Mile 281

Oceanside Beach, State Wayside, Agate Beach
Tillamook County

Latitude: 45.459995028260
Longitude: -123.969715076990
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the north boundary of Nehalem Bay State Park (45° 42.2196', Mile 299), southerly to the south boundary of the Boy Scout property north of Sand Lake (45° 18.6444', Mile 268), except as follows: Motor vehicles essential to and engaged in boat launchings will be allowed any time during the year for a distance of 300 feet northwest from (45° 26.4036' 123° 57.2052', Mile 279), near Happy Camp.
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Oceanside Beach, State Wayside, Agate Beach
Mile 281 Reports (32)


September 11, 2021 - dianalt333

Weather was very pleasant which made for an enjoyable September day doing a Coastwatch mile.  It was low tide upon arrival with small waves, gradually increasing in size later in the day. Beach was very clean with hardly any trash or ocean debris, seaweed, or more

June 17, 2021 - dianalt333

Overall the beach was very clean, did not see any trash or plastic.  Wind was somewhat gusty at times and on the cooler side.  It was low tide with calm waves. read more

February 6, 2021 - dianalt333

Debris from landslide now cleared and tunnel is accessible again. Lots of rocks along shoreline. Weather was cloudy, thick fog rolled in and it started to rain upon leaving. read more


December 19, 2020 - CharmerDale

I'm filing this report because of the big landslide on the south end of the Oceanside Tunnel. read more

  • Warning sign.
  • Landslide closeup.
  • People observing landslide.
December 9, 2020 - [email protected]

Landslide that occurred on Dec 5 has covered most of south entrance from Oceanside Beach to the manmade tunnel under Maxwell point. Beach closed by Stste Park staff until danger of further landslides is assessed and any needed repairs are completed.  read more

November 11, 2020 - [email protected]

Graffiti inside Maxwell point tunnel. Contacted Netarts Bay WEBS and Oregon State Parks. Received this response from The Oregon State Park ranger. "Thanks for the pictures, I’ve passed it up the ladder to get a decision on how to move forward. Sad to see such disregard of our recreation areas."read more

  • Graffiti inside Maxwell Point tunnel
  • Graffiti inside Maxwell Point tunnel
November 1, 2020 - dianalt333

Lots of seaweed/kelp on shoreline. read more

June 24, 2020 - [email protected]

Graffiti at shallow cave entrance at north end of beach (past Maxwell point but before Lost Boy Beach).read more


January 30, 2019 - [email protected]

vehicle tracks (not car tracks; perhaps a motorcycle)? One person collecting driftwoodread more


September 15, 2018 - [email protected]

Dead sea lion on beach halfway to happy camp. Obviously recently washed up; birds had eaten its eyes and blood was on the sand. read more

August 11, 2018 - [email protected]

Dead crabs in large numbers near north end of Tunnel Beach. read more


July 5, 2017 - [email protected]
  • Drone flying over Oceanside beach.
January 16, 2017 - [email protected]


January 15, 2016 - [email protected]

Unable to visit entire mile or area north of the tunnel due to very high tides and storm surge. Lots of small rocks on beach, new logs at entrance to Oceanside beach walkway. Very Little more

  • Logs washed up at beach entrance
  • Larger log debris than usual


July 22, 2015 - [email protected]
There were quite a few people for a weekday, walking, skimboarding and playing in the sand. We saw a family, including children, in wetsuits walking north of Maxwell point, near the cave. There were 15 fire rings but fewer dogs than usual. We saw shallow water with high algae more
  • It looks a bit different than the previous photo from spring 2015
June 24, 2015 - Kathy C
  • Although found in pools with anemones, Fawn thought that these eggs were more likely from the nearby mussels.
  • Patchy but very dense patches.
  • Apparently this is a regular summer feature.  Safe place for children to play.
April 29, 2015 - Kathy C
Rafts of Vellela, still getting fresh ones, lots of dried ones remain. Quiet day on the beach, rainy early, high and choppy surf. Sand has moved back in to area just north of Maxwell Pt. One odd more
March 22, 2015 - [email protected]
A quiet weekend for the beginning of spring break. We saw just 21 people and 2 dogs. There was more bull kelp than usual. We found one dead bufflehead, and observed gulls and crows on the beach. Happily, there was less trash on the beach than usual. Recent heavy more
  • Landslide (small) south of Maxwell point
February 25, 2015 - Kathy C
There was a notable shift in the sand to the north end of the cove north of Maxwell point. The shore by Maxwell point was eroded to bedrock and the exposed rocks at the north end of this cove had a buildup of sand around their bases. Three dead more


December 25, 2014 - birderjackie
December Reportread more
December 21, 2014 - [email protected]
Incredible number of dead Cassin's Auklets, part of a large "wreck" up and down the coast from WA to CA, most notable in northern Oregon and southern Washington.New netting placed against cliff below the Capes housing development, probably just south of our more
October 31, 2014 - Kathy C
October Reportread more
  • Brandt's Cormorant,
October 11, 2014 - [email protected]
Foggy but warm lovely day. Note large amount of eel grass from tunnel south to the Capes. In this same area, unusually large number of dead murres. Saw one raven eating one dead murre. Examined notched log north of Oceanside access, reported in April, thought by Fawn Custer to more
  • Water oolong on beach just under this slide. It hasn't been raining....
  • Close up photos of organisms on log
  • Tsunami debris, notched log
September 4, 2014 - [email protected]
There were at least 20 fire rings at the Oceanside wayside beach, none in current use.The notched log that is likely tsunami debris is still just south of the tunnel, up against the dunes. The rock cairn north of the tunnel, that was present in January but gone in more
August 9, 2014 - Volunteer Trainer
This unusual jelly was photographed by Bob Kreinberg. It was about. 20 inches in diameter. It's the biggest we've ever see in 20 years of owning our house here. The photo was sent to two scientists for verification. Response: With those feathery tentacles it is almost certainly Cyanea capillata. more
  • With those feathery tentacles it is almost certainly Cyanea capillata. Not seen as often as the sea nettle because they are usually found farther offshore and are solitary rather than a ‰غدbloomer.‰غ‌
May 10, 2014 - [email protected]
LOTS of litter in wrack line, esp N of tunnel, 2 items with Japanese letters, 1 blue oil drum S of Oceansideread more
  • Found in wrack line North of Oceanside tunnelPhoto by Kathy Krall
April 28, 2014 - Kathy C
Prior week had been quite stormy and waves were very high. Much flotsam with Lepas barnacles. One instrument panel had Japanese writing, and one plastic bottle was labeled Suntory 25, which is apparently the name of an expensive Japanese more
April 20, 2014 - [email protected]
25 foot long notched log noted just south of the tunnel, along the eastern side of the beach. ? Could this be tsunami debris? See the more
February 28, 2014 - Kathy C
Clear sunny Friday. Some beach erosion noted just south of tunnel. More cobble exposed north of tunnel. Sparse wrack and debris. Some razor clam and other more
January 25, 2014 - [email protected]
Very sunny day, lots of happy people out enjoying the weather. Most dogs generally well behaved or on leash; 2 dogs were chasing gulls south of OceansideVery little evidence of wrack line, scant eel grass, agates or more
  • Reminiscent of a cairn, but there is no sign of a trail leading from there up the cliff.


November 30, 2013 - [email protected]
We walked the southern half of the mile in the morning, and the northern half in the afternoon. We were able to cover most of the mile north of Oceanside as the tide was low. About 3/4 of the dogs we saw were not on leash. However, they were more
November 9, 2013 - Kathy C
Pleasant day with little wind. Many people (70) out enjoying the beach on this holiday weekend. Dog walking and photography were popular with 1 group playing jump rope with a bull kelp and 1 surfer. About ten dogs.Seemed to be plenty of drift, mostly eelgrass, although Bull Kelp was more
  • Recently dead Western grebe.
  • deteriorated
  • very large wooden beam.