Mile 245 Dispatch

October 23, 2019
by TerryH

Roads End Beach, Wayside, Logan Creek
Wednesday 2:00 PM
59° F
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
3.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
New Development:
Natural Changes:

Score!  I was checking out the numerous kelp piles when I came upon a Finders Keepers float in blue/green Seahawks colors.   Nice day with about 20 people on the beach, 6 dogs.  I counted 10 dead seabirds, all common murres except 1 seagull.  

  • Roads End kelp piles
    Roads End bull kelp piles, looking north from 72nd beach access
    Roads End 72nd beach access, looking north
    October 23, 2019
  • Finders Keepers float
    Lincoln City Finders Keepers float found in bull kelp pile, Roads End
    north end of Roads End beach, near The Point
    October 23, 2019
Other Mile 245 Reports (165)


January 20, 2023 - TerryH
Another chunk of Roads End State Park has slid.  Refer to Sept 30th report photos for comparison.  Notified Park Ranger Ryan Parker.  Much erosion of foredune just north of the Park.  The emergency...
  • Roads End State Park slide
  • Roads End State Park slide
  • beach erosion
  • beach erosion
  • emergency beach access washed out
  • emergency beach access washed out
  • wrack line


November 9, 2022 - TerryH
Dead raptor on the beach, an unusual sight.  About 15 inches in length, yellow talons, feathers were grey/black/white.  Best guess is a young peregrine falcon.  
  • dead raptor
September 30, 2022 - TerryH
Two dead sea lions, Marine Mammal report submitted.  Dangerous caves dug into sandstone cliff at Roads End State Park.  One cave was about 3 ft deep and 10 ft wide and could accomodate several...
  • caves dug into sandstone cliff
  • caves dug into sandstone cliff
  • caves dug into sandstone cliff
  • caves dug into sandstone cliff
  • Roads End State Park
  • Roads End State Park
July 1, 2022 - TerryH
Clean beach except for an old tire which I reported to Ranger Parker for pickup.  "No Fireworks" signs up at beach accesses and a couple of colorful trash barrels, located on the beach, in...
  • tire
  • No Fireworks sign
  • trash barrel
  • graffiti
May 20, 2022 - TerryH
Clean beach except for an oil barrel and some sea lion bones.  The sea lion bones explain the presence of several vultures and an occasional eagle the past few weeks.  Contacted State Parks Ranger...
  • oil barrel
  • sea lion bones
March 7, 2022 - TerryH
Large landslide at north end of Roads End beach, 7659 NW Logan Rd.  This property has a history of sliding.  While taking photos, a couple of eagles flew by with one of them landing in the tree above...
  • landslide
  • landslide
  • landslide
  • eagle
January 25, 2022 - TerryH
As Carl Sagan would say "billions and billions" of tiny plastic bits.  Unfortunately, a routine occurrence during the winter months.
  • plastic bits
  • plastic bits


December 16, 2021 - TerryH
Much litter in the wrack line, including bait labels and white styrofoam.  Also, an abundance of plant or animal pods the size of rice grains.  No dead birds.  A couple of fishing boats hugging the...
  • bait labels
  • tiny pods
  • styrofoam
  • Roads End State Park
  • Roads End beach
August 18, 2021 - TerryH
Unlike the recent stranding on a beach in Seaside, there were no sand dollars on Roads End beach, not even broken ones.  Truck tire tracks indicate the Park Ranger had been by recently.  A lot of...
May 28, 2021 - TerryH
The calm before the holiday weekend.  This report focuses on the new riprap added to several properties just south of Roads End State Park.  Update 6/15:  per Jay Sennewald with Oregon Parks "the “...
  • New Roads End riprap
  • New Roads End riprap
  • Roads End State Park
  • Roads End beach
April 29, 2021 - TerryH
Clean beach.  No dead birds.  Nice to see a trash receptacle at the 73rd St beach access.  It was provided by Lincoln City Parks and Recreation.  The Emergency beach access at 64th St was recently...
February 28, 2021 - lvoelker
Gorgeous day.  The ocean currents have brought the sand back.  Continued erosion of the upraised cliffs near the end of the mile; the face has been washed by the recent storms.  The roots of the snag...


December 23, 2020 - TerryH
Just another beautiful day on the beach.  Nothing unusual to report.
  • Roads End beach
September 22, 2020 - TerryH
Warm, humid day on the beach.  Little wind, no smoke.  I was pleasantly surprised not to see much debris from the Labor Day windstorm and the Echo Mtn Fire, other than a lot of pine needles in the...
  • Roads End beach
  • burnt wood
August 24, 2020 - TerryH
Walked the northern half of Roads End beach, to the Point.  Clean, windswept beach.  About 40 people and a dozen dogs.  Only dead bird was a murre, recently deceased.  Lots of pelicans this summer.
May 31, 2020 - TerryH
Dead harbor seal.  No head.  About 200 ft north of the 72nd/73rd St beach access.  Submitted Marine Mammal Report.
May 15, 2020 - TerryH
Quite the stranding of squid egg sacs all along Roads End beach.  A wedding was taking place at the north end.
  • roads end wrack line
  • cluster of squid egg sacs
  • squid egg sacs
April 30, 2020 - TerryH
Some kelp piles scattered about and evidence of upwelling.  Tire tracks suggest the park ranger had been by recently.   73rd St beach access closed to vehicle parking only, people OK.
  • roads end beach
March 1, 2020 - lvoelker
Beautiful day, every parking spot taken. Very few shorebirds. The end of the beach, near the basalt outcropping, continues to erode.
January 16, 2020 - TerryH
A lot of big logs and signs of velella that had lost its blue color.  No dead birds.  Pleasant winter day with no wind.
  • Big logs on Roads End beach
  • Roads End wrack line
January 3, 2020 - TerryH
Walked the northern half of Roads End beach (into Mile 246).  Clean, windswept beach with only a scattering of tiny plastic and styrofoam.  No dead birds.  I counted 30 people and a couple of dogs.


September 22, 2019 - gianna70
Dead baby marine mammal (seal or sea lion), reported.
  • Dead marine mammal
  • Dead marine mammal
August 20, 2019 - TerryH
Noticed an increase in dead birds, mostly common murres and on the north end of Roads End beach.
June 21, 2019 - TerryH
"No Fireworks" sign posted at 72nd street beach access.  Thanks!
  • No Fireworks
June 3, 2019 - TerryH
Clean beach with the usual organic matter in the wrack line, including the papery remains of an old velella velella stranding.  Very little garbage and I did not see any dead birds.  First beach walk...
  • Roads End Beach
  • Roads End beach
May 4, 2019 - ParkroseUCC
Photos of deceased birds (2) and skate egg case
  • unknown shorebird wing
  • Cormorant
  • Skate egg case
March 20, 2019 - lvoelker
Quiet, beautiful day.  The low tide did not seem to match the online posting for time nor degree as it was considerably low and the tide turned before the posted 7:26 PM (?) low tide.  The beach...
  • Road's End Cliff Erosion
  • Road's End Cliff Erosion
January 29, 2019 - TerryH
Little wire bundles in wrack line, around the Point, at the north end of Roads End beach.  (Mile 245 and into mile 246)  Coincidently, this area also marks the northern boundary of the Cascade Head...
  • wire bundles
January 1, 2019 - TerryH
Talk about timing!  I was warning a family about the dangers of sitting directly under the cliffs, at the north end of Roads End beach, when a large rockslide came tumbling down about a 100 ft from...
  • Roads End rockslide


October 10, 2018 - TerryH
Contacted LCPD regarding unattended fire at the north end of Roads End beach, just below 7659 NW Logan Rd.  I tried to smother it with sand but did not have tools.  Fire was near vegetation and the...
  • lethargic sea lion
September 21, 2018 - TerryH
Squid egg sacs have been showing up on Roads End beach the past couple weeks.  Today's find was at the far north end of Mile 245, at the Point.
  • Squid egg sacs
  • Squid egg sacs
August 17, 2018 - TerryH
Busy summer day with over 100 people on a very clean beach, little garbage.  Warned some kids about climbing and carving on the bluff at Roads End State Park, pointed out the posted danger signs. ...
  • Roads End Beach
  • Bluff at Roads End State Park
July 8, 2018 - TerryH
A couple new signs at the 73rd St beach access.  One regards public restrooms and the other fireworks.  Despite increased proactive measures taken by the LCPD and North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, there...
  • new Roads End signs
June 9, 2018 - lvoelker
Beautiful morning before the squalls blew in from the southwest.  Wide beach with lots of sand depostited.  Pristine; no litter in the wrack line. Sign erected on the beach (Private Property) about...
  • Private Property
June 6, 2018 - TerryH
 A couple new signs on the northern end of Roads End beach, both indicating private property and where the public restrooms are located.  Park Ranger Ryan Parker installed the signs.   The drift line...
  • jellies
  • new signs
May 11, 2018 - TerryH
Fairly clean, windswept beach.  No mass Velella velella strandings this season, only a scattering of large specimens (3-4 inches).  No pyrosomes seen today.  A fair amount of mole crab molt, typical...
  • Roads End Beach
February 11, 2018 - lvoelker
Clean, beautiful but bitterly cold the recent storms have cleaned the erosion at the base of the cliffs and deposited sand.
January 16, 2018 - TerryH
Quiet day, beach was quite clean, no sea pickles (pyrosomes), numerous bits of jelly or sea gooseberries, and an old black tire.  Got an email off to the park ranger about the tire.  Seems to be the...


December 25, 2017 - lvoelker
Stunning afternoon on this stretch of beach, perfect conditions for walking and enjoying the area.  Very little debris in the wrack line however, hundreds of a never before seen invertebrate.  The...
  • Pyrosome
December 20, 2017 - TerryH
Lethargic, skinny, young sea lion on north end of Roads End mile.  Submitted Marine Mammal Report.
October 16, 2017 - TerryH
Of note were the numerous sea gooseberries dotting the drift line, along the entire beach......see photo
October 5, 2017 - TerryH
Dead sea lion, north end of Roads End mile, submitted Marine Mammal Report with photos.
July 30, 2017 - lvoelker
  • Road's End Beach
  • Road's End Beach, Oregon
  • Road's End Beach, Oregon
July 8, 2017 - lvoelker
Stunning day.  The wind was strongly gusting from all directions. Low tide. 
July 4, 2017 - TerryH
Enforcement of illegal fireworks on the beach in Roads End is not working. The firework displays are getting bigger and more prolific, overwhelming law enforcement, as they have year after year.  Due...
May 8, 2017 - TerryH
Contacted Park Ranger, Ryan Parker, regarding someone camping on the north end of Roads End beach, on an old slide area, bright blue tarp and yellow sign that says "No Trespassing".  Also informed...
  • Roads End camp
  • Dead sea lion.
March 6, 2017 - TerryH
Velella velella are back, the tiny ones that are no more than 1/8 inch in length.
  • velella velella
February 6, 2017 - TerryH
Several hundred small specimens of Pyrosoma (fire body) atlanticum scattered about at water's edge.   Two resident bald eagles often sighted, perched high in the tree on top of the Point.    


December 24, 2016 - TerryH
Christmas Eve and many people enjoying the beach.  Sand has left the far northern end of Roads End mile, down to bedrock now.  A new rock slide has also appeared.  About a dozen little critters had ...
June 3, 2016 - TerryH
Dead baby harbor seal just north of 72nd/73rd street beach access. Filed Marine Mammal report with photos.
May 27, 2016 - TerryH
Large beds of mole crabs evident this spring. Young dead sea lion at north end of mile, filed Marine Mammal report with photo. More graffiti on private seawalls.
  • North end of Roads End beach. Sand is coming back in.
  • More graffiti on private seawalls. This owner recently filed police report.
May 2, 2016 - TerryH
Large dead sea lion just below 66th St. beach access in Roads End, about 6 ft in length. Submitted Marine Mammal report with photos.
April 21, 2016 - TerryH
Dead sea lion about 4' in length, no signs of injury but looks quite skinny, northern end of Roads End mile, nearest cross street 76th NE, submitted Marine Mammal report with photos.
March 28, 2016 - P B VanB
To follow up on yesterday's report of a broken boat at Roads End, the park officials and the Hatfield Marine Science Center biologist agreed that 1) the boat was Japanese manufacture and 2) it had...
March 27, 2016 - lvoelker
Roads End State Park and this last stretch of accessible beach is well used and enjoyed. The furthest stretch to the north has had a lot of erosion of the cliffs and the seasonal scouring of the...
  • Easter Sunday 2016 view of the end of Mile 245 worth of Roads End State Park
  • Easter Sunday photo of Roads End blue drift line full of velella velella.
  • Easter Sunday 2016. Photograph shows the extent of the seasonal loss of beach sand and the erosion of the cliffs exposing roots.
  • Easter Sunday 2016. The sand has been moved out, broadening the beach in places and scouring other areas down to rock.
  • Easter Sunday 2016. The end of Road's End mile 245.
March 27, 2016 - P B VanB
Boat found at the high tide line, 1 block north of Roads End Park. Boat is covered with open ocean marine life, including goose neck barnacles, large red barnacles, and ???. Large phoenix float near...
  • Boat with marine life found at high tide line, March 27, 2016. Large float and crate found nearby also covered with marine life.
  • Boat and float at high tide line
  • Compartments in boat
March 16, 2016 - TerryH
Velella velella stranding underway. All tiny babies. You can smell it before you see it.
  • Velella velella stranding on Roads End beach. Tiny babies.
February 9, 2016 - TerryH
As Carl Sagan would say "billions and billions" of tiny plastic bits and what I have now learned are the remains of the feeding apparatus of cellophane worms, the little filaments/tubes seen all over...
  • Lots of tiny plastic bits and the remains of cellophane worms in the wrack line.


December 18, 2015 - [email protected]
Erosion of sand has exposed the black sands underneath in some places (new clarissa oil?) Sand banks are eroding ..leaving plants roots exposed and in the north end (with the cliffs) slopes are...
  • Winter at Roads End
  • This is the base of the cliff-usually covered with talus slope material and now totally scrubbed away by storms and King Tides
  • Example of wave overtopping and dune erosion due to storm activity and King Tides
  • Lots of material getting washed down from the cliffs and onto the beach
  • Trees from the cliff coming down
  • Cascading water fall due to all of the rain
December 9, 2015 - TerryH
What looks like a large, red rubber jar without its lid. About 4 feet long and very heavy, full of sand, no writing on it that I can see. Just below 68th/69th St. beach access in Roads End. Contacted...
September 27, 2015 - TerryH
Ongoing problem with people surf fishing. Those I have spoken with say they were not aware that Roads End beach was a part of the Cascade Head Marine Reserve and off-limits to all fishing. Made a...
September 24, 2015 - [email protected]
Fawn joined me on the beach. We counted 21 dead murres, 1 dead Brandt's Cormorant, and 1 dead gull. Many healthy gulls in the surf, pattering their feet to stir up the mole crabs. Green algae in the...
  • example of the 21 dead murres found on this mile
September 4, 2015 - TerryH
Salp stranding has continued for about 2 weeks. Hard to get a picture of the tiny critters but they are evident up and down Roads End beach. Slightly pink and can stick to your feet. Upwelling also...
  • Salps
  • Upwelling
September 2, 2015 - P B VanB
About 1/4 to 1/2 miles from the north Roads End Beach entrance I discovered and photographed several (I think I counted 17) dead murres and one dead cormorant at the high tide rack line. I was...
August 22, 2015 - TerryH
Wind shifted and now a smokey haze at the beach due to the wildfires inland. You can smell it. Park Ranger Evan still planning to de-limb the dead fir trees on the north end of beach.
  • Hazy smoke from the wildfires inland
July 14, 2015 - TerryH
Concerned about a campfire site at the north end of Roads End beach. Some brainless wonder thought it was a good idea to use an extremely dry downed fir tree as their windbreak. If that dry tree were...
  • campfire hazard at north end of Roads End beach
  • campfire hazard at north end of Roads End beach
June 17, 2015 - [email protected]
The good news as you already know is that the sea stars are in fact back at Roads End. One person told me today me today she thought they must have been hiding under the sand, else how could there be...
April 12, 2015 - [email protected]
Literally over a million By-the-Wind Sailors here today, but to my horror there are also 4 dead pelicans and several dead and eaten gulls.
  • Millions fill the beach
  • 4 found at this time
April 12, 2015 - TerryH
Noted 6 dead pelicans, which is unusual for this beach. Also, the velella stranding has gotten much larger, 3 inches deep in places.
  • One of 6 dead pelicans on the beach.
  • Velella stranding has increased
March 31, 2015 - TerryH
Stranding of Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor) well underway on Roads End beach but why all the tiny ones? I saw very few adult velella.
  • Lots of tiny velella on Roads End beach
  • Velella velella stranding on Roads End beach
  • Very few adult Velella in stranding on Roads End beach.
March 24, 2015 - [email protected]
Thousands of By-the-Wind Sailors were washed up on the beach this morning at Mile 245. These were perhaps 99 percent baby ones which I had never seen before. I put a dime in the picture to denote...
  • Large variation in size.  Mostly very small.  Size compared to a dime
March 17, 2015 - [email protected]
Snail egg cases present. Stranded sea lion. Two people flying kites.
March 16, 2015 - TerryH
Active rock slide at north end of Roads End mile. Photo #1 from 03/06. Photo #2 from 03/16, in which a couple large trees also slid. Recent storm scoured beach clean except for blue plastic pallet...
  • Beginning of active rock slide in Roads End.
  • Active rock slide on Roads End beach.
March 10, 2015 - P B VanB
Dead sea lion on the north end of Road's End beach, already starting to deteriorate.
March 9, 2015 - TerryH
Dead sea lion about 5 feet long, bones showing. Near 72nd street beach access. Tire tracks in sand indicate park ranger had been by recently. Will submit marine mammal report.
January 24, 2015 - Skolfish
Between the Roads End beach access parking lot and the cliff we found 6 dead Cassin's auklets; 2 of them seemed to have died very recently. There was lots of plastic bits in the rack line about a...
January 21, 2015 - TerryH
A lot of large debris on the beach including tires, large plastic containers, and a large pile of heavy rope. Park Ranger Ryan aware and collecting the debris. Thanks Ryan!
January 16, 2015 - TerryH
Only a dozen "new" dead birds. However, this beach did see a large die-off of the blue-footed Cassin's auklets in December when at least 100 were found, another 50 probably buried in the sand. I...


December 15, 2014 - [email protected]
A number of people on the beach, no major concerns. Large amount of small plastic debris and pine needles in wrack line. Shoreline erosion evident- two small pines down. 2 dead birds/ possibly...
October 5, 2014 - TerryH
Dead sea lion, 5-6 ft in length. Far north end of Roads End mile. One wound looked like a gunshot. Tire tracks in the sand indicate the park ranger had made a recent visit. Marine mammal report...
  • Dead sea lion, 5-6 ft in length
  • Dead sea lion, 5-6 ft in length
October 2, 2014 - TerryH
52 dead murres, most had been on the beach a few days. A lot of whale spouts the past month, often seen in pairs. Beautiful fall day.
September 16, 2014 - [email protected]
Excellent day on the beach for 56 people and their dogs. There are concerns about the campfires that were built but no apparent violations at this time. Calm summer so beach-building waves have...
July 8, 2014 - TerryH
Stranding of By-the-Wind Sailors (Velella velella) all along Roads End beach.
June 17, 2014 - [email protected]
Pictures of sea star wasting and spawningdead sea lion
  • picture of sea star missing appendage many lesions.  Category 3
  • Sea stars don't bleed out.  This is a female releasing eggs
  • Sea star missing 2 arms, deceased
  • 1 arm missing lesions
  • 2 severed arms no body
  • bad shape
June 10, 2014 - TerryH
Noted a half dozen large purple sea stars, on the sand, at far north end of Roads End mile. All looked sick with pieces missing. Sad....
  • dead sea star
June 2, 2014 - TerryH
Dead sea lion, about 6 ft in length, just north of 72nd street beach access in Roads End. Marine Mammal report submitted.
  • Dead sea lion, about 6 ft in length
May 1, 2014 - TerryH
Clean beach except for a large number of carpenter ants in the wrack line. Roads End Park full of people enjoying the summer-like weather.
  • large number of carpenter ants in the wrack line
March 13, 2014 - [email protected]
Largest concern today: Sewage Contamination "KEEP AWAY" (see photos 1&2). I would like to know if it is just the one drainage going across the beach or if others are involved too (there are a...
  • This was kind of a shock today to see these signs about sewage on the beach. First time I've seen that there, this was just north of the 2nd. parking lot on the beach at road's end (mile 245)
  • lots of debris like this on the beach today, twigs, feathers, piles of wood. Sadly, the white blurry spots are mostly tiny pieces of Styrofoam.. lots and lots of them!
  • Very little evidence of any newly arrived Tsunami debris, this pallet was a new arrival but only tiny goose neck barnacles, so probably not Tsunami oriented.
  • Two separate but recent evidences of bluff erosion at north end, side by side. The tree came down first and then the large rock-slide. Both happened recently.
March 7, 2014 - TerryH
Where are the starfish? I'm just not seeing any. Anyone else noticing this? What's back are the millions of tiny plastic bits in the wrack line. New rock slide at the north end of Roads End mile;...
  • lots of plastic bits in the wrack line
  • recent rock slide at north end of mile 245
January 16, 2014 - TerryH
Nice day on clean Roads End beach. Have not seen any dead gumboot chitons this winter. Also, there's been a limited number of pulverized plastic bits on the beach,unlike past winters when one could...


December 13, 2013 - [email protected]
The 14th house north of the parking lot, had full coverage of native plants until recently when they remover all of them leaving bare loose sand, which has been eroding since. There may be rip-rap...
  • Native plants were remove, result slide.
October 1, 2013 - TerryH
If the unusual number of Pelagic barnacles are any indication, there was a lot of tsunami debris. Mostly logs, but a couple large rubber floats as well (see attached pictures). Also, a lot of...
  • 2 large floats washed up on Roads End beach
  • Log covered with Pelagic barnacles
September 16, 2013 - [email protected]
Looking good for lack of tsunami debris, no Styrofoam, only one Japanese plank.There is some really awful looking foam in the standing water, on the beach. Remaining scum from Algae bloom recently,...
  • Found two dead birds Common Murre I think.
  • Some really awful looking foam in the standing water on the beach. I'm guessing it had to do with all the dead crabs, or from algae bloom.
August 30, 2013 - TerryH
Dead sea lion, about 5' in length, far north end of Roads End mile. A lot of kelp, sea grass, sea palms, etc. along entire beach.Submitted Marine Mammal Report.
  • dead sea lion, about 5' in length, no obvious signs of injury
August 27, 2013 - TerryH
Dead juvenile salmon shark at north end of Roads End mile. About 3-4 feet in length. More info in local newspaper, The Newsguard:
  • young salmon shark about 3-4 feet in length
August 16, 2013 - TerryH
Unusual number of dead Dungeness crab (100-200) at far north end of Roads End mile, at The Point. The seagulls were feasting on them. Also, much kelp and sea grass at same location.
May 31, 2013 - TerryH
Not much to report from Roads End. Beach has been fairly clean of litter and dead birds. Much sand has moved in to create a couple small lagoons. A half-dozen kelp piles on the beach today....
  • "The Point" at the north end of Roads End mile 245.  Can you see the elephant head?
  • kite surfing rules at Roads End State Park
March 26, 2013 - TerryH
About a half dozen pieces of interesting lumber ranging from 4' to 12' long. Lacking hardware, the lumber had several grooves and notches. Tire tracks in the sand indicate the park ranger had been...
  • About a 12 ft piece of lumber with several notches and grooves.
  • About an 8 ft piece of lumber with notches and grooves.


December 5, 2012 - TerryH
Dead harbor seal, length about 5 ft, north end of Roads End mile 245, shark bite?
  • dead seal about 5 ft long
December 5, 2012 - TerryH
Dead newborn sea lion(?) and lots of pulverized plastic bits in driftline. A few chunks of styrofoam and a Coke can with Japanese writing on it.
  • I'm guessing it's a newborn sea lion, about 3-4 ft in length
  • Lots of pulverized plastic bits in driftline, mainly on the north end of mile 245
October 3, 2012 - TerryH
Several people and dogs enjoying the beautiful weather. Half the dogs were off leash but well behaved. Another lone pit bull running loose with no one taking ownership. Two dead sea lions. Called...
  • head was missing, rest of body measured about 6 feet in length
  • dead sea lion about 6 feet in length
September 4, 2012 - TerryH
Poly Rock on Labor Day 2012, with seabird "frosting"
  • Poly Rock, complete with seabird "frosting"
June 11, 2012 - TerryH
Beach was very clean except for a couple dead murres and a sea lion carcass just north of Roads End State Park. Called OSP to report the dead sea lion.It seems there are more bald eagles in the area...
May 24, 2012 - TerryH
Tsunami debris? Maybe. I've been seeing an increase lately of styrofoam insulation, Japanese bottles and food wrappers with Japanese writing on them. Found a soccer ball that had definitely been in...
  • Japanese bottle
April 16, 2012 - TerryH
Just a nice day on the beach. Nothing significant to report.
March 4, 2012 - lvoelker
A gorgeous day, many people were out enjoying the beach. walking its length. Picked up an unusual and considerable amount of chunks of white styrofoam. Several small landslides have occurred this...
  • A young man carefully picked his way toward the top of the eroded cliff at the end of the Road's End Beach, CoastWatch Mile 245. He frequently retreated from a cautious step or handhold as the sand and rock crumbled.
February 27, 2012 - TerryH
Empty steel drum on the beach with no markings. Watched the Park Ranger drive by and pick it up after he took pictures.


December 12, 2011 - TerryH
Clear, cold, and quiet on the beach today. The public beach entrance at about 72nd & Logan (40A) was re-graded recently and covered with crushed rock, making it much easier to walk down. At the...
September 27, 2011 - TerryH
Recent, large rockfall at north end of Roads End mile. Boulders the size of refrigerators.
  • Recent, large rockfall at north end of Roads End mile.
September 16, 2011 - TerryH
Another brainless wonder climbing the Roads End headland cliff and graffiti vandalism of sea wall (see pics). I talked with the owner of the property who owns the sea wall. He's not a happy camper...
  • This guy's sea wall has become a target for vandalism.
  • a young man climbing around on top of Roads End headland cliff
May 9, 2011 - TerryH
Group of people at water's edge dancing to the sound of a conga player and another drummer. Also, the stone totems are multiplying. One very decayed baby sea lion(?) at north end of beach.
  • someone's been busy
March 25, 2011 - TerryH
Spring break and the beach is crowded. Ranger Woody was on the beach in his truck. He had just shoo'd away some people climbing The Point, an ongoing problem. He said warning sign not likely. Will...


December 13, 2010 - TerryH
Lethargic, young seal at far north end of Roads End mile 245. Eyes appeared cloudy. Filed Marine Mammal report.Per Jim Rice, "this is a young elephant seal. It's late in the season to see one...
  • Alive but lethargic seal
November 16, 2010 - TerryH
One old sea lion carcass that's been on the beach at least 3 weeks, located north end of mile at about 76th street. A couple large piles of kelp. The calm before the next big storm.
November 10, 2010 - TerryH
Walked most of my mile this morning and noted 10 dead murre, 6 dead fulmars, 2 dead oystercatchers, 1 murre struggling in the surf and 1 murre resting at the 72nd street entrance to the beach....
October 10, 2010 - lvoelker
After the pounding, huge surf that accompanied the early weekend storm there were many reports of stranded birds on the beaches. Mile 245 was littered with carcasses and plastic pellets.
August 30, 2010 - TerryH
Only concern is the continued digging into the sandstone cliff at Roads End State Park. Saw a woman with her child on a leash but not her 2 big dogs. A sea lion and a harbor seal carcass were...
August 17, 2010 - TerryH
Witnessed several people climbing to the top of "The Point" at the north end of Roads End beach. This has been an area of concern all year with a significant rise in the number of people climbing...
July 6, 2010 - TerryH
Sunbathers under active rock slide area at The Point an ongoing problem. Approached one group of people and found myself talking with KATU news and North Lincoln County Fire Lt. Jim Kusz who were...
  • slide area at north end of Roads End beach where cliff rescue occurred the night before
June 16, 2010 - lvoelker
Fabulous day at the tidepools at Road's End. Found several nudibranchs: an alabaster, a leopard, a red gilled, and five opalescent. Two of the opalescents were curled up in the seaweed at the edge...
June 3, 2010 - TerryH
Three dead fish on north end of Roads End Mile 245. A couple pics attached.
  • dead fish about 18" in length
  • dead fish about 3' in length, Pacific Hake?
May 11, 2010 - TerryH
Increasing problem with young men climbing the large basalt headland at the north end of Roads End beach. Two other Coast Watchers have also noticed the problem. They climb up the loose gravelly...
May 2, 2010 - lvoelker
Why is so much plastic continuing to wash up on this beach as never before?
April 27, 2010 - TerryH
A seawall is being repaired at beachfront home 7207 NW Logan. Vehicles driving on the beach to get the work done. Contacted Tony Stein with the Parks Dept to confirm all permits were in place and...
April 21, 2010 - TerryH
Quiet windy day on the beach today. Not many people. The fawn carcass at The Point is down to the bones thanks to the turkey vultures and bald eagles. They had been feeding on it the past week....
  • Aerial photo of Roads End, about the year 2000, with Cascade Head in the background
April 11, 2010 - lvoelker
Not as much small debris but still a great quantity and an amazing array of large debris including, but not limited to: car fender, 10 gallon gasoline container, dozens of either 6 inch or 10 inch...
March 14, 2010 - lvoelker
Beautiful day, tide coming in, with many people walking the beach. Despite the high number of dogs, for the first time it seems like all the owners were picking up! Again, so much plastic. I picked...
January 23, 2010 - lvoelker
Approximately 2.8 MILLION bits of plastic on a 1/8 mile stretch of beach.
January 20, 2010 - TerryH
Seems like a lot more pulverized plastics are showing up on the beach in Roads End this winter.
  • lots of plastic bits on beach this winter


December 11, 2009 - TerryH
Noticed 6 dead squid. They all looked like the one in the picture. About 3-4 ft in length.
  • about 6 of them on the beach
November 14, 2009 - lvoelker
One recent major slide involving a large shorepine at the north end of the beach near the headland adjacent to the last waterfall. Very fresh, must have been recent. A large quantity of rock and...
November 6, 2009 - TerryH
And so it's around 9:30 Friday night and I had just gone around and turned all the lights out so I could watch the lightning. A few homes on the beach had their powerful floodlights directed at the...
  • Roads End tornado damage
  • Roads End tornado damage
  • Roads End tornado damage
October 24, 2009 - TerryH
I noticed an unusual amount of fluffy green foam a week ago but I have not noticed many dead birds on the beach. Today, the mounds of green foam are gone and I only spotted 1 dead comorant and 1...
October 5, 2009 - TerryH
Newly arrived dead sea lion of about 5 feet in length and quite furry. No obvious signs of injury. North end of Roads End mile. Nearest cross streets: Logan and 76thTalked with Jim Rice and...
  • Newly arrived dead sea lion, about 5 ft in length and quite furry.
September 17, 2009 - TerryH
Gorgeous September afternoon on the beach. Much micro algae washing in, turning the sand green. More immature graffiti on the Roads End Headland (The Point). Also, a very decayed sea lion carcass...
July 17, 2009 - TerryH
Over the 4th of July weekend, graffiti appeared on the Roads End point, north end of mile 245. See 1st picture. 2nd picture is from Sept. 2008, at about 74th St. on Roads End mile.Anyone else...
  • Graffiti appeared at the Point over 4th of July weekend
  • Roads End graffiti from September 2008
June 17, 2009 - TerryH
There was a very decayed sea lion corpse at the far north end of mile 245 (at the point) with a half dozen turkey vultures standing guard.Also, lots of sand with a large lagoon that has developed,...
May 14, 2009 - TerryH
Found banded dead Cormorant on Roads End beach. There were 3 bands attached to the wing. All were plastic: black, blue, purple. Contacted Roy Lowe and Robert Loeffel via email.Pics attached.Per...
  • banded Cormorant on Roads End beach
  • banded Cormorant on Roads End beach
May 3, 2009 - TerryH
Stranded brown pelican on Roads End beach, north end. Seemed to be sick or injured. Called Oregon State Patrol who said pelican had already been reported. pic attached
  • stranded brown pelican on Roads End beach, seemed to be sick or injured, Oregon State Patrol aware
March 18, 2009 - TerryH
Nice day on the beach. Talked with a man panning for gold in the stream just below Roads End Park. He said he has found gold there before. Also, a professional kite flyer was practicing He was...
  • Another old beach house getting torn down, making way for a new one.
January 24, 2009 - lvoelker
Last report I was focused on the large number of stranded jellies and completely missed what was behind me: a very large landslide approx 600 yds north of the last house along the beach and directly...
January 17, 2009 - lvoelker
This winter's erosion of the uplifted basalt near the end of 245 is interesting in the effect: usually the cliff is fairly smooth, now there are spines and depressions. The bridge between the basalt...
  • Uplifted basalt cliff face north end of mi 245
  • Igneous outcropping at end of Roads End beach
January 3, 2009 - TerryH
Dramatic effects of recent heavy rain, including a landslide (pic attached). Contacted property owner regarding landslide. Also, very decayed sea lion (pic attached)
  • landslide, contacted property owners
  • very decayed sea lion


November 18, 2008 - TerryH
Dead starfish, perhaps a hundred of them on a short stretch (150 feet?) of sandy beach. The seagulls were feeding on them. Pics attached.
  • Perhaps a hundred dead starfish on a short stretch of sandy beach (150 feet?).  The seagulls were feeding on them.
  • Perhaps a hundred dead starfish on a short stretch of sandy beach (150 ft?).  The seagulls were feeding on them.
September 20, 2008 - lvoelker
I was especially surprised to find, for the first time, a dead beaver, much less such a large beaver. The cliff continues to erode. I think we will be able to witness the isolation of the headland...
September 14, 2008 - TerryH
Only walked north half of Roads End mile and found dead beaver at "the Point"
  • At first, I thought it was a sea otter but when I got closer I noticed the flat, paddle-shaped tail.  It's a beaver.
September 3, 2008 - TerryH
Quite a few dead murres, including one with net around it's neck (see pic). The 2 sea lion carcasses reported earlier have been buried, thanks to the Parks Dept? The cave diggers are back at work on...
  • Found on 8/28, picture is of a dead murre with netting wrapped around it's neck.  Hard to tell if the netting caused it's demise or if it just got caught up in the netting after it died.
  • the cave diggers are back at work on the bluff at the Roads End Wayside
September 1, 2008 - lvoelker
The scrubbed-clean cliffs of winter (through June) have now transformed to the heavily scree-skirted cliffs. A large chunk of the rocky point fell about three weeks ago. More of the vegetated area...
August 22, 2008 - TerryH
Only had time to walk north half of Roads End mile. Found the 2 dead sea lions (pics attached) and reported to Jim Rice and Sheridan Jones. Stopped a pickup truck on beach towing trailer with jet...
  • dead sea lion, badly beat up, no tags
  • dead sea lion, badly beat up, no tags
July 13, 2008 - lvoelker
The erosion of the area near the headland continues.
June 12, 2008 - TerryH
Windswept beach but enough litter to be an eyesore. Picked up some jagged broken glass. The caves dug into the bluff at the Roads End Wayside have been filled in. "Thanks" to whoever did that!
May 25, 2008 - lvoelker
Continued/ongoing erosion of the bluff near the north end of this mile. I'm keeping a six monh photo journal of this headland.
March 16, 2008 - lvoelker
Lots of shredded/pulverized plastic debris in the surf line for the past three weeks.
February 26, 2008 - TerryH
Oceanfront home had a speaker aimed at the beach and was broadcasting the loud screeches and chatter of birds. It was not only annoying for those walking the beach but it was driving the wild birds...
February 25, 2008 - knickerson
It was a beautiful day at the beach! There seemed to be an unusually large amount of small plastic pieces in the wrack line - especially at the south end of mile 245. The speaker system on the...


December 10, 2007 - TerryH
There's still a lot of pulverized garbage from the big storm a week prior. No doubt a lot of it came down the rivers. Shoreline/bluff looks good, considering the battering it took. Only a couple...
October 21, 2007 - lvoelker
Dozens of uprooted sea palm and bull kelp -- LARGE specimens of sea palms, 16-20" tall. The sand movement is very early this year -- lots of exposed rock.
September 20, 2007 - TerryH
Only concern is with the caves dug into the bluff at the Roads End Wayside. They have gotten deeper over the summer. Reported problem to the State Parks department. Dave Woody said he'd follow up.
September 8, 2007 - The Druid
A bright sunny day, with strong wind ...good for surfing and kite surfing...about 10 surfers. One large telescopic type instrument on or spyglass type pointed toward ocean. All dogs...
June 17, 2007 - The Druid
Few birds, a couple crows and seagulls. Large gatherings of people, such as family reunions and a group of young people clustered together. At first I thought it was a religious meet, but recognized...
June 15, 2007 - TerryH
Beach was quite clean. Only sign of Velella velella (blue jellies) was during 2nd half of May. Very few washed ashore. Bluff digging still going on at Roads End Wayside. Warning sign is gone.
March 21, 2007 - TerryH
Fairly clean beach. I saw no dead birds or mammals. Biggest concern is the continued digging of caves in bluff at Roads End Wayside. Very curious about a small section of beach that was void of...
March 4, 2007 - knickerson
Lots of activity due to mild, sunny afternoon weather. Several carcasses were drawing a lot of interest from beachgoers. Called OSP to report. Noticed an unusual amount of small-size debris (mostly...
  • Photo of seal at Roads End State Park, Mile 245
  • Horned Puffin at Roads End State Park - incorrectly identified as a Juvenile Tufted Puffin on chalkboard
February 25, 2007 - Hailey
Not a whole lot going on.The rain tends to keep a lot of people off of the beach at this time of the year.3 stranded/dead animals found and a call was made to authority each time.I notice a lot of...
February 8, 2007 - The Druid
My visiting son, Mark and I walked Mile 245 today....very pleasant weather day, no wind. There were about 10 walkers, 2 dogs. Large driftwood logs on South end of mile....lots of mussel shells on...