Mile 213

Henderson Creek, South Beach SP south
Lincoln County

Latitude: 44.590619992092
Longitude: -124.067564977450
  • 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 (61)


July 6, 2022 - PaulJulia
January 23, 2022 - PaulJulia

Beach access previously had been closed for reconstruction.  The area south of Henderson Creek continues to be the area to watch for erosion -- pebbles everywhere  in low tide areas with basalt rocks.  Not many shells or kelp.  No wildlife except the one gull with perhaps a broken wing more

  • Beach Peebles which "sing"
  • Boulders not normally seen on the beach
  • Condition of Dune in back of Suoth Beach Shore housing
  • Rocks of varous sizes plus a few bull kelp in this area
  • New Surfland beach access - concrete instead of trying to climb over many rocks plus eroded area to left which keeps increasing


March 2, 2021 - PaulJulia

We usually access the beach via an entry at Surfland which hasn't been easy in the past.  Now it's taped off.  Went to South Shore to see if could access the mile that way; now gated.  Went to South Beach Park and worked our way down to at least more

January 14, 2021 - hancherclan

Morning after severe king tides along South Beach, OR. The sand dunes west of the SouthShore community has been eroded up to the beach grass. The sand used to provide a gentle slope from top of dunes to sea level, perhaps about 10 degrees. The drop off is now more


October 24, 2020 - hancherclan

1000s of washed up jelly fish and 1 washed up recently deceased sea lionread more

  • SouthBeach Jellies
  • SouthBeach Jelly
  • SouthBeach Jelly
  • SouthBeach Jelly
  • SouthBeach Jelly
  • SouthBeach Sea Lion
  • SouthBeach Sea Lion
  • SouthBeach Sea Lion
  • SouthBeach Sea Lion
  • SouthBeach Sea Lion
  • SouthBeach Sea Lion
  • SouthBeach Sea Lion
  • SouthBeach Sea Lion
  • SouthBeach Sea Lion
  • SouthBeach Sea Lion
  • SouthBeach Sea Lion
  • SouthBeach Sea Lion
  • SouthBeach Sea Lion
September 8, 2020 - hancherclan

Around midnight last night, from our condo observed lights from a fishing boat apparently beached on South Beach, just south of SouthShore community. Notified Coast Guard Yaquina Bay who informed me they were already aware of the incident. Extremely windy and smokey, so didn't venture out. In the morning, more

  • Legend Fishing Boat Beached in South Beach OR
  • Legend Fishing Boat Beached in South Beach OR
  • Legend Fishing Boat Beached in South Beach OR
July 11, 2020 - hancherclan

Observed a beached Sunfish and took some more

  • South Beach Oregon Beached Sunfish
  • South Beach Oregon Beached Sunfish
  • South Beach Oregon Beached Sunfish
  • South Beach Oregon Beached Sunfish
April 29, 2020 - hancherclan

Noticed a dead sea lion washed more

  • Beached Sea Lion
  • Beached Sea Lion
  • Beached Sea Lion
April 13, 2020 - hancherclan

Spotted what appeared to be a beached Lancetfish, which appears unusual for this more

  • Lancetfish South Beach Oregon
  • Lancetfish South Beach Oregon
February 17, 2020 - hancherclan

Walked the beach at low tide. Beach appears very smooth, no potholes or undulations that I've observed last year. Evidence of the king tides was clear; sand soaked the beach grass higher than I've seen before, and driftwood was threatening a number of beachfront homes. Noticed a broken up more

  • Bluff Erosion
  • Broken up Dock
  • By-The-Wind Sailors washed ashore
  • Dead Trees along bluff
  • Driftwood Threatening SouthShore home
  • Large old bluff slide
  • Last Place On Earth LLC floats
  • Washed ashore tire


November 5, 2019 - PaulJulia

A very cold, foggy windy day.  A new sign at Surfland's access to beach warning about slippery mud.  Probably put there after accidents.  It can be hard to use that access due to rocks and large concrete blocks. read more

May 23, 2019 - PaulJulia

Little human activity on the beach.  Beach relatively clean with very little litter.  Snowy plover study occurring.  One beached bird with green/yellow bands but only its upper wings found.  Truck tracks -- ranger?read more

  • Beach littered with wood pieces
  • Snowy Plover study underway -- near South Shore housing development
  • Erosion continuing at Henderson Creek
  • Truck? tire tracks
  • Logs near the top of sand dune protecting houses at South Shore housing development
  • Beached bird with green/yellow tags.  Exposed tarsus measured 4".  A gull?


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 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 more

  • Evidence of higher tides on sand dune?


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 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 more


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 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, more

October 5, 2016 - Volunteer Trainer

 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 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 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 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


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 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 more


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 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 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 more
January 17, 2014 - PaulJulia
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 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


October 5, 2013 - PaulJulia
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 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 - PaulJulia
Very calm day at the coast. Very low tide. No birds observed. More wood pieces this time but less more
January 19, 2013 - PaulJulia
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.


September 23, 2012 - PaulJulia
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 - PaulJulia
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 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 - PaulJulia
We were impressed by how clean the beach looked. Nothing of major more
March 25, 2012 - PaulJulia
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 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.


September 9, 2011 - PaulJulia
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 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 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.


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 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 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 more


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 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 more
August 6, 2008 - [email protected]
Very pleasant to hear the fog horn while walking in such mild, calm 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 more
May 2, 2008 - skimmer
Other than the 4x lumber the beach was quite 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 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 more


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, 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 more
October 5, 2007 - skimmer
A surprisingly beautiful day with very little 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 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 more
June 17, 2007 - skimmer
The beach looked unusually, and beautifully clean. I saw just one of the peeler more
May 17, 2007 - [email protected]
Beautiful morning for walking, with the air so 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 more
April 9, 2007 - PhilBSB
Cold day, lots of wind. Not many people out or 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 more
March 3, 2007 - skimmer
Only summary submitted: Dead birds included three sea birds, one small shore 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 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 more