Mile 229 Report

December 13, 2020
by njwhite

South Depoe Bay
Sunday 10:30 AM
53° F
Moderate from the SE
Tide Level:
10.3 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Activity Comments:
Residents of Little Whale Cove were out for a walk enjoying ocean views
Notable Wildlife:
There were Surfbirds, Black Oyster Catchers, Black Turnstones and Western Gulls on the rocks
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Wood pieces·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Mile 229 is on rocky shores. There is no sandy beach along the mile. There is one area that is referred to as Shell Cove with several styrofoam floats, ropes, pieces of wood washed ashore. This is as close as this mile gets to a drift line.
New Development:
Natural Changes:

Apologies for the lack of reports these past months. Mile 229 is quite different from many miles on the Oregon coast, and some of this mile is inaccessible in the north end of the mile due to the need to climb along rocks, walking through private property in the adjoining neighborhood. Today, there was a King Tide around 10:30 AM and it's always a treat to see the more dramatic changes in the water levels along the rocks and in Little Whale Cove. On days like today, the ocean waves come in to the Cove. Usually, the Cove is separate from the ocean. Many shorebirds were out this morning to include Black Oystercatchers, Black Turnstones, Western Gulls and Surfbirds. Recent storms brought in more debris into Shell Cove. In June 2019, my brother and I climbed down Shell Cove during a very low tide and took about about 15 pounds of debris that was deposited from the previous winter storms. It will be time to do this again in the coming months after most of the storms are over.  


King Tide of 10.3 this morning. Observed many shorebirds, residents and dogs walking along the pathways, which is the only safe location to observe mile 229. Nothing extraordinary to report, other than the King Tides, which are always a welcome treat, especially since there were no accompanying storms this time. 

  • Little Whale Cove during King Tide December 13, 2020
    Little Whale Cove, Depoe Bay N 44.792198 W 124.070701
    December 13, 2020
  • View of southern rocky shores of mile 229 during King Tide
    N 44.793474 W 124.071828
    December 13, 2020
Other Mile 229 Reports (13)


December 22, 2018 - njwhite
Mile # 229 consists of a rocky basalt coastline which rises approximately 50-70 feet from the ocean, making the area close to the ocean inaccessible. There is walkway in the community of Little Whale...
  • Looking north from pathway in LWC
  • North end of LWC walkway
  • View to the north on mile 229
  • Surfer near the cove during king tide
  • Little Whale Cove king tide December 22, 2018
August 28, 2018 - njwhite
Observed young Black Oystercatcher and parent on the rocks near the whale watching platform. We took part in a Black Oystercatcher study this past spring to see if a nesting spot could be located....


November 4, 2017 - njwhite
Pictures were taken from a central point along mile 229 looking to the north and south
  • Mile 229 king tide 2017


July 13, 2013 - [email protected]
MP229 Description90% of the mile is a pillow basalt headland rising approximately 50 feet above mean sea level. The remaining 10%, near the south end, is a small cove (Little Whale Cove) caused by...
  • MP229 Looking North from U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey marker #2  visible in lower center.
  • MP229 Looking South from U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey marker #2 visible in lower center of photo


December 14, 2012 - [email protected]
Observed high tide (King Tide) at 11:50 a.m. 12/14/2012.Partly sunny with light wind. Occasional big waves sending spray above shoreline path at Little Whale Cove residential area. In Little Whale...
  • December 14, 2012, "King Tide" of 10.6 feet at 11:50am breaches bedrock lip of Little Whale Cove


November 12, 2010 - [email protected]
Beautiful fall day between storms. Lots of woody material and kelp at upper part of beach, indicating a very high surf/tide event in recent past. Three seagulls bathing in Little Whale Cove at time...
  • Typical basalt shoreline along milepost 229
  • Woody material, kelp and matted grass indicating high surf/tide within Little Whale Cove
May 13, 2010 - [email protected]
It’s a beautiful sunny day at the beach with little wind. All along mp229 all is quiet except for an occasional person or couple, generally with a dog or two on leash, taking a stroll along the...


September 24, 2009 - [email protected]
Lots of whale watching activity by small boats from Depoe Bay. About six to twelve whales commonly spotted 1/4 to 1/2 mole offshore of Milepost 229. Healthy looking kelp beds immediately offshore of...


July 19, 2008 - SKrein
Saw and photographed a great blue heron. It was first seen fishing in small pool of water beneath a log. These herons often seek food (fish) in areas where fresh and salt water are close by, as is...
  • Photo taken in Whale Cove.  Was first seen fishing in small pool of water beneath a log.These herons often seek food (fish) in areas where fresh and salt water are close by, as is the case in the cove.


September 30, 2007 - SKrein
We noted several concerns with newly-developed property at Little Whale Cove. The Property manager stated that there were State Lands people she could bring in to talk to the property owner. This...
  • View of path and short stairway to the edge of the bluff.
  • View from stairway to the edge of the bluff.
September 18, 2007 - [email protected]
Calm; no remarkable observations of concern.
June 19, 2007 - SKrein
A local beach cleanup was held on Sunday, June 17, so there is very little to report in the way of debris in the cove. Most of the logs that had come in over the past quarter were cut and burned,...
April 5, 2007 - spleague
Very little debris on the beach in the cove.