Mile 208

Ona Beach, south of Beaver Creek
Lincoln County

Latitude: 44.516110015649
Longitude: -124.077575043500
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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Ona Beach, south of Beaver Creek
Mile 208 Reports (42)

2018

October 16, 2018 - Batthecat

Not much happening on this beach except human invasive use (driving on beach)read more

  • tire tracks on beach
  • tire tracks on beach
  • tire tracks on beach
  • cliff erosion
  • more cliff erosion
  • wood chips
August 1, 2018 - Batthecat

Ona beach is now buried in sand - come winter this will be pulled off again.  People impact of defacing cliff and driving on the beach is disheartening.  Would that we could afford signage to encourage respect and inform about people impact.  This seems to only be a concern with the...read more

  • defaced cliff face Ona Beach
  • defaced cliff face Ona Beach
  • defaced cliff face Ona Beach
  • Rock in puddle of oily water Ona Beach
  • bird home? rather large Ona Beach
  • Bird homes Ona Beach
  • recent rock fall Ona Beach
  • Cliff erosion Ona Beach
  • Cliff Erosion
  • Current status of erosion under blue house
  • Fishing "station"
  • Fisherman
  • Deliberate beach damage
  • Gravel free Ona Beach
  • Wrack line Ona Beach
  • Beach Art Ona Beach
  • More Beach Art Ona Beach
April 9, 2018 - Batthecat

Most notable is the extent to which large chuncks of the cliff have worked loose. Also first time I have seen horseback riders on this section of the beach.  Hoof prints indicted they didn't go very far south from Ona Beach park.  I documented them coming back (very friendly).  Beach...read more

  • Erosion under blue house.
  • Current cliff erosion.
  • More cliff erosion.
  • Journey of giant root
  • Hoof prints
January 28, 2018 - Batthecat

First beach visit after the major storm surges.  No dead animals.  Documented movement of the Giant stump, 2014 to the present.  This last storm broke it apart (deep crack up the middle) and moved it another .25 mile, almost to Ona Beach entrance.  Beach was scrubbed off.read more

  • Over topping surf into park.
  • After the storm surge.
  • Cliff erosion Mile 208.
  • Collapsing cliff face.
  • Slumping overhang.
  • Severe erosion.
  • Giant stump Mile 208.
  • Giant Stump.
  • Giant Stump.
  • Giant Stump.
  • Giant Stump

2017

September 11, 2017 - Batthecat

Somewhat surprised at how clean the beach was.  Not much on the wrack line and only two dead birds.read more

July 28, 2017 - Batthecat

Warm, windless day.  Lots of visitors.  Quite a few dogs but all under control.  Probably a total of 30-35 cars between Ona Beach and Curtis Street. Saw some new erosion.  Took people pictures to post on Flickr.  read more

April 15, 2017 - Batthecat

First visit after a serious storm.  Wanted to check to see if there were any beach debris which needed attention.  There wasn't any.  Beach was swept clean of sand in many places.  Sun was out and so were the visitors.read more

  • New tree on beach.
  • Cliff erosion.
  • Septic hoses exposed.
  • Dliff slumping.
  • Rocks and roots.
March 16, 2017 - Batthecat

First visit since serious storms earlier in the month.  Loss of sand cover apparent.  Some new cliff erosion. Ancient tree roots covered up again.  Found various ropes, jerry cans, organic something - sent Email to Ryan Parker to fetch when he could (too much and too heavy for me to...read more

March 8, 2017 - Volunteer Coordinator

Besides the pyrosomes, a seal carcass appears to be encased in fishing gear.  Jim Rice and Ryan Parker were contacted. This is between beach entrance marker 63 and 62B.  This information was sent to me by Bonnie S. who walks this beach frequently.read more

  • pyrosomes
January 23, 2017 - Batthecat

2016

October 21, 2016 - Batthecat

Went to check on the status of the mile after a series of October storms.  Nothing dramatic found.  Observed more erosion on the cliffs.  Found two dead birds, not recent.read more

September 9, 2016 - Batthecat

Update on the August visit to this mile when it wasn't foggy.  Saw LOTS of people including a busload of about 35 coming from Ona Beach parking lot. Some cliff erosion.  Fishing in the surf.read more

August 4, 2016 - Batthecat

Several photos of "natural" riprap immigrating to the beach.read more

March 15, 2016 - Batthecat

Found lots of uncovered rocks over most of the mile. Cliff side erosion quite common. Scattering of marine debris which was stacked at the high tide line (beach ranger Ryan Parker notified). No dead birds or mammals despite the strong storm March 9. Threatened yellow house has been repainted and...read more

  • Large and small rocks exposed over most of the mile
  • Mostly soup after the March 9th storm
  • Logs bound together. Reported to beach ranger.
  • Still on the edge of the cliff
January 18, 2016 - Batthecat

December storms moved tons of sand off the beach, exposure of bed rock and gravel most of the 208 mile. Unusually strong erosion of cliffs. Probably because the major storm in December came from the south.read more

  • Significant cliff erosion this time; "natural" riprap came down
  • Exposure of delineated area on the cliff line
  • More undercutting at yellow house. Apparently window was broken in storm. Now boarded up.
  • Exposed gravel beds, about half of Mile 208
  • Taken looking south from near Ona Beach

2015

December 10, 2015 - Batthecat

Observation of the effects on the coast of the 3-day rain and wind event still going on.read more

  • This is where one normally walks down to the beach from the Curtis Street parking lot.
  • Taken at the overlook at the Seal Rock park, looking north
  • Note the surf "soap" bubbles floating on the river
November 20, 2015 - admin

Results of storm was less disturbance than I expected. Sand buried more of the beach, off-loaded considerable number of logs to some place else, created a few new temporary streams. Found dead sea lion, reported it to parks services.read more

  • Looking south from Ona Beach area toward Seal Rock
  • mini-erosion created accommodating this run off
  • Dead sea lion
  • Found along the lower tide line
October 15, 2015 - Batthecat
Major storm October 10th(2015)deposited tons of sand covering existing rocks. High winds moved much of the existing driftwood out to sea or up high against the cliffs.read more
  • Comparison to previous photos, logs and debris moved extensively during October 10th storm
  • Deep sand loaded onto beach along with debris
  • More erosion below "yellow house"
  • Losing more from cliff below "yellow house"
September 2, 2015 - Batthecat
Evidence of last week's storm with the amount of sand stacked into logs. Most of the logs that were there three months ago are either gone or pushed up to the base of the cliffs. Found several drowned birds. Found remains of large plastic basket, notified beach ranger Ryan Parker...read more
  • Cut before it landed on the beach? or someone planning on taking it away?
  • Notified beach ranger Ryan Parker via e-mail about this - too heavy for me to carry off the beach
June 18, 2015 - Batthecat
Beach is full of sand, no gravel or much of any drift wood. High-tide line packed with Velella velella. Few birds around. Nesting sites in the cliffs looked used but didn't see any birds active in that area.read more
  • Clearly picked almost clean so not recent
  • I've not seen these "in the flesh" before.  Found an area where many had been uprooted
  • stretch almost all of Mile 208, about 3" deep
  • Don't know it's name
May 12, 2015 - Batthecat

Not much to report but the amazing number of Velella at the tide line.read more

  • Amazing number beached at the tide line
April 15, 2015 - Batthecat

Went to check for a possible transponder "landing" on this stretch of beach. Didn't find it but did find piles of debris. About half were stacked in place, the rest were just below the high tide line. I wonder if some of this was left from the recent SOLV cleanup?...read more

  • Ocean debris
  • Ocean debris
  • Ocean debris
  • oOean debris
February 12, 2015 - Batthecat
Concerned about proximity to the edge of the cliff of yellow house, as noted previously. Photos taken 2/4/15 (those from front of house), and 2/12/15, with comparison photos taken 1/26/15. Have been in contact with Phillip Johnson of Oregon Shores and John Allen, the State Parks Manager for shoreline permitting.read more
January 25, 2015 - Batthecat
High tide debris mostly expected. Found a broken buoy and sent that information and photos to SOLVE just now. Cliff erosion is more obvious in places.read more
  • this info was sent to SOLV 1/28-15
  • looks to me like there is very little room for this house up top.  Any law about letting your house fall off the cliff?

2014

December 16, 2014 - Batthecat
Stopped by to see what the big storm had done: washed up a dead cormorant, added more erosion to existing area below untended house (house has been featured for some years on this mile report), busted-up log which had been parked behind the large tree root, uncovered the rock shelves.read more
October 28, 2014 - Batthecat
Quiet day, no "gravel" at all on the beach. Most of the debris from spring storms is gone, including the large drifting tree stump. Layers of sand cover most of the exposed rocks along the mid-tide line. Tide line was full of feathers and "dots" of jelly fish.read more
  • abundant seaweed
  • The long log behind the ancient stump moved from east to west with this last storm, and is now in front of the stump.
  • As seen, both are untethered after the strong storm a week ago.
  • Look closely to see the dozens of jelly fish dots. Lots of feathers, too.
August 10, 2014 - Batthecat
Obvious increase in traffic on the beach. All "gravel" areas are under the sand. Only difference was the amount of septic seepage into the sand making it truly "mucky" to walk over.read more
  • Could be a pup.  Washed ashore in this condition I think since the fur is bunched up under the body.
  • Extent of the gooey sand was surprising.  Stuck to one's shoes, acted more like mud than sand.
July 18, 2014 - Batthecat
Didn't see much change except of course, many more people and dogs. No shorebirds except seagulls and a pair of Eagles. Documenting cliff erosion and impact of septic drainage.read more
  • Taken about .5 mile from Ona Beach.  Looks like increase in water seepage at the top of the cliffs.
  • This area is slowly eroding due to winds I suppose.  The photo is simply to document the progress.
  • Eagles in the trees
May 15, 2014 - Batthecat
More sand piled at southern end of the mile until, one-third of the way mile north, exposed gravel piles emerged. Photo of brush piles down the side of the bluff. Photos of birds and nests. Photo of loose drain pipes.read more
  • Piles of sand are back - gravel not evident until 1/2 mile north
  • These were swaying in the wind so didn't think they were secured.
  • There were several places that had brush piled down the side of the cliff.
  • There were 8-10 feeding along the surf line.
  • About 6 busy feeding babies in the cliff nests.
  • one bird is inside
April 18, 2014 - Batthecat
Beach is filled up with sand, covering gravel areas which were there a week ago, prior to winter storm. Creek gravel covered with sand. Documenting cliff erosion for further comparison. Roots of big tree showed up on April 18th, moved north and east after the next storm on the 23rd...read more
  • no gravel beds
  • Photos to compare later
  • Showed up April 18th and moved north and east after the April 23rd storm.

2013

October 1, 2013 - Batthecat
Submission months after photos taken, just joined CoastWatch. All taken 10-01-2013.read more
  • looking south from mid-mile 208
  • Seen on the beach after the 9-28-13 storm.  Removed not long after this photo was taken.

2012

August 5, 2012 - bibliona
The beach was mostly clean; there were a few bits of crumpled styrofoam near the end of the mile, and a few picnic litter items. No evidence of tsunami debris.People are burning the large tree stump that has been slowly moving north along the beach for over a decade.read more
  • Several of the rocks with barnacles and mussels had fishing line embedded among the shells.  I tried to pull it out, but it was firmly attached to the barnacles and mussels. It could be removed with scissors or a knife.
  • The tree stump that has been drifting north for a decade or two is dwindling in size from people cutting it with a chain saw and burning it.
April 22, 2012 - bibliona
It was a warm day with little wind. Lots of families were clustered near the entrance to the beach, sitting on the sand or on logs. The number of people dwindled once I moved south of the park entrance. Some families were playing in the surf. Two men were fishing...read more
  • Erosion of the cliff is getting closer to the house. The house seems to be abandoned.
  • This is the same cliff, slightly closer
  • Sandstone has fallen from this cliff as large boulders. There seems to be a face of harder rock, that is becoming exposed. I don't remember seeing it before.
  • Names carved into the sandstone, close to a huge sandstone boulder that fell from the cliff
  • Two oystercatchers grooming by a rivulet emptying into the ocean
  • Rocky ledges covered with seagrass are exposed.

2011

July 3, 2011 - bibliona
It was a beautiful, sunny day, with a mild breeze. Lots of families were on the beach, picnicking, playing frisbee, walking, and fishing. I noticed some dead sand crabs in the shore debris, and a few bits of fishing line and plastic bags. Some of the cliffs had carvings in...read more
  • Home overlooking Ona Beach, with cliff eroding.
  • A broader view of erosion of a home overlooking Ona Beach.
  • The beach had a patch of seagrass, and the round knobby rocks were showing.

2008

August 26, 2008 - kittyhorse
I walked my mile 208 -- as well as 207 this day -- as they comprise my commuter route [now] to the bus stops at Seal Rock State Park and Ona Beach! The wrack line was rich -- especially in the remains of marine life. Seems there is more sea...read more
  • 37 inches
May 14, 2008 - kittyhorse
Under cover of a light fog this mature bald eagle feasted on a probable gull; making quick work of it in 15 minutes, while several crows and turkey vultures approached and respectfully watched and waited.read more
May 7, 2008 - kittyhorse
A toilet hanging over the bluff for a month seems obnoxious (2 houses south of Curtis Street wayside north of Seal Rock) I still find the dumping of trees, branches, garden vegetation, etc.over the bluffs unsightly, misinformed? and, well, seemingly a touch indolent .. Yet on the marine side, a...read more

2007

December 28, 2007 - kittyhorse
2 pebble beds up drawing many agate hunters. Bluff erosion seems stable but erosion at Ona Beach. where Beaver Creek high and re-routed. Usual black & surf scoters and sanderlings present in winter. Old dead harbor seal washed up. Lots of broken shells in driftline. Few dead gulls.Otherwise storms washed...read more
September 13, 2007 - kittyhorse
I was in Africa most of August .. The sand did not come entirely back in this summer. But several substantial sand castles since Labor Day and "forts" made of driftwood! Beaver Creek down to ~6 foot diameter and ankle deep reaching ocean. 4 brown pelicans flew north. Report at...read more
July 7, 2007 - kittyhorse
Peregrine Picnic 7/7/7 7 pmread more
May 27, 2007 - kittyhorse
This was the morning the gray whale washed ashore. State Parks vehicle down on beach early. Been observing & recording steller sea lions on 2 offshore islands since April 3. On May 16 reported 14 dove when boat approached. Pretty certain I saw 1-5 marbled murrelets in ocean past month.(Later...read more
March 9, 2007 - kittyhorse
The sand is all off the major portion of this beach mile. Many people collecting agates at Seal Rock wayside. Ancient tree stumps 5 inches above sand surface at Seal Rock wayside.read more