Mile 226 Report

December 26, 2020
by gsmeyer

Otter Crest, State Wayside
Saturday 2:00 PM
Party cloudy
47° F
Strong from the N
Tide Level:
1.7 ft
Humans / Pets:
Nobody was near the shoreline on this mile.
Apparent Violations:
Nothing noted.
Activity Comments:
No vehicles of any sort noted in the access site just beyond north end of mile.
Notable Wildlife:
None observed.
Dead Birds:
Nothing noted.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Nothing noted.
Small rocks
New Development:
Nothing noted.
Nothing noted.
Natural Changes:
Nothing noted, even in area below and on the north side of the Lookout structure where rockfalls have occurred in the past.

There was nothing to take any actions on.


I walked parallel to and well above the rocky shoreline on Otter Crest Loop (Old Highway 101), experiencing very strong wind that came from the north or the south depending on where I was along the road.  I suspect that the topography influenced the wind direction.  All in all, the experience was unpleasant.  The only human activity observed was not along the mile proper, but rather at the Lookout at the State Wayside, where people were parking their vehicles, bundling up, and hurrying out to get quick views of the coastline.  There were perhaps three vehicles parked at any given time.  On a weekday with rain, that number would likely have gone to zero. Essentially no wildlife was observed and no physical changes were observed.

Other Mile 226 Reports (57)


December 22, 2022 - gsmeyer
There were no human activities noted near the shoreline, which is usual for this mile, but there was activity at the Lookout, where there were a moderate number of people parking and going to the...
September 21, 2022 - gsmeyer
It was a nice day to be observing the coast, what with the moderate temperature, light wind, and clouds that covered the sky thinly.  Views of the calm sea were extensive and dramatic.  A few gulls...
June 20, 2022 - gsmeyer
Humans were only noted well above the shoreline, specifically at the Lookout, where people parked their vehicles to get out for a few minutes to observe the seascapes.  There was a notable absence of...
March 21, 2022 - gsmeyer
Human activities were essentially confined to those stopping their vehicles on Otter Crest Loop or at the Lookout to observe the views.  Shoreline wildlife was essentially confined to cormorants...
  • Cobble beach
  • Cormorants on rock
  • Rockfall


December 21, 2021 - gsmeyer
It was fairly cold, rainy, and windy, so there was no human activity save for two vehicle parked for a short time at the Lookout and another on old Hwy. 101 well away from the shoreline access point...
September 21, 2021 - gsmeyer
There was no human activity on or near the shoreline.  Nothing was observed with respect to wildlife.  No physical changes were observed since the last report.  The only human activity observed was...
June 21, 2021 - gsmeyer
Human activities were typical for tourist season, with numerous people taking in the views along Otter Drest Loop and at the Lookout.  Nobody was parked at access points and nobody was on or near the...
March 20, 2021 - gsmeyer
As in other reports, the primary human activity on or near mile 226 was people stopping at the Lookout area to observe the ocean from several hundred feet above sea level.  There were probably...


September 22, 2020 - gsmeyer
Human activities near or at the shoreline were confined to two fishermen at the far north end of the mile or just beyond (pictured). Otherwise, the only activity was far above the shoreline where...
  • Fishermen at Cape Foulweather
June 22, 2020 - gsmeyer
The only human activity noted was one couple fishing off the rocks - the only shoreline access point - at the extreme north end of the mile.  Only common wildlife was observed: a few gulls and...
March 19, 2020 - gsmeyer
There were no people observed near or at the shoreline on mile 226. Several vehicles were parked just north of mile 226 on Otter Crest Loop Road and occupants were likely accessing a fishing location...


December 26, 2019 - gsmeyer
No people were observed along the shoreline of mile 226.  There were three people at the Lookout near the south end observing the ocean, but the gift shop had closed, it was getting dark, and was...
  • Cormorants on offshore rock, mile 226
September 20, 2019 - gsmeyer
A number of people were at the Lookout at the Otter Crest State Wayside observing the grey whale activity that could be seen below and to the west.  One close-in whale could be observed skimming...
June 21, 2019 - gsmeyer
The summer solstice provided a nice day for the numerous tourists visiting Otter Crest Wayside, where there were about fifteen vehicles in the parking area and approximately 35 people at the...
March 21, 2019 - gsmeyer
There were no human activities noted below the level of the Lookout, some 500 feet above sea level, where there were several cars and a few people.  Very little was visible along the shoreline as the...
  • Headland at north end of mile 226


December 20, 2018 - gsmeyer
Human activities consisted primarily of people parking at the Lookout and dashing out to quickly snap photos of the spectacular scenery.  Wildlife was notable by its absence.  And, no physical...
  • Litter off Otter Crest Loop
September 21, 2018 - gsmeyer
As is usual, no people were observed directly along the shoreline of this mile where access is very difficult and dangerous. But, there were a number of vehicles parked at the Lookout at Otter Crest...
  • View north from Lookout
  • Rocky cove just north of Lookout.
June 20, 2018 - gsmeyer
Tourist season is in full swing on the Oregon Coast! The Lookout parking lot was full, the gift shop was crowded, observation sites were busy, most people were seeing the two whales right below, and...
March 20, 2018 - gsmeyer
The only human activity was at the lookout where several people were observed at the observation points overlooking the ocean. Note also the three people observed trespassing beyond the locked gate...


December 21, 2017 - gsmeyer
Human activity was confined to The Lookout (Otter Crest Wayside State Park), where there were several people inside the building and at the viewing area to the south.  While inside the building, I...
June 20, 2017 - gsmeyer
All humans were either along Otter Crest Loop Road driving and occasionally getting out of their cars to enjoy the scenery or at the Lookout at observation points or in the interpretive center/gift...
March 18, 2017 - gsmeyer
March 16th was a rare mostly sunny and calm day for this time of year, attracting a small but enthusiastic group of visitors to the Lookout at the Otter Crest State Wayside. Views were amazing, as...


December 21, 2016 - gsmeyer
During the time of obsevation, the sun was shining and the large, crashing waves were beautifully illuminated.  Despite this, nobody was at the shoreline access point just beyond the north end of the...
June 17, 2016 - gsmeyer
One vehicle was parked in a location such that the north end of the mile could have been accessed, but nobody was observed on the shoreline of the mile. A number of people were at the Lookout at the...
  • View to north from Lookout building, noting bands of foam, pocket beach, and cliff face - to right - where cormorants are nesting.
March 28, 2016 - gsmeyer
It was cool, mostly sunny, and still calm at 10:30 a.m., so it was a beautiful morning to view the ocean. I looked for whales, but none were observed. There was also a paucity of the usual seabirds,...


December 24, 2015 - gsmeyer
Very little human activity was observed and only at the Lookout, attributable to the inclement weather. No wildlife of note was observed, except for one eagle. No physical changes were observed. Note...
September 19, 2015 - gsmeyer
Human activity was focused at the Lookout, where gray whales were being observed. No notable wildlife was observed along the shoreline, though at least two of the whales were quite close. No...
June 16, 2015 - gsmeyer
The only human activity observed was at Otter Crest State Wayside, well above the ocean. Six or seven vehicles were parked at this location. The only notable wildlife observed was nesting pelagic...
April 2, 2015 - gsmeyer
Two vehicles were parked near north end of mile, but nobody was observed along the shoreline below, though there were some signs of human activity - plastic chairs and tiki torches - on the terrace...


December 22, 2014 - gsmeyer
Human activity was confined to the Lookout area, but there was very little of it due to closure of the state park visitor center for the week. Shoreline wildlife consisted of a very few flying gulls...
  • Wave crashing on sea cliff on Otter Crest headland, splash rising to about 50 feet.  Location just below and directly west of state park visitor center.  View is from south at the Inn at Otter Crest.
  • Wave crashing on sea cliff and splashing to over 40 feet just before high tide/King Tide event, just below and directly north of state park visitor center at Otter Crest.  View is from east along Otter Crest Loop (old highway 101).
September 19, 2014 - gsmeyer
Numerous vehicles, including RVs, were traveling along the one-way portion of Otter Crest Loop, with a number of people stopping and photographing the ocean and looking for whales. Significant...
  • Phytoplankton-derived foam aggregated into wind-driven bands as viewed looking north from Lookout.
June 16, 2014 - gsmeyer
The only human activity was that noted at Otter Crest State Wayside where it is apparent that tourist season is definitely underway. The only wildlife observed were two cormorants plus ubiquitous...
April 11, 2014 - gsmeyer
Aside from the two fishermen at the north end of the mile, the only human activity was at the state park lookout near the south end of the mile, from which much of the shoreline of the mile can be...
  • View to NNW of north end of mile 226 from viewing area in Lookout at Otter Crest State Wayside.


December 21, 2013 - gsmeyer
There was essentially no human activity. Wildlife was notable by its absence. (Very little is typically observed.) The driftline could not be observed as the tide was high and the ocean was rough...
  • North coastline of mile 226 on a slightly foggy, overcast day as viewed from the "new" viewing area in the interior of the Lookout at Otter Crest State Wayside
September 21, 2013 - gsmeyer
Two people were fishing from the rocks at the north end of Mile 226 and had a pickup in the access parking area on Otter Crest Loop there. There were two to three cars at the Lookout parking area...
  • View south on mile 226 from location below illustrating rocky cliffed coastline, with the Lookout in middle distance (just north of south end of mile 226) with Devil's Punchbowl farther and Yaquina Head in greatest distance.
July 5, 2013 - gsmeyer
Two cars were observed in parking above access trail near north end of mile and two people were observed on the rocks at only direct access point to mile, presumably fishing. Several cars were...
March 21, 2013 - gsmeyer
No more than five vehicles were parked at any one time at the Lookout at Otter Crest. Most people were in the gift shop. One other walker besides ourselves was observed on the one-way section of...


September 24, 2012 - gsmeyer
Nobody was observed close to the shoreline, most of which is quite inaccessible anyway. Several people were at Otter Crest looking at the ocean. Very little was observed otherwise.
June 21, 2012 - gsmeyer
No human activity was observed along this mile at the shoreline. Very little wildlife was observed and there was nothing observed where rare segments of driftline existed or were observable. No...
March 22, 2012 - gsmeyer
Nothing out of the ordinary was observed. There were two vehicles parked along the road (Otter Crest Loop) at the north end of mile 226 and I observed three people fishing from the rocks at the only...


December 21, 2011 - gsmeyer
Human activity on the shoreline was nonexistent, but several people were observed at "Cape Foulweather" and along Otter Crest Loop. There were no wildlife observations along the shoreline nor were...
September 21, 2011 - gsmeyer
Nobody was parked on Old Hwy. 101 along this mile except for numerous vehicles at the Lookout. And, this is where all of the people were. It appears as though there is commonly enough activity here...
June 21, 2011 - gsmeyer
Significant human activity was concentrated at the Lookout at Otter Crest, some 500 feet above the ocean, and was focused on the grey whale activity below and to the southwest. Two people were...
April 2, 2011 - gsmeyer
Nothing noticeable has changed in the past several months and human activity was at an absolute minimum, especially considering how nice of a day it was. Very little wildlife activity was noted,...


December 21, 2010 - gsmeyer
It was a cool, cloudy and breezy day with high tide and fairly high surf. Activity, both human and by wildlife, was at a minimum.Nobody was parked at any site other than the gift shop, and nobody...
September 22, 2010 - gsmeyer
Notable was the number of tourists at the lookout and along old Hwy. 101. The pleasant day and the gray whales were significant attractions along this spectacular segment of the Oregon coast.
June 11, 2010 - gsmeyer
The most notable observation since my Coastwatch observations began was the large number of pelagic cormorants observed nesting on cliff faces. I have not seen them previously, but my earlier...
March 22, 2010 - gsmeyer
Human activities were confined to Old Hwy. 101 and to the area of the Otter Crest Lookout, where whale watching on a nice sunny day was a popular pursuit. No human activity was observed on or near...


December 24, 2009 - gsmeyer
No changes noted to this mile of mostly vertical cliffs in basalt, making access, and thus disturbance, fortunately difficult and rare.
September 24, 2009 - gsmeyer
No human activity was occurring save for those persons driving and stopping briefly along Otter Crest loop. Wildlife activities not seen previously by me on mile 226 were harbor seals diving...
March 21, 2009 - gsmeyer
I observed a total of six people fishing off the rocks with some success. There were no fishing boats observed. The area experiences little physical change, though the one rockfall deposit appears...


December 28, 2008 - gsmeyer
As has been the case previously, there is essentially no human or wildlife activity and physical changes are very minimal.
October 1, 2008 - gsmeyer
There was essentially no observable change in this rugged, basalt-cliffed area since the last report.
June 21, 2008 - gsmeyer
Mile 226 shows very little sign of human impacts due mostly to its inaccessibility: minimal access of bluffs from Otter Crest Loop and then extremely limited access from bluffs to shore.
March 22, 2008 - gsmeyer
No obvious changes since last report but a little more use than observed previously, probably because of the nice day and it being a Saturday. But, use still limited due to relative inaccessibility.
January 1, 2008 - gsmeyer
We are impressed with the scenic attributes of this rugged area and hope that its inaccessibility will continue to promote its preservation in an unspoiled state.


September 20, 2007 - Geoshe
We stopped at various points along Otter Crest Loop Road to do initial obsrvations with binoculars, since there is no beach access. These are baseline observations, and any changes will be noted...