Mile 214 Report

May 9, 2020
by PCTronquet

South Beach SP, South Jetty Yaquina River
Saturday 7:45 AM
51° F
Tide Level:
-2.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
No other walkers, just the two of us. Surfers!
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Activity Comments:
Surfers finding creative ways to get to the waves.
Notable Wildlife:
Snowy Plover paired up, but at least two nests failed on South Beach due to Friday night's high tide surge.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Shells·Wood pieces
High tide seemed to wipe the beach clean, very little debris, mostly small sticks and a few large logs.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
This winter didn't seem to remove beach sand at dunes as in years before. The sand slopes right near the top of the dunes in many places.

High tide surge appears to have cleaned the beach of debris, and took out at least two snowy plover nests that were high on the beach.  Small woody debris and some large logs were moved up to the high tide line.

  • 9.5 high spring tide
    Photo taken from South Jetty, South Beach
    May 9, 2020
  • Spring surfers
    Spring surfers social distance
    South Beach near S. Jetty
    May 9, 2020
  • Surfboard carrier
    Surfboard carrier
    South Beach near S. Jetty
    May 9, 2020
Other Mile 214 Reports (72)


February 4, 2023 - FlaningamM
Sanderlings disturbed by humans. 


December 31, 2022 - FlaningamM
Unleashed dog chasing feeding shorebirds, and insufficient campaign to educate beach-goers to prevent this. 
December 5, 2022 - MatthewsE
Beautiful day at Newport. 47 degrees, sunny and no wind.Hardly any logs visible on the entire mile: either burried or washed away. Surf, bare and wrack zones very smooth. Foredunes slope very...
  • surf zone
  • waves
  • dunes n
  • debris
  • debris 2
  • debris3
  • tuna
  • sooty shearwater wing
  • large immature juvenile gull
  • sooty shearwater
November 3, 2022 - MatthewsE
Had a nice day with the Beach Walk. Slightly cool, but warmed up by walking.Physical: Beach is really smoothing out. No evidence of temporary streams or built up spots in the surf zone. Angles in...
  • South Jetty
  • Rocks
  • sand erosion wave action
  • surf zone
  • surf and bare zones
  • dunes
  • dunes gradual sloping
  • wood zone
  • Grass in wood zone
  • Northern Fulmar
  • Refind Sea Lion
October 3, 2022 - MatthewsE
No evidence of tempary streams and berms created in the surf zone from previous months...all smooth surf zone. Barrier dunes smooth and slop gradually. Plant growth more evident at base of dunes.I...
  • surf
  • North end 214
  • Plants
  • Common Murre #1
  • Common Murre #2
  • Moon Jelly?
  • California Sea Lion
  • California Sea Lion
September 5, 2022 - MatthewsE
The photos show no more "Islands" surrounded by water, where the surf hits the bare. Also photos of the gradual sloping of the dunes, none have sharp edges along the bottom.  One RE-find from last...
  • South Jetty
  • Bare
  • Dunes North End
  • Dunes Middle of Mile
  • Dunes South end of Mile 214
  • Surf Line
  • Kite Surfer
  • 2 people horses
August 4, 2022 - MatthewsE
 Sunny Day!Beach: Pretty clean beach with 2 exceptions (2 tennis balls on a log and a can, close to north end of mile) otherwise very clean of human debris.  Terrain:  Gradual sloping of dunes next...
  • dune bluffs north end of mile
  • dune bluffs middle of mile 214
  • Logs burried
  • tennis balls
  • can litter
  • drift line algae
  • sand bar
  • sufline
  • Common Murre beached bird
  • Common Murre beached bird
  • beached bird leg
July 4, 2022 - MatthewsE
A wonderful afternoon at the beach.More people and dogs than I have experienced before, but all seemed to be pleasant and NOT one candy wrapper or other sign of a large amount of people, other than...
  • North End of Mile 214 South Jetty
  • Art
  • dune slopes
  • logs
  • sand bar
  • long shot of sand bar
June 1, 2022 - MatthewsE
No sanderlings in the surfline along the mile; which seemed very odd to me because there really wasn't a lot of people on the beach other than a normal light day...although there were five people...
  • continual sand deposition over logs
  • Bluff smoothing out
  • sand deposition
  • sand deposition
  • shells and molting
  • shells and molting
  • wreath
  • flowers
  • wreath
  • Taking Pictures
  • helper
May 3, 2022 - MatthewsE
My first beached bird sighting in six months, juvenile gull (Larid). Sand deposition is continuing its process of burying large logs and debris, since the winter storms.  Don't have to look under...
  • Beached Gull body
  • Beached Gull body juvenile Larid
  • Beached Gull body juvenile Larid
  • Sand Deposition North End of mile 214
  • Sand Deposition middle of mile 214
  • Sanderlings
  • Goosenecked barnacles
  • Observer
April 3, 2022 - MatthewsE
 For a day that was supposed to have 1.5 inches of rain (it didn't happen) it was really nice. Winds about 15 mph...but seemed warm (51 degrees). No beached birds or animals found.Sand deposit seems...
  • more sand deposition
  • sand deposition
  • sand encroaching dune shelf
  • Sand smoothing out dune edges
  • gradual sand deposition on dune edges
  • grass newly growing on beach by debris
  • natural trenches caused by large debris and wind that hold water
March 3, 2022 - MatthewsE
A huge difference in the sand deposition from the previous month. On the last month's observation logs and debris were on top of the sand; today's observation, the giant logs were almost entirely...
  • south jetty mile 214
  • logs on South Jetty
  • logs buried in sand
  • sand deposition on bluffs
  • sand deposition
  • Wrack and Driftline
February 3, 2022 - MatthewsE
What a sunny, relatively warm and no wind day it turned out to be.  Terrain and conditions much different from Jan. 3rd ( a King Tide day). Able to walk the entire beach. A little bit of human debris...
  • Wood Debris furthest north of mile
  • Wood debris North starting point
  • Surfer walking up North access point of South Jetty
  • towards the middle of the mile
  • towards the middle of the mile- South Beach
  • log showing Southern point of the South Beach mile
  • Mole Crab
January 3, 2022 - MatthewsE
King Tide 10.5 feet No way able to do a beach walk today...arrived about 20 minutes after high tide. Water just going over road on the South Jetty.  Logs and debris up to the small dunes and...
  • waves crashing
  • post 61 by South Jetty marking end of mile 214


December 3, 2021 - MatthewsE
A much busier day on the beach than yesterday. 18 surfers! King tide day! No beached birds or other wildlife found. Five snowy plovers up on the bare/veg zone. Sunny day!
December 2, 2021 - MatthewsE
My first beach walk. I was amazed by the width of this beach from the surf zone to the wood zone....I did a lot of S-shaped walking!
  • Starting point
  • Turn around Point
May 2, 2021 - PCTronquet
We have a roped Snowy Plover nest just 20 feet south of the South Jetty access point.  The beach was very crowded on a cold, breezy morning, most of whom accessed at the S. Jetty.  I counted 55 cars...
February 27, 2021 - AnnaB
A busy day at mile 214! Low wind and a little sunshine brought families out to play in the sand. Recent storms/ high tides pulled in large wood as well as marine debris (styrofoam, ropes, etc). 
  • View looking south on mile 214
  • Large wood washed in.
  • Steep bluff on mile 214
February 4, 2021 - hancherclan
Spotted beached molting Elephant seal on South Beach just south of the jetty. Reported to Jim Rice (Oregon State University Stranding Program Manager) who identified the seal type from my photos.
January 13, 2021 - PCTronquet
The past few days of King tides have scoured the build-up of summer sand and made a 5-10 foot "cliff" at the high tide mark from south of the Day Use (61B) to North of 61A.  There is a small area of...
January 10, 2021 - AnnaB
Sunshine on a weekend brought more visitors to south beach's mile 214 this past Saturday. Many groups of people walking, playing in the sand, and surfing. The tide was really low so plenty of space...
  • Beach entrance blocked from South Jetty path
  • Looking south on South Beach mile 214
  • Buried marine debris?
  • New sand cliff formed by wave action


November 9, 2020 - AnnaB
A calm day on mile 214 with sporadic people enjoying the beach. The summer crowds have gone and the cool temperatures brought even fewer visitors. Exciting news between the 61A and 61B sign posts --...
  • South Beach Mile 214
  • Snowy plovers at South Beach, OR
  • The lone plover
September 26, 2020 - AnnaB
Mile 214 was overcast and shrouded in fog this afternoon, but that didn't slow any visitors. People enjoyed walking their dogs, flying kites, and even horseback riding on the unseasonably warm/humid...
  • South Beach
August 7, 2020 - AnnaB
It was a busy Friday afternoon at the beach! Lots of groups of people enjoying the warm sun and cool breeze. Not much mask wearing. Unfortunately, I forgot my phone so wasn't able to take photos.
June 15, 2020 - AnnaB
Overall not much new at South Beach mile 214. The gradient from teh water to the dunes seem a little less steep and the dunes a little shorter but 
  • South Beach rain
  • Oregon Coast mile 214
May 17, 2020 - AnnaB
It was a beautiful, sunny day and a lot of phase 1 visitors hit the beach. Lots of families playing in the sand/surf and just enjoying the sun. 
  • Looking south on South Beach, mile 214
  • Plants popping in mile 214
  • Mile 24 drift line
  • U.S.O. on Mile 214
  • Phase 1 @ South Beach Mile 214
April 16, 2020 - AnnaB
I was pleasantly surprised with how many people were out on the beach given the shelter-in-place mandate. I think the weather was too good to miss. I had seen signs indicating snowy plovers are back...
January 1, 2020 - AnnaB
A lot of large wood has washed up with the recent tides and the driftline is almost up to the dunes in places.  
  • Little clear tubes
  • Shore birds
  • South Beach, Oregon


November 22, 2019 - PCTronquet
A beautiful morning on South Beach, with few people, and hundreds of jelly fish washed up with the evening tide from the night before.  Counted 31 Snowy Plover hanging out on Mile 214
  • Snowy Plover
November 7, 2019 - AnnaB
It was a calm sunrise at South Beach this morning. I saw some jellyfish washed up along the drift line from the last high tide as well as strands of bull kelp.
October 9, 2019 - AnnaB
It was quiet at sunset on the beach this evening. The beach was relatively clean of debris and the waves were calm. The stream down at the south end of the mile has dried up. I've been noticing more...
  • Looking south onto mile 214 from south jetty
  • pole
  • more poles
August 27, 2019 - AnnaB
A beautiful day at the beach. It was great seeing so many peeople out enjoying the coast in a variety of ways. There were a lot of crab molts in the driftline and a few dead birds. Also many visitors...
  • Plastics in sand
  • Volley ball net?
  • View from the south end of mile 214
July 6, 2019 - AnnaB
May 26, 2019 - PCTronquet
Over 150 people enjoying the Memorial Day weekend, velella in wrack line, no areas of concern....beach clean of trash
May 24, 2019 - AnnaB
It was a calm evening on Friday with few visitors at the beach. The Velella velella have started washing up and can be found in high numbers just above the water line. The snowy plover nesting area...
May 24, 2019 - AnnaB
April 18, 2019 - AnnaB
There were a good amount of people out for a late Thursday morning, mostly a few school groups. I noticed more large woody debris than usual including some trees that washed up. Down near the south...
  • Protected nesting site
  • Looking south on mile 214
February 18, 2019 - AnnaB
Mild weather for President's Day brought out the beach-goers of all kinds. We spotted many people walking, (razor)clamming, surfing, and playing around. The tide was the lowest we have seen which is...
January 31, 2019 - AnnaB
There weren't many people out at the time of our survey, mostly just a few groups walking dogs. It looked like a fair amount of driftwood washed up recently. Also it looked like some sand was dumped...
  • South Jetty
January 21, 2019 - PCTronquet
I counted at least 47 folks on mile 214 at noon, high 10.3 King Tide, 50 degrees, full sunshine, and little to no wind.  Several children were playing in the surf at high tide.....and were chased by...


December 21, 2018 - PCTronquet
First day of King Tide made for limited beach walking, so only two people and three dogs.  The Snowy Plover were feeding and sitting in footprints.  They scattered when the dogs came near.  Two large...
  • South Beach Snowy Plover
  • First day of King Tide, South Beach


November 29, 2017 - PCTronquet
November 29th was glorious weather at sunrise, and the birdlife abundant in Mile 214, Sanderling, Dunlin, and Snowy Plover.  The high tide line was littered with tunicates.  Large and small piles of...
August 27, 2017 - PCTronquet
We found a seagull on the beach totally wrapped in fishing line with hook and bobber, unable to get free.  After covering the bird with a jacket, we were able to cut the line, unravel and free the...
June 4, 2017 - PCTronquet
Human Activities ~  More people seem to be enjoying South Beach, Mile 214.....we've lived here two years, and see many more people on the beach this year.  The beach was remarkably clean.
  • South Beach
  • 56 degree day on South Beach
  • Sand digging


December 12, 2016 - PCTronquet
September 30, 2016 - PCTronquet
*There are very few left-over signs of summer tourists. Several "structures" have survived the tides. Surfers in the waves many mornings and evenings.*Eight snowy plover were foraging at the last...
April 21, 2016 - Anonymous
Our first report as CoastWatch volunteers. We have been watching the plover on our mile since January, 8 snowy plover and 1 mountain plover. As of this date, we think they have all moved on, our last...
  • This mile has many access points from South Beach State Park and stays remarkably clean of human debris....most has washed ashore.


December 25, 2013 - rasmussenschramm
The beach was almost empty of people. No litter to speak of and no sign of dead animals or unusual erosion.
May 11, 2013 - rasmussenschramm
Not much has changed on our mile since our last report. It is very clean. The line of the bluff over the beach has softened a little since last time, but that's all we noticed.
  • Nothing much has changed in the last couple of months. Quiet and clean...


December 30, 2012 - rasmussenschramm
We're attaching pictures of the wood construction we found.
  • Again, not sure what this is.
  • Not sure what this is...
June 9, 2012 - rasmussenschramm
We were surprised not to find more debris on the beach- it was mostly squeaky clean, except for a few areas with small styrofoam pieces.


July 23, 2011 - rasmussenschramm
The beach was very clean. A few kites were flying, sandcastles were being created, kids were wading in the watet. At the South Jetty on the bay side where beach grass grows, sand has been piling up...


July 24, 2010 - rasmussenschramm
On the way north on the trail we met a group of about 20 naturalists from Yamhill County on an outing, and also several people on foot and on bicycles. We checked the handicapped platform and met...
June 21, 2010 - rasmussenschramm
Walking from the jetty towards the state park we encountered about 20 people on the beach, enjoying the sun and about 14 playing in the water, and about five dogs running about.Close to the jetty we...
February 18, 2010 - rasmussenschramm
The beach was very clean, we found one dead murre. On our way north we encountered 8 person and two dogs plus two surfers close to the jetty. There were 8 vehicles parked on the jetty and about 10...


June 8, 2009 - rasmussenschramm
The beach was very clean, at the tideline we noticed crab molts, crab shells, small rocks and just natural debris. Near the jetty in the dunes was a huge broken tree trunk that had been cut in...
January 12, 2009 - rasmussenschramm
The morning was sunny, and the beach was relatively clean but for numerous beverage lids in one area. The sand has drifted towards the shore and built up towards the vegetation line.


December 30, 2008 - MAshley
Tide was way out. It was a beautiful day. Noticeable winter beach retreat.
December 29, 2008 - MAshley
Moderate numbers of visitors, mostly walking dogs.
September 27, 2008 - rasmussenschramm
The beach was very clean, but there was noticeable sand build-up
August 21, 2008 - ocayouthvol
Went out on the mile watch with a number of new volunteers. It was overall a pretty cool morning and not many people were out on the beach. And for the most part, there was very little trash....
April 21, 2008 - malachite
Interesting foredune undercutting or erosion present on one section of the beach. Associated with more (than average for this beach) steeply sloping beach & cobble sized sediment (if that's the...
  • Photo of beach at South Beach state park on 04/21/08 in late afternoon/early evening showing undercutting of foredune, exposure of bedding planes & cobble deposition (or suspension of smaller particles) in intertidal zone
  • Slight to moderate undercutting near oceanward base of foredune at South Beach state park reveals bedding planes, including some cross bedding, etc.
March 22, 2008 - rasmussenschramm
The beach was clean but much sand has been piling up in waves and some large pieces of driftwood were at the water's edge. No one was visible at the handicap platform above the dunes. 11 cars were...
February 11, 2008 - rensmere
The beach was mostly clear of debris and looked very "clean". It was a nice sunny day so there were more people than there have been. The only posible concern was the woman feeding the seagulls.
  • This is a picture documenting the south beach mile
  • Seagulls are eating bread pieces that a woman has just thrown onto the beach.


December 21, 2007 - rasmussenschramm
At the State Park were six cars parked, and at the beach were fourteen people, six dogs, people walking dogs and writing their names in the sand, one flying a kite. Five people were watching the...
October 14, 2007 - rensmere
The beach was very "clean" with no driftline content. There were a lot of people out enjoying the day.
September 8, 2007 - rasmussenschramm
Close to the jetty was the "Gathering Longboard Classic", the annual surf competition, in progress. Rogue Ale sponsering the event was to serve food and beer and wine. On the beach at the gathering,...
August 25, 2007 - rasmussenschramm
At the park picnicers were using tables and sitting in the shade of trees. At the beach there were people in the water, two surfers, many sunbathing. On the path east of the beach people were...
August 9, 2007 - rensmere
There were a lot of people on the beach for recreation. There was not a lot of debris. This was our first time surveying the mile so it is hard to compare. We will be sure to take pictures to add.
June 14, 2007 - rasmussenschramm
The tide was coming in having been at its lowest at 6:23 a.m., i.e. -2.3 feet. It was a beautiful morning except for a bit of chilly wind from the north. The beach was clean. Beyond the high tide...
March 16, 2007 - rasmussenschramm
On a beautiful sunny and calm morning on March 16, 2007 at 10 a.m. we walked our mile from the State Park to the South Jetty. The tide was coming in. At the State Park we counted 7 cars, and along...
January 11, 2007 - ocayouthvol
There was snow that day (though none on the beach at that time) and suprisingly few people for such a beautiful day. No obvious changes were noted.