Mile 229 Report

December 22, 2018
by njwhite

South Depoe Bay
Saturday 11:30 AM
48° F
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
10.2 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Activity Comments:
Interesting to see a surfer out during a king tide. Today, the ocean has been calmer than the past several days.
Notable Wildlife:
Viewed about 12 Black Turnstone high up on the rocks and a few surf birds.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells
There is no “driftline” or beach on mile 229, but with recent storms some small rocks, kelp, and shells were washed up to the walkway by the waves.
New Development:
Natural Changes:

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 Cove that allows views of the coastline from some vantage points. The cove for which the community is named is located near the south end of the pathway. 

The north end of mile 229 is located in the South Point neighborhood, and one would need to climb out to the rocks to capture an image looking south from this northern boundary. The south end of mile #229 is located in a wildlife refuge, and one is prohibited from walking along the hills and rocks to the south end of the mile to capture images looking north  

On December 22, 2018 there is a king tide. If you are used to seeing the ocean on a daily basis as the writer, there is a noticeable change in the height of the water levels today. Many of the rocks that one would see during a normal high tide are almost or completely covered. 

There are a few pair of Oyster Catchers chattering as they fly past the rocks. The ocean has covered their usual feeding spots. There is a group of about 12 Black Turnstone birds and a few Surf Birds high up on rocks within view. They scurry behind the rocks as one walks by, but if you stand for awhile the birds will reappear. Usually the birds are out of sight, down at the base of the rocky cliffs near the ocean, but on this king tide day there are few rocks near the ocean that are available to forage for food, so the birds are looking for food on top of the rocks. Usually, the cove looks like a separate body of water but today the cove appears to have merged with the ocean and there are small waves reaching the shore of the cove, another sign of the king tides.

  • Looking north from pathway in LWC
    North end of LWC pathway looking north
    At northern end of the walkway looking north. This is an area where higher tides and storms deposit buoys, and other debris in the ocean. It is a good place to notice varying tide levels.
    December 22, 2018
  • North end of LWC walkway
    Rocks covered by king tide at north end of walkway
    The photo was taken from the north end of the walkway—a group of rocks, normally visible and a favorite feeding spot for Black Oystercatchers is now covered with water from the king tides.
    December 22, 2018
  • View to the north on mile 229
    View to the north from mile 229
    Photo taken from north end of walkway in LWC looking north
    December 22, 2018
  • Surfer near the cove during king tide
    Surfer rides king tide waves
    At the south end of the pathway, a surfer was observed trying to catch a few king tide waves.
    December 22, 2018
  • Little Whale Cove king tide December 22, 2018
    Little Whale Cover during king tide
    Little Whale Cove appears to have merged with the ocean. Usually, the cove appears as a separate body of water
    December 22, 2018
Other Mile 229 Reports (13)


December 13, 2020 - njwhite
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...


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.