Mile 220 Report

June 2, 2019
by malachite

Yaquina Head north, Schooner Creek south
Sunday 3:45 PM
50° F
Moderate from the N
Tide Level:
4.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Fire·Climbing bluffs/seastacks
Apparent Violations:
People illegally camping on beach near Yaquina Head had built a fire in a treed/dead treed area. This report is for Saturday & Sunday (june 1 & june 2), observed people camping on Sunday. In the past, city of Newport police and state parks have refused to respond to reports of people camping in this area. Children were climbing on bluffs.
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Children climbing up bluffs. See above note re: illegal camping on beach/building a fire an area w/trees.
Notable Wildlife:
Observed 3 to 6 black oystercatchers on June 1, 2-4 on June 2nd. Same location, both days, on parallel rock outcrops exposed at low tides. Very pleased to see these birds, I haven't seen any in months. At this time the beach access at NW 68th street in Newport is closed while repair/replacement of the city's sewage system pumping station at NW 68th street is done. This seems to have provided birds like black oystercatchers a much needed moratorium on those human visitors & their dogs who clamber on the rocks when a low tide exposes them, displacing birds like black oystercatchers, seagulls and other birds that find food on those exposed rocks & the various intertidal species that live on the rocks.
Dead Birds:
On Saturday< I observed a sign on this mile that cautioned people not to approach or touch any animals seen on the beach, to keep their pets leashed & well away from these animals. I saw no stranded or dead animal though but perhaps there had been one. Not seen a sign of that type on this beach before.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
New Development:
Steps down bluff
RV park/Pacific Shores motor resort, has contructed yet another set of railings & steps going down to the beach. The bluff underlying the west border of the RV park/resort continues to erode noticeably. There is also a new set of steps to the beach just south of the Moolack shores hotel, from one of two large houses ("really it'll be a private home, it's not a VRD really," permitted construction that's been a VRD ever since it was built, oh probably 6 to 10 years ago). The previous beach access stairway was partially destroyed, I think perhaps 2 (or 3?) years ago. Also noted some additional bluff erosion around NE 73rd/74th street area.
New riprap or shoreline protection structures
Not sure if it's new or old rip rap that's been exposed & dropped onto the beach by bluff erosion, but I saw what looked like riprap both in front of the blue VRD south of Moolack shores hotel & on the bluff that the Moolack Shore hotel sits on.
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls·Visible retreat of solid bluff

Again, the primary purpose fo this report is my observation of up to 6 black oystercatchers feeding/hanging on on rocks exposed by low tides on June 1 & June 2. However, I also observed continued erosion of the beach bluffs from north of Yaquina Head to Moolack Shores. It may be that erosion accelerated last winter on some parts of this mile. Both of my visits were after 3pm, and I left the beach between 4:30 & 5pm.


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 June 2, 2-4. I haven't been seeing them often on this mile in the past year or so I believe it's because of the increasing number of people w/dogs (often unleashed and too often unsupervised/allowed to harass shorebirds). At this time the # of human visitors is somewhat limited because the NW 68th Street access is closed to enable the city of Newport to replace the pumping station (or the pump) for its sewage treatment system at NW 68th Street. The intertidal zone rocks are located off the beach near the NW 68th street access. My visits occurred from 3 to approximately 5 pm. Low tides at South Beach were 5:35pm, 2.3', and 6:17pm, 2.5' respectively. I walked from north of Yaquina Head to Moolack shores. 1/4 mile south of Moolack shores I saw several youngish (20's) people w/2 dogs that they permitted to chase seagulls again & again & again. However, they did keep their dogs from harassing my dog when I leashed my dog to walk by them. On Saturday, it was foggy, windy (up to 30 mph or so) & a bit chilly on the beach, on Sunday, partly sunny & warmer, mild breeze. On Sunday, I observed illegal campers (camping on the beach is illegal w/in the city limits of Newport, however this rule is rarely enforced), the campers were also violating a state park rule by building a campfire in an area w/trees (mostly dead trees). The latter rule is also rarely enforced. The campers were not far from the base of the north side of Yaquina Head, near NW 56th-NW 58th streets (if those streets ran all the way down to the beach), or definitely within the Newport city limits. Beach looked pretty clean both days. To all those who visit the beaches on this mile, please respect the need of shorebirds, some of whom are nesting/raising their young at Yaquina Head, to feed on species on exposed rocks or the sand (mole crabs, etc) and GIVE THEM PLENTY OF SPACE, to go about their lives. Please don't let your dog(s) get anywhere near them, let alone chase them and don't chase or get close to them yourself. The beach is a fun place for you, for the birds, it's where they forage for food for themselves, for their young, rest and in the fresh water, bathe.

Other Mile 220 Reports (68)


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...
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...