Report Details

Very crowded beach at southern end of mile-where there is beach access from Beverly Beach state park/campground. Significantly less populated at north end. Lots of autos/RVs parked in parking areas, I suspect the 99 steps down to/up from the beach at the access stop some people from doing anything more than looking at the view, stopping at Mo's, etc., then getting back on the road.

Conditions

Temperature: 60 F. Cloud Cover: Foggy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 7.3 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 60. Number of dogs: 5. Walking or running: 40. Playing in surf: 5. Sitting: 10. Surfing: 6. Other Activities: boogie boarding. No motorized vehicles w/out permit on this mile. Saw none.

Concerns

Climbing bluffs/seastacks

Apparent violations: loud music.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 20. RVs/Buses parking: 2.

Notable Wildlife

None. A few seagulls flying, one vulture soaring over the cliff climbers.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1. Unable to identify, probable gull

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

some dead mole crabs, some crab parts.

Driftline Content

Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Small rocks, Wood pieces.

Actions & Comments

Looked as though surfboards are being stored on the wood platform that was built on top of an old slide (not far south of the access stairs). According to the state parks people I've spoken to, that slide is private property & not part of the beach (even though it's on top of the beach). There's also a no trespassing sign placed on a post next to the platform. Most of the people were concentrated at the south end of my mile--part of the beach access for Beverly Beach state park (I saw a no vacancy sign for the campground as I drove to the beach access in Otter Rock). I saw approximately 12-15 people on the northern 2/3s of my mile. There seemed to be at least 40 people (50?) on the beach at that end: adults, kids, a few dogs. All the dogs were on leashes or under good control (can't say the same for some of the humans). A bit north of the BB state park access (1/4 mile? probably less) a small group of people had a portable music player & were playing canned "music" loudly. Guess the sound of the surf doesn't work for them, I wonder why they come to the beach in the first place--they might just as well stay at home, turn up the AC & crank up the music there (& annoy their neighbors there instead of people who come to the beach to enjoy the surf's "music."). In addition to about 3-4 people climbing the unstable/eroding bluffs near the south end of the mile, there was someone "rockclimbing" the sandstone outcrop near the beach access stairs. Looked as though he might be stranded when the tide came in completely. I didn't walk all the way to the end of my mile but about 5/6s of the way, too many people at the south end. Considering how many people were on the beach, it looked pretty clean. Near the Alpine Chalet access, someone had built a driftwood shelter, & several people had built a fire in front of the shelter & looked as though they planned to be there for some time (chairs, etc.). I couldn't tell if they were just there for the afternoon/evening or camping. Occasionally people will camp in the driftwood shelters for several days. While the shelter & fire were not built in the area of driftlogs in that part of the beach, there were plenty of driftwood adjacent to the fire.Very few birds in the area but I rarely see many birds on this beach, although I've seen what I believe are whimbrels almost every day on the beach between Lucky Gap Access (Agate Beach) & Jump off Joe. It amazes me that they continue to stay in those areas, as so many of the people walking along the beach cannot be bothered to give the birds (who have been very obviously trying to feed when I've been there) any space/room but instead will try to walk right through them or into them. So the birds spend lots of time flying to different stretches of the beach. Pretty unaware behavior.

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Beverly Beach north, Johnson Creek

July 5, 2024

Sunny & warm day, with more people & dogs then I've seen in years on the beach, probably because of the heat wave in PDX, the Willamette Valley & so much of the US. In addition to walking the mile to do a Coastwatch report, I participated in a Surfrider day after the 4th beach trash pickup.

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Beverly Beach north, Johnson Creek

March 16, 2024

Low tide at Yaquina Bay was listed as 12:16 pm today, the north jetty & a headland, and probably about 8-10 miles separate YB from the beach at Otter Rock where my mile is located, I don't know how much those factors change (or not) the exact tide level when I stepped onto the beach this morning OR when I left, about noon. Overall a beautiful day on the beach, on my arrival there were probably 23 people (including surfers) on the beach, that number increased to the number I entered.

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Beverly Beach north, Johnson Creek

July 22, 2023

Lovely day on the beach.

malachite

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Beverly Beach north, Johnson Creek

July 22, 2023

Very low tide this am, I have no idea what the exact tide level was so I didn't enter a number.

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Beverly Beach north, Johnson Creek

April 3, 2023

Pleasant if chilly walk on the beach.

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Beverly Beach north, Johnson Creek

March 11, 2023

Quite a dynamic winter on this mile, more erosion noted, and a moderate sized slide seen on the mile.

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Beverly Beach north, Johnson Creek

October 6, 2022

Nice day for a walk on the beach, clean beach, saw 6 cyclists (one solo, I think the rest were more or less together), first time I've seen cyclists on this beach, have seen them off & on from the south jetty north to Lucky Gap access.

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Beverly Beach north, Johnson Creek

September 11, 2021

Pretty day on the beach,  I was on the beach when the tide was going out, my South Beach tide table indicates the low tide in SB was at 9:43 am & 1.

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