Mile 182

Roosevelt Beach, Ponsler SW, China Creek, Big Creek
Lane County

Latitude: 44.171634531097
Longitude: -124.117328682170
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the Lincoln County-Lane County line (44° 16.5774', Mile 190), southerly to the Siuslaw River (44° 00.9720', Mile 170).
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Roosevelt Beach, Ponsler SW, China Creek, Big Creek
Mile 182 Reports (42)


August 7, 2021 - mj6dolphin

Thousands of 1 inch tubes in the drift line. Not sure what they are some type of invertebrates or casing. The beach has been sculpted into small ridges making walking difficult unless you are walking by the more

  • Invertebrates or tube casing
  • Sand ridges Muriel Ponsler
  • 1 inch tube or invertebrates
June 9, 2021 - mj6dolphin

No new changes noted. Small jelly fish and pyrosomes in the wrack line, rocks, pieces of shell and plant material. No plastic noted more

March 16, 2021 - mj6dolphin

Nothing unusual in drift line. Damage of dunes is still apparent from the King Tides .There is still  more larger logs on the beach than usual. See photos. People walking and rock collecting on the beach. Dogs on more

February 23, 2021 - mj6dolphin

The King tide had left a lot of debris in the picnic area. The path to the beach has been filled in with rocks to stabilize the path and make it more safe. A few pieces of a sand dune had fallen onto the beach but nothing significant to more


November 20, 2020 - mj6dolphin

Wrack line with a wide variety of things today. Razor clam shells,few pyrosomes,crab shells,bull kelp, muscles,clams shells,and one jelly fish.More rock exposure and less more

September 27, 2020 - mj6dolphin

A large die off of moon jelly fish. A lot of dead crabs in the wrack more

August 15, 2020 - mj6dolphin

Lots of high wind action left new foredunes 1-3 ft tall 10 ft long in rows on the beach causing one to have to walk the tide line.Four sea aninomes on the wet sand, five ladybugs eating in the wrack line, hundreds of white feathers in the wrack more

May 22, 2020 - mj6dolphin

People with several dogs walking and rock hounding around China creek and Big creek.Lots of dead baby crabs in the wrack line. Much less or hardly any trash or plastic seen today. Continued erosion of sand dunes an d cliff walls on Muriel more

February 27, 2020 - mj6dolphin

More micro plastics in the wrack line, continued erosion of dune bluffs on Roosevelt beach exposing large boulders that could more


December 16, 2019 - mj6dolphin

More people on the beach today. Two surf fishing.The waves are undercutting the dune wall at Muriel Ponsler.

logs and more gravel on the more

September 5, 2019 - mj6dolphin

More people on the beach today.The sand has moved back in over the gravel beds. There are a lot of dead jellyfish in the wrack line. There is one large jellyfish a foot more

June 5, 2019 - mj6dolphin

There was a lot of gravel beside China creek as a lot of sand had washed away leaving gravel beds exposed.the cliffs have more undercutting on Muriel Ponsler.Some logs had washed up over the cliffs.

The wrack line had feathers, kelp, crab,sea more

March 11, 2019 - mj6dolphin

Low tide and people walking, rock collecting at 182.Very little in the rack line today.No debri seen on the beach today. There is wash over of the dunes next to Big creek. There is undercutting of the rocky wall on Muriel Ponsler by about a foot creating more rocks more


December 31, 2018 - mj6dolphin

People were walking the beaches. Three people were rock hounding in Big creek. Two people were looking at rocks in the cliffs.The dunes beside Big creek were visibly worn down from high waves.The cliffs looked more exposed at the bottom on Muriel Ponsler making the cliffs look taller.There was more

September 12, 2018 - mj6dolphin

10 people walking with one sitting. One dead bird that appeared Raven size. Sea gulls resting on the sand.Very large muscles with barnacles in the rack line.Large clumps of sea grass in the rack line. I jelly fish.

someone had made steps in the dune beside the rock path chute more

May 29, 2018 - mj6dolphin

There were 8 people, two were rock hounding, there were 3 dogs being walked.

There were by the wind sailors, kelp and sand fleas in the drift line.The sand was flattened in places due to recent high more

January 13, 2018 - mj6dolphin

A beautiful afternoon at the beach. It was low tide but there were many swells from an oncoming wind or storm. I had never seen dead crabs with one to two small holes in their backs and legs and claws intact? There are less pyrosomes on the rack more


November 16, 2017 - mj6dolphin

A pleasant day at the mile with people collecting trash. One woman collected a rock.Two hundred gulls.Pyrosomes and a jelly fish were on the shore more


February 1, 2016 - Nikki T

I very much enjoyed being back on Muriel Ponsler beach (mile 182) after a protracted absence. I brought a friend with me. We were looking for dead birds for COASST, as well as surveying "my" mile. Heavy seas this winter have exposed the volcanic outcropping that had been covered more


September 7, 2014 - Nikki T
It was great to be back on Mile 182 after my disappearing summer!The sand has built into dunes this summer. I noticed many of the people walking on the beach did not head all the way to Big Creek, which is the usual more
May 22, 2014 - Nikki T
I was happy to see so many marine birds feeding along the surf and near the ocean today.There was a low High tide this morning so the surf line was low. It was also sparse and scattered.So few people on the beach on such a lovely day. Sand continues more
April 22, 2014 - Nikki T
Our beach remains clean and scoured; only a few plastic bottles and wraps scattered here and there over the mile. No birds; dead or alive. The wrack line was high and consisted primarily of small to medium wood pieces. The cobble remains almost entirely covered with sand and the more
March 21, 2014 - Nikki T
There is very little cobble on the beach, and a lot of sand. Even the basalt outcropping about a quarter of the way up the beach is nearly obscured by sand. Also, perhaps due to wind and sand, the beach seemed quite scoured, only scattered dried small pieces of more
February 24, 2014 - Nikki T
Very quiet on the beach today. No wildlife observed, tide receding. There was a lot of small wood in patches on the drift line. There had been a 9.3 tide earlier. No dead birds. Hardly any debris, marine or more
January 17, 2014 - Nikki T
In spite of a glorious, warm day there were not many folks on the beach, but then again the tide was on its way in. I saw only six people on the beach, two photographers, two fishermen fishing for perch, and two people walking their dogs.There were no dead more


December 2, 2013 - Nikki T
I have two new beach partners so am looking forward to more regular walks on "my mile". Today we were out at the receding tide after a high of 8.5. It had been raining earlier and the wind was not too much fun so we (and the gulls) had more
March 9, 2013 - Nikki T
Glorious day. Many people on the beach taking advantage of it. We only count going in one direction (COASST) as we are looking closely for dead birds and changes. There were likely more than 18 people, and we could see more in the distance, as this beach connects to more
February 10, 2013 - Nikki T
My apologies for posting this a month late! There were quite a few people on the beach Feb 10. It was reasonably warm, and much warmer than inland. Was interesting to note the amount of erosion where the steps had been carved into the bluff. Between the steps and more


December 8, 2012 - Nikki T
We entered the beach at two locations again this month, due to high water in China Creek. There were more people than I anticipated for such a cool, occasionally rainy day; 9 people, three dogs.We tagged a lovely Northern Fulmar for COASST. Didn't observe any other wildlife There were more
November 4, 2012 - Nikki T
It was warm today after three days of stormy weather and the sun was peeking out now and then so there were a lot of people on the beaches. We spotted 7 dogs and 7 people, and only counted the vehicles at one access point. We had to use more
September 1, 2012 - Nikki T
The beach was quite clean today in spite of the large number of people (10) on a busy three day weekend. We only collected one small bag of trash. There were some vehicle tracks; unusual for this beach. Perhaps they were beach ranger tracks. There were only three cars more
August 7, 2012 - Nikki T
Beautiful day on the beach with lot of people, many of whom had walked from Washburn Park; so not many cars at Muriel Ponsler Wayside, where we accessed the more
July 7, 2012 - Nikki T
While long familiar with this beach this is the second time I have have surveyed for COASST and the first for CoastWatch. On our first visit, for COASST 06/03/12, we noted a sea worn fiberglass punt near the mouth of Big Creek, toward the North end of mile 182. more


May 8, 2011 - CoastBear
This was my first visit to this mile, so other than pictures from previous reports I have no information on it. It will be interesting to see the changes over more
  • bank undercutting near the mouth of Big Creek


September 7, 2009 - Jackie
As has been the case all summer long, there is very little to report. There are no visible signs of erosion, very little if any debris, and this visit the driftline was basically clean with the exception of a few jellyfish nodules. While we have walked this beach many more
June 15, 2009 - Jackie
Mile 182 is covered in sand. Very few rocks visible. The driftline was a coating of dried sea water although some small bits of material was visible here and there. Wildlife was restricted to birds. No fish. No mammals. Very little in the way of vegetation was present in more
  • Stretch of sand covering the beach.
  • Deep sand on mile 182.
March 16, 2009 - Jackie
It has been approximately one month since we walked Mile 182, and little has changed. Areas of the beach that are normally exposed rock this time of the year are still sandy. China Creek and Big Creek have widened in response to the latest storms. All in all, very more
January 31, 2009 - Jackie
The lack of recent storms seem to have brought the sand back on shore. Earlier in January many rocks were visible, but now they are again buried in the sand. No noticable bluff erosion has taken place. There are numerous large tree trunks and pieces of wood at the more


December 18, 2008 - Jackie
A river otter was spotted in the surf near Big Creek. The recent storms have scoured and widened Big Creek and littered the shore with tree trunks and smaller wood debris. The sea has pulled out a great deal of sand exposing numerous rocks and cobbles. No bluff erosion more
November 5, 2008 - Jackie
Winter storms are beginning to pull sand out to sea and small cobbles are becoming visble. This beach borders sandstone bluffs approximately ten to forty feet in height north of Big Creek, south of Big Creek the bluffs range six to ten feet. Both Big Creek and China Creek more
  • Typical beach and bluffs of this mile.
  • China Creek meeting the sea.
  • Looking south, from just south of Big Creek.
  • Typical mix of physical features of mile 182.
  • Looking north at mile 182 Big Creek.  Photo taken from just south of Big Creek.
  • Big Creek lagoon and Highway 101 bridge.
  • Gulls.
October 21, 2008 - Jackie
The sea and winds were calm. Though the sand is evenly distributed, rocks are protruding through the sand and several agates were found. Due to the lack of people, the beach and surrounding areas were more
October 13, 2008 - Bill&Janie
Beach pretty clean; only 1 sack of trash removed. 4 ancient large stumps are exposed at low tide. 3 dead Murres on beach. Two 50' sections eroded more