Report Details

During the time of obsevation, the sun was shining and the large, crashing waves were beautifully illuminated.  Despite this, nobody was at the shoreline access point just beyond the north end of the mile to observe these, a missed opportunity.  A few people were in the Lookout observing the ocean and talking to the State Park volunteers.  A whale sighting earlier that day was mentioned.  The Lookout is by far the single best place to observe mile 226 and a picture of the view to the north from there is attached.  Please note:  This mile is one that cannot be walked due to steeply-cliffed inaccessible shoreline.  The best that one can do being to walk to an access point at the north end of the mile, then walk or drive along old highway 101 (Otter Crest Loop) and look over the edge at several points, and finally, go to the Lookout to view the pocket beach and then observe the extreme southern end of the mile.

Conditions

Temperature: 48 F. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: W. Tide Level: 3.0 feet.

Human Activities

Other Activities: (All above are N/A). The only activities observed were well away from the shoreline and consisted of people parking and entering the Lookout building and going to the adjacent observation points at Otter Crest.

Concerns

Apparent violations: (No concerns).

Notable Wildlife

None

Driftline Content

Small rocks. Note: It is difficult to observe drift line content as one must remotely observe a small, isolated, distant pocket cobble beach with binoculars from the Lookout building. There are obviously small rocks there and there are two or three fishing floats farther up the beach, but not along the driftline. The number of floats has diminished with time, probably as storm waves at high tide will cross this beach to the cliffs behind and may remove "floatable" materials.

New Development

(No new development noted.)

Man-made Modifications

(No beach modifications noted.)

Natural Changes

(No changes observed since the last observation three months ago.)

Actions & Comments

N/A

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Mile 226

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mile 226

March 21, 2022

Human activities were essentially confined to those stopping their vehicles on Otter Crest Loop or at the Lookout to observe the views.

gsmeyer

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Mile 226

December 21, 2021

It was fairly cold, rainy, and windy, so there was no human activity save for two vehicle parked for a short time at the Lookout and another on old Hwy.

gsmeyer