Mile 293

Rockaway Beach, State Wayside
Tillamook County

Latitude: 45.615720012751
Longitude: -123.945785034660
Vehicles:
  • 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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Rockaway Beach, State Wayside
Mile 293 Reports (53)

2018

November 8, 2018 - stu and barb

A particularly debris clean beach...could have put all of the rope pieces, plastic bottles(2) and misc. paper and plastic stuff in a gallon freezer bag!  Too bad there weren’t more people around to enjoy it...but lots of seagulls know a good beach when they see it.  I give it a B+....read more

August 29, 2018 - stu and barb

Reported the 4’ long dead seal to the local Beach Park Rangerread more

May 24, 2018 - stu and barb

A pretty clean beach! Litter patrol generated about 1/2 of a kitchen bag...mostly glass and plastic bottles, flip flops & clothing, assorted plastic and paper goods...all less than usually found. Nothing significant or of concern.read more

February 23, 2018 - stu and barb

Way more people than expected on this cold and windy day.  The usual shells & small rocks decorated the sand and a handful of seagulls braved the elements.  Not a lot of beach junk but more plastic rope and styrofoam than average...most found near the R.B. Wayside area.  High seas over...read more

2017

November 29, 2017 - stu and barb

Just a handful of people (15) but lot’s of driftwood and small wood pieces, along with a generous smattering of pyrosomes that had drifted in from warmer seas.  Saw a few seagulls making a meal of those sea pickles.  On this calm overcast morning a few hours after high tide,...read more

  • Sea foam or icebergs?
  • Pyrosomes out of their element
  • Sanderlings doing their thing.
  • New sea grass planted south of the wayside.
September 1, 2017 - stu and barb

Lots of people...and seagulls, getting a head start on Labor Day.  Saw about 60 people and an equal number of seagulls (only grouping was at Rock Creek), and 10-20 crows.  Some clumps of seaweed at the driftline, plus the usual shells, rocks, wood pieces, and a few jellyfish...just the natural...read more

June 5, 2017 - stu and barb

Pretty happy with the condition of our beach, especially just one week after Memorial Day and the kite festival crowds.  Picked up less than one bag of the routine bottles, cans, small plastics & paper...expected more.  60 or so post weekend beach goers enjoying the nice clean sand.  Just rocks,...read more

February 7, 2017 - stu and barb

Pretty typical Feb. afternoon...24 people and 7 dogs braving the windy & cloudy beach, with rain coming soon.  Recent high tides have left their mark on the dunes and streams.  Modest amount of human debris...the usual aluminum cans, plastic bottles, rope and assorted stuff (one bag was sufficient).  Lots of...read more

2016

November 10, 2016 - stu and barb

A calm and mild morning for our walk.  Modest amount of seaweed in spots but the beach is very clean with just a few rocks & shells visible.  It's a different story up at the high tide line near the dune grass where we filled a kitchen bag with garbage. ...read more

August 28, 2016 - stu and barb

A beautiful morning to do our walk, this time with the help of our granddaughter Josie. Nothing unusual to report, just the everyday variety of "human" debris...lots of paper, plastic,cans, cigarette butts, abandoned beach toys & assorted clothing...two full kitchen bags worth.  There were a lot of beach lovers and...read more

June 4, 2016 - stu and barb

Based on the small amount of garbage picked up on my "litter patrol", one would be surprised to know that it was just a week ago that Rockaway Beach hosted it's annual kite festival during Memorial Day weekend...good job people!! Found several beach toys, a blanket, tissues, a few cans...read more

March 7, 2016 - stu and barb

This is the way you like to find your mile...very clean beach, and lots of people, dogs, and birds enjoying it. Picked up some assorted pieces of plastic and styrofoam and two bottles...but not nearly as much as expected. Not much in the way of rocks or shells either, but...read more

2015

December 15, 2015 - stu and barb

Lot's of small plastic debris littering the beach, but that's what you get after a big winter storm. Filled two large garbage bags and dragged up several long hunks of rope. Huge waves in the past week have done some damage to the fore dunes that built up in recent...read more

September 8, 2015 - stu and barb
A mostly clean beach prevails after the Labor Day weekend. 30 or so people and about as many seagulls out enjoying the day. Saw 16 dead common murres, but probably a lot more covered in the sand. Modest amount of garbage ( 1 kitchen bag) plus 1/3rd of a Styrofoam...read more
May 18, 2015 - stu and barb
Plenty of people and dogs out enjoying a cloudy, mild late afternoon. Unfortunately, there was also plenty of garbage and debris to be found as well. Filled two kitchen garbage bags with assorted plastic rope & bottles, beer and pop cans (they don't burn well, but people keep trying), paper,...read more
February 11, 2015 - stu and barb
About as good as it gets in February...mid 50's & calm...a most pleasant day! Beach was pretty clean, but still managed to fill a kitchen garbage bag full with plastic, rope, bottles and Styrofoam. Much more is probably covered by sand blown by the recent storms...will get to that later...read more

2014

November 21, 2014 - stu and barb
No one on the beach this morning...brutal weather today with 20-30 mph wind,sideways rain, and blowing sand. Any debris is now well concealed and very few shells are visible. Large piles of bull kelp that were driven ashore a month ago are now decomposing and buried by sand. Batches of...read more
September 5, 2014 - stu and barb
What a special day to be at the coast...warm, calm, and a really clean beach. Just a smattering of left over 4th of July stuff...most debris was picked up near old camp fire sites. For the most part, our beach visitors are being very thoughtful. Observed lots of red jellyfish...some...read more
May 26, 2014 - stu and barb
A busy weekend as Rockaway Beach hosted the annual kite festival and the usual Memorial Day crowd...both bound to generate more than the average amount of "human" debris. All things considered, it wasn't as bad as one might expect...20 bottles & cans, a nice variety of paper & plastic, and...read more
February 25, 2014 - stu and barb
Just a perfect day with lot's of people enjoying it. Found very few items of litter, a couple of cans & bottles and several pieces of plastic all easily removed...not so much for a hunk of rope buried in the sand, as I had to cut off what I could...read more

2013

November 23, 2013 - stu and barb
Beautiful,clean beach this pre-Thanksgiving week. Someone had already gathered 6 plastic bottles and set them by an access trail...and that was the bulk of debris to pick up. A smattering of diatoms at the high tide line, a few seagulls and crows looking for lunch...just the way you want to...read more
September 2, 2013 - stu and barb
Lot's of people enjoying a beautiful day at the beach, but disappointed in the amount of "stuff" found on this late afternoon of Labor Day. Too many people still don't get the message. It's not much consolation, but at least it wasn't tsunami generated bottles and styrofoam....just good old made...read more
May 20, 2013 - stu and barb
Given the dreary forecast, we took advantage of a fine spring day to tour our mile in Rockaway Beach. Everyone we saw was enjoying a sunny yet breezy afternoon, with very little seaweed,shells, rocks, or even birds to be found. Lots of kites...three just resting,three practicing stunts,and seven were dancing...read more
February 23, 2013 - stu and barb
The ocean just keeps on giving...more new sand has been deposited in the last couple of months burying 2'to 3' of the rip rap lower rock. Don't usually see this in Feb. Tree limbs and small logs have been tossed half way up the rocks. A fair amount of mostly...read more

2012

November 25, 2012 - stu and barb
Post Thanksgiving beach was mostly empty of both people and debris...exceptions of note were a bike tire and rim, a rubber welcome(?) mat,several hunks of rope,and half of a turkey carcass (which our dog Ella found)...all were either removed or eaten. Lots of Bull Kelp and tree limbs as a...read more
August 22, 2012 - stu and barb
A lot of people and dogs just having a good time on a nice day. Pretty good crowd for mid week. Beach is quite clean for all the activities in August. Lots of crab shells...some natural, some just dumped after someones meal. Also lots of diatoms, that brownish foam at...read more
March 24, 2012 - ducks73
After two days of seeing no one on our morning walks, the first full day of spring break has apparently brought many families to the beach. It was sunny and warm at the start of our walk, with the wind coming from the south, and was cloudy and cooler, with...read more
February 3, 2012 - ducks73
Spectacular, amazing and beautiful day at Rockaway Beach! Yesterday was too. In spite of all the warnings and watches, the beach looks good. There are few logs and It looks flatter, but so far, it appears to have fared well so far this winter.read more

2011

September 25, 2011 - ducks73
What a difference a day makes, but then that's the beach. Yesterday it was warm and sunny with at least twice as many people and three times as many dogs taking advantage of the great day. After a stormy, windy, and rainy night, the people and dogs on the beach...read more
July 3, 2011 - ducks73
Today was relatively quiet and calm on Rockaway Beach. Tomorrow with all the 4th of July festivities, it will most likely be much busier. The beach looks clean for as many people at the beach as there are.On another note, we have never picked up as many sand dollars in...read more
April 1, 2011 - ducks73
The SOLV Beach Cleanup was last weekend and the beach is remarkably clean! Things looked good on Mile 293 this morning.read more
February 4, 2011 - ducks73
It was a rainy morning on the beach, but it appears that the winter storms did not negatively affect the bluff on my mile. The beach was relatively clean of human debris, while several blocks had large concentrations of driftwood/rocks and other blocks had little to none.read more

2010

September 23, 2010 - ducks73
What a dreary first full day of Fall on Rockaway Beach . . . although we are supposed to be in for a stretch of very fine weather. Besides me and my dog, only one other person braved the soaking rain and wind. The beach looks good and much sand...read more
August 5, 2010 - ducks73
We watched a coyote go onto the beach between NW 12th and NW 13th (the mile north of mine but our house is in this mile) and exit the beach between NW 11th and NW 10th. It was a medium size coyote and carried a dead raccoon in its mouth...read more
July 2, 2010 - ducks73
We experienced the "calm before the storm" on the beach this morning. Had we reported on 7/5, we would no doubt see many more people, debris (tons of red sticks and cardboard and plastic from fireworks), and litter from bonfires. The beach was relatively free of debris and litter this...read more
April 10, 2010 - ducks73
I have never seen so much plastic debris EVER on Rockaway Beach. We walked south of our house (Mile 293) to town this morning and picked up what we could and met a couple who had filled two garbage bags. There were plastic water bottles, caps and lids, styrofoam, large...read more
March 27, 2010 - ducks73
Apparently, I submitted my spring report one day too early, but the beach was a bit more littered this week than last. The ocean brought some debris in (too bad last week was the SOLV Cleanup) and the spring breakers (now it's Washington's turn) appear to have spent a lot...read more
  • During the spring, velella wash up on the beach.  This year they are very, very small.
March 21, 2010 - ducks73
There were a lot of people on the beach this morning in spite of the clouds, wind and threat of rain -- but it's the first weekend of spring vacation so there are more people in town. Too bad they missed the spectacular summer-like day we had on Friday --...read more
February 5, 2010 - ducks73
It's always a great day to be on the beach, but this morning was especially nice for February. There were some logs that appear to have washed up onto the riprap, but the beach looked much like it did the last time I reported and without a lot of damage...read more

2009

October 24, 2009 - ducks73
We walked our mile this morning. It is a bright, sunny day with a light wind from the south. There were gulls on the beach and flying overhead, but we saw no evidence of any birds affected by the algae. We were surprised by the number of people and dogs...read more
September 22, 2009 - ducks73
What an AWESOME morning in Rockaway Beach! It was an unbelievably warm and calm day yesterday with a brilliant sunset. It looks like we're in store for more of the same today. I've attached a picture of one of the partial squids we saw the seagulls feasting on this morning...read more
  • The head and the tentacles appear to have been cut from the body.
July 2, 2009 - ducks73
What a spectacular morning on Rockaway Beach (before the wind kicks up)! The beach is remarkably clean (we'll see what happens after the long 4th of July weekend. People are already shooting off their illegal fireworks, but many people are already down and enjoying our beach!read more
  • People and dogs on the beach and in the ocean
  • The winter and spring winds brought back more than a foot of sand and left it against the riprap and covering the logs
  • The Wayside parking lot off of highway 101 overlooks Rock Creek and beach.
  • The beach access road near the church has been repaired.
March 25, 2009 - ducks73
Quiet day on the beach for the middle of spring vacation. There is a lot of wood on the beach and some has been cut and hauled away presumably for firewood. One bonfire was still smoldering.read more
January 31, 2009 - ducks73
It was a beautiful morning for a walk on Rockaway Beach!! There were many, many HUGE logs, branches, and limbs and lots of wood debris on the beach and riprap my whole mile. There are still areas of the riprap that appear to be in need of repair between NW...read more

2008

September 26, 2008 - ducks73
Beach cleanup was last Saturday. The beach is remarkably free of debris. Great morning for a walk on the beach.read more
June 22, 2008 - ducks73
The beach was remarkably clean today. While there may have been some debris on the riprap, there was very little near the shoreline. It will be interesting to see if the gaping holes in the riprap between NW 5th and NW 7th will also be repaired this summer.read more
April 3, 2008 - ducks73
It was a great day to be on the beach. It was one week after the beach cleanup and it was still very clean.read more
January 6, 2008 - ducks73
The beach in Rockaway is in very poor shape. Literally what must be tons of sand has been scoured from the beach and the waves easily reach the bluff at every low tide. There is considerable new erosion north and south of my mile from the storms that hit just...read more
  • This is the view from in front of my house at 155 NW 12th.  It is not in my mile, but in the last two weeks we have lost 20-25' of our dune.  The Surfside Motel has received an emergency permit to

2007

November 25, 2007 - ducks73
It was a BEAUTIFUL day to be on the beach. The ocean was white and foamy and the sky was clear and blue. Unfortunately, the tide was very high (9.4 at 12:01 pm) and the riprap along most of my mile made it difficult to easily walk the mile.read more
September 19, 2007 - ducks73
Beautiful morning to be on the beach - too bad no one was there to enjoy it. Sand still has not covered the lower base rocks of the riprap at NW 3rd. The beach access was blocked with yellow tape, and it is very difficult to climb up and/or down...read more
July 26, 2007 - ducks73
3 dead birds: 2 murres, 1 gullConsiderable settling of riprap/gaps between NW 6th - 7th.New condos at NW 5th and between NW 3rd and 2nd are almost done.read more
April 27, 2007 - ducks73
Rockaway Beach Resort work stopped, permit application posted. Riprap between NW 6th & 7th - 2 lots and one house with significant erosion (they were between two riprapped areas and obtained an emergency permit.)Many logs on the beach, but beach was clean! Five condos at NW 5th nearing completion as...read more
February 17, 2007 - ducks73
3 dead birds: 2 murre, 1 unknown (long neck, yellow feet)Retreat of solid bluff: homes south of Wayside. Overtopping: wood on riprap.Backfill from riprap on beach N/S of NW 6th.read more