Mile 243 Report

March 14, 2019
by garretta

Location:
Lincoln
Wecoma Beach, Lincoln City
Conditions:
Thursday 3:00 PM
Party cloudy
49° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
3.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
92
Dogs:
23
Activities:
Walking / Running:
35
Playing in surf:
2
Playing in sand:
3
Sitting:
20
Rockhunting:
2
Tidepooling:
6
Surfing:
2
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
6
Activity Comments:
People count includes approximately 14 people sitting in the cars.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks·Wood pieces
Very light, limited drift line but where it was, it was filled with small pieces of wood.
New Development:
Modifications:
Stream modification·New riprap or shoreline protection structures
Stream modification: Using this because of the obvious water/drainage caused by the Starfish Motel expansion. Small cat sitting on the edge of the bank and significant landslide down to the beach. Photos included. New shoreline protection: Large area newly covered with woven material, photos included, about 300 yards north of 15th Street auto access in Lincoln City. Additional disturbance at top of bank, closer to motel/condo, looks like preparation for more cloth to be dropped down the bank. Sand Removal: not sure about removal but new digging in the cave area just north of the Nordic. Cave is expanded, new piles of sand at top, tracks down to the beach. Photo included.
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls
See above, small landslide area at north end of Starfish Motel development.
Comments:
Summary:
  • Starfish Manor expansion, 03142019
    Starfish Manor expansion 03142019, Wecoma Beach, Lincoln City, continues with what appears to be final, fifth floor.
    2735 NW Inlet, Lincoln City, Oregon 44.9581644, -124.0178914
    March 14, 2019
  • Starfish Manor expansion 03142019, Wecoma Beach, Lincoln City
    Starfish Manor expansion 03142019, Wecoma Beach, Lincoln City, showing new landslide and drainage with small cat at the top of the cliff.
    2735 NW Inlet, Lincoln City, Oregon 44.9581644, -124.0178914
    March 14, 2019
  • Concentration of mussels on beach
    Concentration of mussels on Wecoma beach 03142019, spread about 150 yards just south of Surftides Motel. Did not see any other concentrations along entire mile.
    44.9581644, -124.0178914
    March 14, 2019
  • Concentration of mussels on beach
    Concentration of mussels on Wecoma beach 03142019, spread about 150 yards just south of Surftides Motel. Did not see any other concentrations along entire mile.
    44.9581644, -124.0178914
    March 14, 2019
  • Closeup of type of mussels in concentration
    Closeup representative of concentration of mussels on Wecoma beach 03142019.
    44.9581644, -124.0178914
    March 14, 2019
  • New cliff erosion control
    New cliff erosion control about 300 yds north of 15th Street access, Lincoln City, Oregon.
    About 300 yds north of 15th Street access, Lincoln City, Oregon.
    March 14, 2019
  • Close up of new erosion control fabric
    Close up of erosion control fabric about 300 yds north of 15th Street access, Lincoln City, Oregon.
    About 300 yards north of 15th Street access, Lincoln City, Oregon
    March 14, 2019
  • Potential for additional erosion control
    Potential for additional erosion control looking at top of cliff, showing changes and beginning patches of fabric.
    About 300 yards north of 15th Street access, Lincoln City, Oregon
    March 14, 2019
  • Additional cliff cave digging, occupancy
    Additional cliff cave digging, occupancy, about 100 yds. north of Nordic Inn, Lincoln City, Oregon. See photos of same caves in previous reports. Southern most cave has been expanded, piles of sand at mouth of cave, sand disrupted going down to beach,
    About 100 yards north of Nordic Inn, 2133 NW Inlet, Lincoln City, Oregon.
    March 14, 2019
Other Mile 243 Reports (31)

2019

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
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

2018

December 27, 2018 - garretta
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...
  • Rocks revealed at Surftides
  • Driftline plant matter
  • Starfish Manor Expansion
  • Starfish Manor Expansion

2017

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,...

2016

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 morning...got done before the rain came...

2015

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.

2014

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

2013

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...

2012

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...

2009

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...

2007

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.