Mile 185

S of Stonefield Beach Wayside, Tokatee Kloochman Wayside
Lane County

Latitude: 44.216015196435
Longitude: -124.113935551230
Vehicles:
  • 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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S of Stonefield Beach Wayside, Tokatee Kloochman Wayside
Mile 185 Reports (49)

2018

October 17, 2018 - Lfleming

It was a lovely day, perfect weather, and the people were only in the first sandy part except for one agate hunter.  With no winter storms yet the summer sands were still there so the walking was easy.   The beach was quite clean.   All the baby jellyfish in the  driftline...read more

September 17, 2018 - Lfleming

A lovely partly sunny day and very few people.  The sand had moved in over the summer so it was easier walking.  We saw 18 bird species which is a total we rarely get to.  One Turkey Vulture, flying into the wind, flew closely overhead several times, a very slow...read more

June 6, 2018 - Lfleming

A quiet day, without many birds, not even gulls, flying.  Not much wind but a big surf so there were no Surf Scoters out in the water.  There were some gulls at the mouth of Tenmile Creek but as we drove up the coast we saw a feeding frenzy out...read more

February 17, 2018 - Lfleming

Cement buffer destroyed by the ocean in 2018read more

February 7, 2018 - Lfleming

A sunny day so there were lots of people enjoying the beach.  There was one section of debris and tree trunks up against the bluff, probably from the king tide.   The rocks in the water most likely keep most of the from landing on the beach.  The tideline was pretty...read more

2017

October 27, 2017 - Lfleming

A lovely sunny day without much wind.  We watched a gull take a mussel shell, fly in a big circle, gaining altitude till the bird was over the rocks.  Then it hovered, dropping the shell onto the cobbles to break it.  It was fairly succcessful about half the time.  The scoters...read more

August 30, 2017 - Lfleming

An amazing day with no wind and a glassy ocean.   The gulls were finding food in the washed up kelp on the beach.  One section of the driftline was full of dead rockhoppers along with several eaten out crabs shells.  Only three orange seastars, far out on the rocks.  There...read more

May 19, 2017 - Lfleming

A lovely day.  Spring mating season so a lot of the species were paired off.  Someone has built a large tent shape enclosure out of big pieces of driftwood near the parking lot.  Except for the first section of Stonefield Beach, the other sections were all cobbles and rocks.  Good...read more

February 17, 2017 - Lfleming

A lot of people and their dogs out enjoying a break in the weather.  The walkway in had a lot of logs and debris on it making access harder.  Quite a few visitors agate hunting in the winter cobbles.  The bluff seemed to have more erosion than usual. read more

2016

September 9, 2016 - Lfleming

An uncomfortable day with such high wind.  Very few people or birds.  The sand has moved South so most of the cobbles were covered except along the bluff face.  The tide was too high to see sea stars.  The driftline had large quantities of small wooden pieces, gray and weathered. ...read more

June 11, 2016 - Lfleming

Cobbles have blocked the main exit of Tenmile Creek so it now goes north and the mouth is in front of the old parking lot. A nice change. It was a partly sunny day on a weekend so there were a lot of people. We saw several come in and...read more

March 14, 2016 - Lfleming

Surprisingly busy for a Monday that was windy and overcast. The small parking lot was full and several of the people had walked there from nearby. The beach is all large cobbles this time of year making it hard to walk on. With binoculars we found 34 sea stars on...read more

2015

October 21, 2015 - Lfleming
A variable day from sunny to low overcast and windy. The river otters were the most unusual sightings plus the Bald Eagle hunting fish in the ocean. Quite a few people mostly walking and poking around. They stay close to the parking lot area and the first rock section. It...read more
September 6, 2015 - Lfleming
A lovely day; busy Labor Day weekend so more people than usual. We saw two birds that were new for us, a Willet, and a Golden Crown Sparrow. Number 57 & 58 on our list. Using binoculars we were able to see a total of 5 seastars out on the...read more
August 24, 2015 - Volunteer Coordinator

We saw purple water here at about 7PM yesterday, approx 10 feet long 10 feet wide on shore. Ocean Haven, near the mouth of Tokatee creek. ** Christineread more

February 12, 2015 - Lfleming
A lovely day with no wind but very quiet and a bit dull with no sea stars, where we were used to seeing hundreds, and very few birds because of all the sea foam. It was so thick we couldn't get to the end of the Stonefield Beach. Our way...read more

2014

October 26, 2014 - Lfleming
A variable day to do our mile, starting with sun and ending with a huge downpour in one hour. The low tide was very high (2.3) so we did a fast walk as far as we could get down the beach. There were signs the tide had come all the...read more
August 14, 2014 - Lfleming
A very foggy day with the beach empty of people. The sand was the highest we have seen it in years so we were able to get out farther into the rocks to count sea stars. We had a -0.2 tide, the same we had in June when we only...read more
June 18, 2014 - Lfleming
It was a lovely day and the tide was low so were were able to check on the condition of 84 sea stars. We divided them into orange and purple and looked for the wasting disease. Of the 26 orange ones, 11 had shriveled or flattened arms which were not...read more
March 22, 2014 - Lfleming
We are one day late but are planning to count this as our first quarter report. With both spring break and beach clean up going on there were a lot of people on the beach. We saw the fewest birds, by species and number, in 10 years. I don't think...read more

2013

November 11, 2013 - Lfleming
A beautiful windless day once we got past the parking lot. There was an incredible amount of sand in the north half of our mile, with many of the tide pools covered over along with the anemones. We know the sand goes north in the winter but we have not...read more
September 12, 2013 - Lfleming
Lovely overcast day, almost no wind. The parking lot was closed and filling in with sand. The sand on the beach was higher than we have seen it in a long time, and almost all the usual rocky areas covered, with only the highest part of the mile not covered...read more
June 17, 2013 - Lfleming
A overcast windy day so not many people. The parking lot is plowed for the summer and the sand is again returning to cover the rocks on the beach. There were two piles of kelp entangled with plastic ropes but otherwise the beach was very clean. We saw several small...read more
March 4, 2013 - Lfleming
We saw our first sea otter on the rocks along the edge of the ocean, and later in the water in a shallow inlet. THIS MAMMALS TURNS OUT TO BE AN AMERICAN RIVER OTTER, a creature with a broader nose and relatively larger eyes than the Sea Otter. So the...read more
  • Head of a sea otter swimming towards us in a shallow inlet.
  • Male

2012

December 6, 2012 - Lfleming
The road into Stonefield is closed for winter and flooded. The only sandy section is in front of the parking lot, the rest of the beach to the headlands is all cobbles. A Red-throated Loon, a new bird for the mile, appeared ill as it was on the cobbles, not...read more
September 8, 2012 - Lfleming
Because of the high tide, the birds were closer into shore but the seals were all somewhere else. There was lots of seaweed on the beach which we rarely get. Mostly Bull Kelp and Sea Palms. No trash or debris at all. Very clean. A lot of people climbing on...read more
June 11, 2012 - Lfleming
We collected a lot of big chunks of styrofoam in the first two sections of our mile, including a big round cylinder that was about 43" by 20". A park ranger said it was probably from a dock that washed out in the flood on the Siuslaw River this spring...read more
February 1, 2012 - Lfleming
A winter beach. The Stonefield parking lot is closed off though people move the barriers. The north part is the only sandy section, the rest is all cobbles and looks completely different than in the summer. A Bald Eagle flew by going south, and later back again. One new bird...read more

2011

November 19, 2011 - Lfleming
It was a rainy day but the wind was light. It started in the north but by the time we finished it was from the south. The most interesting thing was all the foam. In some sections the rocky areas near the bluffs were completely covered. We tested the depth...read more
August 19, 2011 - Lfleming
The day started sunny with a light wind but in about an hour it was overcast, very windy and cold, (55 degrees), which drove everyone off the beach. The sand has moved south again so there are very few rocks uncovered for the agate hunters. Not many birds and no seals.read more
June 6, 2011 - Lfleming
We saw 22 species of birds, the most we have ever seen on our mile since 2002. Two new species; 4 Common Murres and the most surprising, a family of American Dippers ( who live in fresh water), in the stream below the Tokatee Kloochman parking lot. We saw one...read more
February 11, 2011 - Lfleming
The only sandy area is in front of the parking lot, south of that is all rocks and pebbles, appropriate for winter when the sand moves north. Six people looking for agates. There were 51 Harbor Seals sunning on the rocks at the far end of Stonefield. We saw 19...read more

2010

November 14, 2010 - Lfleming
A misty, foggy day with no wind. We found the birds and seals much calmer and less upset by our presence. The Surf Scoters (40) were in very close to shore, mostly females and juveniles. 52 Harbor seals. Considerable sea foam. The beach seemed to have a lot of smaller...read more
July 2, 2010 - Lfleming
A lovely cool day. No seals basking on the rocks which was unusual. A few dead seastars and large crabs, (6-7 inches across). Also the remains of a huge sea lion, mostly skeleton, was washed up high in the rocks. One new bird for our list, a Red Tailed Hawk...read more
May 6, 2010 - Lfleming
The parking lot is plowed, so busier. We found one new bird ( the 45th species since Dec. 02), a Northern Flicker. Also a Wandering Tattler which we only see in May when the birds are migrating through. May is the most active month on our bird list. We also...read more
February 22, 2010 - Lfleming
A new sighting for us of a Brush Rabbit near the parking lot at Stonefield, which is all filled in with debris from storms. On the Tokatee Kloochman side, a lady found what looked to be a fossilized tooth, hollow underneath and molar looking on top. It was about 3/4"...read more

2009

November 25, 2009 - Lfleming
Tide high so not as many birds near shore. Opossum tracks in the dunes near the parking lot. A lot of local people out on the beach, often from nearby houses. They always seem interested in Coastwatch. 6 Black Turnstones and 5 Oystercatchers and the usual Harlequin ducks.read more
September 12, 2009 - Lfleming
A flock of Band-tailed pigeons (17) landed on the tidal rocks briefly and took off. Skiddish. Last Sept. we saw three do the same thing. Migrating? The only time of year we have seen them. We saw 6 pelicans flying north and 3 going south. Only one seal, in the...read more
May 15, 2009 - Lfleming
Lovely day with a low tide. 12 people walking, collecting agates, and tidepooling. Saw second Bald Eagle since 2002. Flock of 13 Whimbrels flew by. 26 Pigeon Guillemots nesting on the bluffs. One couple came on the beach carrying two big containers, one plastic, one metal, went out in the...read more
February 2, 2009 - Lfleming
A lovely sunny day with almost no wind. 47 Harbor Seals out sunning on the rocks, and a new bird for our mile, the Pacific Loon. Quite a few people looking for agates and jasper. Not finding much this year. We were surprised how rocky the Toketee Kloochman side was...read more

2008

November 23, 2008 - Lfleming
It is fascinating to watch the changes in the sand movement from summer to winter. Our mile is rocky all summer and now the sand has moved back south and covered the rocks, and also the metal frame of an old boat stuck in the south end.read more
  • Bay has filled with sand; compare with picture taken on May 09, 2008
September 20, 2008 - Lfleming
SOLV was having beach cleanup. Three people working on Stonefield Beach. New Bird for mile 185, Band Tailed Pigeon (3). Also saw 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Surfbirds, 25 Harlequin Ducks, and 40 Brown Pelicans flying south.read more
May 9, 2008 - Lfleming
We found 3 bird species we haven't seen before; Osprey, Red-necked Phalarope, and Cliff Swallow. We have now seen 41 species in the 5 1/2 years we have done our mile. May is the busiest month with 19 species on the 9th. We also saw an anemone eating a dead...read more
January 17, 2008 - Lfleming
Two unusual observations, one mink (?) skull, and a orange Sunfower Seastar in the tide pools. Out in the rocks at the edge of the surf, we saw a group of 240 Surfbirds. There were 60 Harbor Seals on the rocks.read more
  • 18 arms
  • white skull without lower jaw; 2.750x1.5 inches

2007

October 14, 2007 - Lfleming
Beach was very clean. Parking lot was plowed out, making dunes around the edges of the lot that were higher than the cars. Also the entrance was newly paved part way into the beach.Interesting to see racoon tracks along the beach among the rocks.Last Oct. on about the same date,...read more
July 7, 2007 - Lfleming
A big hunk of the sandy bluff collapsed. An agate hunter on the beach had seen that area with large cracks in it the day before.read more
  • recent slide on Mile #185
June 2, 2007 - Lfleming
Beach very rocky, going right to the tide pools. Pigeon Guillemots all paired off but not showing signs of nesting yet. Other years they have been nesting in mid May. The 80 Surf Scoters we saw was twice the max we have seen since 2003 when we started doing this...read more
March 14, 2007 - Lfleming
Winter beach with lots of cobbles and rocks. Low tide level so 63 Harbor Seals were out on the rocks enjoying the sun, looking very fat and happy. One limpet on the rocks above the tide pools.read more

2006

October 21, 2006 - Lfleming
Viewed, 70 Large Cormorants (double Crested) in vee formation. 36 Harlequin Ducks23 Surf Scoters2 Kill Deer1 Great Blue Heron15 Pelagic Cormorants2 Song Sparrow, gulls, crows, starlings.6 Harbor seals in water, very hight tide so their rocks were covered.read more