Mile 219

North end of Agate Beach, Yaquina Head south
Lincoln County

Latitude: 44.674140113122
Longitude: -124.071165314100
Vehicles:
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the Tillamook County-Lincoln County line (45° 02.6706', Mile 247), southerly to Yaquina Bay (44° 37.0374', Mile 215), except for the following locations within the corporate limits of Lincoln City:
    (A) A distance of 150 feet on each side of the westerly extension of North 35th Court;
    (B) A distance of 150 feet on each side of the westerly extension of North 15th Street.

Tides: NOAA Tide Predictions. Click on the station nearest to your location to see predicted tides in graphical and tabular formats.
North end of Agate Beach, Yaquina Head south
Mile 219 Reports (29)

2018

September 25, 2018 - YHONA

During the survey there were 105 people and two dogs on the beach. 38 cars, 10 SUVs, 4 Pickups, and 2 RVs were recorded in the parking area at the end of the survey. There was a great deal of algae present in the wrack line. One notable find was...read more

June 15, 2018 - YHONA

We discovered a black oystercatcher nest at the far east side of our beach along the cliff side. Once chick has since hatched.read more

2017

July 16, 2017 - m219walker

Sunny day, moderate wind from NW. 3 surfers, 12 runner/walkers, 2 playing in sand. Two dead Common Murres. Construction going on for Ernest Block Wayside.read more

2016

December 25, 2016 - m219walker

Cloudy day after major rain event. Only one couple walking. Sandstone and basalt boulders on beach. Lucky Gap Trail stairs (south end) awash. Nice stairs being built north end of beach.read more

June 3, 2016 - m219walker

Beautiful sunny day, ~65F with light wind from the NNW. Noon visit at high tide at ~7'. Saw 13 people on the shore/in the water, mostly surfers. The summer sand buildup is in place with only larger pieces of wood remaining on the beach.read more

April 14, 2016 - driscolke

Arrival of ocean seabirds which nest on the rocks at this site is significant; usually seals are evident along with pups; this is a popular site for tidal pools. Usually sighted are eagles and Black oystercatchers, missing this visit. Casual observation did not find evidence of immature sea star recruitment,...read more

March 12, 2016 - driscolke

Yaquina Head Lighthouse is always interesting, there is an abundance of marine observation available to the casual observer: tidepools, seabirds, mammals. This day there was hail, thunder, lightning and gale force winds.There was increased amount of small driftwood in most tidepools not observed on previous visits. Other than decaying sea...read more

February 11, 2016 - m219walker

Winter storms have pushed sizable wood up above the average high tide mark. Flooding has generated additional seeps and overloaded the Agate Beach sewage facility prompting hazard notices on Lucky Gap Trail down to the beach. Cool (48F) and cloudy, one person and one dead gull noted about an hour...read more

February 2, 2016 - driscolke

A lovely day at Yaquina Lighthouse tidal area. The geologic collection of offshore rocks permitted a wonderful view of the many exciting marine wildlife. Although there were a few 8-10 yr. old sea stars, there were no visible young sea stars. The Blue heron was unusual for me, oystercatchers lovely,...read more

2015

December 25, 2015 - malachite

I reached this mile via the Lucky Gap Beach wayside access. As is usual in the past 3 or 4 years, the area just before you reach the stairs to the beach was flooded--usually the flooding lasts about a week after a medium to heavy rain. There are also steps...read more

November 21, 2015 - driscolke

This was a gorgeous sunny afternoon at Yaquina Lighthouse tidepool area. Absent and no sign of recovery were sea stars; BLM guides mentioned apparent distress with urchins. Few birds and one seal sunning. Human activities were well within respect for the treasures. Beach driftline was high and no unusual debris...read more

November 5, 2015 - m219walker
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SUMMARYTwo people on beach, one surfing, one enjoying a beer and the scenery. Small patchy wood in drift line. No birds or mammals observed. 'Little Creek' flowing close to bluff.
September 30, 2015 - Volunteer Coordinator

Eleanor Siebers called from the BLM Yaquina Head Interpretive Center to report a wood chunk with mussels found yesterday on Cobble Beach of Yaquina Head (30 Sept. 2015) by “Lucia." It is local - NOT Japanese marine tsunami debris (JTMD). However, it was very good that I could have a...read more

  • Wood found by LuciaJohn Chapman inspected- appears to be local though has red flags
  • Importance of looking at the underside
  • two bolts on the piece of wood
  • number of small mussels on the piece of wood
June 17, 2015 - m219walker
Mostly sunny afternoon, two family groups plus 3 surfers using beach. No obvious drift line besides a small wooden pallet. Yellow blooms of Potentilla and pink Beach Pea made me observe the beach flora more closely.Lator walked up/around to Yaquina Head Cobble Beach (northern border of M219.) Mention it because...read more
  • Monkey Flower on cliff above Cobble Beach, Yaquina Head17 June 2015
March 22, 2015 - m219walker
Very few people on the beach early Sunday morning: four, two of which came with me, and one sleeper.Wrack contained mostly small pieces of wood, no dead birds, fish, or mammals.Reference: Mile 219 is a wide sandy beach cut diagonally with small creek.No physical changes.read more
  • 20 jan 2015 sunset taken north Agate beach

2014

December 27, 2014 - m219walker

Day partly sunny, about 2 hrs before high tide, south face of headland inaccessible.  One extended family on beach; two photographers, mostly pics of each other.  Five dead birds, four likely Cassin's auklet. First guess on fifth to be cormorant.  First survey, unable to observe change.read more

2010

August 1, 2010 - malachite
Yesterday around 5:30pm I walked down to the beach via the Lucky Gap access. That access places you near the south end of mile 219. When I arrived & later, when I left (about an hour later), a group of people had built a beach fire using what looked like...read more
  • A fire on the beach was built yesterday evening using a fairly large driftwood stump for firewood.  Twenty four hours later, the people are gone, the stump is still burning.

2009

December 9, 2009 - yaquinalady
This year the depth of the stones on the beach is lower than last year and typical years, by several feet. The big erosion area above the tollbooth looks unchanged.read more

2008

November 25, 2008 - Jebousek
The main change I noticed was reported above regarding the cobbles on the beach. Their thickness in being piled up has dropped by several feet.read more
October 11, 2008 - cindyashy
Pelicans, pelicans, and more pelicans!!! Record numbers of pelicans in fact -- so this report is going to be pelican centric :-) I'm estimating there were 3600 Brown Pelicans roosting on the rocks associated with Yaquina Head and there were areas that could not be seen of course like the...read more
June 13, 2008 - L Taylor
Bright sunny, windy day. Lots of people at the lighthouse. Lots of common murres, pelicans and some nesting oystercatchers. The beach was surprisingly clear of debris just the usual large logs.read more
March 8, 2008 - cindyashy
Unusual sighting of a Brown Pelican in March. See Wildlife list for more. I'm going to talk with BLM staff to see about get some permanent signage in the tidepool area to prevent people from getting into sensitive nesting bird areas and dangerous surge areas.....when the tidepool area can't be...read more
March 4, 2008 - L Taylor
Beach appeared very clean- not even much driftwood. The Common Murres are back at Yaquina Head. The Hatfield Marine Science researchers were at Yaquina Head counting returning gray whales and recording their distance from shore in a preliminary study to determine where the whales travel. This data will help determine...read more

2007

December 5, 2007 - cindyashy
2 days after a major coastal storm, I expected to see many dead birds but did not - found one injured American Wigeon. The storm did significant damage to the trees near Quarry Cove and I found boulders strewn about in a pattern that made you fully appreciate the immense...read more
November 24, 2007 - cindyashy
This was an afternoon minus tide on a holiday weekend so the tidepool critters took center stage at Yaquina Head. The tidepools off Cobble Beach were crawling with visitors - an average of around 65 people at any one time during the ~2 hour span I was there. From the...read more
November 20, 2007 - L Taylor
There were NO live birds on the beach. No foraging, not even flying overhead. Very quiet. I did see what I believe to be 1 dead Western Grebe (see photo 1) with 2 zip ties on it's right wing, 1 blue and 1 red. Don't know what this means. I...read more
July 28, 2007 - lighthouse
The beach was littered with birds. I can't ever remember seeing anything like that before. Every few feet another bird. Mostly murres; one gull.read more
June 8, 2007 - L Taylor
Lots of wildlife at the lighthouse. Seal pups, common murres, cormorants, black oystercatchers. Only 2 dead birds so decayed couldn't tell what they had been. Pretty normal for such a fine day.read more
March 13, 2007 - L Taylor
Lots of wildlife action from the Bald Eagle, Common Murres, and Double Crested Cormorant to the resting harbor seals. Quite a good day. I was a little surprised to see so many dead birds and each of them a different species. Is it possible they have been eating some of...read more