Mile 243 Report

December 27, 2018
by garretta

Wecoma Beach, Lincoln City
Thursday 1:00 PM
50° F
Tide Level:
7.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Large family group, 20+, playing catch, Frisbee, sandcastling, sitting, included in count above, but did skew the total count out of normal
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
8 cars parked at 15th St access. One motorcyclist drove into the surf and back out and left. Saw tracks from one vehicle from 30th NW to D-River and back…appeared to have crossed the river. From experience, assumed it was Beach Patrol. Later, actually saw Beach Patrol vehicle.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
One fairly fresh dead bird. Might be a black necked stilt, sharp black and white, smaller than sea gull, but did not note the bill. I’ll work on my bird ID’s.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Significant plant material on drift line at least from NW 30th down to D-River. Made me think of a possible broken bale of straw since stems were primarily 12-18” with cut ends, uniform in color and diameter, no leaf structures visible. Will try to post photo. Significant lack of rocks, shells or animal casings.
New Development:
Development continues on Starfish Manor expansion at NW 29th and Jetty. Significant sand has been removed and huge pile of sand moved from top of dune to gigantic sand pile in front of motel.
Dune Modification·Sand removal
Development continues on Starfish Manor expansion at NW 29th and Jetty. Significant sand has been removed and huge pile of sand moved from top of dune to gigantic sand pile in front of motel.
Natural Changes:

Collected less than usual amount of beached plastics, mostly under 2”; some short pieces of rope, less than 15”. There were a number of other people picking up trash which might have explained less than usual. 

Recent high tides and winds have revealed large rocks directly in front of Surftides Motel, 2945 NW Jetty. Haven’t seen any in about a year and then not this many or so much of them revealed. 


Holiday week and bright, sunny, calm day translated to lots of people on the beach. Majority in family groups with one large, 20+ group. Driftline had significant plant matter, appeared to maybe be agricultural straw, spread from at least NW 30th down to D-River. 

  • Rocks revealed at Surftides
    Rocks in front of Surftides Resort revealed after recent King Tides and high winds. More revealed than I have seen in last year.
    In front of Surftides Resort, 2945 NW Jetty, Lincoln City, OR
    December 27, 2018
  • Driftline plant matter
    Significant plant material on drift line at least from NW 30th down to D-River. Made me think of a possible broken bale of straw since stems were primarily 12-18” with cut ends, uniform in color and diameter, no leaf structures visible.
    Spread from at least NW 30th south to D-River, fairly evenly, along driftline and high tide lines.
    December 27, 2018
  • Starfish Manor Expansion
    Starfish Manor Expansion from NW Jetty and 29th St, Lincoln City, OR. Shows sand relocated to the North but does not show the huge amount of sand that was removed
    Northwest Jetty and 29th St, Lincoln City, OR
    December 24, 2018
  • Starfish Manor Expansion
    Starfish Manor Expansion from beach, Dec. 24, 2018 showing some of the dune and vegetation removed for construction.
    Starfish Manor, NW Jetty and 29th, Lincoln City, OR
    December 24, 2018
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August 7, 2019 - garretta
Overcast, slightly cooler than the rest of the week, typical summer people doing typical summer things. No drama, no crisis. High sand even at low tide limited tidepools and created bank near...
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  • High sand at low tide, 15th St rocks
  • High sand at low tide at rocks
  • Update on Starfish Manor construction 08072019
July 12, 2019 - garretta
Classic mid-week summer day with lots of people enjoying the beach. Unusual concentration of mussels on the beach for about 150 yards around NW 24th Street. Also, unusual number of small clumps of...
  • Beached mussels
  • Beached mussels
  • Beached mussels
  • Chaise at Nordic Caves
  • dead bird
  • Dead critter
  • Dead critter
  • Sea Stars at Chinook Winds rocks
June 12, 2019 - garretta
Barefoot on the beach day with brilliant sun, clear sky and temps that felt warmer than weather app reported. Quiet waves, people casually enjoying the beach without drama or conflict. 
  • Abandoned beach things
  • Abandoned beach things
  • Nordic Caves 06122019
  • Ladybug on the beach
  • Sea Stars shinning
  • Unusual mix of white sand and shells
  • Typical sand on Wecoma Beach
  • Unusually white sand
May 8, 2019 - garretta
Lovely day, low tide, quiet ocean.
  • Eroding caves north of Nordic Inn
  • Eroding caves north of Nordic Inn
  • Driftline Wecoma Beach
  • Sea Star, 15th Street Rocks
  • Whimbrel, I think
  • Starfish Manor construction progress
  • Starfish Manor construction progress shows rock wall on north property line
  • Wecoma Beach looking north
  • Wecoma Beach looking south
April 25, 2019 - garretta
  • Collecting sea weed
  • Lady collecting sea weed
  • Lady collecting sea weed
  • Sea star
  • Velella Velella
  • Velella Velella
April 8, 2019 - garretta
Quiet Monday after busy Spring Breaks for Oregon and Washigton. Cloudy with threats of light rain. 
  • Graffiti on rocks
  • Plywood on beach
  • Starfish Manor construction continues
  • Trash 04/08/2019
April 8, 2019 - oregonmarinenaturalist
March 19, 2019 - garretta
  • Starfish Manor March 19, 2019
  • Sea star sighting, 03/14/2019
  • Sea star sighting 03/19/2019
March 14, 2019 - garretta
  • Starfish Manor expansion, 03142019
  • Starfish Manor expansion 03142019, Wecoma Beach, Lincoln City
  • Concentration of mussels on beach
  • Concentration of mussels on beach
  • Closeup of type of mussels in concentration
  • New cliff erosion control
  • Close up of new erosion control fabric
  • Potential for additional erosion control
  • Additional cliff cave digging, occupancy
February 7, 2019 - garretta
  • Example of concentration of whole jelly fish and pieces 02072019
  • Jelly fish concentration 01312019
  • Mile 243 looking South
  • Mile 243 looking North
  • Rocks revealed 15th St access
  • Rocks revealed 15th St access
  • Cliff digging, 15th Street Auto access, Lincoln City, 02072019,
  • Car outside allowed parking
  • Graffiti on rocks
  • Graffiti on rocks
  • Graffiti carved in cliffs
  • Graffiti carved in cliffs
  • Blue painted pallet
  • Starfish Inn expansion
January 7, 2019 - garretta
Resident logs show significant movement from recent high tides: King Tides but even more high tides January 4 and 5 which were higher than King Tides. Also, numerous new logs washed up to cliffs and...
  • Beachplastic01072019


December 29, 2017 - oregonmarinenaturalist
October 23, 2017 - Volunteer Coordinator
Guided walk to document changes occuring after a storm surge. The previous week included strong waves, high surf, and over 3 inches of downpouring rain. 
  • Tire filled with styrofoam and float
  • Comb jellies-Ctenophora
July 5, 2017 - oregonmarinenaturalist
There was a large amount of post July 4th garbage on this beach.  Including, but not limited to: bottles, cans, LOTS of firework debris, candy wrappers, plastic disposable silverware, foam pieces,...


November 6, 2016 - sciencedave
Pretty good crowd at the beach that day.  Bull kelp and surf worm castings in the wrack line.  Gulls mostly grounded.
September 26, 2016 - sciencedave
Gulls the only live wildlife observed,along with six beached birds.  Remains of campfire also present.
April 25, 2016 - sciencedave
Velella vellella in early- larval and young hydroids. 47 people on the beach, vehicles on the beach-allowed
February 24, 2016 - sciencedave
Erosion of vegetated foredune, strong smell of decay from unidentified source, squid egg cases in driftline.
January 21, 2016 - sciencedave
beautiful warm done before the rain came...


December 16, 2015 - Volunteer Coordinator
Report submitted by ScienceDave.1 dead tagged bird- leg band # 09771, 1 untagged dead bird.  Cellophane worm casings in drifline along with plastic and rope  collected approximately 10 lbs of debris.


December 21, 2014 - HARTLA
Interesting changes from King Tides at 11 a.m. More dead gulls than usual, more logs and human debris as well. Sea foam was amazing and left good marks for where the tides had taken it.
  • King Tide
  • Large amounts of sea foam in area usual having little.
  • Seafoam up banks made it appear waves have gone higher than sand at the bottom of the banks.  It didn't seem windy enuf to blow foam that hight.
  • Noted many large logs and other debris on my mile.
  • Filled half a bag with debris, many plastic bottles and other pieces of plastic.  One piece of lumber.  Nothing with tsunami markings that I noticed.
September 11, 2014 - HARTLA
Very warm day for Mile 243, 81 degrees air. Piles of empty mussel shells were puzzling (see photo)Otherwise, beaches were clean and litter free.One vehicle stuck in loose sand in permitted area was...
  • Tide was too high to see tidepool areas, but many empty mussel shells piles seem to have washed in near NE 15th Street access.
June 17, 2014 - HARTLA
Primary focus on this date was sea star population and wasting. I'm not often on beach at low tide, but saw many sea stars 06/04/14 at 0.4 that appeared healthy. This visit 6/17/14 showed more...
  • Ochre Star found at popular tidal pools with one leg apparently wasting.
  • Young person brought this specimen to me in his hand.  It may have beginnings of sea star wasting on the tip of one leg, tho mild, if at all.
  • Abundance of sea stars in this cluster, with surrounding anemones...too numerous to count accurately.  Several appeared to have sea star wasting symptoms.
February 2, 2014 - rainydaywalker
January 17, 2014 - rainydaywalker


December 17, 2013 - HARTLA
Nice, quiet day on clean beaches. Sand deeper at 15th St access than I've ever seen, but new signs are posted to keep drivers alerted to changes.
  • New signs pointing out deeper sand.
  • Banks 1/3 mile north of beach vehicle access show riprap replaced since earlier storms.  Despite postings, it seemed new grafitti had appeared in banks.
October 1, 2013 - HARTLA
17 people on beach, 3 walking dogs, 2 families playing in surf, 3 cars at each of 3 access points. Three cars were at each access point.Many gulls were on the beach, one badly decayed.Many changes on...
  • Driftwood washed in during weekend storms.
  • Riprap on bank was blown or washed totally out of place and useless during storms the weekend before this beach walk.
  • These logs had washed far up on beach beyond the usual tide line, displaying many beached barnacles.
  • Many goose barnacles looking for seawater after being washed ashore.
  • Beach was littered with nature's debris after three days of storms.
September 17, 2013 - HARTLA
22 people on the beach on a sunny day seemed relatively inactive: 8 sitting in cars, 1 fishing, 2 with dogs, others just walking the beach. Maybe it was too close to lunch time to be very busy....
March 18, 2013 - HARTLA
Pleasant day on Mile 243 with 15 people enjoying walking beach with another person and/or dog. One fishing while dog was playing nearby. Tidal pool area was busy as tide receded. Sand at SW 15th...


July 13, 2012 - rick and janet
A cloudy, quiet morning on this normally busy beach. Walkers, joggers,a few dogs, 2 surf fishers, 2 dead birds - 1 old, 1 new. Sea very calm. Very little debris on beach which is surprising and...


March 28, 2009 - rick and janet
Human activities: many people, just strolling and frolicking, nothing unusualShoreline Wildlife: Driftline very high and scarce. Only one partial bird remains observedPhysical Changes: The cave...


July 11, 2007 - rainydaywalker
I have been following the behaviors along the rocks at ebb tides this month, as large mussels have appeared onshore and in the grasses. Many of the mussels were still alive. My findings show that...
June 20, 2007 - [email protected]
We compared last years photos of the new beach grass clumps that had been planted at the base of the cliff area about half way down our mile. The beach grass is filling in nicely. Major Bluff Erosion...
March 21, 2007 - rick and janet
Tide was out, and beach was relatively clean. A new home is being built on 26th St. bluff.