Mile 243 Report

May 8, 2019
by garretta

Wecoma Beach, Lincoln City
Wednesday 9:45 AM
Party cloudy
58° F
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
-0.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
New Development:
Bluff development
Updated photo of Starfish Manor and rock retaining wall on north property line. Appears the fabric draped down the cliff has been removed but plastic curtain remains at the base of the cliff.
Sand removal
Cliff caves just north of Nordic continue to show evidence of inhabitants. New furniture has been added visible from the beach. Photo included. Graffiti and sculpting continues to erode the sand cliff. Photo included.
Natural Changes:

Lovely day, low tide, quiet ocean.

  • Eroding caves north of Nordic Inn
    Eroding caves north of Nordic Inn, Wecoma, Lincoln City, Oregon, continues to show human inhabitants and graffiti/sculpting.
    Caves on cliff just north of Nordic Inn, Wecoma Beach, Lincoln City, Oregon.
    May 8, 2019
  • Eroding caves north of Nordic Inn
    New lawn chair seen from beach, eroding caves north of Nordic Inn, Wecoma, Lincoln City, Oregon
    Caves on cliff just north of Nordic Inn, Wecoma Beach, Lincoln City, Oregon.
    May 8, 2019
  • Driftline Wecoma Beach
    Representative Driftline Wecoma Beach, very little debris but lots of casings
    Representative of driftline along Wecoma Beach, Mile 243
    May 8, 2019
  • Sea Star, 15th Street Rocks
    Sea Star, 15th Street Rocks at low tide.
    15th Street access rocks, northern edge of rocks
    May 8, 2019
  • Whimbrel, I think
    himbrel, I think. Small flock of about 10 birds, all seemed to be same size/coloring. Phillip asked for Shorebirds and my bird book lists these under "Shorebirds."
    About 24th Street, Wecoma Beach, Lincoln City, Oregon. followed for a short distance.
    May 8, 2019
  • Starfish Manor construction progress
    Starfish Manor construction progress. Appears the fabric draping the cliff has been removed but plastic drape remains at the base of the cliff
    2745 NW Inlet, Lincoln City, Oregon
    May 8, 2019
  • Starfish Manor construction progress shows rock wall on north property line
    Starfish Manor construction progress shows rock wall on north property line. Extensive building east of main structure includes two story parking structure.
    2745 NW Inlet, Lincoln City, Oregon
    May 8, 2019
  • Wecoma Beach looking north
    Wecoma Beach looking north from approximately 28th Street
    Approximately 28th Street, Wecoma Beach, Lincoln City, Oregon
    May 8, 2019
  • Wecoma Beach looking south
    Wecoma Beach looking south from approximately 28th Street
    Approximately 28th Street, Wecoma Beach, Lincoln City, Oregon
    May 8, 2019
Other Mile 243 Reports (35)


October 7, 2019 - garretta
Lovely, quiet October Monday morning. Recently there have been an increase in dead birds on the beach. Representative photo attached.
  • Starfish Manor addition update.
  • Northern Fulmar
  • Sanderlings
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...
  • High sand at low tide, 15th St rocks
  • 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
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 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


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.