Mile 213

Henderson Creek, South Beach SP south
Lincoln County

Latitude: 44.590619992092
Longitude: -124.067564977450
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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Henderson Creek, South Beach SP south
Mile 213 Reports (49)

2018

November 18, 2018 - PaulJulia

A sunny day with little wind and low tide.  People were out mostly walking the beach.  Found one beached bird south of Henderson Creek.  Not much broken sheels/crab moltings/etc.  No further erosion. read more

  • Jellyfish or something discharged by an animal?
  • Beached bird showing banding tags on a wing
  • Photo of beached bird -- 1' long with black on upper wing, straight bill
  • New house built this year -- shows natural path to beach
June 5, 2018 - PaulJulia

A very pleasant day with sun and light wind.  Not many people out.  there were 2 helicopters, one being Coast Guard.  No bird activity except for the 4 vultures at the 5' dead seal.  Litter not bad.  Can't submit photo of large house above Henderson Creek which seems to be...read more

January 28, 2018 - PaulJulia

Lots of activity on the mile this time with people with dogs, people riding on horses, a cyclist, and 5 helicopters.  It was very mild with some sun.  Storm evidence more apparent in the area south of Henderson Creek.  4 dead birds which may be gulls.  Awaiting confirmation before posting...read more

  • Evidence of higher tides on sand dune?

2017

July 7, 2017 - PaulJulia

Cloudy day with practically no wind.  South Beach Park Ranger's truck tracks along the mile?  Beach essentially clean which was good to see after 4th of July celebrations.  Many flowering plants in sand dunes with small bumble bees -- hadn't seen these bees before.  Some concentrations of tiny crabs and...read more

April 2, 2017 - PaulJulia

A pleasant day at the coast with families flying kites.  No shorebirds except one beached bird (grebe?).  Strong smell of decomposing at first but no evidence of dead fish/birds/etc except for bleached Velella velella which weren't noticeable.  Sand dune erosion significant in a few places.  Lots of seafoam and wood...read more

2016

December 25, 2016 - PhilBSB

Nice, sunny day for a beach walk.  No major changes to this mile since the last report several years ago.  Lots of large drifwood has collected just south of the South Shore development including several logs that I remember seeing several miles south over the past few years.  A number...read more

  • Beach access through dune.
October 7, 2016 - PCTronquet

On October 5th, we found a blue plastic pallet that had washed in at high tide.  It had marine life attached.  On October 7th, John Chapman, HMSC, came to check it out to see if it could be Japanese tsunami marine debris (JTMD).  The pallet was made in Japan, and...read more

October 5, 2016 - Volunteer Coordinator

 It is important to note that with the original first look, it was assumed to be local, so it is very important to take a closer look at the marine debris washing up on our beaches.  Kudos to Cathy for her diligence.

This is the report from John Chapman.

Landed 5 Oct....read more

October 1, 2016 - PaulJulia

Very windy, cloudy day.  Lots of crab molt throughout the mile.  Wind-made small dunes going from south to north especially in the area south of Henderson Creek which made walking even harder.  Haven't seen such dunes before.  Beach relatively clean -- SOLVE there recently?  Rocks in a couple areas might...read more

May 9, 2016 - PaulJulia

Very low tide which presented an uncluttered beach. Very little activity on the beach by people. Several large groups of shorebirds. Driftline in one area had lots of trees which seemed to have been thrown up right near the fence by winter storms. Seafoam prevalent and thick in some areas....read more

  • Erosion in sand dune
  • Seafoam prevalent in parts of the beach; sometimes in thick masses
  • One of the groups of shorebirds
  • Log area right up to the boundary fence
  • Permit states that the previous wooden steps were destroyed during winter storms.
  • New concrete stairway
  • Erosion under vegetated sand dune
  • Erosion area worse after winter storms

2015

October 16, 2015 - PaulJulia

Foggy day with very little wind from the SW. Lots of gulls just sitting. Bull kelp scattered all over the beach. Several millipedes seen which hadn't been seen before. Wondering if there were sand fleas with all the holes in the sand. Not much litter. Erosion south of Henderson Creek...read more

  • This much kelp hasn't been seen on previous visits. Winter die-offs?
  • Perhaps around 10 seen in one particular area, all crawling towards the ocean. Haven't seen them before.
  • Worst erosion stabilizing?
April 19, 2015 - PaulJulia
The beach was essentially clean but driftline area was full of dead Velella velella and logs. 4 logs had goose barnacles on them. More human activity this time with surfriders and riding horses.read more
  • One surfrider seemed to be 1/4 mile off the coast.
  • Haven't seen such logs before.  Another CoastWatch report helped me to identify them.
  • Found at trash barrel at Surfland parking lot.
January 15, 2015 - PaulJulia
Quiet day on the coast. No concerns. Lots of small litter (plastic/styrofoam) in the driftline.4 dead birds. This mile is just south of South Beach Park and the ranger often cleans this stretch of coast.Photos will be added when my camera is fixed.read more

2014

September 14, 2014 - PaulJulia
A beautiful day at the coast -- sunny with no wind. 4 people on bicycles riding on the beach was new as well as a long/wide/deep channel of water coming from Henderson Creek with movement traveling south. Beach was clean & almost looked like SOLVE clean-up day had already occurred...read more
  • Looks like this channel wasn't created temporarily as a tidal pool.
  • The riders rode close to the water and came back further up halfway to driftline.  Hadn't seen cyclists before.
  • Longest feather measured 12" in length.
  • Channel of water is in foreground.  Gulls in between it & the tide.
  • Didn't see any of these snails but saw evidence of their trackings.
July 25, 2014 - PaulJulia
Discovery of 5 dead birds (possibly 3 species) was unusual. COASST has identified the larger one as Large Immature Gull; waiting for their identification of the other birds' photos. Sent photos of man-made object to South Beach Park Ranger. Dead mole crabs in one area (less than 10) were new...read more
  • Sent photos to South Beach Park Ranger for identification & pick-up.  Some invertebrates on either end so the object probably had been in water for some time.
  • COASST identified this bird as a juvenile Common Murre (chick)
  • COASST identified this bird as adult Common Murre in its summer (breeding) plumage.
  • COASST has identified this bird as a Common Murre chick.
  • Identified by COASST from this photo & another photo.
  • COASST identified this bird as an adult Common Murre in breeding plumage.
April 7, 2014 - PaulJulia
Forgot to take a camera which would have documented some fallen trees/shrubs from the seriously eroded area south of Henderson Creek. South Beach Park Ranger said Japanese tsunami debris is still appearing with more sealed bottles with liquid. Showed us a small plastic net? buoy with Japanese writing which he...read more
January 17, 2014 - Julia/Paul
Pebbles/jellies more visible this time. Found one dead sea nettle. More rubbish to be picked up, especially styrofoam. Ocean waves more rigorous in area south of Henderson Creek & calmer as one approached South Beach area.read more
  • Found near tide level south of Henderson Creek.
  • Many pebbles on beach.
  • Sea foam example.  Found similar patterns early last year.
  • In the Henderson Creek area where erosion is the worst.
  • Jelly fish evident in area south of Henderson Creek

2013

October 5, 2013 - Sally/Julia
A much different scene than what we saw in April.Presumably the multiple piles of kelp are a result of the recent storm. Purple sand dollar and 2 dead birds (gull & murre). Erosion in one area very interesting since appearing in a stepped process (see photo). Barnacles on a styrofoam...read more
  • No markings on block.  We picked it up and put it in the garbage can.
  • One of several seen which we discarded, thinking it was cloth on the wood.
  • Beach "cluttered" with kelp piles/green plants in eroded beach areas.
  • Murre carcass in very good condition at water edge.
  • Sand dollars haven't been seen before.  Did find one "white" one not intact.
  • Fallen plants now floating in water (see beach photo).
April 28, 2013 - Sally/Julia
Very calm day at the coast. Very low tide. No birds observed. More wood pieces this time but less litter.read more
January 19, 2013 - Sally/Julia
The beach was quite clean. No tsunami debris noticed. New erosion area with shrubs/vegetation still green. We hadn't seen motorplane gliders before.read more
  • Area between Henderson Creek and the parking lot of Surfland housing area.

2012

September 23, 2012 - Sally/Julia
No trace of Japanese tsunami debris but observation took place one day after SOLVE clean-up day. Heavy seafoam area in southern part of mile. Erosion in dunes in southern area getting worse.read more
  • We felt this was new.
  • Seafoam in area around Surfland parking lot which extended northward to just below South Beach Park.
July 7, 2012 - Sally/Julia
Human activities: total of 35 people seen walking, walking 5 dogs, 2 riding bicycles and 6riding horses.Shoreline: Wood pieces not as large as seen in March. Couldn't tell if an item we saw repeatedly was coated wire or vine. Foam at a few water outlets looked like eggs in it...read more
  • 3 photos show the parts we found.  Is this a sea lion or seal?
  • Another photo of skeleton
  • Last photo of skeleton
  • 3 photos -- wording not fully visible
  • #2 photo
  • #3 photo
  • We wondered what this is.  Closeup photo out of focus.  Hopefully this shows enough.
March 26, 2012 - Sally/Julia
We were impressed by how clean the beach looked. Nothing of major concern.read more
March 25, 2012 - Sally/Julia
This area is the part of the mile definitely needing observations since it seems it is less visited by humans. The erosion needs to be monitored/photographed.Photos should have been taken of the concentrated areas of tree parts in the driftline around Henderson Creek. There was even what we thought was...read more
  • The photos are in order from south to north.#17 -- downed trees from winter storms?
  • #19 - further north - shows some erosion
  • This fenced in area was observed in Sept. 2011 but there seems to be more damage now.

2011

September 9, 2011 - Sally/Julia
Nothing of significance was found in this observation except for the long twisted rope and the plywood crate. The reenforced area will be examined closely when we next observe Mile 213.read more
January 17, 2011 - PhilBSB
I actually walked miles 214, 213, 212 and 211. The heavy rains over the weekend (5.4 in. in 36 hours at HMSC) caused many slumps and sluffs along mile 212 and the southern portion of 213. Several were quite large. I've attached a few photos.read more
  • Sluff along the bluff along mile 212. Most appear to have this same cone shape.
  • A large slump along the bluff.  This is a spot that experienced a large slump after a heavy rain storm in 1996 or so.

2009

May 6, 2009 - [email protected]
A surprisingly calm and pleasant late afternoon to be on the beach. No birds at all except for one flock of small birds in low flight. Small bunches of bright seaweed spaced along the tide line and the one large elongated deposit of kelp with the cement like pieces in...read more
March 12, 2009 - vickiosis
Nothing to report of interest. The mile has a strange split. the northern 1/3 has plentiful woody debris and piles of kelp while the southern 2/3 is clean.read more
February 3, 2009 - [email protected]
A very straightforward walk on a scoured clean beach. A pleasant walk with nothing unusual noted.It was remarkable to have such a warm, calm afternoon in January.read more

2008

December 26, 2008 - vickiosis
Evidence of the extreme high tides that typically happen this time of year. Woody debris up to the edge of the beach and extending 4 feet up on to the trail to the beach.read more
September 20, 2008 - skimmer
Finally a beautiful day for the fall beach clean-up. Not much litter on mile 213, but a horrific site of more development.read more
August 6, 2008 - [email protected]
Very pleasant to hear the fog horn while walking in such mild, calm conditions.read more
May 5, 2008 - [email protected]
Very quiet AM. Clean beach except for one area of numerous small seaweed pieces and one area of small driftwood pieces. Nice firm sand for walking. Wind increasing noticably as I walked back to exit point at South Beach.read more
May 2, 2008 - skimmer
Other than the 4x lumber the beach was quite clean.read more
February 29, 2008 - vickiosis
Nothing unusual to report. Very windy day, beaches pretty well swept clean by the last high tide. only a few kelp piles littered the beach. Usual gravel beds exposed by winters big waves.read more
January 12, 2008 - skimmer
The tide was pretty high, so I don't think I even covered my whole mile, but what I saw was surprisingly clean.read more

2007

December 9, 2007 - [email protected]
It was surprising that there were no indications of the recent heavy storm. Did find a heavy plastic 5 gal. (?) container with a name and phone #. Phoned the owner to tell them where it had washed up.Sidenote: While walking at Lost Creek, I believe it was Dec. 3,...read more
October 25, 2007 - vickiosis
Nothing unusual to report. Bull Whip kelp is finishing its annual growth cycle and is tearing loose and washing in on the beach. A few flocks of shore birds chasing the waves. very peaceful and nice.read more
October 5, 2007 - skimmer
A surprisingly beautiful day with very little activity.read more
July 13, 2007 - [email protected]
Warm, totally windless day, the first time I remember ever experiencing that at the Oregon coast. Very quiet on the mile.read more
June 22, 2007 - vickiosis
Reports from OSU researchers.. earliest ever start date for upwelling and evidence of great productivity offshore. large schools of bait fish, with large pod of dolphins and killer whales in the area. Also sighting of sea birds from Antarctic which is very rare. Productivity may impact our beaches with sea...read more
June 17, 2007 - skimmer
The beach looked unusually, and beautifully clean. I saw just one of the peeler logs.read more
May 17, 2007 - [email protected]
Beautiful morning for walking, with the air so calm.read more
April 20, 2007 - vickiosis
The length of Mile 213 is 70% high sand stone cliffs the bases of which have been scoured clean by big waves. 30% of the mile is vegetated cliffs with narrow low plateaus of flat areas that rise just above the beach. During these past two years there has been...read more
April 9, 2007 - PhilBSB
Cold day, lots of wind. Not many people out or changes.read more
April 5, 2007 - [email protected]
Clean beach, quiet activity. A nice walk on a calm day. The waterfall was full and beautiful. Rather a bland report, but I did enjoy the walk.read more
March 3, 2007 - skimmer
Only summary submitted: Dead birds included three sea birds, one small shore bird.read more
January 31, 2007 - [email protected]
Big balls of kelp were gone today, and even more wood was strewn on the beach. Several pieces of yellow rope, miscellaneous small plastic items, a large plastic tub-like item (almost bathtub size), an item that looked rather like a rectangular table top. Again today, an eagle came and did...read more
January 24, 2007 - [email protected]
A friend mentioned that water flowing to the beach beneath a slanted grating that she climbed across was foul smelling.read more