Mile 214

South Beach SP, South Jetty Yaquina River
Lincoln County

Latitude: 44.606089834220
Longitude: -124.068279538230
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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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South Beach SP, South Jetty Yaquina River
Mile 214 Reports (73)


February 4, 2023 - FlaningamM

Sanderlings disturbed by humans. read more


December 31, 2022 - FlaningamM

Unleashed dog chasing feeding shorebirds, and insufficient campaign to educate beach-goers to prevent this. read more

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 gradually. 2 gulls flying and 29 snowy plovers resting in upper bare zone south end of mile.

3 more

  • 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 Dunes at the edge of the wood zone have really softened, no sharp edges. more

  • 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 beached (dead) sub adult California Sea Lion. No evidence of injury. Backed was stripped (evenly) of fur, more

  • 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 month a Common Murre. 2 people riding horses at the south end of the mile.  NO more

  • 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 to beach almost complete no sign of sharp edges to dunes meeting the wood or more

  • 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 footprints.  Sharp dune edges almost non existant. Most logs from the winter months more

  • 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 surfing, but seemed strange. 7 gulls, 1 Hawk 8 Grebes.

Logs and wood continue to be more

  • 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 logs for beached animal life, because of sand filling in the crevices. Pretty clean beach, no human caused more

  • 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 to be increasing on the beach with the major wood and debris getting more more

  • 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 buried in sand. The sand bluffs along the beach used to have a sharp contrast between more

  • 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 (small pieces styrofoam and only at by the South Jetty part more

  • 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 vegitation  zone....foam up to the vegitation zone....unwalkable! But was able to go to more

  • 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!read more

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!read more

  • 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 parked by the jetty, and more were coming in as more

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). read more

  • 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 more

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 5-10 feet between the sand cliff and more

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 for people to spead out at a safe distance. It looks like some of more

  • 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 -- snowy plovers! They were hiding from the wind behind little sand lumps above the driftline. read more

  • 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 fall day. It's obvious that familes of whales are just offhshore as whale burps of all sizes dotted the more

  • 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 more

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 read more

  • 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. read more

  • 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
May 9, 2020 - PCTronquet

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 more

  • Spring surfers
  • Surfboard carrier
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 but didn't see any birds or protective fencing for their nesting grounds as I more

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.  read more

  • 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 214read more

  • 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 more

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 poles erected in random spots on the beach. Is this something 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 on the mile today playing in and out of more

  • 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 trashread more

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 is still under protection with snowy plovers present.  read more

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 end of the mile, close to the neighborhood, they've set up a protected more

  • 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 expected during the King tides. An hour before low tide we were able to walk out to more

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 near the 61A marker. read more

  • 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 small "sneaker waves".

A number of large trees and many large logs had more


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 flocks of Sanderling feeding and being chased by the incoming more

  • 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 kelp scattered the beach and provided good cover for the snowy plover.  We also saw 5 dead more

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 bird.  It quickly flew away, unharmed.  A second bird caught in more

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 more

  • 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 high tide mark, and dropped into footprints when folks passed close by.
*Summer tides didn't fill in all more

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 sighting of two snowys April 15th. There is a lot of wood more

  • 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 more
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 more
  • 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 more
  • 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. read more


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 and walking is dificult. On the south side of the jetty large more


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 about a dozen people walking to and from the platform. From the more
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 found many tiny bits and pieces of plastic but generally, the beach was more
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 more at the jetty parking lot. We counted several people, more


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 several places but the cuts did not look new. Also on the more
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 more


December 30, 2008 - MAshley
Tide was way out. It was a beautiful day. Noticeable winter beach more
December 29, 2008 - MAshley
Moderate numbers of visitors, mostly walking more
September 27, 2008 - rasmussenschramm
The beach was very clean, but there was noticeable sand build-upread more
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. Since most the volunteers were new, we were unable to note more
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 correct term) in intertidal more
  • 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 parked on the jetty and 19 people were walking about. As more
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 more
  • 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 ocean from the platform for the handicapped. The beach was relatively clean. Sand more
October 14, 2007 - rensmere
The beach was very "clean" with no driftline content. There were a lot of people out enjoying the more
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, numerous surfers were riding the waves (incoming tide). A big tent had been set up more
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 walking and more
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 more
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 mark were sea rocket plants all along the beach, some more
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 the beach we met 21 people and 9 dogs, more
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 more