Mile 204

Driftwood Beach Wayside, Buckley Creek
Lincoln County

Latitude: 44.463033596541
Longitude: -124.082486082230
Vehicles:
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from Yaquina Bay (44° 37.0374', Mile 215), southerly to the Lincoln County-Lane County line (44° 16.5774', Mile 190).
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Driftwood Beach Wayside, Buckley Creek
Mile 204 Reports (28)

2018

May 18, 2018 - Shema

5-18-18 mile 204 Driftwood beach wayside north to south end of Seal Rocks beach
8:30 am,  1.7 minus tide, went with 1 other person, cloudy morning, no rain, very little wind
only other people on the beach were 2 people gathering mussels, (not sure if commercial or private) and 1...read more

2016

March 16, 2016 - Volunteer Coordinator

They're Back...They are in even earlier than last year. Along with the larger Velella velella was a purple mass of tiny substance. I collected it an took it into the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Dr. Bob Cowen confirmed these are the Velella as they are changing into their polyp stage...read more

  • Purple mass high in wrack line at Driftwood State Park
  • Zoomed in on the purple mass
  • took the sample to HMSC, under dissection scope, shows development of polyps from medusae to polyps
  • medusa
  • the purple mass close up showing metamorphosis
February 8, 2016 - malachite

I walked from the Driftwood State Park access north to the rocks/point. I saw a dead seal on the beach. It had either been there for awhile (and dead) or had been in the water for awhile after death, as little was left of its lower jaw besides a tooth...read more

  • Dead seal observed on north end of Mile 204, possibly near the line between miles 204 and 205.
  • This photo provided to aid in location if anyone wants to retrieve the body (if it's still there) to determine cause of death. Unfortunately, I was delayed in posting this dispatch.

2015

January 6, 2015 - Janets
The day started with a beautiful sunrise and then.... at 8:15 a.m. the full moon setting into the horizon. Will add that photo.Clouds were high and thin with the sun breaking thru. The tides had obviously been high, leaving large ponds of water at the base of the bluffs. Many...read more

2013

December 3, 2013 - Janets
On the day before...the day of the high tides, we had a series of very violent hail storms. It was fun to see that the hail had left dimples in the clean smooth sand. Rather like really rough sandpaper! As usual, we enjoyed our walk on that very cold and...read more
January 7, 2013 - Janets
The wind was strong.... perhaps 30 mph. We walked south to begin our mile, walking from Drift Creek to Bayshore. There were many waterways to ford. The sand was wet from high tide all the way to the bluff. The strong winds were blowing the wet sand at beach level...read more

2012

August 21, 2012 - Janets
The sun was out, the blue sky was decorated with a few fluffy white clouds. The temperature was mile with no wind.We were just enjoying ourselves! As were the other 30 people we saw, the most we have ever seen on this beach since we have been walking it.The tide...read more
July 20, 2012 - waterwitch
This is a very stable beach. I find the usual woody debris and not much else. Good vegetation on the hillsides and not alot of visible changes.9 people strolling the beach, a few playing with a dog, a couple of photographers.read more
May 21, 2012 - Janets
Cold, rainy and windy. Beach laden with debris, from big trees to pebbles.read more
February 3, 2012 - waterwitch
Driftwood Beach lived up to its name. Considerable wood debris but surprisingly no trash.read more

2011

October 17, 2011 - Janets
It was a most interesting walk. The sun was out, but the wind a bit strong to be comfortable.The large number of birds was fascinating. And the gal photographing the stranded seal pup was very giving with her information. A very curious and scientific adventure!read more
July 18, 2011 - Janets
My friend and I really enjoyed being able to get out onto the beach for a very refreshing walk.read more
March 23, 2011 - Janets
This was a gorgeous walk on an early spring morning. The sun came in and out of the clouds and the wind was minimal. The beach was wide, flat, and extremely clean. Notably devoid of logs, kelp, etc.One of the reasons we wanted to walk our mile was to determine...read more

2010

November 2, 2010 - Janets
We were excited to walk our mile on this day of wonderful weather following yesterday's storm. The surf was fluffy and white with large balls of white foam on the shore that were drifting south. Other beach walkers seem to be enjoying it as much as we were. There were...read more
August 20, 2010 - waterwitch
Clear, breezy day, hard-packed sand, beach looks good with a dozen people enjoying a variety of activities including horseback riding.read more
July 18, 2010 - waterwitch
a clean windswept beach at low tide with little or no debris.read more
June 21, 2010 - Janets
It was a wonderful sunny lst day of summer. A bit too chilly to sit on the beach. The beach was especially wide, flat, and clean.The high tide had recently been all the way to the bluff so the sand was not soft and there were only a very few...read more
June 16, 2010 - waterwitch
The beach was calm and clean of debris. No seabirds present. The only birds were vultures eating two, apparently headless, dead, baby seals that had washed up appx. 1/2 mile apart.read more
March 7, 2010 - waterwitch
A calm day with broad expanse of clean beach, no duning, not much driftwood, nothing major to report.read more
February 15, 2010 - Janets
Doug and I enjoyed watching more people on this beach than we have ever seen before. All ages and all enjoying the beautiful day!No unusual animal or environmental issues.We were enjoying it as well!read more

2009

November 1, 2009 - waterwitch
No visible issues with cliffs, a large flock of gulls, no debris but a large piece of rope, a clear wind-swept beach with tide receding.read more
October 27, 2009 - Janets
A cold and windy day. Sand was clear and clean. Only a bit of driftwood and it was way at the back edge of the sand.read more
August 2, 2009 - waterwitch
Beach very clean, very little debris, no dead animals, or birds. 25-30 people (adults and children) enjoying the beach, 5 leashed dogs. A flock of gulls and 3 wimbrels or curlews on the shore. Both north and south of parking lot there is considerable sand drift and duning of loose...read more
June 15, 2009 - waterwitch
Sunny day, low tide, not much wind. About a dozen people and 3 dogs observed. No seabirds present, only crows. 3 large plastic bags picked up. A cruise ship passed heading north - seemed close to shore. Some type of dark residue noticed on top sand, mostly in drained recessed areas.read more
June 1, 2009 - waterwitch
This was the first time I had seen or walked Mile 204. The beach was clean and wind swept. I saw 3 people, each with a leashed dog, and picked up one 8" round piece of plastic.read more

2008

November 5, 2008 - Janets
Our biggest observations were two-fold. The huge number of small feathers in the tide lines and the total change in the surface of the beach from many wind rippled mounds to just the opposite: many large, wide shallow depressions filled with water.read more
July 23, 2008 - Janets
On this, our first "official" CoastWatch walk, the bluffs seem well covered with healthy vegetation - trees shrubs, beach grass.read more

2007

August 19, 2007 - [email protected]
An ailing sea lion was on the beach. OSP were called -- final disposition unknown.read more