Mile 293 Report

February 7, 2017
by stu and barb

Rockaway Beach, State Wayside
Tuesday 3:15 PM
45° F
Moderate from the S
Tide Level:
3.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Visible retreat of solid bluff

New erosion near the sand dollar restaurant.  Public notice signs have been posted by Oregon Parks and Recreation regarding a rip rap revetment application.


Pretty typical Feb. afternoon...24 people and 7 dogs braving the windy & cloudy beach, with rain coming soon.  Recent high tides have left their mark on the dunes and streams.  Modest amount of human debris...the usual aluminum cans, plastic bottles, rope and assorted stuff (one bag was sufficient).  Lots of rocks,shells, sea grass, and small drift wood.  Some new erosion near the Sand Dollar Resaurant.  Public notice signs have been posted by Oregon Parks and Recreation regarding a rip rap revetment application.  At first look, it appears this request could be justified.  Saw about 20'of the remaining "bones" of  the Emily Reed near the Silver Sands Motel.  She was a 215' ship carrying 2,100 tons of coal from Newcastle New South Wales when she ran aground at the Nehalem Bar on Feb 14, 1908...almost 119 years ago...great lumber!  Think the last sighting was in 2010.

  • Erosion at Rock Creek next to Rockaway Beach Wayside.
    February 7, 2017
  • Dune erosion near N. 3rd and Pacific, Rockaway Beach.
    February 7, 2017
  • Site of rip rap application
    February 7, 2017
  • Oregon Parks and Recreation posting
    February 7, 2017
  • "Bones" of the Emily Reed, dating back to 2/14/1908
    February 7, 2017
Other Mile 293 Reports (68)


January 1, 2023 - Mary and Zio
Overall the beach looked pretty good for post king tides and fireworks. Uptick in small plastic fragments found in drift line. Less trash than summer found from picnics (it's been a stormy week), but...


October 22, 2022 - Mary and Zio
September 7, 2022 - Mary and Zio
For the day after a holiday weekend the beach was exceptionally clean. One small bucket of trash that included spent fireworks, kid sand toys, a shoe, net metal stakes, and some picnic trash.  only...
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February 6, 2022 - Mary and Zio
A warm February day. About 40 people within the mile out enjoying the sunshine and low winds. Kids playing in the sand, a few kites, and several groups with multiple dogs walking the beach.The beach...
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December 31, 2021 - Mary and Zio
A relatively calm day before the first King tide of 2022. Lots of folks out milling about enjoying the sunny day. Several sections of rope were found intertwined in kelp piles. Large pieces of...
September 14, 2021 - stu and barb
Observed approx. 40 people, 17 dogs, and just a few seagulls.  A very clean drift line including several large jellyfish.  The high tide line and beach fire sites contained the typical momentos left...
June 10, 2021 - stu and barb
A fair number of people and dogs, but just 10-12 seagulls.  Debris collected was typical...beach toys,pieces of plastic, cans and bottles, plastic bags and wrappers, small pieces of rope, and way too...
  • A pretty clean beach except for this large pile of bull kelp
  • A true picnic on the beach…table and all.
  • Our beautiful clean beach
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March 12, 2021 - stu and barb
A lot of people and dogs as it was a warm and calm afternoon.  Shoreline modifications were the result of strong winds and high tides in mid Jan.  Some riprap (1 1/2 to 1) will require repairs. The 2...


December 1, 2020 - stu and barb
Beach was pretty clean, just a few shells and rocks, mostly due to the current high tides.  All the debris, both human and natural, was in the high tide line.  Gathered one full bag of the usual...
September 28, 2020 - stu and barb
Found more garbage  than expected, but less than usual, thanks to the Solve cleanup a week ago.  Usual stuff, but more flip flops than ever??  plus a life vest & lots of beach never...
June 16, 2020 - stu and barb
A pretty clean beach with lots of seagulls and a fair number of people and dogs.  An unusual amount of crab shells and body parts on the entire mile, along with lots of seaweed and kelp.  Human...
February 11, 2020 - stu and barb
A lightly travelled beach today with less than 20 people and 5 dogs.  Lots of debris left at the high tide line mostly due to the recent King Tides.  Besides the logs,  tree branches and other wooden...


November 3, 2019 - stu and barb
Nothing extraordinary today, but picked up more stuff than anticipated...lots of cans and bottles, numerous pieces of yellow plastic rope, a few beach balls and toys, and some styrofoam.
August 12, 2019 - stu and barb
More trash than our last few walks...possibly due to the kite festival last week.  Lots of twine from bundled beach firewood, some fireworks remains, lots of plastic and leftovers from s’more party’s...
May 21, 2019 - stu and barb
Beach continues to be very bottles, no cans, no styrofoam!!!  Found only 10 or 12 items of plastic, an empty sand bag, and about 10 feet of crab ring rope that I was able to untangle from...
January 21, 2019 - stu and barb
A throwback to a couple years ago...the black sand is back along with some previously exposed remains of plastic rope and an assumed crab ring buried deep in the sand.  Very clean beach, probably the...
  • It’s sand
  • Sanderlings doing their thing
  • Hello again


November 8, 2018 - stu and barb
A particularly debris clean beach...could have put all of the rope pieces, plastic bottles(2) and misc. paper and plastic stuff in a gallon freezer bag!  Too bad there weren’t more people around to...
August 29, 2018 - stu and barb
Reported the 4’ long dead seal to the local Beach Park Ranger
May 24, 2018 - stu and barb
A pretty clean beach! Litter patrol generated about 1/2 of a kitchen bag...mostly glass and plastic bottles, flip flops & clothing, assorted plastic and paper goods...all less than usually found...
February 23, 2018 - stu and barb
Way more people than expected on this cold and windy day.  The usual shells & small rocks decorated the sand and a handful of seagulls braved the elements.  Not a lot of beach junk but more...


November 29, 2017 - stu and barb
Just a handful of people (15) but lot’s of driftwood and small wood pieces, along with a generous smattering of pyrosomes that had drifted in from warmer seas.  Saw a few seagulls making a meal of...
  • Sea foam or icebergs?
  • Pyrosomes out of their element
  • Sanderlings doing their thing.
  • New sea grass planted south of the wayside.
September 1, 2017 - stu and barb
Lots of people...and seagulls, getting a head start on Labor Day.  Saw about 60 people and an equal number of seagulls (only grouping was at Rock Creek), and 10-20 crows.  Some clumps of seaweed at...
June 5, 2017 - stu and barb
Pretty happy with the condition of our beach, especially just one week after Memorial Day and the kite festival crowds.  Picked up less than one bag of the routine bottles, cans, small plastics...


November 10, 2016 - stu and barb
A calm and mild morning for our walk.  Modest amount of seaweed in spots but the beach is very clean with just a few rocks & shells visible.  It's a different story up at the high tide line near...
August 28, 2016 - stu and barb
A beautiful morning to do our walk, this time with the help of our granddaughter Josie. Nothing unusual to report, just the everyday variety of "human" debris...lots of paper, plastic,cans, cigarette...
June 4, 2016 - stu and barb
Based on the small amount of garbage picked up on my "litter patrol", one would be surprised to know that it was just a week ago that Rockaway Beach hosted it's annual kite festival during Memorial...
March 7, 2016 - stu and barb
This is the way you like to find your mile...very clean beach, and lots of people, dogs, and birds enjoying it. Picked up some assorted pieces of plastic and styrofoam and two bottles...but not...


December 15, 2015 - stu and barb
Lot's of small plastic debris littering the beach, but that's what you get after a big winter storm. Filled two large garbage bags and dragged up several long hunks of rope. Huge waves in the past...
September 8, 2015 - stu and barb
A mostly clean beach prevails after the Labor Day weekend. 30 or so people and about as many seagulls out enjoying the day. Saw 16 dead common murres, but probably a lot more covered in the sand....
May 18, 2015 - stu and barb
Plenty of people and dogs out enjoying a cloudy, mild late afternoon. Unfortunately, there was also plenty of garbage and debris to be found as well. Filled two kitchen garbage bags with assorted...
February 11, 2015 - stu and barb
About as good as it gets in February...mid 50's & calm...a most pleasant day! Beach was pretty clean, but still managed to fill a kitchen garbage bag full with plastic, rope, bottles and...


November 21, 2014 - stu and barb
No one on the beach this morning...brutal weather today with 20-30 mph wind,sideways rain, and blowing sand. Any debris is now well concealed and very few shells are visible. Large piles of bull...
September 5, 2014 - stu and barb
What a special day to be at the coast...warm, calm, and a really clean beach. Just a smattering of left over 4th of July stuff...most debris was picked up near old camp fire sites. For the most...
May 26, 2014 - stu and barb
A busy weekend as Rockaway Beach hosted the annual kite festival and the usual Memorial Day crowd...both bound to generate more than the average amount of "human" debris. All things considered, it...
February 25, 2014 - stu and barb
Just a perfect day with lot's of people enjoying it. Found very few items of litter, a couple of cans & bottles and several pieces of plastic all easily removed...not so much for a hunk of rope...


November 23, 2013 - stu and barb
Beautiful,clean beach this pre-Thanksgiving week. Someone had already gathered 6 plastic bottles and set them by an access trail...and that was the bulk of debris to pick up. A smattering of diatoms...
September 2, 2013 - stu and barb
Lot's of people enjoying a beautiful day at the beach, but disappointed in the amount of "stuff" found on this late afternoon of Labor Day. Too many people still don't get the message. It's not much...
May 20, 2013 - stu and barb
Given the dreary forecast, we took advantage of a fine spring day to tour our mile in Rockaway Beach. Everyone we saw was enjoying a sunny yet breezy afternoon, with very little seaweed,shells,...
February 23, 2013 - stu and barb
The ocean just keeps on giving...more new sand has been deposited in the last couple of months burying 2'to 3' of the rip rap lower rock. Don't usually see this in Feb. Tree limbs and small logs have...


November 25, 2012 - stu and barb
Post Thanksgiving beach was mostly empty of both people and debris...exceptions of note were a bike tire and rim, a rubber welcome(?) mat,several hunks of rope,and half of a turkey carcass (which our...
August 22, 2012 - stu and barb
A lot of people and dogs just having a good time on a nice day. Pretty good crowd for mid week. Beach is quite clean for all the activities in August. Lots of crab shells...some natural, some just...
March 24, 2012 - ducks73
After two days of seeing no one on our morning walks, the first full day of spring break has apparently brought many families to the beach. It was sunny and warm at the start of our walk, with the...
February 3, 2012 - ducks73
Spectacular, amazing and beautiful day at Rockaway Beach! Yesterday was too. In spite of all the warnings and watches, the beach looks good. There are few logs and It looks flatter, but so far, it...


September 25, 2011 - ducks73
What a difference a day makes, but then that's the beach. Yesterday it was warm and sunny with at least twice as many people and three times as many dogs taking advantage of the great day. After a...
July 3, 2011 - ducks73
Today was relatively quiet and calm on Rockaway Beach. Tomorrow with all the 4th of July festivities, it will most likely be much busier. The beach looks clean for as many people at the beach as...
April 1, 2011 - ducks73
The SOLV Beach Cleanup was last weekend and the beach is remarkably clean! Things looked good on Mile 293 this morning.
February 4, 2011 - ducks73
It was a rainy morning on the beach, but it appears that the winter storms did not negatively affect the bluff on my mile. The beach was relatively clean of human debris, while several blocks had...


September 23, 2010 - ducks73
What a dreary first full day of Fall on Rockaway Beach . . . although we are supposed to be in for a stretch of very fine weather. Besides me and my dog, only one other person braved the soaking...
August 5, 2010 - ducks73
We watched a coyote go onto the beach between NW 12th and NW 13th (the mile north of mine but our house is in this mile) and exit the beach between NW 11th and NW 10th. It was a medium size coyote...
July 2, 2010 - ducks73
We experienced the "calm before the storm" on the beach this morning. Had we reported on 7/5, we would no doubt see many more people, debris (tons of red sticks and cardboard and plastic from...
April 10, 2010 - ducks73
I have never seen so much plastic debris EVER on Rockaway Beach. We walked south of our house (Mile 293) to town this morning and picked up what we could and met a couple who had filled two garbage...
March 27, 2010 - ducks73
Apparently, I submitted my spring report one day too early, but the beach was a bit more littered this week than last. The ocean brought some debris in (too bad last week was the SOLV Cleanup) and...
  • During the spring, velella wash up on the beach.  This year they are very, very small.
March 21, 2010 - ducks73
There were a lot of people on the beach this morning in spite of the clouds, wind and threat of rain -- but it's the first weekend of spring vacation so there are more people in town. Too bad they...
February 5, 2010 - ducks73
It's always a great day to be on the beach, but this morning was especially nice for February. There were some logs that appear to have washed up onto the riprap, but the beach looked much like it...


October 24, 2009 - ducks73
We walked our mile this morning. It is a bright, sunny day with a light wind from the south. There were gulls on the beach and flying overhead, but we saw no evidence of any birds affected by the...
September 22, 2009 - ducks73
What an AWESOME morning in Rockaway Beach! It was an unbelievably warm and calm day yesterday with a brilliant sunset. It looks like we're in store for more of the same today. I've attached a...
  • The head and the tentacles appear to have been cut from the body.
July 2, 2009 - ducks73
What a spectacular morning on Rockaway Beach (before the wind kicks up)! The beach is remarkably clean (we'll see what happens after the long 4th of July weekend. People are already shooting off...
  • People and dogs on the beach and in the ocean
  • The winter and spring winds brought back more than a foot of sand and left it against the riprap and covering the logs
  • The Wayside parking lot off of highway 101 overlooks Rock Creek and beach.
  • The beach access road near the church has been repaired.
March 25, 2009 - ducks73
Quiet day on the beach for the middle of spring vacation. There is a lot of wood on the beach and some has been cut and hauled away presumably for firewood. One bonfire was still smoldering.
January 31, 2009 - ducks73
It was a beautiful morning for a walk on Rockaway Beach!! There were many, many HUGE logs, branches, and limbs and lots of wood debris on the beach and riprap my whole mile. There are still areas...


September 26, 2008 - ducks73
Beach cleanup was last Saturday. The beach is remarkably free of debris. Great morning for a walk on the beach.
June 22, 2008 - ducks73
The beach was remarkably clean today. While there may have been some debris on the riprap, there was very little near the shoreline. It will be interesting to see if the gaping holes in the riprap...
April 3, 2008 - ducks73
It was a great day to be on the beach. It was one week after the beach cleanup and it was still very clean.
January 6, 2008 - ducks73
The beach in Rockaway is in very poor shape. Literally what must be tons of sand has been scoured from the beach and the waves easily reach the bluff at every low tide. There is considerable new...
  • This is the view from in front of my house at 155 NW 12th.  It is not in my mile, but in the last two weeks we have lost 20-25' of our dune.  The Surfside Motel has received an emergency permit to


November 25, 2007 - ducks73
It was a BEAUTIFUL day to be on the beach. The ocean was white and foamy and the sky was clear and blue. Unfortunately, the tide was very high (9.4 at 12:01 pm) and the riprap along most of my mile...
September 19, 2007 - ducks73
Beautiful morning to be on the beach - too bad no one was there to enjoy it. Sand still has not covered the lower base rocks of the riprap at NW 3rd. The beach access was blocked with yellow tape,...
July 26, 2007 - ducks73
3 dead birds: 2 murres, 1 gullConsiderable settling of riprap/gaps between NW 6th - 7th.New condos at NW 5th and between NW 3rd and 2nd are almost done.
April 27, 2007 - ducks73
Rockaway Beach Resort work stopped, permit application posted. Riprap between NW 6th & 7th - 2 lots and one house with significant erosion (they were between two riprapped areas and obtained an...
February 17, 2007 - ducks73
3 dead birds: 2 murre, 1 unknown (long neck, yellow feet)Retreat of solid bluff: homes south of Wayside. Overtopping: wood on riprap.Backfill from riprap on beach N/S of NW 6th.