Mile 203

Driftwood Beach south, Hidden Lake
Lincoln County

Latitude: 44.447415454742
Longitude: -124.083241268810
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  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from Yaquina Bay (44° 37.0374', Mile 215), southerly to the Lincoln County-Lane County line (44° 16.5774', Mile 190).
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Driftwood Beach south, Hidden Lake
Mile 203 Reports (74)


January 28, 2023 - Nancy Thomas

It was a beautiful day for a walk.  I saw one Gull and one Bald Eagle flying overhead.  I saw the ranger's ATV tracks. Buckley Creek has a large log jam.  It appeared that the ranger may have been working on it.  Buckley Creek's flow to the ocean has again more

  • Common Murre Underside
January 24, 2023 - KFunk

After observing 8 snowy plovers on Mile 200 yesterday, I wanted to check up on the plovers on Mile 203. I frequently see them on the beach in this area and was curious about where they go when the tide comes in and there is no beach left. Although more

  • Snowy Plovers
  • Snowy Plovers
  • Snowy Plovers
  • Snowy Plovers
  • Snowy Plovers


December 6, 2022 - JLcoasties

New beach access point, 66B, has been installed on mile 203. read more

  • New beach access point
November 16, 2022 - Nancy Thomas

It was a beautiful sunny day.  Few people or dogs.  Few shorebirds, single Western and California Gull.  Did see a "murder" of American crows (23).  Beach is primarily flat.  Very little dune development visable in beach area.  Wrack primarily stones.  No debris collected. There were two beached (dead) Northern more

October 2, 2022 - Nancy Thomas

The ocean never disappoints me.  It is constantly changing the beach and foredunes.  It is always beautiful.The amount in the wrack line on this trip was more than I usually see.  There was a lot of Seaweed.  The wrack was a good source of food for about 500 gull ( more

September 27, 2022 - Jon French

This dispatch provides details, photos, and my follow ups regarding a house fire on the evening of July 2nd that extensively damaged a vacation home near me on Mile 203. The fire was caused by the use and improper disposal of illegal fireworks by the homeowners, vacationing Boise residents. more

  • House Fire, 2509 NW Oceania Dr
  • House Fire, 2509 NW Oceania Dr
  • Fire damage, 2509 NW Oceania Dr
  • Fire damage, 2509 NW Oceania Dr
  • Fire damage and neighboring homes, 2509 NW Oceania Dr
  • Pyro Castle fireworks at fire scene, 2509 NW Oceania Dr
  • Fireworks at fire scene, 2509 NW Oceania Dr
  • Fireworks at fire scene, 2509 NW Oceania Dr
July 30, 2022 - Nancy Thomas

Dense fog, 62 degrees and minimal wind. Major change was dune development due to the NW wind.  No Snowy Plover tracks or Plovers seen.  Quite of few gulls seen in the wet sand at the end of Buckley Creek and other streams running to the ocean.  Mostly Western, some Heermann's more

July 18, 2022 - Jon French

I walked Sandpiper Beach to Buckley Creek this morning looking for Snowy Plovers, but I saw no sign of plovers or even tracks. As I came onto the beach, I saw vultures feeding on something which, as I approached, turned out to be more

  • Young Harbor Seal carcass with coordinates
  • Carcass before coyote
  • Carcass with vultures and Bald Eagle
  • Coyote and vultures at carcass
  • Coyote at carcass facing me
  • Carcass after coyote
June 19, 2022 - Jon French

At 10:02 p.m. last night, someone on Bayshore Beach, two houses west of me, began shooting off fireworks, loud sky rocket types with big bang star bursts at the top. I jumped out of bed, our dog ran under the bed, and probably at least a couple of PTSD more

  • #SilentFireworks digital poster
  • Fireworks Prohibited street poster
  • OAR (Oregon Administrative Rule) 736-021-0100 excerpt
  • Beach Access Sign 66C
May 19, 2022 - Nancy Thomas

There was not a lot of activity on the beach.  The tides continue to flow all the way to the foredunes.  There is little to no nesting area for Snowy Plovers.  I found the discovery of tadpoles and the Aquatic Pacific Garter Snake interesting in a pool between the more

May 16, 2022 - JLcoasties

Good day on the beach. We picked up two full 2.5 gallon buckets of marine debris, much of it small styrofoam. There were patches of micro plastice pieces in places on the beach. Found a 200 ft. length of 1/4 inch crab pot braided line, which took about 30 minutes to untangle more

  • Traveling tree stump
  • Traveling tree stump
April 28, 2022 - Nancy Thomas

Walked Mile 203.  Quiet morning.  Temperature was 45 degrees with minimal wind.  Did see dogs off lease that caused the gulls to be alerted and move.  Saw a couple gulls and my first Whimbrels of the 2022 Season.  One dead bird that crows were playing with.  Roy Lowe assisted more

April 28, 2022 - Nancy Thomas

Beautiful day to walk the beach.  Only 4 people and 3 dogs.  Found interesting Beached bird, a Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel.  Knew it was unusal due to its bill shape. Erosion continues to occur by Buckley Creek.  Low tide was 6:12 am.  Saw my first Whimbrel of the season and some more

April 9, 2022 - Nancy Thomas

Jesse Jones our contact and coordinator for Coast Watch, Jon French, Dawn Pavitt-Ryan and myself met at the Sandpiper Shores Entrance and walked to Buckley Creek to train for a new NOAA Marine Debris Program. We learned how to set up our selected 100 meter survey area near the more

March 21, 2022 - Nancy Thomas

It was a cloudy, drizzly, overcast day with a very strong South Wind that was blowing the sand. Humans had erected numerous wood poles in beach by foredunes by Sandpiper Village.  These should be removed.  They provide perches for birds of prey and Ravens and Crows to feed on shorebirds. more

February 17, 2022 - Nancy Thomas

It was a beautiful sunny day. Not a lot of people walking due to high tide timing. There was very little sand dune build up. The beach was mostly flat. There was one flock of gulls near the outflow of Buckley Creek. The creek has dug a deep trench and a smaller creek before more

January 17, 2022 - Nancy Thomas

It was a sunny day. No beach dunes, likely to King Tide activity and waves due to volcanic eruption.  Erosion noted on foredunes. One dead sea lion that I reported to the Stranded Mammal Network. 3 more

  • Western Gull in Surf
  • Trash Picture - a lot of caps and small pieces of styrofoam
  • Trash Picture with a lot of Rope
  • Bull Kelp
  • Human and Dog Tracks
January 15, 2022 - Jon French

My cell phone beeped this morning with a Lincoln County emergency advisory for a distant origin tsunami, not The Big One but a tsunami nevertheless. I went to a neighbor's house, near the beach but safely back in the dunes, and for the next two hours we watched from more

  • Tsunami watcher and young child
  • Tsunami watchers
  • Tsunami watchers and dogs


November 20, 2021 - Nancy Thomas

Most obvious was the change in the beach due to wave removal of the dunes.  The erosion of the foredune by Buckley Creek was significant. Lack of much sea plant material, mostly rocks in wrack.  One bird carcass and two short-billed/mew gulls.  Only a couple Western Gulls seen as more

  • Beach at 66C
  • Bank Erosion at Buckley Creek
  • Beach View toward Ocean
  • Bird Carcass
  • Buckley Creek Naturally Created Art in Sand
  • Jelly Close-up
  • Bull Kelp and Wood Stick
  • ? Maybe some type of Seed Pod from the Kelp
  • Western Gull Juvenile
  • Wrack Short Kelp
  • Wrack Stone
  • Mew or Short-Billed Gull
  • Human Beach Hello
  • PAC Wave Box Cars beyond Mile 203 at Driftwood Park
  • Large Log, one of few, on Beach
August 1, 2021 - JLcoasties

Large number of people on the beach today.   The dunes are growing and the wind has pushed back a lot of the sand areas that were lost in the storms or last more

  • Dune formation
  • Dune formation
  • Sand Sculptured by the wind
  • Micro Plastics
August 1, 2021 - Nancy Thomas

Flock of 100 + shorebirds, cliff soil graffiti, building of large sand dunes, and interesting ocean lakes seen due to low tide. read more

July 12, 2021 - Nancy Thomas

There were a lot of crow tracks, the sand has been shaped into many new dunes. One vulture hanging out near Sandpiper Shores beach entrance. Could hear the Driftwood Project in the distance. A lot of microplastic in wrack.  Wrack mostly small stones.  A few medium logs about.  One more

  • Vulture Hanging out
  • American Crow inside Snowy Plover Enclosure
  • Micro plastics
  • Dunes Mile 203
  • Firework Trash left on beach
  • Fire pit
  • Wrack Small Stones
  • Foggy Beach
June 14, 2021 - JLcoasties

There are four Snowy Plover nesting sites roped off on Mile 203.

Parts of the beach lost a large quanity of sand over the winter and the sand has not come more

May 23, 2021 - Nancy Thomas

Beach is very flat in most areas and not suitable for Snowy Plover nesting.  Snowy Plover signs have been placed at beach access points. Dogs are not being leashed. Poles being placed vertical is not good for nesting birds.  Serve as perches for birds of prey or corvids to hunt more

April 14, 2021 - Nancy Thomas

Very windy with blowing sand.  Sighting of 1 Dunlin and 4 Whimbrels probably migrating.  They were feeding in the surf. Overall Mile 203/Driftwood beach is very flat and stretches from the surf to the shoreline vegetation.  There are a few areas where dunes are rebuilding due to wind changes. more

March 23, 2021 - JLcoasties

Possible Japanese fishing boat washed up on Mile 203 with various species of marine life on more

March 11, 2021 - Nancy Thomas

The most noticable change was the fact that the dunes are almost washed away from wave action.  There are many cut out areas and logs thrown into vegetation.  Vegetation near shore is uprooted and the wrack is pressed up against the remaining dunes. Some very large kelp was washed up more

February 17, 2021 - Nancy Thomas

The most noticible change was the retreat of the dunes toward the shore.  The beach has become very flat and many of the dunes are gone or deeply cut.  The rack line rests on the remaining dunes and against the vegetated banks.  The debris has also collected against these banks. more

February 9, 2021 - JLcoasties

The beach area north of Beach Access 66c had erosion of the foredunes and grassy areas eroded and flooded away by storm surges - see photos.  We found one unidentified dead bird - see more

January 23, 2021 - Nancy Thomas

The change in the beach was the most obvious change.  There is alot more open beach.  Wrack was washed to dune area with some overflow.  Sand was carved out and channels made in dunes.  Most debris was string/rope related.  Minimal crab parts. Saw maybe 2 gulls.  Sad to see more

January 23, 2021 - Nancy Thomas

The change in the beach was the most obvious change.  There is alot more open beach.  Wrack was washed to dune area with some overflow.  Sand was carved out and channels made in dunes.  Most debris was string/rope related.  Minimal crab parts. Saw maybe 2 gulls.  Sad to see more

January 10, 2021 - Nancy Thomas

It was the day before official King Tide Weekend.  Waves were quite high in places and had alot of power.  Sneaker waves were present and would move into shore quickly.  Large logs and stumps were being thown about in the surf.  Only a couple of gulls seen and a more

  • Kelp Mile 203 Wrack Line
  • Wrack pushed to dune line
  • Umbrella with people in Dunes
  • Large Stump
  • Flooding Sandpiper Shores entrance boardwalk
  • Tide Foam


November 23, 2020 - Nancy Thomas

Mile 203 was almost free from human debris.  Thanks for that. Only a couple of gulls seen. The Wrack line had minimal deposits.  Saw people walking and walking their dogs.  There was some interesting beach art/sand towns being built.  One thing I did not think was good was the more

  • Dune Surfing with Sled
  • Wrack Line
  • Beach Art Town
  • Feather
September 26, 2020 - JLcoasties

The beach was fairly clean on the 26th. Many people were using the beach for recreation. There were lots of Burrowing Sea Cucumbers along the whole mile and a dead seal skeleton on the beach (pictures attached).  read more

  • Seal skeleton
  • Burrowing Sea Cucumbers
  • Close up of a Burrowing Sea Cucumber
August 27, 2020 - Nancy Thomas
  • Wrack Line Mile 203
  • Wrack Line MIle 203
  • Sand Lobster
July 22, 2020 - Nancy Thomas

Snowy Plover nest Mile 202 (this was reported to Plover Patrol), Plover on mile 203, Skeleton of Seal Pubread more

  • Snowy Plover nest Bayshore Mile 202
  • Seal Pup Skeleton ?
  • Snowy Plover Mile 203 with Wrack Line
July 1, 2020 - Nancy Thomas

sighting of 4 Snowy Plovers flying and foragingread more

July 1, 2020 - Nancy Thomas

sighting of 4 Snowy Plovers flying and foragingread more

June 24, 2020 - Nancy Thomas

Nesting Snowy Plover, firecracker debris and signs of campfire activity.  read more

  • Vegetation
  • Wrack Line Contents
  • Low Tide Beach
  • Bikers and Dog
  • Campfire Remains on Beach
  • Firewood Scattered on Beach
  • Snowy Plover nest/eggs
  • Snowy Plover on Nest
June 12, 2020 - Nancy Thomas

bonefire and campfire set ups

SAND202001 Snowy Plover Nest Failed

Driftwood Snowy Plover nest still more

  • Driftwood bonfire setup
  • Children too close to Snowy Plover Nest
  • Campfire
  • Group of People no masks
  • Mammal Track
  • Snowy Plover Track?  maybe
  • SAND202001 empty nest fail?
  • Driftwood Plover on Nest
June 4, 2020 - Nancy Thomas

Discovery of New Snowy Plover nest labelled SAND202001 on beach near Sandpiper Shores and being attended by Snowy Plover Patrol.  Unbanded more

  • Snowy Plover Nest
  • Beach Wrack
  • Snowy Plover on Nest
May 25, 2020 - JLcoasties

Shoreline Wildlife - 

We found, we believe, a dead sturgeon on the shore without its head.  We have included a picture with a penny for size reference.

We picked up two 2.5 gallon buckets of ocean debris.  Pictures show bucket and examples of the debrisread more

  • Ocean Debris
  • Ocean Debris
  • Dead Sturgeon
May 21, 2020 - Jon French

I met with Oregon Parks & Recreation Dept Beach Ranger Doug Sestrich on the beach to show him a Western Snowy Plover nest I had discovered 5/15 so that he could install a pole and rope buffer around the nest, which had contained one egg on 5/15, two eggs more

  • OPRD Beach Ranger Doug Sestrich beginning nest buffer
  • Ranger Doug pounding poles in sand
  • Job finished
  • Do Not Enter sign
  • Active Western Snowy Plover nest with three eggs
May 15, 2020 - Jon French

I feel guilty being able to walk my miles, 202 and 203, within walking distance from my home, when others aren't able to because of COVID-19 restrictions.  I apologize for so many reports, but when I walk my miles I always find something that I think others might find more

  • Bald Eagle with prey
  • Bald Eagle feeding on prey
  • Plover nest
  • Plover nest location looking East
April 27, 2020 - Jon French

My neighbor in Bayshore came upon and photographed this rare Western Snowy Plover nest approx 4/23/2020.  My neighbor didn't notice any birds incubating the eggs, but snowy plovers are very inconspicuous (see the plover photographs in my Mile 202 reports), and the incubating plover probably ran off without being more

  • Western Snowy Plover nest
  • Approximate location Western Snowy Plover nest
  • Map of Western Snowy Plover nest location
March 11, 2020 - JLcoasties

Human Activity - 10 people and 1 dog

Shore Wildlife - Possible 2 Plovers (photo attached), 7 dead birds, Quanities of plastic and wood more

  • Possible Plovers


December 9, 2019 - JLcoasties

There were no items to report on. read more

October 13, 2019 - JLcoasties

Human activity - 24 people and 7 dogs.  15 people walking, 4 playing in the sand, 2 sitting and 3 surfing.

Shoreline wildlife - 5 dead birds. 4 birds can not be identified due to the condition of the carrcases, the 5th bird can be identified but we do not more

  • Unidentified dead bird
  • New plant growth
July 19, 2019 - JLcoasties

The major concerns are the number of fires involving the logs that are piled high up on the beach and the quanity of jelly pieces on the beach was much above anything we have ever more

May 22, 2019 - JLcoasties

Today was a bit chilly with the cloud cover but is was a great day on the beach.  The natural change processes of the beach were evident from the last two months.  We do not have any concerns about human activity impacting the beach except for the debris that more

March 17, 2019 - JLcoasties

It was a nice day, but windy, with  many people walking or playing with dogs.  We monitered the dogs to see if there was any disturbance of sea birds and we did not see any.  The number of large jellies on the beach was substancially higher than we have more

  • Dead Marine animal
March 10, 2019 - Beachwalker203

The beach was unusually clean of more

January 18, 2019 - JLcoasties

The beach had a lot of marine debris such as polypropelene rope, fuel lines, expended shot gun/ fire works shells and other items that had washed in.  We filled two 3-gallon buckets with more


August 13, 2018 - Beachwalker203
May 30, 2018 - Beachwalker203

A very quiet day on the more


August 25, 2017 - Beachwalker203

Quiet day on the beach, quiet ocean.  Did see fairly fresh bear scat near the wrack though. That was more

June 24, 2017 - Beachwalker203

Found burned out campfire log, also area littered with cans, more

May 19, 2017 - unbound

I am including photos of each direction of the beach as well as the minimal trash found this round, a setup someone created with chairs & drift wood as well as dead seal with turkey more

  • Bayshore
  • Bayshore
  • Dead seal.


August 4, 2015 - nanumoore

6 dead Common murres found between Buckley Creek and north beach access of Sandpiper Village. I had noted 3 last more

July 5, 2015 - nanumoore
Two significant fireworks hot spots with sporadic other ares. Multiple (about 80) small red rubbery plastic tubes, thin plastic streamers, and firecrackers. People on the beach were walking, looking for agates and some cleaning up after the previous night party. Findings include small amounts of kelp, partial clear jelly more
  • Found many of these small tubes made with a plastic rubber type of material
  • Looking south toward Cape Perpetua
  • From previous night 3 people did come to remove and clean debris from beach
  • Numerous piles of twigs with clear long strands that could be vegetation or plastic?
April 1, 2015 - nanumoore

The storms blowing in from the west over the last few days left much debris covered with pelagic barnacles. Some of which are confirmed by Fawn Custer to be Tsunami debris. Velella velella covered the tide line as well.Fawn collected Tsunami related debris more

  • Yellow plastic crate covered with pelagic barnacles, sea weed and sand
  • container covered with pelagic barnacles
  • Majority of wrack line.  Also included snail egg cases, plastic debris with pelagic barnacles and hydroids (fuzz)
  • Brass Buttons.  full bloom on the beach
March 21, 2015 - nanumoore
Spring break brings greater numbers of people to play and walk on the beach. During March rafts of California Seal Lions have been spotted and heard in the near waters. One mostly decomposed Sea Lion noted n the beach over this last week. A sea star (Pisaster brevispina) was more
February 18, 2015 - nanumoore
Large California sea lion cluster seen and heard in ocean on Mile 203 west of Sandpiper Village 2/17/15. According to Nancy Edwards who provided telescope viewing they formed a "Pacific Sea Lion Raft." The sea lions were calling and raising their flippers in the air. Their calls could be more
January 27, 2015 - nanumoore
This was a quiet day on the beach with little human activity. Very little trash noted. New boards placed at South Beach access. There did not appear to be any new bird deaths, although the salmon and longnose skate seen 2 days ago were new observations. Crab and Pacific more
  • House side of dunes
  • Found on dune between houses and beach.


December 22, 2014 - nanumoore
This was the second King Tide day with much debris on the beach. I only went a short distance yet noted at lease 5 dead partially decomposed birds. No people or animals were noted. read more
  • One of may dead birds found on the beach.
June 11, 2014 - Wcharland
Not too much going on, three people walking the beach and one dog. In the tide line was mostly shell bits and a few molted crabs / crustacean remains. Also, some stones. Way higher up was two beams of tsunami debris out of the tide. They were land construction more
May 30, 2014 - unbound
Picked up mostly plastic pieces. Very windy on beach. Did not see any other people more


March 1, 2010 - Sandpiper
The drift line is full of tiny bits of more


November 15, 2008 - Sandpiper
This was a perfect morning for beach walking, no wind, warm and sunny. It appears that the recent storms have washed some of the sand from the beach. The beach was wet sand entirely up to the fore dune.There was one adult seal carcass that appeared to have washed more
  • There were hundreds of birds on the beach today, I had watched them on the water in the morning and they came onto the beach apparently to rest in the afternoon
  • There was quite a mixture of birds on the beach this day.
August 7, 2008 - Sandpiper
Lots of sandpipers have been scouring the sand, I've uploaded some pictures of some unusual sand formations from recent wind, and some streams of water leaving rust colored stains on the sand. This water seems to be seeping up from the ground at the top of the beach or more
  • There are four streams coming from underground that are staining the sand a rust color, though the water appears to be clear.
June 27, 2008 - Sandpiper
There is nothing unusual to report, the beach is very clean with little debris and there have been no problems with erosion. The sand has shifted somewhat from the northern end of the beach to the southern end, there are more small dunes on the southern end and evidence more
March 10, 2008 - Sandpiper
Walking this mile everyday, I notice that the sand is constantly shifting. By March the sand has nearly covered the driftwood, which includes large tree trunks that were exposed and visible all along the fore dune in January. On most days we see seals swimming in a southerly direction, more


November 7, 2007 - Sandpiper
A large number of pelicans were flying both north and south and sitting on the water beyond the breakers. Surf scoters were visible close to the shore. Many groups of sandpipers were feeding along the surf more
July 15, 2007 - Sandpiper
This was my first report for Coastwatch so I was locating the end points of the mile and taking note of the terrain. The weather was very warm so there were a lot of people on the beach enjoying the day.This is a long stretch of sandy beach with more