Mile 233 Report

June 16, 2014
by [email protected]

Location:
Lincoln
Boiler Bay, Rabbit Rock, Fogarty Creek SP
Conditions:
Monday 8:20 AM
Cloudy
60° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
-2.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
20
Dogs:
2
Activities:
Playing in sand:
4
Rockhunting:
16
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
8
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Nothing notable
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
While few "bodies" have been seen, there has been a virtual disappearance of Pisaster starfish from the tidepools/rocky shorelines; while in recent times hundreds would be visible without much effort, only about 10 were seen and 2 of the live ones showed signs of wasting disease. The others seemed healthy. 3 starfish that were on beach were dead and overturned by seagulls probably; two of these were missing limbs and showed signs of the disease.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Small rocks·Wood pieces
Small amount of debris, some tsunami
New Development:
Modifications:
None new
Natural Changes:
Major cracks appearing in bluffs·Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Evidence of wave overtopping·Visible retreat of solid bluff·Landslides/major boulder falls
erosion is evident with exposed fence posts, newly eroded scarps, rockfalls
Comments:
No action to be taken
Summary:
20 people were on Fogarty Beach, most agate hunting.2 well behaved dogs on beach. All but 2 of the people were adults. No wildlife issues except that starfish have virtually disappeared from the rocky shores and tidepools, I have observed only small amounts of wasting disease but the starfish are gone. (I go to this beach a few times a week.) Erosion is obvious with rock falls, exposed fence posts, new "caves" opening up in the bluffs.No actions were taken except for trash clean-up
  • Fogarty Creek State Park on a minus 2 tide
    Fogarty Creek State Park on a minus 2 tide
    N of Surfrider Motel on the beach
    June 16, 2014
  • N of Surfrider Motel on the beach
    June 16, 2014
Other Mile 233 Reports (19)

2015

December 24, 2015 - [email protected]
A lot of tsunami debris on beach. Very little beach even at zero tide.
May 10, 2015 - [email protected]
Lots of agate hunters for this minus tide event (-0.34 at 11:40 a.m.) on Mother's Day. A few children (4) a few dogs (3) no major issues, little trash, gray whales visible just beyond surf zone.
April 25, 2015 - GWshark
Fogarty Creek Beach appeared to be in good shape with return of the sand. Waiting to see if Sea Stars return to previous numbers. Had a funnel cloud develop around 0930 before skies cleared....
  • A funnel cloud approaching that possibly was a water spout. Observed some water disturbance though did not see it connect to water.
  • The impact of winter storms has denuded the Beach At Fogarty Creek
  • Appears that recent storms have brought the sand back.
  • Photo of some of the sea stars observed on this date
  • Photo taken of sea star with the disease

2014

January 6, 2014 - [email protected]
There has been a major wash-up of gumboot chitons on this mile, which has been reported.
  • Hundreds of gumboot chitons have washed up dead in the drift line

2013

May 25, 2013 - [email protected]
No problems noted; no tsunami debris noted on 5/25/2013.On June 2nd I went back to the beach and saw 9 hand-hewn-looking wooden posts and one aquaculture rack. Reported to tsunami team and worked...
  • June 2, 2013also see http://www.oregonbeachcomber.com/p/report-debris.html

2010

June 24, 2010 - [email protected]
"Emergency" riprap below Surfrider Motel still in place.  Upper layer of bluff being eroded by wave erosion and groundwater.  Illegal camping reported to State Parks.
January 10, 2010 - [email protected]
This report only covers the Boiler Bay section of my mile. Due to deteriorating weather and darkness I was unable to walk the Fogarty Creek section. A fairly large sneaker wave would come ashore...

2009

July 20, 2009 - [email protected]
Very quiet, ie small number of people, probably due in part to the heavy fog. Only dog on beach was not on a leash (Fogarty Creek). More seaweed than usual in the driftline.
February 4, 2009 - [email protected]
Beautiful day (for February). Had it been a weekend I am sure there would have been many more people on the beach.

2008

October 15, 2008 - [email protected]
Very quiet day. No cars at Boiler Bay trailhead. Only one car in North Forgarty Creek Park parking lot and one car in the South Fogarty Creek parking lot. Very little drift, other than kelp, on...
July 4, 2008 - [email protected]
Inclement weather probably reduced the number of people. One of the lowest tides of the year.
March 19, 2008 - [email protected]
Very quiet on the beach. Unable to actually get down into Boiler Bay due to high tide so had to observe from Boiler Bay Park. No cars or people at Boiler Bay "trail". Sand level still high on...
January 20, 2008 - [email protected]
Cold day with high storm surge. Wave runup at least 2+ hours after high tide (High tide in Newport was at 9:44 that day, a 9.8 tide was very high on the beach.
  • Looking N. to bluff under Surfrider Motel
January 20, 2008 - [email protected]
Fogarty Creek was relatively quiet. Boiler Bay was very "busy", ie over 60 people; 45 of which were students from Lane Community College taking part in a field trip.

2007

November 25, 2007 - [email protected]
photos of highest tide of the year at Fishing Rock Headland looking south
  • Fishing Rock Headland looking south
August 15, 2007 - [email protected]
Boiler Bay *very* quiet, ie only 3 people (other 37 on Fogarty Creek beach). Beautiful day, calm seas, no wind.
June 18, 2007 - [email protected]
Both Boiler Bay and Fogarty Creek beach were relatively quiet, i.e. few people/dogs etc. No dead wildlife. Calm seas and almost no wind made for a very enjoyable walk.
May 14, 2007 - [email protected]
Bluff face at N. end of Fogarty Creek State Park Beach (mile 234) continues to erode and another house will be moved back.No state park campground will go in here.Black oyster catcher survey work on-...
  • Time series of photos available that showprogression from when columns were poured into the bank (back from the cliff) and from when it became exposed
March 16, 2007 - [email protected]
Boiler Bay was very quiet. When we arrived there were no cars in the small parking lot at the trailhead that leads down into Boiler Bay. About half an hour after descending down onto the Bay's rocky...