Mile 206

Seal Rock Wayside south, Elephant Rock, Hill Creek
Lincoln County

Latitude: 44.490882343959
Longitude: -124.085366539270
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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Seal Rock Wayside south, Elephant Rock, Hill Creek
Mile 206 Reports (23)

2018

August 26, 2018 - shelgeson

This is my first mile report with coast watch! I enjoyed becoming acquainted with my mile and walking it! Attached you will find pictures of what I saw. read more

2017

May 9, 2017 - Fawn and Mike

Excellent to see science at Seal Rock.  Researchers studying the Marbled Murrelets off shore by listening for tag pings and Audubon volunteers monitoring Oyster Catchers.  Visitors on the beach.read more

  • Researchers/ Marbled Murrelets off shore
  • Audubon volunteers/ Black Oyster Catcher survey
  • Enjoying the beach

2014

December 22, 2014 - Fawn and Mike
This was the 2nd day of King Tides. Marine debris- drift line included small wood, logs, bits of plastic, plastic water bottles, glass bottles, 4 tooth brushes, 3 shoes, 2 crab bait containers, plastic rope, and 8 dead Cassin's auklets. Sea foam was high on the shoreline revealing the tide height.read more
  • There were 8 of these on the beach
  • We filled 3 bags with debris
  • glass float
  • woody debris, logs, plastic bits and bottles, dead birds, glass float (yay), tsunami debris
  • Waves coming in with power
  • King tide series
  • King tide series
August 2, 2014 - Jenni
Lots of people out at Seal Rock state park. Very clean beach. The sea star population is much lower than it was but almost all of the sea stars I did find were healthy looking.read more
  • It's kind of hard to see in this picture, but you can see the bissel threads left from when someone took all of the mussels off the lower half of this rock.
July 30, 2014 - Fawn and Mike
No sea stars. The water in tidepools and surf was very brown and murky. 65 people, 4 dogs - playing in surf, walking the beach, playing in sand and fetch with dogs.read more
  • Murky brown water in tide pools and surf
  • Murky brown water in tide pools and surf. No sea stars.
April 6, 2014 - Jenni
The beach has been very clean lately, not much driftwood, seaweed or debris. Sewer smell reported in December is gone. There were two rocks on the north end of the mile in the intertidal zone that had bright orange spray paint marks on them. There was a missing person search...read more
  • sand covering cobbles at the southern beach of mile 206
  • looking south from Seal Rock state park

2013

December 28, 2013 - Jenni
Very nice day, strong wind when we started off at 3 p.m., calmed down by 3:45 or so. Lots of people out. Pretty big waves, but good low tide. There was a sewage smell coming from the northernmost stream on the mile. Not sure if that is from the campground...read more
  • Two cormorants out of several seen
November 23, 2013 - Fawn and Mike
Sunday the Ocean was calm...light wind...sunny and quite warm for so late in the season. Pocket of ice in the shade still frozen. The shoreline area contained little plastic debris and small amount of styrofoam, though several plastic bottles had been blown up high on the rocks....most debris being wood...read more
  • Fifteen feet of rusted twisted metal angle iron protruding from embankment...
  • Sage's primary goal was to make sand castles
October 27, 2013 - Fawn and Mike
Blowing sand had covered much of the wrack line. Typical human activities, including cliff-climbing.read more
August 18, 2013 - Jenni
Amazingly nice day. Very warm, lots of people out tidepooling. There is new development along beach 1. Tide was low enough to get around the rocks between beaches.read more
  • New development along beach 1.  Looking back at old photos, it looks like they have torn down a house or added onto it.
  • Several beach forts and driftwood structures have been erected.
March 2, 2013 - Jenni
The house being developed along beach 2 appears to be finished. Lots of small bits of styrofoam and plastic, mostly styrofoam. Nothing obviously Japan tsunami-related. Found a section of rope about 100 feet long and removed it. Noticed another long section of rope, with buoy attached, entangled in the large...read more
  • House being developed on beach 2 appears to be finished.  Stairs lead down the bluff.  Also note that the sand has returned to the beach.
  • 3 seals on the rock, 3 in the surf

2012

November 18, 2012 - Jenni
High tide and large storm waves prevented walking the entire mile. Numerous birds in surf and sheltering on beach.read more
  • Lots of foam at Elephant Rock at the north end of Mile 206. This is 2 hours after a low tide of 3.2
  • Looking south from the north end of mile 206.  Very stormy.  Wind is picking up.
May 19, 2012 - Jenni
Beautiful morning for a mile walk! Tide was quite low and the tidepools looked healthy. Lots of anemones and stars. Sand has moved away from the 3rd beach completely, see picture. Several plastic bottles near the headlands on beaches 2 and 3, but otherwise pretty clean.read more
  • Development is continuing along beach 3.  Lots of sand piled up at the north end of the house.
  • The was completly filled in with sand in January.
  • Beautiful day at Seal Rock State Park.
March 1, 2012 - Jenni
Rather uneventful walk. Nice day. Most people were congregated at the north end of the mile on the beach at Seal Rock State Park. Noticed sand had moved away from the second beach to expose some cobbles.read more
  • another picture of house being built very close to the edge.
  • Probably about 1 foot less sand on beach 2 than in late Dec
  • trail head off the beach at Seal Rock State Park.  Possible erosion above the trail
January 21, 2012 - Jenni
Went out to take pictures of King Tide event. Could only access Seal Rock State park and highway pulloffs due to the extreme high tide. Photos were taken at 10:30-10:40 a.m., high tide was forecast at 10:12 for 9.8 ft.read more
  • Looking south on the north end of mile 206 at high tide.  Again, have named the three beaches of mile 206 from north to south so this is the north end of beach 1.
  • Large rock at the north end of beach 1 of mile 206 at high tide.
  • Note lots of foam in the ocean today.  This is at the north end of beach 1 of mile 206.  You can also see the large driftwood piece in the lower right of the picture that was on the beach on my last mile walk.
  • Looking south from the north end of beach 2 on mile 206.  Extreme high tide is up to the rocks on the cliff below the highway.  Also lots of large driftwood.
  • South end of beach 2 of mile 206 looking north.  Lots of logs in the surf, also, it's hard to see but there is what looks like a giant spool near the long piece of driftwood in the lower part of the picture.  Waves were knocking it around.

2011

December 31, 2011 - Jenni
This was our first mile walk. The beach appears only to be walkable at low tide. There are several small headlands along this mile but all have trails around the back. Beach seemed pretty clean, not much trash. Found a tangle of rope that could be a wildlife hazard and...read more
  • New construction very close to bluff edge.
  • Blue ooze seeping from rocks just north of the development site.  Probably unrelated to development.  Seemed slightly oily.  Did not see an obvious source.
  • Interesting rock layers along bluff
  • There were a lot of mussel shells at the south end of the first beach going south.
  • Very large driftwood.  Appears to be several boards bolted together.  May have been a dock?  Appears to have been in water a while.  Metal parts are rusted and there were a lot of barnicles.
  • close up of huge driftwood.  Note metal parts and rust

2008

August 16, 2008 - ocayouthvol
This was the first coastwatch walk for many of the volunteers. Also, most of them were from other areas so we were not able to note many physical changes. Very nice sunny day. Lots of families at the beach playing in the sand and water. One family had a small...read more
May 9, 2008 - [email protected]
Beautiful sunny morning low tide with many people and some classes tidepooling. Sand level remains high compared to other years causing a smothering of many of the higher tidepools. Green algal blooms are late probably due to the cold rainy spring.read more
March 20, 2008 - [email protected]
Surprisingly little driftline content. Beach almost bare. Very few seabirds either on the beach or in the waterread more

2007

November 22, 2007 - [email protected]
Sand very high suffocating seaweeds and invertebrates in tidepools, 2 dead (pelagic?) cormorants and 1 dead sealread more
August 14, 2007 - [email protected]
Sand build up still high on the beach smothering many filamentous algae that usually occur in the high and mid intertidal. Abundant new graffiti on the sandstone cliffs and signs of sliding down the cliffs. Numerous gulls flocking & teaching their young to fly. Beautiful day -- sunny until 8:30...read more
June 16, 2007 - [email protected]
Sand level was high for this time of year, possibly due to the recent storms from the south. Sand covered most of the upper tide pools on the public beach to the north -- and, in the south, it made it possible to walk the entire beach in one trip...read more
March 15, 2007 - [email protected]
No unusual findings. Normal flora and fauna for late winter -- including normal sand buildupread more