Mile 214

South Beach SP, South Jetty Yaquina River
Lincoln County

Latitude: 44.606089834220
Longitude: -124.068279538230
  • 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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South Beach SP, South Jetty Yaquina River
Mile 214 Reports (57)


May 2, 2021 - PCTronquet

We have a roped Snowy Plover nest just 20 feet south of the South Jetty access point.  The beach was very crowded on a cold, breezy morning, most of whom accessed at the S. Jetty.  I counted 55 cars parked by the jetty, and more were coming in as more

February 27, 2021 - AnnaB

A busy day at mile 214! Low wind and a little sunshine brought families out to play in the sand. Recent storms/ high tides pulled in large wood as well as marine debris (styrofoam, ropes, etc). read more

  • View looking south on mile 214
  • Large wood washed in.
  • Steep bluff on mile 214
February 4, 2021 - hancherclan

Spotted beached molting Elephant seal on South Beach just south of the jetty. Reported to Jim Rice (Oregon State University Stranding Program Manager) who identified the seal type from my more

January 13, 2021 - PCTronquet

The past few days of King tides have scoured the build-up of summer sand and made a 5-10 foot "cliff" at the high tide mark from south of the Day Use (61B) to North of 61A.  There is a small area of 5-10 feet between the sand cliff and more

January 10, 2021 - AnnaB

Sunshine on a weekend brought more visitors to south beach's mile 214 this past Saturday. Many groups of people walking, playing in the sand, and surfing. The tide was really low so plenty of space for people to spead out at a safe distance. It looks like some of more

  • Beach entrance blocked from South Jetty path
  • Looking south on South Beach mile 214
  • Buried marine debris?
  • New sand cliff formed by wave action


November 9, 2020 - AnnaB

A calm day on mile 214 with sporadic people enjoying the beach. The summer crowds have gone and the cool temperatures brought even fewer visitors. Exciting news between the 61A and 61B sign posts -- snowy plovers! They were hiding from the wind behind little sand lumps above the driftline. read more

  • South Beach Mile 214
  • Snowy plovers at South Beach, OR
  • The lone plover
September 26, 2020 - AnnaB

Mile 214 was overcast and shrouded in fog this afternoon, but that didn't slow any visitors. People enjoyed walking their dogs, flying kites, and even horseback riding on the unseasonably warm/humid fall day. It's obvious that familes of whales are just offhshore as whale burps of all sizes dotted the more

  • South Beach
August 7, 2020 - AnnaB

It was a busy Friday afternoon at the beach! Lots of groups of people enjoying the warm sun and cool breeze. Not much mask wearing. Unfortunately, I forgot my phone so wasn't able to take more

June 15, 2020 - AnnaB

Overall not much new at South Beach mile 214. The gradient from teh water to the dunes seem a little less steep and the dunes a little shorter but read more

  • South Beach rain
  • Oregon Coast mile 214
May 17, 2020 - AnnaB

It was a beautiful, sunny day and a lot of phase 1 visitors hit the beach. Lots of families playing in the sand/surf and just enjoying the sun. read more

  • Looking south on South Beach, mile 214
  • Plants popping in mile 214
  • Mile 24 drift line
  • U.S.O. on Mile 214
  • Phase 1 @ South Beach Mile 214
May 9, 2020 - PCTronquet

High tide surge appears to have cleaned the beach of debris, and took out at least two snowy plover nests that were high on the beach.  Small woody debris and some large logs were moved up to the high tide more

  • Spring surfers
  • Surfboard carrier
April 16, 2020 - AnnaB

I was pleasantly surprised with how many people were out on the beach given the shelter-in-place mandate. I think the weather was too good to miss. I had seen signs indicating snowy plovers are back but didn't see any birds or protective fencing for their nesting grounds as I more

January 1, 2020 - AnnaB

A lot of large wood has washed up with the recent tides and the driftline is almost up to the dunes in places.  read more

  • Little clear tubes
  • Shore birds
  • South Beach, Oregon


November 22, 2019 - PCTronquet

A beautiful morning on South Beach, with few people, and hundreds of jelly fish washed up with the evening tide from the night before.  Counted 31 Snowy Plover hanging out on Mile 214read more

  • Snowy Plover
November 7, 2019 - AnnaB

It was a calm sunrise at South Beach this morning. I saw some jellyfish washed up along the drift line from the last high tide as well as strands of bull more

October 9, 2019 - AnnaB

It was quiet at sunset on the beach this evening. The beach was relatively clean of debris and the waves were calm. The stream down at the south end of the mile has dried up. I've been noticing more poles erected in random spots on the beach. Is this something more

  • Looking south onto mile 214 from south jetty
  • pole
  • more poles
August 27, 2019 - AnnaB

A beautiful day at the beach. It was great seeing so many peeople out enjoying the coast in a variety of ways. There were a lot of crab molts in the driftline and a few dead birds. Also many visitors on the mile today playing in and out of more

  • Plastics in sand
  • Volley ball net?
  • View from the south end of mile 214
July 6, 2019 - AnnaB
May 26, 2019 - PCTronquet

Over 150 people enjoying the Memorial Day weekend, velella in wrack line, no areas of concern....beach clean of trashread more

May 24, 2019 - AnnaB

It was a calm evening on Friday with few visitors at the beach. The Velella velella have started washing up and can be found in high numbers just above the water line. The snowy plover nesting area is still under protection with snowy plovers present.  read more

May 24, 2019 - AnnaB
April 18, 2019 - AnnaB

There were a good amount of people out for a late Thursday morning, mostly a few school groups. I noticed more large woody debris than usual including some trees that washed up. Down near the south end of the mile, close to the neighborhood, they've set up a protected more

  • Protected nesting site
  • Looking south on mile 214
February 18, 2019 - AnnaB

Mild weather for President's Day brought out the beach-goers of all kinds. We spotted many people walking, (razor)clamming, surfing, and playing around. The tide was the lowest we have seen which is expected during the King tides. An hour before low tide we were able to walk out to more

January 31, 2019 - AnnaB

There weren't many people out at the time of our survey, mostly just a few groups walking dogs. It looked like a fair amount of driftwood washed up recently. Also it looked like some sand was dumped near the 61A marker. read more

  • South Jetty
January 21, 2019 - PCTronquet

I counted at least 47 folks on mile 214 at noon, high 10.3 King Tide, 50 degrees, full sunshine, and little to no wind.  Several children were playing in the surf at high tide.....and were chased by small "sneaker waves".

A number of large trees and many large logs had more


December 21, 2018 - PCTronquet

First day of King Tide made for limited beach walking, so only two people and three dogs.  The Snowy Plover were feeding and sitting in footprints.  They scattered when the dogs came near.  Two large flocks of Sanderling feeding and being chased by the incoming more

  • South Beach Snowy Plover
  • First day of King Tide, South Beach


November 29, 2017 - PCTronquet

November 29th was glorious weather at sunrise, and the birdlife abundant in Mile 214, Sanderling, Dunlin, and Snowy Plover.  The high tide line was littered with tunicates.  Large and small piles of kelp scattered the beach and provided good cover for the snowy plover.  We also saw 5 dead more

August 27, 2017 - PCTronquet

We found a seagull on the beach totally wrapped in fishing line with hook and bobber, unable to get free.  After covering the bird with a jacket, we were able to cut the line, unravel and free the bird.  It quickly flew away, unharmed.  A second bird caught in more

June 4, 2017 - PCTronquet

Human Activities ~  More people seem to be enjoying South Beach, Mile 214.....we've lived here two years, and see many more people on the beach this year.  The beach was remarkably more

  • South Beach
  • 56 degree day on South Beach
  • Sand digging


December 12, 2016 - PCTronquet
September 30, 2016 - PCTronquet

*There are very few left-over signs of summer tourists. Several "structures" have survived the tides. Surfers in the waves many mornings and evenings.
*Eight snowy plover were foraging at the last high tide mark, and dropped into footprints when folks passed close by.
*Summer tides didn't fill in all more

April 21, 2016 - Anonymous

Our first report as CoastWatch volunteers. We have been watching the plover on our mile since January, 8 snowy plover and 1 mountain plover. As of this date, we think they have all moved on, our last sighting of two snowys April 15th. There is a lot of wood more

  • This mile has many access points from South Beach State Park and stays remarkably clean of human debris....most has washed ashore.


December 25, 2013 - rasmussenschramm
The beach was almost empty of people. No litter to speak of and no sign of dead animals or unusual more
May 11, 2013 - rasmussenschramm
Not much has changed on our mile since our last report. It is very clean. The line of the bluff over the beach has softened a little since last time, but that's all we more
  • Nothing much has changed in the last couple of months. Quiet and clean...


December 30, 2012 - rasmussenschramm
We're attaching pictures of the wood construction we more
  • Again, not sure what this is.
  • Not sure what this is...
June 9, 2012 - rasmussenschramm
We were surprised not to find more debris on the beach- it was mostly squeaky clean, except for a few areas with small styrofoam pieces. read more


July 23, 2011 - rasmussenschramm
The beach was very clean. A few kites were flying, sandcastles were being created, kids were wading in the watet. At the South Jetty on the bay side where beach grass grows, sand has been piling up and walking is dificult. On the south side of the jetty large more


July 24, 2010 - rasmussenschramm
On the way north on the trail we met a group of about 20 naturalists from Yamhill County on an outing, and also several people on foot and on bicycles. We checked the handicapped platform and met about a dozen people walking to and from the platform. From the more
June 21, 2010 - rasmussenschramm
Walking from the jetty towards the state park we encountered about 20 people on the beach, enjoying the sun and about 14 playing in the water, and about five dogs running about.Close to the jetty we found many tiny bits and pieces of plastic but generally, the beach was more
February 18, 2010 - rasmussenschramm
The beach was very clean, we found one dead murre. On our way north we encountered 8 person and two dogs plus two surfers close to the jetty. There were 8 vehicles parked on the jetty and about 10 more at the jetty parking lot. We counted several people, more


June 8, 2009 - rasmussenschramm
The beach was very clean, at the tideline we noticed crab molts, crab shells, small rocks and just natural debris. Near the jetty in the dunes was a huge broken tree trunk that had been cut in several places but the cuts did not look new. Also on the more
January 12, 2009 - rasmussenschramm
The morning was sunny, and the beach was relatively clean but for numerous beverage lids in one area. The sand has drifted towards the shore and built up towards the vegetation more


December 30, 2008 - MAshley
Tide was way out. It was a beautiful day. Noticeable winter beach more
December 29, 2008 - MAshley
Moderate numbers of visitors, mostly walking more
September 27, 2008 - rasmussenschramm
The beach was very clean, but there was noticeable sand build-upread more
August 21, 2008 - ocayouthvol
Went out on the mile watch with a number of new volunteers. It was overall a pretty cool morning and not many people were out on the beach. And for the most part, there was very little trash. Since most the volunteers were new, we were unable to note more
April 21, 2008 - malachite
Interesting foredune undercutting or erosion present on one section of the beach. Associated with more (than average for this beach) steeply sloping beach & cobble sized sediment (if that's the correct term) in intertidal more
  • Photo of beach at South Beach state park on 04/21/08 in late afternoon/early evening showing undercutting of foredune, exposure of bedding planes & cobble deposition (or suspension of smaller particles) in intertidal zone
  • Slight to moderate undercutting near oceanward base of foredune at South Beach state park reveals bedding planes, including some cross bedding, etc.
March 22, 2008 - rasmussenschramm
The beach was clean but much sand has been piling up in waves and some large pieces of driftwood were at the water's edge. No one was visible at the handicap platform above the dunes. 11 cars were parked on the jetty and 19 people were walking about. As more
February 11, 2008 - rensmere
The beach was mostly clear of debris and looked very "clean". It was a nice sunny day so there were more people than there have been. The only posible concern was the woman feeding the more
  • This is a picture documenting the south beach mile
  • Seagulls are eating bread pieces that a woman has just thrown onto the beach.


December 21, 2007 - rasmussenschramm
At the State Park were six cars parked, and at the beach were fourteen people, six dogs, people walking dogs and writing their names in the sand, one flying a kite. Five people were watching the ocean from the platform for the handicapped. The beach was relatively clean. Sand more
October 14, 2007 - rensmere
The beach was very "clean" with no driftline content. There were a lot of people out enjoying the more
September 8, 2007 - rasmussenschramm
Close to the jetty was the "Gathering Longboard Classic", the annual surf competition, in progress. Rogue Ale sponsering the event was to serve food and beer and wine. On the beach at the gathering, numerous surfers were riding the waves (incoming tide). A big tent had been set up more
August 25, 2007 - rasmussenschramm
At the park picnicers were using tables and sitting in the shade of trees. At the beach there were people in the water, two surfers, many sunbathing. On the path east of the beach people were walking and more
August 9, 2007 - rensmere
There were a lot of people on the beach for recreation. There was not a lot of debris. This was our first time surveying the mile so it is hard to compare. We will be sure to take pictures to more
June 14, 2007 - rasmussenschramm
The tide was coming in having been at its lowest at 6:23 a.m., i.e. -2.3 feet. It was a beautiful morning except for a bit of chilly wind from the north. The beach was clean. Beyond the high tide mark were sea rocket plants all along the beach, some more
March 16, 2007 - rasmussenschramm
On a beautiful sunny and calm morning on March 16, 2007 at 10 a.m. we walked our mile from the State Park to the South Jetty. The tide was coming in. At the State Park we counted 7 cars, and along the beach we met 21 people and 9 dogs, more
January 11, 2007 - ocayouthvol
There was snow that day (though none on the beach at that time) and suprisingly few people for such a beautiful day. No obvious changes were more