Mile 199 Report

January 22, 2018
by seagazer

Beachside SP, Waconda Beach, Little Creek
Monday 1:30 PM
Party cloudy
49° F
Calm/Light from the S
Tide Level:
2.2 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Continued activity including heavy equipment working the Wakonda Beach access and another track hoe with a jackhammer implement is working the rock that already exists.
Activity Comments:
People just strolling the beach and/or inspecting changes/damage from the extreme high tides
Notable Wildlife:
only a few seagulls
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
The beach is amazingly clean after the latest batch of storms. The only remaining wood are large logs and stumps either thrown against or up on the top of the bank. The rest are pushed up onto the shoulder of 101 or where Little Creek flows out onto the beach.
New Development:
Previously mentioned bank armoring work just north of Little Creek.
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls·Erosion of vegetated foredune·Evidence of wave overtopping

Contacted staff of Oregon Park and Recreation Department to find out if the armoring work is a permitted project. They stated that the original installation of rock was permitted and repairs to it are included in the original permit. 


This report is primarily an addendum to the report I filed for January 20th (and before) where a rip-rap project has resumed after it was previously halted by strong storm/extremely high and rough surf.


Edit - January 23, 2018 - Starting with image #6, these are added to this report rather than in a new report because they are the continuation of the operation to repair the rip-rap armoring. No other inspection was made of mile 199 due to stormy conditions. The plan was to get pictures of the track hoe setting the rock in place and doing the 'finishing touches' but the weather was not conducive to getting the additional pictures.

  • Temporarily improved beach access
    Contractor repaired damage to the previous access improvements is much more robust than the one washed away by the extremely high surf and storm surge.
    N 44.387612 W 124.088719
    January 22, 2018
  • site of rip-rap repair
    Google Map overhead view of subject property.
    Second house north of Little Creek on Big Stump Beach.
    January 22, 2018
  • Location of rip rap, shoreline armoring.
    Track hoe jack hammer breaking of existing rock of inferior quality as backing rock for the placement of new larger and more robust rocks.
    Second house north of Little Creek, Big Stump Beach.
    January 22, 2018
  • Breaking rock, rip-rap, coastal armoring.
    Track hoe with jack hammer breaking rock to be used as backing rock for larger and more durable rock placed by a second track hoe.
    Second house north of Little Creek, Big Stump Beach.
    January 22, 2018
  • Cleaned-off beach, surf-stripped beach, np beach debris.
    The beach was virtually stripped of any woody material including logs except where jammed into where creeks and other runoff comes onto the beach from land.
    Most of Mile 199
    January 22, 2018
  • beach access, access made passable, crushed rock access
    Access was made more robust to endure wave action that previously
    N 44.387612. W 124.088719
    January 23, 2018
  • dump trucks on beach, large rock, rip-rap delivered
    dump trucks started delivering large rock to the site identified in yesterday's portion of this report
    second house north of Little Creek, Big Stump Beach
    January 23, 2018
  • dump trucks on beach
    after delivery of load of rock the dump truck leaves the beach bound for another load
    N 44.387612. W 124.088719
    January 23, 2018
Other Mile 199 Reports (23)


May 16, 2019 - seagazer
After being away since my last dispatch, my return has found further changes to Wakonda Beach. First of all, the two properties north of the Wakonda Beach access appear to have survived the heavy...
  • restoring permitted embankment protection
  • Replenishing rock for a permitted preestablished rip-rap wall
March 20, 2019 - seagazer
It is very obvious that this winter's storms have been so strong that many properties along this mile have lost a lot of their beachside embankments. Some, especially the first two north of the...
  • Wakonda Beach north from the access - Jan 3, 2010
  •    Comparison of embankment north of Wakonda Beach access - 01/20/2010/03/20/2019
  • Comparison of changes in embankment due to storm damage over the years on the beach side of properties north of the Wakonda Beach Access from Nov 10, 2015 to Mar 20, 2019
  • Comparison of changes to embankment after heavy surf from Jan 1, 2018 to Mar 20, 2019
  • Permitted soft bank protection applied by bulldozer on June 19, 2018 is all but gone by Mar 20, 2019
  • The most noticeable loss of embankment on mile 199 is in front of about a dozen lots north of the Wakonda Beach Rd access
  • 1975 picture of the two properties north of the Wakonda Beach Access
January 5, 2019 - seagazer
Upon arriving here on the 28th of December, I first went down to the beach to take a quick look. It was raining so I chose not to do a full inspection. What caught my attention was the amount of...
  • Condition of the bank and beach access on December 28th
  • Initial rock work laid late in the day of Jan 3rd
  • view of bank and first courses of rock
  • by 11:00 am, the waves were crashing high on the rocks
  • Machine continues to apply rock to bank of both properties
  • completed emergency armoring looking north
  • completed emergency armoring of the second north property


December 15, 2018 - Volunteer Trainer
Olive Ridley sea turtle spotted and reported to ODFW.  Transported to OCA.
July 29, 2018 - bahngarten
Calm foggy morning. 1 person clamming in surf. Notable was 1 black winged carcass, probable cormorant sp. 30 sandpiper sp. flew N overhead. Some Dungeness crab molt (4-5" carapace), many mole crab...
July 13, 2018 - seagazer
The primary reason for this inspection is to see and record with photos of the completed beach bank armoring project first observed and chronicled in my report and dispatch filed in January of this...
  • subject property - google map view
  • wide view of subject armor from beach
  • full width of armoring project
  • two armoring styles
  • New concrete stairs
May 6, 2018 - bahngarten
Mod winds from SW on cloudy day. 13 people,2 dogs walking along beach.  Shells, pebbles, and some mole crab molt along high tide line.  Clean beach. Beachside campground 3/4 full. 
January 24, 2018 - seagazer
This dispatch is following up on a rip-rap project going on at the second house north of Little Creek/Big Stump Beach. Dump trucks are continuing to bring large rock to the site and the track hoe is...
  • Dump truck on beach, dump truck delivers boulders to to rip-rap site
  • Historic views of rip-rap wall.
  • rip-rap rock breaking, preparation to repair rip-rap bank protection
  • Placing broken backing rock, rip-rap bank preparation.
  • Truck dumps large boulders, supplying rock for rip-rap repair.
  • Dump trucks cross Little Creek.
January 20, 2018 - seagazer
The following images identify activities of contractor activity accessing the beach and preparing for a permitted rip-rap project to the north. Also, changes to a septic system repair(?) with changes...
  • Beach access leveling.
  • Track hoe on beach.
  • Beach access cut at Wakonda Beach.
  • Surf moves large log.
  • Log deposited on bank removed by high surf.
  • Eroding embankment resulting from extreme surf and high tide.
  • Sand shifting on the beach side of a septic system repair.
  • rip-rap, boulders, errosion
  • Unknown fauna.
January 1, 2018 - seagazer
  • Wood chips on beach.
  • Subject log on beach1.
  • subject log on beach2
  • Dear carcass in surf.
  • Seagull feeding on crabs.


June 4, 2017 - bahngarten
14 people enjoying a sunny warm almost cloudless day. Many adult live mole crabs digging in the sand to lay eggs at low tide.  High tide line all along this mile had large amounts of tiny mole crab...
March 31, 2017 - seagazer
On March 31, 2017 at 4:30, a dead sea lion washed ashore. It's head was mostly missing with no other observable injuries. The carcas rolled in the surf so all parts were mostly visible. Even parts of...


December 18, 2016 - oceangoer
Beautiful day walking the beach. Only a couple other people walking this afternoon. Observed sea birds beyond the waves. Weather was calm and rain had stopped. Lots of trash at the tide line and in...
  • Beautiful sunset
March 25, 2016 - seagazer
It was a very nice day to be on the beach. This was most evident by the number of people on the beach and the variety of activities that they were doing from digging holes and writing in the sand,...
  • There were two similar large masses of rope in two locations on the beach. There are marine life attached to them.
  • Close-up of rope/attached life
  • Flat tire on rim
  • Unknown lifeforms attached to a tire/rim that was found mid-beach
  • More detail of attached life
  • One of two tiny crabs that fell off the tire/rim when I flipped it over.
  • This piece is about the size of a medium-sized kite. It is jammed up in the rocks.
  • Items not normally seen by this observer
  • Plastic items not normally seen on the beach by this observer
  • Combined images of plastic/foam fishing floats
  • One of two 4" plastic fishing floats and one 4" classic glass fishing float
  • Over the past few years, higher tides have been causing the decay of this embankment that was built over building demolition materials.
  • Stairs that have been virtually demolished in this fall's/winter's damaging storms/waves are being replaced
  • There are still smelly remnants of these all along the beach from low to high tide lines


May 19, 2014 - seagazer
While watching the sunset, a round dark object camera into view out in the surf. There were two others at the surf edge watching it too. Soon it came in close enough to be drug up onto the beach. It...
  • What looks like a float that has barnacles on the bottom of it came ashore just north of Highway 101 mile marker 159


December 31, 2013 - seagazer
It was a nice, mild and windless morning. Came down to take pictures of the King Tide but was surprised that it was so much lower than last night and the day before.About 3:15, I spotted the ATV on...
  • Three different lines of high tide described on the photo
  • Piece of wood cut - probably with a chain saw - likely harvesting material for woodworking.
  • This ATV was seen yesterday on the beach and went up and down the beach today at least a half-dozen times with different operators and riders.
  • Mole crabs in the drift line - keys to give sense of size.
  • dead bird in drift line - appears to be somewhat fresh considering how much meat is still on the bones
  • unidentified bird in drift line
  • seagulls feeding on crab at sunset
February 16, 2013 - seagazer
It has been a couple years since I have made a report on this mile. I have not been on the beach much. Today's visit was not complete but I hope that soon I can get back to making full reports. This...
  • Someone brought a dead puffin to the top of the Wakonda beach Rd access near where the beach cleanup bags are hung.
  • complete salp found at high water line.


January 1, 2010 - seagazer
We wanted to see what effect high tide driven by storms was doing to the beach and adjacent embankment. Due to how high the water was coming up, we could not get onto the beach to walk our mile so we...
  • The waves are scouring down the surface of the beach
  • Looking south
  • Beach scouring - erosion


November 28, 2009 - seagazer
We walked from the northern edge of Beachside State Park to Little Creek which we did not cross.Considering how nice the weather is today for a late November, there were not a lot of people/dogs on...
  • This is looking south from the same location as the pictures taken last December 30th and 31st of Wakonda Beach before and after the mass log landing.
  • This is looking north from the same location as the pictures taken last December 30th and 31st of Wakonda Beach before and after the mass log landing.
  • A dead seal washed ashore on or before 11/25 but now has washed up to the high-tide line near the embankment and is partially buried in the sand.
  • One of three dead sea gulls found on the mile.
  • Some parts of the embankment that seem to be well established have been sloughing off.
  • Increased sloughing of the embankment exposing fill material


December 31, 2008 - seagazer
What we noticed was a small number of both humans and groups of birds who were mostly overflying the beach with few landing. We saw one group (40) of what looked like sanderlings (guess) running the...
  • This picture was taken looking north the day before 'the big log landing'. Night was falling so the camera tried to compensate for light so this is a rough image.
  • This picture was taken looking south from Wakonda Beach access.
  • This picture was taken looking north from the Wakonda Beach access road.
  • This picture was taken looking south from the Wakonda Beach access road.
  • A group of sanderlings feeding along the beach
December 30, 2008 - speelyei
Due to constraints, I had to do my mile at almost high tide. I saw 5 people including two small children, 2 dogs, and a lot of accumulated flotsam and jetsam. Some domestic plastic and glass...
  • approx 30" x 18", no visible appendages, but I didn't poke around much, either.
  • accumulation on tide line.  Compare with pictures from earlier reports.
  • Dead birds on mile 199, also at N end of mile
October 19, 2008 - speelyei
This morning was calm, clear, and clean, with very little beach activity of any kind. The beach was clean. I saw 3 dungeness crab shells, 40 Western Gulls, a single piece of bull kelp, and a very...
March 10, 2008 - speelyei
Quiet, uneventful morning on this windswept stretch of beach.
  • This is at the big stump looking North.  this photo gives a good representation of what most of this mile looks like.
  • Rip rap erosion control on Mile 199