Mile 233 Report

June 24, 2010
by [email protected]

Boiler Bay, Rabbit Rock, Fogarty Creek SP
Thursday 12:30 PM
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
Illegal camping above beach on private property adjacent to State Park property; reported to State Parks, Central Lincoln PUD that punched in an access road. They had a barrier for awhile but it was pushed out of the way. Severe rutting, loss of native vegetation.
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Riprap below Surfrider is still in place under an emergency permit. No regular permit application has been filed even though the emergency permit was granted in February. I thought that there was a requirement to apply for a regular permit within a certain timeframe, but don't see it in the OARs or ORS.
Notable Wildlife:
Small pieces of seaweed in wide wrack line
Dead Birds:
Saw the remains of a bird carcass on beach-- presumed killed by the pair of bald eagles commonly perching on a tree on the south side of the creek near the highway.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Lots of plastic debris this year; mostly water bottles and pieces of water bottles
New Development:
New riprap or shoreline protection structures
"Emergency" riprap below Surfrider Motel, placed in mid-Feb., 2010
Natural Changes:
Visible retreat of solid bluff
Upper layer of solid bluff being eroded by wave erosion, groundwater run-off

yes, as noted in appropriate section


"Emergency" riprap below Surfrider Motel still in place.  Upper layer of bluff being eroded by wave erosion and groundwater.  Illegal camping reported to State Parks.

  • Under Surfrider Hotel, Fogarty Creek State Park
    May 29, 2010
Other Mile 233 Reports (19)


December 24, 2015 - [email protected]
A lot of tsunami debris on beach. Very little beach even at zero tide.
May 10, 2015 - [email protected]
Lots of agate hunters for this minus tide event (-0.34 at 11:40 a.m.) on Mother's Day. A few children (4) a few dogs (3) no major issues, little trash, gray whales visible just beyond surf zone.
April 25, 2015 - GWshark
Fogarty Creek Beach appeared to be in good shape with return of the sand. Waiting to see if Sea Stars return to previous numbers. Had a funnel cloud develop around 0930 before skies cleared....
  • A funnel cloud approaching that possibly was a water spout. Observed some water disturbance though did not see it connect to water.
  • The impact of winter storms has denuded the Beach At Fogarty Creek
  • Appears that recent storms have brought the sand back.
  • Photo of some of the sea stars observed on this date
  • Photo taken of sea star with the disease


June 16, 2014 - [email protected]
20 people were on Fogarty Beach, most agate hunting.2 well behaved dogs on beach. All but 2 of the people were adults. No wildlife issues except that starfish have virtually disappeared from the...
  • Fogarty Creek State Park on a minus 2 tide
January 6, 2014 - [email protected]
There has been a major wash-up of gumboot chitons on this mile, which has been reported.
  • Hundreds of gumboot chitons have washed up dead in the drift line


May 25, 2013 - [email protected]
No problems noted; no tsunami debris noted on 5/25/2013.On June 2nd I went back to the beach and saw 9 hand-hewn-looking wooden posts and one aquaculture rack. Reported to tsunami team and worked...
  • June 2, 2013also see


January 10, 2010 - [email protected]
This report only covers the Boiler Bay section of my mile. Due to deteriorating weather and darkness I was unable to walk the Fogarty Creek section. A fairly large sneaker wave would come ashore...


July 20, 2009 - [email protected]
Very quiet, ie small number of people, probably due in part to the heavy fog. Only dog on beach was not on a leash (Fogarty Creek). More seaweed than usual in the driftline.
February 4, 2009 - [email protected]
Beautiful day (for February). Had it been a weekend I am sure there would have been many more people on the beach.


October 15, 2008 - [email protected]
Very quiet day. No cars at Boiler Bay trailhead. Only one car in North Forgarty Creek Park parking lot and one car in the South Fogarty Creek parking lot. Very little drift, other than kelp, on...
July 4, 2008 - [email protected]
Inclement weather probably reduced the number of people. One of the lowest tides of the year.
March 19, 2008 - [email protected]
Very quiet on the beach. Unable to actually get down into Boiler Bay due to high tide so had to observe from Boiler Bay Park. No cars or people at Boiler Bay "trail". Sand level still high on...
January 20, 2008 - [email protected]
Cold day with high storm surge. Wave runup at least 2+ hours after high tide (High tide in Newport was at 9:44 that day, a 9.8 tide was very high on the beach.
  • Looking N. to bluff under Surfrider Motel
January 20, 2008 - [email protected]
Fogarty Creek was relatively quiet. Boiler Bay was very "busy", ie over 60 people; 45 of which were students from Lane Community College taking part in a field trip.


November 25, 2007 - [email protected]
photos of highest tide of the year at Fishing Rock Headland looking south
  • Fishing Rock Headland looking south
August 15, 2007 - [email protected]
Boiler Bay *very* quiet, ie only 3 people (other 37 on Fogarty Creek beach). Beautiful day, calm seas, no wind.
June 18, 2007 - [email protected]
Both Boiler Bay and Fogarty Creek beach were relatively quiet, i.e. few people/dogs etc. No dead wildlife. Calm seas and almost no wind made for a very enjoyable walk.
May 14, 2007 - [email protected]
Bluff face at N. end of Fogarty Creek State Park Beach (mile 234) continues to erode and another house will be moved back.No state park campground will go in here.Black oyster catcher survey work on-...
  • Time series of photos available that showprogression from when columns were poured into the bank (back from the cliff) and from when it became exposed
March 16, 2007 - [email protected]
Boiler Bay was very quiet. When we arrived there were no cars in the small parking lot at the trailhead that leads down into Boiler Bay. About half an hour after descending down onto the Bay's rocky...