Mile 242 Report

December 15, 2015
by Anonymous

Lincoln City, D River SW, Devils Lake SP, Oceanlake
Tuesday 12:30 PM
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Very few people on beach. Beach access difficult because of driftwood blocking Canyon Drive access. D River wayside still closed by Oregon State Parks because of recent storms and high surf.
Notable Wildlife:
Very little wildlife observed. That's what was notable. Just a flock of gulls at D River.
Dead Birds:
No band. About eight inches long. Black except for some white tail feathers on underside of tail and a few white feathers on underside of its wings.
Fish & Invertebrates:
High surf scoured the beach and deposited driftwood all the way up to the bluff. Noticeably little beach debris.
New Development:
No modifications
Natural Changes:
Evidence of wave overtopping
Landslides/major boulder falls; One small bluff slide that dislodged some pine trees. In sharp contrast to Mile 241 where there was alarming bluff erosion.

This is what I found significant in my walk this morning: 1) There were very few people on the beach because of beach access closures and driftwood debris. 2) The high surf scoured the beach, pounding beach bluffs and riprap. Much new driftwood near Canyon Drive, less to the north, 3) Saw only one dead bird and surprisingly little ocean debris. 4) D River was the biggest I've seen it, about 75 yards wide on the beach. Lots of water volume. I had to walk up to 101 and cross the bridge to continue my walk north. 5) Compared to Mile 241 (which I walk almost daily), there was little bluff erosion, probably because the bluffs in mile 242 are not as high or as steep.

  • Note how wide and full the D River is flowing
    Note how wide and full the D River is flowing
    Mile 242, Devil;s Lake State Park, Lincoln City
    December 15, 2015
  • Note the sand erosion
    Note the sand erosion
    D River wayside, Devil's Lake State Park, Lincoln City
    December 15, 2015
  • The bird was about eight inches long.
    The bird was about eight inches long.
    Mile 242, Devil;s Lake State Park, Lincoln City
    December 15, 2015
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