Mile 244 Report

March 25, 2018
by Victoria

Location:
Lincoln
Wecoma Beach north, Lincoln City, Roads End south
Conditions:
Sunday 12:00 PM
49° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the W
Tide Level:
3.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
140
Dogs:
7
Activities:
Walking / Running:
140
Fishing:
2
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
3 people carving into the cliff 2 people fishing for surf perch
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
75
Activity Comments:
This was a holiday weekend. The parking at Roads End State Park is not adequate for the number of vehicles trying to find a parking spot on a sunny day. Cars were parked into the neighboring street. People were carving names into the cliffs, particularly the area below Chinook Winds resort. 2 young men were surf fishing. I did approach them and tell them that it isn't allowed as I looked into their bucket holding a small perch. They said they didn't know and continued fishing. I did tell them it's a marine reserve with no fishing and it's posted on the signs at the park.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:

This was a holiday weekend. The parking at Roads End State Park is not adequate for the number of vehicles trying to find a parking spot on a sunny day. Cars were parked into the neighboring streets.
People were carving names into the cliffs, particularly the area below Chinook Winds resort. 
2 young men were surf fishing. I did approach them and tell them that it isn't allowed as I looked into their bucket holding a small perch. They said they didn't know and continued fishing. I did them  it's a marine reserve with no fishing and it's posted on the signs at the park. 

Except for a lot of people, not much notable except a pair of mallard ducks who seem to be nesting nearby as I have seen them at the beach in the shallow waves a number of times recently.

  • Sunny day, surfers.
    roads end state park
    March 25, 2018
  • Surf perch fishermen
    March 25, 2018
  • cliff carvers
    March 25, 2018
  • Mallard pair
Other Mile 244 Reports (43)

2019

June 18, 2019 - rainydaywalker
27 people 9 dogs3 seagulls1 car
June 14, 2019 - garretta
Significant trenching/channeling in the sand at Chinook Winds ramp covering about 40 yards. Deep channels, piled sand could be hazardous to evening and night time walkers. May take a KingTide to...
  • Channeling at Chinook Winds ramp
  • Channeling at Chinook Winds ramp
  • Channeling at Chinook Winds ramp
  • Channeling at Chinook Winds ramp
  • Chinook Winds ramp and drainage at ramp.
May 21, 2019 - garretta
Significant increase in cliff caving and carving approximately 100 yards north of Chinook Winds. See photos attached
  • Caving and carving on cliff
  • Caving and carving on cliff
  • Caving and carving on cliff
May 10, 2019 - garretta
Observed significant increase in sea star population on the rocks at Chinook Winds. Have been consciously watching at low tide and was pleased when I found one or two but there were too many to...
  • Sea stars, Chinook Winds rocks
May 2, 2019 - Victoria
Whrimbels sighting, trash and campfires, car tracks in marine reserve shoreline
  • Car tracks on shoreline
  • Bull kelp with reddish organisms attached,
  • Live crab on the beach
  • Whrimbel
March 30, 2019 - Victoria
A lot of people on the beach and crowded parking lot. People are enjoying themselves in the sunshine today.
  • Wonderful sand castle
  • Tiny angel 2
March 17, 2019 - Victoria
A beautiful day with an abundance of people. Notable was the dead sea lion. 
  • Kite
  • Dead pinniped
  • Roads end state park, parking lot overflowing
  • Sea stars near low tide
January 2, 2019 - Victoria
The drainage pipes overhanging the cliffs are a real eyesore.the erosion of the cliff on the chinook winds property is getting worse due to people carving in the cliff.Beach fires are a real hazard...
  • Cliff carving
  • Unattended beach fire

2018

September 16, 2018 - rainydaywalker
Dog:            1People:      39Problems:   0
June 8, 2018 - Victoria
World ocean day. Peaceful. The main concern is the plastic trash. Plastic kids beach toys are a common litter here.
  • Mile 244
  • Mile 244
  • World ocean day Mile 244
April 3, 2018 - Victoria
The scene at the beach today was more typical except for many ? washed ashore on the tideline. The mallard pair is still here too.
January 3, 2018 - Victoria
I am filing this report to add photo documentation of the king tide today. My previous post for January 2, 2018, explained that today’s  high tide according to the tide chart was 8.1 yet in actuality...
  • Roads end at height of king tide.
  • Roads end at height of king tide looking south.
  • Roads end state beach in front of parking lot
  • Wave spits out rainbows at roads end.
January 2, 2018 - Victoria
See 'Comments' on observing the king tide.
  • Wecoma beach king tide.
  • Access point 41a at king tide.
  • King tide looking north.
  • Dead bird 1.
  • Dead bird 2.
  • Dead bird 3.
  • Dead bird 4.
  • Dead bird 5-seagull.
  • Dead bird 6.
  • Dead bird 7 with kelp.
  • Dead sea lion 1.
  • Dead sea lion 2.

2017

November 18, 2017 - Victoria
It was a nice weekend on the beach. The most noticeable change from my last post was the way the beach has changed due to the runoff from pipes on top of the bluffs creating channels on the shore. My...
November 6, 2017 - Victoria
October 16, 2017 - rainydaywalker
Usually, we have about 50 people and 3 to 5 dogs this time of year.  As it was October and a weekday, that we surpassed 100 people was a surprise.  We usually see aditional birdlife, and crows...

2015

October 18, 2015 - rainydaywalker
Large number of people (184) observed. Two varieties of gull present in numbers. Body parts of several Common murre carcasses observed, including one being fed on by a gull. Large numbers of...
August 8, 2015 - rainydaywalker
It was a delightful experience to encounter so many people enjoying shoreline creatures, without trying to take them home, nor to damage them by invasive physical contact. We observed four healthy...
June 20, 2015 - rainydaywalker
This morning at around 9 a.m., I walked about an eighth of my mile, directly west of NW 37th to NW 39th streets. I was checking on the health of my rock-inhabiting neighbors. Using the “observing...
January 10, 2015 - rainydaywalker
The tide had been up to the grass line. Sand deposit was heavy, covering bottom three steps at 38th Street access. I found most of the birds above the wrack line, one in the wrack and two west of...
January 9, 2015 - rainydaywalker
Having read this article in the local paper, I went out this morning to see it. It would have been on the north half of my mile, 244, just west of the casino. I did not see the bouy. It may have...

2014

November 1, 2014 - rainydaywalker
Fourteen colonies of those small, oval beads and a yard-long by 2-foot-wide cluster of live mussels in varying sizes up to 4 inches rested along a spotty wrack. Fifteen clusters of a green-leafed...
October 31, 2014 - rainydaywalker
This was the south part of my beach, going along grass line, returning near water line. I started at 8:30 a.m. and finished at 10 a.m. There was a goodly amount of diatoms on the surf, and the surf...
September 14, 2014 - rainydaywalker
The beach was clear again today. In fact, we have few clouds and the ocean mist has vanished. The sand was soft about halfway to the water's edge. It has been rather dry here, too, then.
August 14, 2014 - rainydaywalker
It is always refreshing to receive a thanks from strangers. by the time we parted company, Wally from Tuscon, Jennifer, Warren and their children from Snohomish and I had bonded over sea stars....
August 8, 2014 - rainydaywalker
Rocks at the 36th Street beach access usually provide some challenge between the paved drive and the sandy dune. Today, the rocks were covered, allowing smooth walking. I have felt fortunate for...
June 28, 2014 - rainydaywalker
A couple of large groups, one of them a family gathering, included small children. A few of these group members were wading on the west side of the rocks out from the NW 38th Street access. I made...
March 24, 2014 - rainydaywalker
I brought a friend to visit the north cap of my mile. We collected a sample pebble for her geography students.

2011

May 19, 2011 - Millie & Carl
Nothing spectacular; just a nice peaceful scene on a sunny spring day. A few individuals looking in some low-tide pools, others just looking or walking; the few dogs all on leash. Very little trash;...

2010

August 24, 2010 - Millie & Carl
In general, there was very little visible debris. However, we suspect a lot will appear as the sand gets shifted around by winds and tides. At the time of tihs report, the tide was only a foot or so...
  • A group of people about 50' offshore in shallow water, probably oblivious to rising tide making the water not so shallow.

2009

October 2, 2009 - Millie & Carl
A quiet, peaceful, sunny day; a moderate number of people just relaxing, wandering, etc.; one family with a couple of little kids busily building a sand castle. With beach clean-up just a few weeks...
  • A young dead seal pup (about 3'long), beginning to deteriorate
  • This young gent was really carried away; wholly engrossed in his music and the surf's roar, dancing while totally oblivious to the rest of the world.
  • Lincoln City PD beach patrol
March 6, 2009 - Millie & Carl
A sunny, shirtsleeve day. Purely by chance, we hit the beach the same time a wedding group did - bride in full regalia; tiny flower girl sprinkling flower petals ahead of the bride from the bottom of...
  • Groomsmen preparing the scene
  • On-the-beach wedding

2008

December 11, 2008 - Millie & Carl
Quiet, pleasant afternoon on the beach. Cool breeze, not too strong. Very few people out strolling, walking and some playing with their dogs (all small, friendly and under good control). Lots of sand...
  • One of three flocks of gulls.
September 14, 2008 - Millie & Carl
Busy late-summer sunny Sunday; lots of people on the beach near the main access points. A few dogs, some on leash, but all well under control.There is a path down the bluff, apparently from houses at...
  • Busily carving graffiti in the sandstone wall, oblivious to the surroundings
  • A rough path up the slope from the beach
June 19, 2008 - Millie & Carl
One bicycle carrying rider and surf board. Very quiet though occupied. Low tide revealed abundant life attached to the usually covered rocks.
  • New Stairs under construction from a house on the bluff at approximately NW 55th St.
  • Wind-blown loose sand  created these "shadows" on the downwind side of pebbles, shells, etc.
February 24, 2008 - Jwilson
Griffiti sprayed on "Warning" Sign posted on bluff.Many charred logs.Logs driven onto embankments result of strong winter storms.Several forts and other structures erected. Some rather creative; e.g...
January 18, 2008 - Millie & Carl
Post-storm, many driftwood logs, most with burn charring. Beach generally pretty clean, with just scattered bits of small debris; biggest items were one bath towel and one sock draped over a log. One...
  • An "unstable rocks - do not climb" warning sign, defaced and made almost unreadable by graffiti.

2007

November 14, 2007 - Millie & Carl
Although few people were on the beach in threatening weather, it was actually pleasant. Mostly I was counting dead fulmars (20 total), and making my periodic check on the caves perpetually carved at...
  • The two openings seen in this photo are connected, forming a short "tunnel". The obvious cave-in hazard has been reported several times.
September 21, 2007 - Millie & Carl
Generally, the beach was quite clean appearing (SOLV beach cleanup just a week ago, and much sand build-up hiding who knows how much buried). Quite a few pieces of palm kelp washed up, not often seen...
May 14, 2007 - Jwilson
The continual erosion of bluff at Roads End State Park is of concern, as people are continuing to carve into the bluff, thereby creating premature erosion.
April 20, 2007 - Millie & Carl
Beautiful day, very low tide, people enjoying being on the quiet beach, friendly dogs happily running off steam. Ultra-low tide exposing sea stars, anemones, mussels, and barnacles on the normally...
March 5, 2007 - Millie & Carl
One 30-40' tree trunk and enough scragelly branches to look like the skeleton of a fair-sized shipwreck. Much less sand, many more cobbles exposed.There has been some apparent effort to collapse the...
  • Some kids must've had fun building this harmless little attraction.
  • Couple of the caves dug into the base of the bluff directly under the Roads End Wayside parking lot, in soft collapsable sandstone.
March 3, 2007 - Jwilson
Large clusters of kelp, plus many empty water bottles, several broken wooden pallets, considerable amount of charred driftwood. Erosion: Considerable human destruction of bluffs, evidenced by carving...