Mile 221

Schooner Pt, Moolack Beach S of Moolack Creek
Lincoln County

Latitude: 44.695289863915
Longitude: -124.064649622360
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.

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Schooner Pt, Moolack Beach S of Moolack Creek
Mile 221 Reports (36)

2018

September 17, 2018 - KathyLJ

I accessed the beach from NW 68th St which is just south of Schooner Point and the southern end of mile 221. Soil erosion on the trail down to the beach on the north end of the mile by Moolack Creek has made it too difficult for me to use...read more

June 30, 2018 - lipberm

There was nothing startling or unusual about this beachwalk except that we noted significant destruction of a staircase and its foundation below the large vacation rentals just south of Moolack Beach. In the same vein, the fancy RV park's attempts to build a path or stairs to the beach and...read more

June 15, 2018 - KathyLJ

No notable changes to the beach or cliffs since my last report. Minimal trash and no large pieces of debris although Parks staff had been there on an ATV a couple days earlier so they would have picked up any larger pieces. The beach was flat and sandy with only...read more

2017

October 15, 2017 - KathyLJ

38 is a large number of people on this section of beach for any time of year but it was a sunny, windless day so it was perfect for beach walking.  Most of the people were at the south end of the mile. Usually, there are more people at the...read more

June 29, 2017 - KathyLJ

No notable cliff erosion over the winter.  Removed minimal debris from sandy areas and in driftwood including food wrappers, a kite and fragments that appeared to be from a foam fishing float. More rocks exposed than in previous 6 summers that I've walked this section of beach. No sea gulls...read more

2016

October 27, 2016 - KathyLJ

Not much change since the last report except waves & tides have removed sand and exposed some rocks not visible during the summer. Also, more large driftwood trees and logs along the cliffs than last time due to the storms a couple weeks ago and the high tides that now...read more

August 22, 2016 - KathyLJ

Noticed this apparatus hanging from cliff below Pacific Surf RV Park.read more

August 21, 2016 - KathyLJ

Beach was relatively clean of seaweed/algae, molt, etc. There is a drain hose tangled in some downed trees below a housing development near Schooner Point.  It looks like it's been there for awhile.read more

2014

December 27, 2014 - daveincamas
Saw a lot of fresh dead birds (15 or so) - Cassin's auklets? Saw a bunch more the next day at Beverly Beach. Took photos of many of them: https://www.flickr.com/photos/70097310@N00/sets/72157650018157165/1/1/2015: Edited to correct mile number.read more
June 11, 2014 - lauraj
This was a quick walk, intended to gather more debris, but as it goes the beach was mostly clear this time. More rock shelves have been exposed and even some small tide pools. Most notable was the healthy sea anemones and complete lack of sea stars!read more
May 7, 2014 - lauraj
Like a lot of other areas this week there was lots of debris! I filled two large Solve bags and had to close my eyes to what I left behind.Also placed some large items above the high tide line and contacted the ranger as to their location.Debris was strewn from...read more
January 17, 2014 - lauraj
One of those wonderful summery days in winter! Mostly sunny with an east wind about 62 degrees. 8 to 10 people out walking, 1 dog.Not many birds, 1 flock of gulls, 1 dead (unknown species).Erosion in this area continues to be fairly active. Several staircases are in poor shape. Several...read more

2013

April 24, 2013 - lauraj
Another beautiful (but windy) afternoon on our amazing coast. Pleased to see only a little trash as I had decided to allow myself to walk barefoot and didn't want to scramble into the rocks. Still carried out one big bag full. More varieties of birds than any other visit. Whimbrels,...read more

2012

October 25, 2012 - lauraj
Very pleasant day for a walk. The beach was fairly clean of trash, but someone dropped an upholstered chair and a mattress, among other things, in the Moolack parking lot. URG! Minimal amount of new erosion for this area. New set of wooden stairs.7 to 8 people walking, along with...read more
  • Very interesting geologic formations along this mile.
July 7, 2012 - lipberm
May 28, 2012 - lauraj
Beautiful day. Hauled off as much trash as we could carry. Typical trash, nothing unusual. UpdateJapanese light bulb.While belatedly posting photos (most of which document the active erosion in this area and trash removed) I realized that while the quantity of trash was not unusual there was one item worth...read more
  • left over cut outs from shoes
  • Intact light bulb, 9.5" x 4.5", turns out to have kanji writing.
January 23, 2012 - lauraj
It was a beautiful day between storms. Some big piles of sea foam south of Moolack parking lot. Large flock of Gulls hanging out near Moolack creek drainage. 6 - 8 people collecting fossils and agates. The beach was ‘relatively’ clean of debris, still carried off as much as I...read more

2011

July 25, 2011 - lauraj
Beautiful evening. One car at Schooner point, four cars at the pullout South of Moolack parking lot. Nine or ten people, half walking, half playing with dogs. There were large groups of gulls about every ¼ mile. Quite a bit of bull kelp. Too much trash! Collected and removed three...read more

2010

April 16, 2010 - lipberm
When we left Newport on March 15, there was plenty of sand on Mile 221's beach, including the area directly below where we live, Schooner Point. When we returned a month later we found the beach between Schooner Creek and just north of Schooner Point scoured of its sand; fantastically...read more
  • It was possible to walk through one of the "caves", but in March 2010 they collapsed.

2009

December 12, 2009 - lipberm
A gloomy day with virtually no human activity on the beach except for a couple of young men practicing their golf swings with a practice ball at Schooner Point. Looks to us as though very little sand has moved out so far this year. There was a great deal more...read more
September 22, 2009 - lipberm
A lovely warm, windless, but slightly foggy morning with few people at low tide. The track down to the beach on the Moolack Beach end shows recent erosion.read more
May 28, 2009 - lipberm
A beautiful morning on mile 221. Not many people or dogs for such a nice day and low tide. Noticed a "for sale" sign at our normal access point just south of the Moolack Beach parking area. Maybe this parcel will not be available in the future for access. That...read more
  • This shows the sand level at it's maximum at this spot.
  • Here, from January 2008, is the same bluff with almost all of the sand gone.
March 6, 2009 - lipberm
An absolutely beautiful, sunny, calm Friday afternoon drew an unusual number of people to Mile 221. Workers were busy repairing the wooden stairway leading down from the two rental houses south of Moolack Motel; one lady was collecting something from the rocks in a bucket; there were ATV tracks (might...read more
  • These new steps leading down from the Driftwood Village Motel area won't last very long.
  • Shore Pine half way down landslide scar (from 13 years ago).
  • Shore Pine on beach

2008

December 11, 2008 - lipberm
At the Moolack end of the mile there was an unusually high concentration of small plastic and styrofoam pieces in the wrack line and on the rocks. Lots of bottlecaps, lighters, and a few toothbrushes! We also found lots of rope pieces, some of them quite long, an entire unmarked...read more
  • The two photos show the large-diameter drainpipe running down the sandy bluff by the RV park that was built on the blufftop property in August 2007.
November 22, 2008 - malachite
Sighting of an unusually large (10 for sure, possibly as many as 13-14) black oystercatchers, in addition to possible sighting of bald eagle & some Black Turnstones. Oystercatchers probably attracted by the exposure of rocks (w/limpets? something they eat) by that afternoon's low tide.read more
September 20, 2008 - lipberm
Lots of human and good-dog activity on this sunny, mild fall beach clean-up day. There was some new erosion of the bluff--one large tree tipped over and erosion due to disturbance made in bluff at a relatively new bluff-top luxury RV-pad facility. We found an unusual number of bottles and...read more
June 11, 2008 - lipberm
The unusually low tides had more than the normal beachwalkers out today. The Dogami geologist (Jonathan Allen) told us that about 70% of the sand had already returned to our mile.read more
January 17, 2008 - lipberm
Another beautiful day on our mile. A little cool, but no wind. I believe there is the least amount of sand remaining on the beach that we have ever seen. Our neighbor noted that the waves are now breaking on the beach sand that has been deposited several hundred yards...read more
  • The majority of the sand has been scoured away from Schooner Point's beach, at least six feet of sand as we figure it. The sculpted rocks imply that this is a yearly event. At low tide it's a photographer's goldmine.

2007

November 6, 2007 - lipberm
All seems to be well on our mile.read more
October 27, 2007 - coastwalker221
Saw ten people & one dog off-leash enjoying themselves. Very nice mile of beach, nearly empty of human litter. New evidence of continual beach bluff erosion on Mile 221 on the Moolack Slide portion: a moderate-sized land slip off of a sandstone/shale bluff approx. 1,200 feet south of Moolack Creek...read more
  • Landslide debris fan is about 60 feet wide at base, about 30 feet tall, fell from a 40 to 50 foot beach bluff. Earth composition mostly sandstone or shale. Took with it a long dead tree snag, brush, shore pine trees, Oregon grape
  • Landslide is aboout 60 feet wide at base, about 30 feet tall, fell from a beach bluff 40 to 50 feet tall. Tons of earth debris is a mix of sandstone and shale. Carried with it a long dead tree snag, brush, shore pines, Oregon grape
August 31, 2007 - lipberm
In addition to the new RV pads, there is some erosion control going in on the next mile to the south (220). The Schooner Landing motel has brought in drilling and other equipment to try to control bluff erosion. Further details unknown.The construction crew made a new ramp onto the...read more
August 8, 2007 - B Berge
No activities of concern. Many seabirds on the ocean, none on the beach. No dead wildlife. Moolack was clean and I did not see anything of concern.read more
May 5, 2007 - lipberm
One peeled log observed (and photographed), probably from the dumped load. Full set of photos taken at the standard 29 points along the mile.read more
March 13, 2007 - B Berge
Not much in the way human-derived debris - the beach was really quite clean. In general there were a lot more beach rocks are exposed then when I was there last. That's it. It should be noted that there is also a dead puffin north of Jump Off Joes at...read more
February 4, 2007 - coastwalker221

Low levels of sand piling over all areas except Schooner Point. Beach rack line is typically several yards westward of average summer lines, indicating ocean waves are not flowing as high on the beach as they do in summer months. Almost no human litter anywhere on the Mile. Some new...read more

2006

December 28, 2006 - lipberm
A mild, magical day in between storms, and our first realization of just how much sand is moved onto and off of the beach below Schooner Point as the seasons and prevailing winds change. Closer examination reveals that sizable chunks of that bluff have developed "caves" behind them since mid-June...read more