Mile 199 Report

March 25, 2016
by seagazer

Location:
Lincoln
Beachside SP, Waconda Beach, Little Creek
Conditions:
Friday 11:30 AM
Cloudy
52° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
0.7 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
40
Dogs:
8
Activities:
Walking / Running:
20
Playing in surf:
7
Playing in sand:
8
It appears that many beach walkers, etc., came from Beachside State Park campground, recently reopened for the season.
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
About two dozen seagulls
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Species/names:
Seagull
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
A large amount of Velella velella (by-the-wind sailors) on the beach from the low tide line to the high tide line.
Driftline:
Small rocks·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Plastic pellets
Tire on rim, various fishing floats including a 4" glass one, various plastic items (bottles, baskets, unknown plastic parts)
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
Comments:

No. One set of beach stairs from a residence down onto the beach is in the process of being removed/replaced after being virtually destroyed by the high surf.

Summary:

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, playing in the surf, to meeting with strangers, to walking dogs to picking through the high tide line. The ocean was calm, much calmer than the most recent storms. There did not seem to be hardly any fishing vessels working the area today. There should be plenty of items that can be picked up tomorrow for beach cleanup day but most is relatively small. The largest item I found was the tire/rim just south of Little Creek. Except for the smelly V. velella, the expanse of the beach is very clean with not much wood (logs etc) except way up at and beyond the high tide line. Especially at Little Creek and some near Beachside. Finding the glass float was pleasing to us.

  • There were two similar large masses of rope in two locations on the beach. There are marine life attached to them.
    There were two similar large masses of rope in two locations on the beach. There are marine life attached to them.
    this one just south of Little Creek
    March 25, 2016
  • Close-up of rope/attached life
    This one just south of Little Creek
    March 25, 2016
  • Flat tire on rim
    This one just south of Little Creek
    March 25, 2016
  • Unknown lifeforms attached to a tire/rim that was found mid-beach
    Unknown lifeforms attached to a tire/rim that was found mid-beach
    Just south of Little Creek
    March 25, 2016
  • More detail of attached life
    More detail of attached life
    Just south of Little Creek
    March 25, 2016
  • One of two tiny crabs that fell off the tire/rim when I flipped it over.
    One of two tiny crabs that fell off the tire/rim when I flipped it over.
    Just south of Little Creek
    March 25, 2016
  • This piece is about the size of a medium-sized kite. It is jammed up in the rocks.
    This piece is about the size of a medium-sized kite. It is jammed up in the rocks.
    Just south of Little Creek
    March 25, 2016
  • Items not normally seen by this observer
    Items not normally seen by this observer
    North of (state highway) mile marker 159
    March 25, 2016
  • Plastic items not normally seen on the beach by this observer
    Plastic items not normally seen on the beach by this observer
    North of (state highway) mile marker 159
    March 25, 2016
  • Combined images of plastic/foam fishing floats
    Combined images of plastic/foam fishing floats
    North of (state highway) mile marker 159
    March 25, 2016
  • One of two 4" plastic fishing floats and one 4" classic glass fishing float
    One of two 4\ plastic fishing floats and one 4\" classic glass fishing float"
    Just south of Little Creek
    March 25, 2016
  • Over the past few years, higher tides have been causing the decay of this embankment that was built over building demolition materials.
    Over the past few years, higher tides have been causing the decay of this embankment that was built over building demolition materials.
    At (State highway) mile marker 159
    March 25, 2016
  • Stairs that have been virtually demolished in this fall's/winter's damaging storms/waves are being replaced
    Stairs that have been virtually demolished in this fall's/winter's damaging storms/waves are being replaced
    At (State highway) mile marker 159
    March 25, 2016
  • There are still smelly remnants of these all along the beach from low to high tide lines
    There are still smelly remnants of these all along the beach from low to high tide lines
    At least the length of Mile 199
    March 25, 2016
Other Mile 199 Reports (23)

2019

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

2018

December 15, 2018 - Volunteer Trainer
Olive Ridley sea turtle spotted and reported to ODFW.  Transported to OCA. https://aquarium.org/stranded-sea-turtle-waldport/
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 22, 2018 - seagazer
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...
  • Temporarily improved beach access
  • site of rip-rap repair
  • Location of rip rap, shoreline armoring.
  • Breaking rock, rip-rap, coastal armoring.
  • Cleaned-off beach, surf-stripped beach, np beach debris.
  • beach access, access made passable, crushed rock access
  • dump trucks on beach, large rock, rip-rap delivered
  • dump trucks on beach
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.

2017

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...

2016

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

2014

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

2013

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.

2010

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

2009

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

2008

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