on the beach, spray paint on a log and a large wind shelter built with driftwood and nylon...
March 25, 2007 - lmabeggs
A beautiful day. We saw more people today than we've ever seen before at one time on this beach. We went one day after the beach cleanup project, so it was very clean.
February 17, 2007 - CoastalKaren
There was quite a lot of litter onl the beach this weekend. Filled a garbage bag, and could have filled another, if I had an extra with me.
January 28, 2007 - lmabeggs
Much less sand than last summer. Many small rocks cover the beach. Earthen steps at access area have been washed away, so access is difficult. Landslides and erosion of bluffs is a continuing...
  • There is a stream falling down this hillside.  The land continues to slide down, taking trees with it.
January 21, 2007 - lmabeggs
Winter storms have taken their toll on this beach. The sand is gone in much of the areas close to the bluffs, exposing many rocks that make walking on the beach difficult. We noted that the tree...