Mile 232 Report

April 1, 2021
by kbayans

Location:
Lincoln
Boiler Bay Wayside, Picnic Area, Government Point
Conditions:
Thursday 1:45 PM
Sunny
50° F
Humans / Pets:
People:
30
Dogs:
3
Activities:
Walking / Running:
18
Sitting:
10
One person in a pair was flying a drone.
Concerns:
Litter
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
20
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 1
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
2 Black Oystercatchers, a squabble of adults and juvenile Gulls (probably Western?), and a sunning of Cormorants (probably Brandt's?).
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Wood pieces
Rope on the rocks at Gov't Point.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Visible retreat of solid bluff
Unsure if it is new, there are exposed roots/trees falling from the barrier between the road and rocks toward the south end of the mile.
Comments:

The "mole-type" hills on the grassy areas have reduced since my visit in February 2021, and the human-caused erosion of the trails seems mostly unchanged.

Summary:

Windy and sunny day. 2-3 boats (fishing and whale watching?). People milling about -- walking and watching the waves. I assume those that had cameras and binoculars were there, like me, looking for the migrating and "resident" Gray whales. One person out of a pair was flying a drone around and over Gov't Point. Others sat in their vehicles, eating, talking, and, or looking out at the water. Some ate separately, outside of their vehicles. All vehicles except one had OR or WA plates; the former had ID plates. The spot was popular for its public restrooms, lots of coming and going. There is a significant increase in plastic wrapper, paper (napkins/toilet?), paper/cloth face masks, and cigarette trash since my February 2021 visit. Upon my arrival, I noticed at least one person having difficulty disposing of their items in the trash/recycling cans.

A squabble of Gulls (maybe Western) was out in force, huddled on the rocks, and lined up neatly on the fence close to the picnic tables. 2 Black Oystercatchers rested on Gov't Point, while a sunning of Cormorants (maybe Brandt's) searched for food in the water below.

  • Brown-green grassy knoll in fore and middle ground, dotted with mole-type hills of dirt with the ocean in the background.
    Mole-type hills
    Boiler Bay, OR
    April 1, 2021
  • Brown rocks in foreground, with rocky and dirt embankment in the middle ground, topped with a tree whose roots are exposed.  A fence separates the tree and a road. A white sedan-type car is parked on the road.
    Tree with exposed roots
    Boiler Bay, OR
    April 1, 2021
  • Paper wrapper and paper mask discarded on the ground and underneath a wooden and metal fence.
    Trash
    Boiler Bay, OR
    April 1, 2021
  • Human-made erosion path worn into dirt and grass. The path moves from foreground to background and follows a fence line.
    Erosion on walking path
    Boiler Bay, OR
    April 1, 2021
Other Mile 232 Reports (10)

2021

February 3, 2021 - kbayans
2 people fishing beyond the barrier and 1 person feeding the seagulls bread. The grassy area in front of the barrier (full length) showing severe signs of erosion from natural causes and from people...

2016

April 16, 2016 - GWshark
Nothing significant on this stretch. Most people were sitting in their vehicles. About 10 fishing vessels just off shore here.
  • Group of Fishing Boats off the point.
January 9, 2016 - GWshark
Fairly nice day with rain showers. Nice to see waterfalls again.

2015

October 27, 2015 - GWshark
Appeared to be normal human activity for this mile. The King Tide did not appear to have much impact. I was there the day before and with the storm push at high tide there were more crashing waves...
July 15, 2015 - GWshark
Went out and picked up a full bag of trash off bluffs. Originally thought it to be from fishermen, but now believe it comes from people using picnic tables.
  • A full bag of trash collected off the bluffs.
July 11, 2015 - GWshark
Other than some fisherman debris and evidence of some fireworks the Boiler Bay bluffs are in good shape. Looks like good feeding area for whales. Bald eagle pair have a nest in trees across highway...
  • Looks like someone was using fireworks at some time.
  • While standing at the firework debris looking toward the point.
  • Whales feeding actively.

2014

July 26, 2014 - ORState_TCS
Our group of 11 volunteers with the Oregon State chapter of The Coastal Society arrived at Boiler Bay at 6:00pm to catch the outgoing tide. The water was high but we were still able to traverse the...
  • Not certain if this is a definite sign of wasting, but those white, soft, and possibly weepy spots appeared to be lesions. Moreover these stars (at least 3 of the 6) were easily removed from rock.
  • This one was clearly wasting, and one of its limbs was in the process of disconnecting itself. This is the dead sea star I mentioned earlier.
May 31, 2014 - ORState_TCS
We were six students from Oregon State University who volunteered as part of the newly founded chapter of The Coastal Society to monitor miles 232 and 233. We spent the better part of two hours...
  • Some of the Oregon State University Coastal Society

2009

May 16, 2009 - Diane H
A very calm sea, which was surprising for the moderate wind. The snorkeling would have been great. Great wildlife in the refuge area in the southern part.

2008

December 30, 2008 - Diane H
This was a first report on observation of this mile. Noting wildlife in seaweed and sea lions; noting for this first report the extent of hotels along the shoreline and the general rocky character...