Mile 233 Report

May 14, 2007
by [email protected]

Boiler Bay, Rabbit Rock, Fogarty Creek SP
Monday 9:00 AM
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Activity Comments:
didn't access beach at Fogarty, instead at Abbott residence (with permission) just to S. of Fogarty to look for black oyster catchers for nesting/reproductive survey.Fee program was removed from Fogarty State Park this month. It will be interesting to see what happens to use patterns over the summer.
Notable Wildlife:
Saw 3 pair of Black Oyster catchers in study area and documented locations. Very low tide -.2 at 5 that morning and still low at observation time; counted 66 seals hauled out on rocks on mile.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
there has been varying amounts of sand on the beach all month; sometimes down to bedrock, sometimes coarse and deep.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
continuing to document area below Surf-Rider. Another house in Fishing Rock development looks like it is about to be moved back.
1. I continually pick up garbage-- usually water bottles, cans, pieces of plastic (most is land based I think), but this month there was a lot of open celled (small cell) styrofoam and big pieces presumably from a crumbling dock. State Marine Board has a requirement for syrofoam encapsulation of new docks, but doesn't have power to require upgrades if docks are older than when program started.2. Re the campground exploration-- I contacted Dave Wright, assitant director and he came out to look at the area with me. The Area manager John Allan and Claude Crocker who wanted this showed up too and we walked the area. No plan has been written and it was clear that the cart was before the horse and this will not happen. This is a very busy park with only a small beach area.3. There has been a change in ownership at Surfrider motel.
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-going.Fee program no longer in place here
  • 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
    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
    west and under restuarant/hotel building at Surfrider Motel
    May 14, 2007
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


June 24, 2010 - [email protected]
"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.
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.
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...