Mile 208 Report

April 28, 2020
by Batthecat

Ona Beach, south of Beaver Creek
Tuesday 11:00 AM
56° F
Tide Level:
-0.1 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in sand:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
everyone was observing social distancing with those not related
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
New Development:
Steps down bluff
not sure how new this access is as I haven't been on 208 for almost a year
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls·Erosion of vegetated foredune·Visible retreat of solid bluff

The erosion as shown in the photos is likely from this year's storms. Could be from 2018 as I did not walk 208 that year, but I think the debris is more recent. 


The cliff erosion is significant.  One in particular is almost up to the house.  

  • cliff erosion
    Clear undermining of property. Signs are posted to keep people away
    Mile 208.1 - just north of Curtis Street access
    April 28, 2020
  • posted to keep people away from bluff
    South of house being over taken by bluff erosion
    Mile 208.1
    April 28, 2020
  • larger view of erosion
    wider photo of house with serious erosion
    Mile 208.1
    April 28, 2020
  • big bluff collapse
    farther north from previous A-frame house. Serious erosion new in 2020 threatening house foundation
    April 28, 2020
  • close up of erosion
    bluff collapse threatening foundation of house
    Mile 208.2
    April 28, 2020
  • bluff collapse
    larger view of bluff erosion
    Mile 208.2
    April 28, 2020
  • Access to beach
    This stairway is new since 2018.
    Just north of the creek off Curtis Street. Mile 208
    April 28, 2020
Other Mile 208 Reports (45)


May 7, 2020 - Batthecat
(This is part two of my report as I divided up the mile into two trips.  This represents Mile 208 .5 to 208.9). observed more cliff erosion and noted that the house I have reported on several times...
  • large hunk of cliff coming down
  • cliff erosion
  • vacated lot
  • Whimbrel
  • Wilson Plover
  • overhead view of lot
January 19, 2020 - Batthecat
Photos show how high the surf got. The top is likely 12-14' up from the beach. Lots of debris 
  • Surf line
  • Debris at foot path onto beach
  • New logs on beach


July 10, 2019 - Batthecat
  • Chair on beach


October 16, 2018 - Batthecat
Not much happening on this beach except human invasive use (driving on beach)
  • tire tracks on beach
  • tire tracks on beach
  • tire tracks on beach
  • cliff erosion
  • more cliff erosion
  • wood chips
August 1, 2018 - Batthecat
Ona beach is now buried in sand - come winter this will be pulled off again.  People impact of defacing cliff and driving on the beach is disheartening.  Would that we could afford signage to...
  • defaced cliff face Ona Beach
  • defaced cliff face Ona Beach
  • defaced cliff face Ona Beach
  • Rock in puddle of oily water Ona Beach
  • bird home? rather large Ona Beach
  • Bird homes Ona Beach
  • recent rock fall Ona Beach
  • Cliff erosion Ona Beach
  • Cliff Erosion
  • Current status of erosion under blue house
  • Fishing "station"
  • Fisherman
  • Deliberate beach damage
  • Gravel free Ona Beach
  • Wrack line Ona Beach
  • Beach Art Ona Beach
  • More Beach Art Ona Beach
April 9, 2018 - Batthecat
Most notable is the extent to which large chuncks of the cliff have worked loose. Also first time I have seen horseback riders on this section of the beach.  Hoof prints indicted they didn't go very...
  • Erosion under blue house.
  • Current cliff erosion.
  • More cliff erosion.
  • Journey of giant root
  • Hoof prints
January 28, 2018 - Batthecat
First beach visit after the major storm surges.  No dead animals.  Documented movement of the Giant stump, 2014 to the present.  This last storm broke it apart (deep crack up the middle) and moved it...
  • Over topping surf into park.
  • After the storm surge.
  • Cliff erosion Mile 208.
  • Collapsing cliff face.
  • Slumping overhang.
  • Severe erosion.
  • Giant stump Mile 208.
  • Giant Stump.
  • Giant Stump.
  • Giant Stump.
  • Giant Stump


September 11, 2017 - Batthecat
Somewhat surprised at how clean the beach was.  Not much on the wrack line and only two dead birds.
July 28, 2017 - Batthecat
Warm, windless day.  Lots of visitors.  Quite a few dogs but all under control.  Probably a total of 30-35 cars between Ona Beach and Curtis Street. Saw some new erosion.  Took people pictures to...
April 15, 2017 - Batthecat
First visit after a serious storm.  Wanted to check to see if there were any beach debris which needed attention.  There wasn't any.  Beach was swept clean of sand in many places.  Sun was out and so...
  • New tree on beach.
  • Cliff erosion.
  • Septic hoses exposed.
  • Dliff slumping.
  • Rocks and roots.
March 16, 2017 - Batthecat
First visit since serious storms earlier in the month.  Loss of sand cover apparent.  Some new cliff erosion. Ancient tree roots covered up again.  Found various ropes, jerry cans, organic something...
March 8, 2017 - Volunteer Trainer
Besides the pyrosomes, a seal carcass appears to be encased in fishing gear.  Jim Rice and Ryan Parker were contacted. This is between beach entrance marker 63 and 62B.  This information was sent to...
  • pyrosomes
January 23, 2017 - Batthecat


October 21, 2016 - Batthecat
Went to check on the status of the mile after a series of October storms.  Nothing dramatic found.  Observed more erosion on the cliffs.  Found two dead birds, not recent.
September 9, 2016 - Batthecat
Update on the August visit to this mile when it wasn't foggy.  Saw LOTS of people including a busload of about 35 coming from Ona Beach parking lot. Some cliff erosion.  Fishing in the surf.
August 4, 2016 - Batthecat
Several photos of "natural" riprap immigrating to the beach.
March 15, 2016 - Batthecat
Found lots of uncovered rocks over most of the mile. Cliff side erosion quite common. Scattering of marine debris which was stacked at the high tide line (beach ranger Ryan Parker notified). No dead...
  • Large and small rocks exposed over most of the mile
  • Mostly soup after the March 9th storm
  • Logs bound together. Reported to beach ranger.
  • Still on the edge of the cliff
January 18, 2016 - Batthecat
December storms moved tons of sand off the beach, exposure of bed rock and gravel most of the 208 mile. Unusually strong erosion of cliffs. Probably because the major storm in December came from the...
  • Significant cliff erosion this time; "natural" riprap came down
  • Exposure of delineated area on the cliff line
  • More undercutting at yellow house. Apparently window was broken in storm. Now boarded up.
  • Exposed gravel beds, about half of Mile 208
  • Taken looking south from near Ona Beach


December 10, 2015 - Batthecat
Observation of the effects on the coast of the 3-day rain and wind event still going on.
  • This is where one normally walks down to the beach from the Curtis Street parking lot.
  • Taken at the overlook at the Seal Rock park, looking north
  • Note the surf "soap" bubbles floating on the river
November 20, 2015 - admin
Results of storm was less disturbance than I expected. Sand buried more of the beach, off-loaded considerable number of logs to some place else, created a few new temporary streams. Found dead sea...
  • Looking south from Ona Beach area toward Seal Rock
  • mini-erosion created accommodating this run off
  • Dead sea lion
  • Found along the lower tide line
October 15, 2015 - Batthecat
Major storm October 10th(2015)deposited tons of sand covering existing rocks. High winds moved much of the existing driftwood out to sea or up high against the cliffs.
  • Comparison to previous photos, logs and debris moved extensively during October 10th storm
  • Deep sand loaded onto beach along with debris
  • More erosion below "yellow house"
  • Losing more from cliff below "yellow house"
September 2, 2015 - Batthecat
Evidence of last week's storm with the amount of sand stacked into logs. Most of the logs that were there three months ago are either gone or pushed up to the base of the cliffs. Found several...
  • Cut before it landed on the beach? or someone planning on taking it away?
  • Notified beach ranger Ryan Parker via e-mail about this - too heavy for me to carry off the beach
June 18, 2015 - Batthecat
Beach is full of sand, no gravel or much of any drift wood. High-tide line packed with Velella velella. Few birds around. Nesting sites in the cliffs looked used but didn't see any birds active in...
  • Clearly picked almost clean so not recent
  • I've not seen these "in the flesh" before.  Found an area where many had been uprooted
  • stretch almost all of Mile 208, about 3" deep
  • Don't know it's name
May 12, 2015 - Batthecat
Not much to report but the amazing number of Velella at the tide line.
  • Amazing number beached at the tide line
April 15, 2015 - Batthecat
Went to check for a possible transponder "landing" on this stretch of beach. Didn't find it but did find piles of debris. About half were stacked in place, the rest were just below the high tide line...
  • Ocean debris
  • Ocean debris
  • Ocean debris
  • oOean debris
February 12, 2015 - Batthecat
Concerned about proximity to the edge of the cliff of yellow house, as noted previously. Photos taken 2/4/15 (those from front of house), and 2/12/15, with comparison photos taken 1/26/15. Have been...
January 25, 2015 - Batthecat
High tide debris mostly expected. Found a broken buoy and sent that information and photos to SOLVE just now. Cliff erosion is more obvious in places.
  • this info was sent to SOLV 1/28-15
  • looks to me like there is very little room for this house up top.  Any law about letting your house fall off the cliff?


December 16, 2014 - Batthecat
Stopped by to see what the big storm had done: washed up a dead cormorant, added more erosion to existing area below untended house (house has been featured for some years on this mile report),...
October 28, 2014 - Batthecat
Quiet day, no "gravel" at all on the beach. Most of the debris from spring storms is gone, including the large drifting tree stump. Layers of sand cover most of the exposed rocks along the mid-tide...
  • abundant seaweed
  • The long log behind the ancient stump moved from east to west with this last storm, and is now in front of the stump.
  • As seen, both are untethered after the strong storm a week ago.
  • Look closely to see the dozens of jelly fish dots. Lots of feathers, too.
August 10, 2014 - Batthecat
Obvious increase in traffic on the beach. All "gravel" areas are under the sand. Only difference was the amount of septic seepage into the sand making it truly "mucky" to walk over.
  • Could be a pup.  Washed ashore in this condition I think since the fur is bunched up under the body.
  • Extent of the gooey sand was surprising.  Stuck to one's shoes, acted more like mud than sand.
July 18, 2014 - Batthecat
Didn't see much change except of course, many more people and dogs. No shorebirds except seagulls and a pair of Eagles. Documenting cliff erosion and impact of septic drainage.
  • Taken about .5 mile from Ona Beach.  Looks like increase in water seepage at the top of the cliffs.
  • This area is slowly eroding due to winds I suppose.  The photo is simply to document the progress.
  • Eagles in the trees
May 15, 2014 - Batthecat
More sand piled at southern end of the mile until, one-third of the way mile north, exposed gravel piles emerged. Photo of brush piles down the side of the bluff. Photos of birds and nests. Photo of...
  • Piles of sand are back - gravel not evident until 1/2 mile north
  • These were swaying in the wind so didn't think they were secured.
  • There were several places that had brush piled down the side of the cliff.
  • There were 8-10 feeding along the surf line.
  • About 6 busy feeding babies in the cliff nests.
  • one bird is inside
April 18, 2014 - Batthecat
Beach is filled up with sand, covering gravel areas which were there a week ago, prior to winter storm. Creek gravel covered with sand. Documenting cliff erosion for further comparison. Roots of big...
  • no gravel beds
  • Photos to compare later
  • Showed up April 18th and moved north and east after the April 23rd storm.


October 1, 2013 - Batthecat
Submission months after photos taken, just joined CoastWatch. All taken 10-01-2013.
  • looking south from mid-mile 208
  • Seen on the beach after the 9-28-13 storm.  Removed not long after this photo was taken.


August 5, 2012 - bibliona
The beach was mostly clean; there were a few bits of crumpled styrofoam near the end of the mile, and a few picnic litter items. No evidence of tsunami debris.People are burning the large tree stump...
  • Several of the rocks with barnacles and mussels had fishing line embedded among the shells.  I tried to pull it out, but it was firmly attached to the barnacles and mussels. It could be removed with scissors or a knife.
  • The tree stump that has been drifting north for a decade or two is dwindling in size from people cutting it with a chain saw and burning it.
April 22, 2012 - bibliona
It was a warm day with little wind. Lots of families were clustered near the entrance to the beach, sitting on the sand or on logs. The number of people dwindled once I moved south of the park...
  • Erosion of the cliff is getting closer to the house. The house seems to be abandoned.
  • This is the same cliff, slightly closer
  • Sandstone has fallen from this cliff as large boulders. There seems to be a face of harder rock, that is becoming exposed. I don't remember seeing it before.
  • Names carved into the sandstone, close to a huge sandstone boulder that fell from the cliff
  • Two oystercatchers grooming by a rivulet emptying into the ocean
  • Rocky ledges covered with seagrass are exposed.


July 3, 2011 - bibliona
It was a beautiful, sunny day, with a mild breeze. Lots of families were on the beach, picnicking, playing frisbee, walking, and fishing. I noticed some dead sand crabs in the shore debris, and a few...
  • Home overlooking Ona Beach, with cliff eroding.
  • A broader view of erosion of a home overlooking Ona Beach.
  • The beach had a patch of seagrass, and the round knobby rocks were showing.


August 26, 2008 - kittyhorse
I walked my mile 208 -- as well as 207 this day -- as they comprise my commuter route [now] to the bus stops at Seal Rock State Park and Ona Beach! The wrack line was rich -- especially in the...
  • 37 inches
May 14, 2008 - kittyhorse
Under cover of a light fog this mature bald eagle feasted on a probable gull; making quick work of it in 15 minutes, while several crows and turkey vultures approached and respectfully watched and...
May 7, 2008 - kittyhorse
A toilet hanging over the bluff for a month seems obnoxious (2 houses south of Curtis Street wayside north of Seal Rock) I still find the dumping of trees, branches, garden vegetation, etc.over the...


December 28, 2007 - kittyhorse
2 pebble beds up drawing many agate hunters. Bluff erosion seems stable but erosion at Ona Beach. where Beaver Creek high and re-routed. Usual black & surf scoters and sanderlings present in...
September 13, 2007 - kittyhorse
I was in Africa most of August .. The sand did not come entirely back in this summer. But several substantial sand castles since Labor Day and "forts" made of driftwood! Beaver Creek down to ~6 foot...
July 7, 2007 - kittyhorse
Peregrine Picnic 7/7/7 7 pm
May 27, 2007 - kittyhorse
This was the morning the gray whale washed ashore. State Parks vehicle down on beach early. Been observing & recording steller sea lions on 2 offshore islands since April 3. On May 16 reported...
March 9, 2007 - kittyhorse
The sand is all off the major portion of this beach mile. Many people collecting agates at Seal Rock wayside. Ancient tree stumps 5 inches above sand surface at Seal Rock wayside.