Report Details

There were no people observed on or near the shoreline due primarily to its inaccessibility. This relates directly to lack of human modifications. The erosional resistance of the basalt-cliffed shoreline also accounts for minimal natural change with time, but see photos for arch that collapsed the last week of December 2023. Human accessibility is to Otter Crest Loop Road and to Otter Crest State Lookout hundreds of feet above sea level. There, vehicles were traveling along the road with only one seen parked and vehicles were coming and going at the Lookout, where people were getting out and seeing the incomparable views, but not going in to the Lookout gift shop, as it was closed. What may have been a little unusual was the complete lack of observed wildlife, which could perhaps be accounted for in part by the height of the tide, meaning the no wave-cut platform or tide pools were exposed.

Conditions

Temperature: 60 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Tide Level: 4.5 feet.

Human Activities

Other Activities: There were no people or their dogs anywhere near the shoreline.. The only human activities were well above the shoreline on Otter Crest Loop Road and at the Lookout (Otter Crest State Lookout). There was one small motorhome parked along the road and some vehicles coming and going at the Lookout. Otherwise, there was no human activity.

Concerns

Apparent violations: There were no violations or concerns..

Notable Wildlife

Nothing notable was observed.

Beached Birds

n/a

Stranded Marine Mammals

n/a

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Nothing observed.

Driftline Content

Small rocks. With a moderate tide at the time of observation, there was very little wrack line exposed on this very rocky shoreline.

New Development

Nothing was noted. Note that coastline on this mile is virtually inaccessible so that people can't get to it to make any changes.

Man-made Modifications

Nothing was noted.

Natural Changes

No natural changes were noted between this report and the last one from March 2024. This shoreline is composed of erosion-resistant basalt upon which natural change occurs very rarely or very slowly, but see photos for an arch that collapsed the last week of December 2023. This is along a fault where erosion and failure are more rapid than elsewhere along this portion of the coast.

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Arch, south end of mile 226, Feb. 2022
Notch where arch at south end of mile 226 was, January 2024.

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Mile 226

Otter Crest, State Wayside

June 20, 2024

There were no people observed on or near the shoreline due primarily to its inaccessibility.

George Meyer

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Mile 226

Otter Crest, State Wayside

March 19, 2024

No human activity was noted on or near the shoreline, the only activity noted being people driving along Otter Crest Loop, with a few parking for short periods of time at the Lookout at Otter Crest Wayside for the views.

George Meyer

Mile 226

Otter Crest, State Wayside

December 19, 2023

On a nice, fairly calm and partly cloudy day on the central Oregon coast, there were only a few people driving along Otter Crest Loop and even fewer stopping to enjoy the view from the the Lookout at Otter Crest State Scenic Wayside.

George Meyer

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Mile 226

Otter Crest, State Wayside

September 22, 2023

It was a very pleasant sunny day and the ocean was calm, so visibility at and slightly below the surface of the ocean was excellent.

gsmeyer

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Mile 226

Otter Crest, State Wayside

March 21, 2023

There was nobody observed along the shoreline of mile 226, however there were a number of people driving and stopping along Otter Crest Loop, the roadway that provides excellent overviews of the mile.

gsmeyer

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Mile 226

Otter Crest, State Wayside

December 22, 2022

There were no human activities noted near the shoreline, which is usual for this mile, but there was activity at the Lookout, where there were a moderate number of people parking and going to the viewpoints and into the Lookout building gift shop.

gsmeyer

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Mile 226

Otter Crest, State Wayside

September 21, 2022

It was a nice day to be observing the coast, what with the moderate temperature, light wind, and clouds that covered the sky thinly.

gsmeyer

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Mile 226

Otter Crest, State Wayside

June 20, 2022

Humans were only noted well above the shoreline, specifically at the Lookout, where people parked their vehicles to get out for a few minutes to observe the seascapes.

gsmeyer