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.
Very cool jelly on Schooner South today...like an iceberg!read more
Bummer of a day walking onto our beach and seeing the bluffs spray painted. Lots of bull kelp and sea palm washed up along with mole crab shells. Lots of beached birds including 3 tagged for COASST. 2 large Big skate egg cases.read more
A foggy start to a beautiful walk, saw 8 Turkey vultures. Plovers (Snowy?) and whimbrel. Lots of summer sand on the beach allowing for entry through the south "cave" to the beach beyond (always fun when that happens).read more
It was a nice clear day, with a slight breeze. In general the sand didn't erode/scour as much during the winter, so there is more sand on the beach.
I normally go on the beach around 8AM--I waited until 10AM to catch low tide.
There was extra glare of being on the...read more
Beautiful day with many people. Sand is so high on north side of Yaquina Head so there was easy access through the tunnel to the mini beach which is rare. Saw the greatest number of orchre sea stars in several years. Appeared healthy except for 2 and were a variety...read more
A beautiful day to be on 220. Not much trash, the high tide may have taken it out. Some nice rock cairn art at the northern part of my mile. The cliff continues to erode along with rock fall and vegetation coming down. The 3 black pipes continue to erode...read more
Possible Sea Star Wasting disease observed in sea star across tidepool with binoculars and photo. Enlarge left section of dark area above pool. Note small light circle. Sea star with backwards drooping arms is to the right of the light spot. No other sea stars observed in this area. Resembles...read more
Beautiful -2.7 tide @ 8 am. Saw 5 immature eagles flying or sitting on nearby tree branch. High sand levels near Yaquina Head have created a "sand forest" of dead snags on upper beach near trail to 55th St. Bright green algae growing on rocks below Yaquina Head might indicate some water...read more
A nice day to walk the beach. With few winter storms, Starfish Beach (the old name on older maps) is full of sand.read more
A nice Spring day on 220. Lots of timy stryofoam bits in the wrackline. The bluff is still falling down with the black drainage pipes showing themselves more every month. 2 Turkey Vultures overhead. Quick nurdle hunt performed.read more
It was a quiet day on the beach. The person and car at NW 68th arrived about 8:30AM, about the time I was almost done walking the beach.
Rather than have a bunch of photos of cliffs eroding under houses, or pipes eroding from cliff I decided to concentrate on TWO...read more
Beautiful day but sad to see the path to the beach widened significantly with the creek changing path due to the back hoe that was in the process of rip rapping the property just to the north of Mile 220.read more
A cold partly cloudy day. The tide was already high enough that reaching "Keyhole" at north cliff of Yaquina wasn't possible.
The beach only had 2 persons, but I got several pictures of partial rainbows.
With chicks fledged, total bird count 50-75.
The sand was clear of microplastics, although several larger Styrofoam pieces...read more
The continued exposure of pipes shows continued erosion along the shore cliffs/bluffs. Since I went later in the day there were more people (and dogs) present.
I have changed my routine--I am no longer going down to the northern rock face of Yaquina Head for the "keyhole photo". The slippery rocks...read more
Chilly windy morning on 220. Lots of birds: 2 squadrons of pelicans flew over, 4 eagles, 9 Turkey vultures, a bunch of shorebirds and 2 separate gulls who were behaving out of the ordinary. One gull was up against the bluff sitting and not moving (other than his head) and...read more
So thrilled to only find one (!!!!) piece of fireworks debris this morning ...in years past it has been 2 large trash bags on the 5th of July. It's possible that someone picked it up before me but I also didn't see any 4th of July remnants near the trash...read more
Jesse Jones asked about the pipes along the beach. I was working a Covid clinic for Lincoln County at Waldport where I met a county property assessor. I mentioned the pipes along mile 220, and the erosion there (it is affecting several houses). He concurred with my idea that the...read more
Not as many sea stars as I would have liked to see on the minus tide but they are definitely there. Only one sea star looked like it might have wasting disease (see photo)read more
Rainy/cloudy/sunny day on 220. First time I've seen so many small sized Vellela vellela, I usually see the larger ones washed up. Lots of marine debris/land debris on 220 today. Most of the sand has been pulled off the beach in the northern section of 220 by storms. Quite a...read more
I was suprised there was anyone on the beach--between the rain and wind gusts of 20 mph. NOAA had forecast a surf height of 16-20 feet. There was also a weather warning about sneaker tides. I didn't go to my usual "Keyhole" location as it was already obstructed by...read more
A nice sunny day on 220. Got a very long piece of rope (approx 25 meters) off the beach along with trash. One LIGU, not yet tagged. So much more visible erosion this winter, seems every week it is even more pronounced. Trees, bluff slumping down towards the sea. The...read more
Third day of January 2021 King Tides.
The expected Erosion between normal 75 feet from beach access to Cliff Top happened. It will mean several minutes delay between photos as I have to retrace up to "Grand Central" and then back down to Cliff Top.
Any shift of my “Cliff Top” position...read more
Second day of January 2021 King Tides.
The expected Erosion between normal 75 feet from beach access to Cliff Top happened. It will mean several minutes delay between photos as I have to retrace up to "Grand Central" and then back down to Cliff Top.The tidal surge was mostly reaching the...read more
First day of January 2021 King Tides.
Erosion between normal 75 feet from beach access to Cliff Top will mean several minutes delay between photos as I have to retrace up to "Grand Central" and then back down to Cliff Top.read more
Another King Tides Day.
High Tide was at 11:48 AM at 10.5 ft. NOAA had a Surf Height of 14-18 ft. One last thing: AT NOON a High Surf Advisory went into effect.read more
King Tides Day
High Tide was 10.6 ft. NOAA also has Surf Height at 17-21 ft. I could have walked to "Rock Line" which is about 15 feet from my normal entrance onto Star Fish Beach.read more
Another good day for King Tides.
High Tide was at 12:08PM at 10.3 ft. NOAA had a surf height of 10-14 ft. The weather was 50 degrees, with wind blowing from the south at 20mph. Cloudly sky, and what felt like ultra, ultra, ultra fine mist--so didn't count it as rainy....read more
A good day for King Tides.
High tide of 10.4 feet at 11:27AM. NOAA had Surf Height at 20-25 feet.
I was able to shoot from my normal beach spot-75 feet from normal beach access, didn't take a photo--took a movie clip. At the cliff top where I normally take a photo...read more
It was a nice day. About 50 degrees, a slight wind, and clear skies. Since I didn't get down at a negative tide, I had a longer scramble along rocks to get to normal "Keyhole" position and didn't get any good pictures of Sea Stars. The lack of plastic in...read more
It was a quiet trip to the beach--being early at 6-7 AM.
Mostly clear, with a slight marine layer which was already burning off by 7AM.
I am concerned about the picnic table--will it be removed before winter storms or will it become flotsom.read more
Hard to see the second needle and syringe (in the past 2 weeks!!) on our beach, lots of dogs and kids who easily could have stepped on it. The sea grass amount was notable. Eagles and turkey viltures abound...esp near the carcass of the Juv sea lion. Still quite a...read more
NW 68th street is open. The city has moved its pumping station closer to HWY 101 and sealed off the former gravel parking with a paved lot with 5 slots.
A total of 4 walkers and a dog.read more
A rainy day--Hatfield had 0.05 inches in the hour I was on beach, while my backyard rain gauge had 0.08 inch (my daily total was 0.24 miles).
On the walk down from 57th street--there are now some trail markings. There are more surfers using this way to access Sea Star Beach.
What a fabulous day on 220! I am pretty sure I found a Laysan Albatross, what a majestic bird, the wings so long but incredibly light. We had quite a storm last night with hail and wind...perhaps what blew the bird onto the shore? He was a recent arrival as...read more
A first for me (and sadly not alive), an octopus in the rocky area. Still beautiful, even in death. Large plastic/rubber mat was on top of one leg but I doubt that is why it died.read more
A beautiful day to have to practice social distancing at the beach! Tons of small plastics in the north half of 220, very little to none in the south 1/2. 4 beached birds, 3 NOFU's and 1 cormorant. Way too many plastic and cement pipes coming out of the bluff...read more
A large amount of debris on the beach, more than 15 pieces that were over 50cm in length. Lots of rope from crab/fishing, an intact Pacific Seafoods white tote, 2 pieces of possible tsunami debris: 1 fridge or freezer (47cm square) with Asian characters on inside and biofouled as well...read more
It was not a good day. It was cloudy, and during the 1.5 hours I was scrambling along the rocks, taking photos, etc. it rained 0.03 inches according to Hatfield. The wind was 8-12 miles/hour. Wave height was 11-15 feet according to Weather Service Surf forecast.read more
King Tides. 10-14 feet waves meant I could get down to 25 feet mark from normal beach access to SAFELY take photos.read more
King Tides. Note that first two pictures show the 75 feet mark log shown by last month's King Tides picture is no longer present. Waves are 17-22 feet. A lot less foam.read more
Another King Tides day. Weather has 47F, winds of 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Waves are 19-23 feet.
Foam was past the 75 feet mark from normal beach access. Last month erosion was up to the 75 feet mark--so I made a new 100 feet mark.read more
There are erosion, slides and new rock deposited. Lots of larger debris on beach Difficult to access, trail issues may need to be addressed after the last king tideread more
Another day of King Tides--the waves didn't come as far up, but the "foam" came further.
The waves were 17-21 feet.
Wind was 20mph --gusts to 30 mph.
Another note: with the erosion near the cliff wall, I will probably be moving this point further inland because of cliff undercut.read more
Arrived 1 1/2 hours late of King Tide maximum--I had another appointment. And it was a good thing--as waves eroded up to my 75 foot mark from normal beach access!
Waves were 30-35 feet.
Wind was 15 mph--with gusts of 20 mph.
Catching some photos during King Tides.
Winds were 20 mpg--with gusts to 30mpg
Waves at 13-17 feet.
I was able to get to the point which was only 25 feet from "normal" beach access and take some photos.read more
A cloudy day, although tide slightly less than yesterday by 0.1 foot it was further up my usual entrance of beach.read more
A drizzly day for King Tides--Hatfield reported over an inch of rain for the dayread more
A nice evening--mid 50's, setting up of a good sunset. The sand is still on the beach, with winter decrease still to come.
Beautiful sunny day on 220. Amazing to see the big chunks of rock/bluff/hillside continuing to fall onto the beach. 3 long black pipes are sticking out of the bluff (not further out than they had been previously). The substation project appears to be going full force, road has been widened and...read more
The big tides have brought lots of bull kelp to 220 along with styrofoam pieces and a good length of fishing gear (ODFW tag # in photos). Counted at least 8 dead birds, I did not see tags on them yet. The black drainage pipes seem to continue to be...read more
A quiet day at Sea Star Beach. With the City of Newport continuing work on treatment substation at NW 68th and closing the road they have limited the number of persons using the portion of the beach.read more
Second Harbor seal found in as many days on Mile 220, this one bigger and a bit more decomposed than the smaller one found yesterday (who is also on the beach today- further south). 10 turkey vultures waiting in the trees on the bluff above.read more
A wrackline filled with eelgrass, jellies and crab carapaces. Also a dead young harbor seal noted by the South end where the houses are over the bluff. 3 Turkey Vultures were nicely starting to clean it up for us. read more
Still restricted access to 220 due to the sewage project. Quite a large rock fall off the southern end of Mile 220. The bluff continues to eraode and slide. 6 COMU noted. Small amount of plastic debris. read more
This report was filed primarily to note observation of black oystercatchers feeding/hanging out on rocks exposed by low tides on this mile. On June 1, I observed between 4-6 black oystercatchers, on June 2, 2-4. I haven't been seeing them often on this mile in the past year or so...read more
A nice day on Sea Star Beach--with just a few persons. The birds are back at Yaquina Head, and the hill near my "Keyhole" picture is still eroding--causing slight change to get photo of ocean through a hole in the cliff.read more
Found a Brown Booby (sula leucogaster brewsteri) on the southern portion of Schooner South while doing my COASST Marine Debris survey!! That's a first for me!!read more
Difficult to stay upbeat along Schooner South today as the "microplastic" debris is overwhelming. In doing a COASST survey on the same day in a 20"x20" survey square I had 225 (!!!) pieces of plastic with 62 nurdles, 57 pieces of styrofoam and multiple other pieces. We also had lots...read more
Some King Tide photosread more
Some King Tide photosread more
Some photos at King Tideread more
I wanted to take this survey on Feb. 14th or 15th--middle of the quarter but there was rain. This survey was taken the evening before King Tide.
The winter has caused erosion exposing more pipes, more landslides, etc.
Nice weather, a negative tide, and got several photos of sea stars--Lincoln County Historical...read more
A surprisingly nice day on 220. Beautiful sunshine and the wind was a lot less harsh down on the beach. The cliffs continue to erode dumping sand and rocks onto the beach below. More of the man-made pipes are showing and looking like they will break off and fall onto...read more
Several things come to mind.
First, I attended a...read more
220 continues to slide into the sea. A beautiful sunny day to walk our beach. Quite a bit of short polypropylene rope in the wrack line today along with other plastics (small) and rubber fishing lure pieces. 7 dead birds. Lots of sand to walk on. Many folks (24) out...read more
A warm but wet day on Mile 220. 3 surfers and 7 walkers along with 3 dogs were out enjoying the spritzing. The bluff and vegetation continue to slide towards the sea. A small Harbor Seal has been slowly disintegrating on the north section of our beach, 7 dead seabirds along...read more
Another stunning day on Schooner South! Quite windy but beautiful sunshine. 23 folks out enjoying the beach along with 4 dogs and a bike had gone by as well. The cliff/bluff continues to erode and further exposes the drainage pipes all along this mile. In doing large debris surveys for...read more
It was a pleasure to walk the mile as the sand has filled in the cobble near NW 68th Street and rock sections near Yaquina head.
I have a new hiking Garmin -- there are several changes in positioning. First, the landslide at Yaquina Head has caused me to move to...read more
WOOD CHIPS!!!! Soooooo many of them all along the entire stretch of Mile 220. They are in the surf line and high wrack. Also a fresh Common Murre was being eaten by a Turkey Vulture. Lots of people and dogs.read more
Lots of washed up jellyfish: counted over 30. Also a seal (alive) on the beach near southern end of the beach. Two dead seabirds (one COASST tagged), appearred to be LIGU's. read more
Nice to see a few folks out enjoying this gorgeous day! 6 people and 1 dog. Lots of small rocks in the north section of 220, LOTS of sand in the southern end. Able to go through the southern end "cave" to check on the beach on the other side...read more
The walk started with a very light mist, and then cleared off. The birds have returned to the Lighthouse area, I could have easily counted a thousand.
I noticed there is new plastic pipe showing at the equivalence of NW 61st Street from erosion near the top of the cliff.read more
The beach was clean of debris except for some scattered items coming in from the water. There were significant plastic pieces in the driftline along the sandy areas of the beach. Lots of rocks exposed today. There has been a great deal of erosion over the past year. There are places...read more
A sunny day on 220. Lots of rocks and very little sand on the first 1/2 of the walk South , then lots of sand. Texted Fawn to have State Parks come and pick up garbage at Marine Debris sign as it was piled up quite high. The cliffs have...read more
A nice beach walk. Good weather (50F, calm breeze, mostly sunny) added to neutral tide (0.0ft. at 5:50PM) plus more sand this winter than usual on the beach.read more
I was three times at the beach.
The times were 8:30AM (four hours before King Tide, 4.9 ft.), 10:30AM (two hours before King Tide, 8.65 ft,), and 12:26PM (10.5 ft.)
The first two times I took pictures North and West from a point 45 ft. Southeast of normal entry to beach. At...read more
Two things of note.
I have included several photos of the lead up to King Tide. The pictures at my usual entrance (path down from 57th and Meander) are roughly 50 feet back from where I normally enter the beach. I have also included pictures of the plastic pellets--I don't normally...read more
A sweet day on Mile 220. 8 people and 4 dogs. First time I had seen the single wheeled skateboard used on the beach! The loss of land continues as the solid bluffs fall to the beach, more exposed cement and plastic drain pipes noticed. Lots of vegetation/bushes/trees falling down. Not much...read more
I could not get to the Yaquina cliff--the tide was higher than low tide (which was at 5AM), there was extra wave height. The beach is losing its sand--which also prevented my making Yaquina cliff, would have tried to walk cobblestone access but wasn't sure I could even get to...read more
Beautiful but frustrating day on Mile 220. Five people on the beach, one of whom, despite my polite results to stop the activity, was 3/4 up the cliffs and digging soil out of the cliff.
Driftline contained a lot of beautiful long kelp and the usual small plastic pieces. Saw three dead...read more
The beach is continuing to fill with more sand. The prevention of cars going to the NW 68th street parking is probably reducing the amount of plastic/trash. Although it is summer, erosion continues at Yaquina Head cliff and exposing pipes.read more
Compared to last report--sand is coming back to this beach area. I got to Yaquina Head cliff wall, plus the rocky beach now is some areas mostly sand with some rock.read more
Beautiful day on Mile 220, one bag of trash collected. A fair number of folks out today enjoying the sunshine. The erosion continues along our mile. Thousands of Vellela vellela making for sparkling blue lines along the entire beach. Unable to do farthest south section due to large rocks which were...read more
Winter weather and water continue to erode the bluffs along Mile 220. March 18, 2017 visit saw continued plastic trash, 1.5 bags within just the rocky section at the beginning of the walk. One dead grebe, no bands. Four people out enjoying the sun. read more
This is an update to yesterday's report.
The jaw bone and two fragments found near NW 68th Street were taken to Hatfield today. William Hanshumaker gave the identification as "seal".
I am including several more jpgs showing slippage. 1268=Path to top of Yaquina head at 57th-erosion of trail. 1270=cliff erosion. 1272-these pipes...read more
Three observations: First, there is more slippage than when I last went this way in fall of 2016. Second, the NW 68th access is a site of a pumping station for Newport. Today, I noticed that a new post has been placed there--it contains empty bags for persons to collect trash....read more
The beach had very little sand on it. It was mostly rocks of various sizes. There was no debris except for isolated areas of plastic pieces. I was there at a very low tide, but the signs of high water and heavy surf were apparent on the beach. There was...read more
Exhilarating time on the beach. There was enough beach to walk safely from the access near my house to NW 68th street, but storm surge made it not possible or too risk to try to get around the little "point" to the north of NW 68th street access (& Schooner...read more
The beach was very rocky with large rocks that are difficult to walk on exposed. There was an unusual amount of debris on the beach, much of it in this rocky area. This beach has always been pretty clean of debris, but today was a different story None of it...read more
Low tide at the HMSC dock was 3:18 p.m. Mile 220 is the closest beach to my home, so I walked down to see what the incoming storm weather looked like fairly close to low tide. Since the dead pelican was fairly close to the then (around 3:45 p.m.) high...read more