Mile 234 Report

October 29, 2015
by [email protected]

Lincoln Beach
Thursday 10:30 AM
59° F
Moderate from the S
Tide Level:
8.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
A few hearty souls meandering the sandy beach on a blustery day. Noticed a tent camper in the North Fogarty beach parking lot near the bathrooms.
Notable Wildlife:
Many gulls enjoying the strong breezes.
Dead Birds:
One Common murre had 3 leg bands. I contacted Erica at COASST and received this reply about the bands and the bird: This indeed is a Common murre, that was tagged by one of our volunteers on their September 27th survey. When COASST volunteers conduct a monthly beach survey, they tag and identify any dead birds that they find on the beach using a field guide. The birds are tagged so that on subsequent surveys, we know which carcasses are new and which carcasses have been found previously. We use different colors of tags and each color represents a number, so this particular bird is #285. Each beach has its own set of numbers, so we can keep track of the birds on each beach. The data is used to establish a baseline for seabird mortality on the North Pacific Coast. By recording data on all the birds that are washing in, we can determine what "normal" is and use this to measure the impact of events such as oil spills or harmful algal blooms, etc. Data is also requested by a variety of agencies and environmental organizations for specific studies. We typically see higher numbers of Common Murres on the beach during this time of year (end of the breeding season), although numbers were a bit higher in early fall this year than in other years. Here's a link to a blog post that shows an infographic with more information on that particular event: There are currently about 800 volunteers collecting data from California to Alaska. If you're interested, we'll be having a few trainings in Oregon in the new year and would be happy to have your help with the project.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Major cracks appearing in bluffs
Landslides/major boulder falls

Fishing Rock continues to crumble.


A few groups of people were enjoying the overcast yet bright day and the King Tide. The trails at Fishing Rock were full of fungi, beautiful bright orange mushrooms, and large tan ones, like loaves of bread. The fences that lined the edge of the bluffs can be seen in the surf in the southeast exposure of the bluff. Chunks of land are breaking off and falling away. We found a banded bird and contacted COASST and received an informative reply from Erica (see inside report).

  • Fungi
    Fishing Rock
    October 29, 2015
  • Body of common Murre found on north end of Mile 234.
    Body of common Murre found on north end of Mile 234.
    October 29, 2015
  • Lake formed above high water mark
    Lake formed above high water mark
    North end of Mile 234 Lincoln Beach
    October 29, 2015
  • Contents of drift line
    Contents of drift line
    Lincoln Beach.
    October 29, 2015
  • This area is usually exposed rock from wave action and erosion from Fishing Rock. The sands have completely covered these rocks.
    This area is usually exposed rock from wave action and erosion from Fishing Rock. The sands have completely covered these rocks.
    Northeast base of Fishing Rock
    October 29, 2015
Other Mile 234 Reports (19)


March 4, 2021 - dwhite
A large concrete retaining wall collapsed last weekend (~Feb 27) endangering the stability of one home with others also vulnerable to further erosion. See photos.
February 28, 2021 - jessejones
These photos were taken by Fran Recht, CoastWatch volunteer. The site is one of intense erosion. 


February 19, 2019 - Oregon Beach Girl
Wonderful day at my favorite beach during King Tide!           


December 21, 2018 - Oregon Beach Girl
The ocean became more "foamy" as the day progressed, *see photos. And the waves were quite sneaky!  I was there from approximently 1:30-4:00 pm. Beautiful Cold, sunny winter day with very little wind...


March 29, 2015 - [email protected]
Very clean beach, little debris and no dead animals.Lots of people enjoying last day of spring breakThe sand was pushed high up on the foredune.The ocean seemed "angry."
  • Two young girls playing in the surf.
  • Crack in bluff at Fishing Rock. Four foot section about ready to go.
  • Small plant on Fishing Rock
  • Looking out from Fishing Rock on a calm day with stormy seas.
  • Several pairs of shoes at path to beach


June 15, 2014 - [email protected]
This Father's Day the combination of temperate weather and unusually low tides brought out many people to enjoy the coast.North Fogarty Beach had many folks' pockets stuffed full of agates. We also...
  • Looking south from Fishing Rock you can see the kelp beds and geology that is usually hidden under the sea.
  • Kelp beds and rock formations and coarse sand at low tide
  • Erosion of Fishing Rock Bowl taken from the north end of Fogarty Beach.
  • Various stages of illness and death.
  • Various stages of illness and death.
  • Four legged sick sea star.
  • This star has two legs dangling. Through the telephoto lens we could see that the skin had deteriorated. Death is not quick.
  • Fungus on forest floor under dense brush on Fishing Rock.
February 16, 2014 - [email protected]
Dick and I walked our mile between storms at low tide on a Sunday morning. Low tide was high due to storm surge; the sea turbulent. Beaches were free from small pieces of driftwood and ocean based...
  • Standing at western tip of Fishing Rock watching storm approaching and churning sea. Rain is on its way.
  • Partially buried Harbor Seal high up on the beach.
  • The strong wind blew the foam into interesting stripes. Lighter foam than most visits, probably due to the wind skittering them to the north.
  • Feasting fun on fractured fishing float found on Fogarty.
  • Gazing towards the south half of our mile.


August 22, 2013 - [email protected]
Pleasant weather for a stroll on the beach - many folks walking dogs, enjoying family time. Tide very low at start of mile, but by the time we'd completed our walks the tide had come in. Sand was...
  • Two new signs have been posed on Fishing Rock to warn of cliff danger at northern edge.
  • I wish I knew what this was.
  • Newly installed spiral concrete steps laid into the rip rap with angle iron railing at north end of mile 234 on Lincoln Beach
May 25, 2013 - [email protected]
We documented our beach mile on a very low tide (-2.0). There were a fair number of people out compared to other times. We did find a dead Lingcod (see picture). We also noted a die-off of algae...
  • This picture is looking west showing view during a minus tide.
  • Taken at Fishing Rock February 2013 showing healthy algae.  Being accompanied by Oregon Shores Mile 23 reporter.
  • Taken at same place as February 2013 photo showing die off of algae
  • Large dead Ling Cod
  • Looking north from Fishing Rock


October 19, 2012 - [email protected]
Quiet fall day on the beach, Sand is beginning to pile up near the foredune. Moderate waves with spray blowing from the top. New construction observed the last few quarters was completed, run-down...
  • Cluster of colorful fungi nestled in a shoreline forest near Fishing Rock
  • Looking south from Fishing Rock on a misty gray day as the time comes in.
July 21, 2012 - [email protected]
Warm and sunny day on the beach to enjoy the coast and people watch. Groups and individuals enjoyed a beautiful beach day. Volleyball, sand castle building, photography, rock hounding, sunbathing,...
  • Photo shows foundation and piers set deep into the sand.
  • Showing vegetation undercut by erosion from the south side of Fishing Rock. Access to this area is blocked by a strong barricade.
  • From the beach looking north at the cliffs below Surf Rider Hotel.
April 26, 2012 - [email protected]
Winter storms have pushed sand up high onto the beach. Most striking was the sand covering the boulders at the north base of Fishing Rock, leaving only a small amount of rocks visible and making...
  • South beach on mile 234.
  • Image shows undercut trail with sawed off fence post and replacement fencing in background.
February 24, 2012 - [email protected]
We walked the beach after a storm that had 25 - 28 foot waves and 58 mile per hour gusts. The storm surge pushed so much sand onto the beach that it covered the stumps that we'd reported in January,...
  • Untouched beach sand deposited after a winter storm
  • Interesting geological formation of ridge of rocks pointing towards chambers on land.
  • H2O2 Bottle
  • We collected a large amount of debris. Electric drill, yellow nylon rope, plastic containers, shoe, Styrofoam,
January 7, 2012 - [email protected]
Beautiful day on Mile 234, with many folks using the sandy beaches. We were there after a very high tide and the beach looked freshly scrubbed. Seeing a collection of stumps was surprising. They were...
  • Collection of stumps after a high tide.
  • Small isolated beach in the middle of mile 234. Very difficult to get to.


November 1, 2011 - [email protected]
This is our first report on mile 234 and we have nothing to historically compare it to.The entire northern portion of the beach was heavily rip-rapped which was in various condition. Beach grasses...
  • Heavy sea foam, quiet day on the beach.
  • Tide pool.


May 7, 2010 - kfharcourt
Pleasant day, normal human activity, nothing of note in the driftline, new riprap at Surftides (actually on the north end of mile 233).


July 23, 2008 - kfharcourt
Nothing unusual. Photo follow up of new concrete steps seen under construction last November (see that report of mile 234). Also a photo of fishing rock slowly eroding.
  • Seen under construction last Novemter


November 7, 2007 - kfharcourt
Very pleasant mild day. Some additional bluff erosion since last report. Excavation on beach infront of bluff. Continued slow erosion at Fishing Rock. Some additional erosion in front of...
  • see report
  • see report
  • See report


December 31, 2006 - kfharcourt
one attempt at making a fire. Plastic litter most likely from the sea during recent storms. At least 12 dogs, most of them loose. In the driftline were some small plastic items, rocks. As to...