Mile 219

North end of Agate Beach, Yaquina Head south
Lincoln County

Latitude: 44.674140113122
Longitude: -124.071165314100
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  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the Tillamook County-Lincoln County line (45° 02.6706', Mile 247), southerly to Yaquina Bay (44° 37.0374', Mile 215), except for the following locations within the corporate limits of Lincoln City:
    (A) A distance of 150 feet on each side of the westerly extension of North 35th Court;
    (B) A distance of 150 feet on each side of the westerly extension of North 15th Street.

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North end of Agate Beach, Yaquina Head south
Mile 219 Reports (53)


January 20, 2023 - YHONA

It is a beautiful, quiet day. There was light to moderate levels of marine debris on the beach, lots of bits of sea pork, and three dead, untagged birds. I found a decent-sized landslide at the south end of Cobble Beach, but it didn't apear to cause any damage. Finally, more

  • Observation deck railing with seals hauled out on an offshore rock beyond
  • two cement stubs with a slab of cement behind it in the sand
  • swath of fresh dirt on a hillside


December 12, 2022 - YHONA

It has been a beautiful, calm morning at Yaquina Head with low wind and one visitor. The main observation of note is the injured gull on Cobble Beach. I am still working on contacting a care facility to see if a rescue may be possible. There was also a freshly dead cormorant on more

  • Recently dead cormorant on the beach
  • Several seals hauled out on rocks
November 19, 2022 - YHONA

It was a brilliantly sunny day although the stiff east wind was very chilly. Nothing unusual to report apart from the dead owl on the beach. The driftline was less dense than one would expect (less, wood and kelp and ocean-based debris) possibly because there havent been any storms for more

October 25, 2022 - YHONA

It was a chilly, cloudy/foggy Monday morning so there were only a handful of visitors in the park, none of whom were on the beach. The swell was large, so the harbor seals were unable to convalesce on the rocks. I did spot a few of them in the water more

September 18, 2022 - YHONA

It was an entirely typical day at Yaquina Head on cobble beach and quarry cove. All visitors (average amount for a weekend this time of year) were recreating appropriately. The conditons were pleasant. The birds and harbor seals were loitering on the nearby offshore rocks as per usual. The driftline more

August 15, 2022 - YHONA

Very sunny and warm weather, walked the length of quarry cove and cobble beach and saw nothing out of the ordinary - a standard amount of visitors enjoying the pleasant conditions. read more

July 18, 2022 - YHONA

Walked length of Quarry Cove and Cobble beaches. Weather was warm with a slight breeze. Lots of visitors recreating along beaches, pursuing a variety of activities. Nothing out of the ordinary to report. read more

June 21, 2022 - YHONA

Today's observations indicate that the location surveyed is experiencing high levels of human activity. Many people were observed recreating at the site, tidepooling, strolling or sitting quietly to observe the scenery. The location is also an important habitat area for seabirds and shorebirds. Several species are currently nesting and breeding in more

June 14, 2022 - YHONA

Took a brief walk along Cobble Beach and the small beach at Quarry Cove within Yaquina Head ONA. Weather was sunny and at the time of writing listed as 54 degrees faranheight. No noticable disturbances. Notable wildlife observed included Harbor Seals, Black Oystercatchers, Pelagic and Brant's Cormorants, and Common Murres. read more

April 1, 2022 - YHONA

No significant changes were observed to the location surveyed. Human use and visitation was low depsite favorable weather conditions. Additionally, the beach was relatively clean with few traces of litter or trash. Microplastics, if present, were not detectable.

Local wildlife appeared relaxed and unaffected by human presence. It is evident that the more

February 20, 2022 - YHONA

This was a pretty typical day on the beach with the exception of the weather. ~20min of sunshine would give way to ~5min of heavy pouring rain/hail, then would return to clear sunshine again. These intermittent showers helped to clear out visitation and prevent the beach from being overwhelmed more

January 21, 2022 - YHONA

Shoreline surveyed was found to be relatively unchanged, with below average concentrations of marine debris for this location. Continued presence of resident harbor seal colony confirmed, but few other wildlife sightings were noted. Little evidence of valandalism or litter. Visitors to the beach were strolling or viewing scenery and more


December 20, 2021 - YHONA

During this survey, I walked the length of Quarry Cove and Cobble Beach within Yaquina Head. It was raining heavily and the tide was exceptionally high. There were a high number of jellyfish washing up on Cobble Beach, but this did not appear to be abnormal due to the more

November 22, 2021 - YHONA

Visitors behaving and being considerate of resource. Usual amount of plastic trash. Large amount of drift wood and logs due to rough seas. Limited beach access due to high tide at time of report. Winter beach steep more

October 30, 2021 - YHONA
September 8, 2021 - YHONA

Fog and low visibility were evident during today's survey. Low number of visitors at both beaches as more

August 20, 2021 - YHONA

3 dead murres were identified at Cobble Beach. 2 of the remains appeared to be chicks and 1 of them was tagged by COASST. It was relatively calm for a Friday afternoon, as there weren't many visitors at either of the beaches. read more

July 14, 2021 - YHONA

Walked along the wrack line at Quarry Cove and Cobble Beach after low tide exposure concluded. Did not observe anything out of the ordinary at either locations and amount of trash was low compared to previous wrack walks. read more

June 8, 2021 - YHONA

Walked along Quarry Cove and Cobble Beach at Yaquina Head. In addition to seeing live common murres, harbor seals, and cormorants, remains of a dead seal pup and 2 dead murres along with cracked murre egg at Cobble Beach were also located. read more

April 21, 2021 - YHONA

Walked the length of Quarry Cove beach as well Cobble Beach, and did not observe anything irregular. I observed multiple visitors recreating on the beaches, but few were staying in such spaces for long due to cold and overcast weather. read more

March 21, 2021 - YHONA

Walked the Quarry Cove and Cobble Beach stretches of coastline within the park, and observed various park visitors interacting with the resource safely and respectfully. Observed various different types of trash washing up on both beaches, and while no singal piece was large, there was a large quantity today ( more

February 13, 2021 - YHONA

The most important observations were the large but superficial rock slide at Quarry Cove and the relatively high concentrations of jellies and pyrosomes in the wrack more


April 19, 2020 - YHONA

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the park has been closed to all traffic (vehicle and non-vehicle). Despite this closure, there were 2 non-compliant walkers who were observed walking on paved roads through the park. With minimal human activity on the headland due to the park's closure, there has been a more


October 6, 2019 - YHONA

There were about 50 people exploring Cobble Beach: playing with children, taking pictures, looking through the wrack and shore line, and a couple surfers closer to Agate Beach. 13 birds along the cobbles, mostly cormorants with other unidentidfied species as well (too far along in decomposition for positive identification). Small and more

July 5, 2019 - YHONA
February 11, 2019 - YHONA
During the survey there were 8 total people and 1 dog recorded on the beach. Wind speeds were averaging in the mid to high 20's and about half way through this survey we had the onset of rain showers. Large amounts of driftwood and trash seem to be washing up along this mile. No unusual animal sightings. 3 black oystercatchers were seen feeding along the shoreline. 6 gulls were consistently feeding on clusters of mussels and urchins during this survey. A handful of jellies were seen washed up on the beach, likely crystal more


September 25, 2018 - YHONA

During the survey there were 105 people and two dogs on the beach. 38 cars, 10 SUVs, 4 Pickups, and 2 RVs were recorded in the parking area at the end of the survey. There was a great deal of algae present in the wrack line. One notable find more

June 15, 2018 - YHONA

We discovered a black oystercatcher nest at the far east side of our beach along the cliff side. Once chick has since more


July 16, 2017 - m219walker

Sunny day, moderate wind from NW. 3 surfers, 12 runner/walkers, 2 playing in sand. Two dead Common Murres. Construction going on for Ernest Block more


December 25, 2016 - m219walker

Cloudy day after major rain event. Only one couple walking. Sandstone and basalt boulders on beach. Lucky Gap Trail stairs (south end) awash. Nice stairs being built north end of more

June 3, 2016 - m219walker

Beautiful sunny day, ~65F with light wind from the NNW. Noon visit at high tide at ~7'. Saw 13 people on the shore/in the water, mostly surfers. The summer sand buildup is in place with only larger pieces of wood remaining on the more

April 14, 2016 - driscolke

Arrival of ocean seabirds which nest on the rocks at this site is significant; usually seals are evident along with pups; this is a popular site for tidal pools. Usually sighted are eagles and Black oystercatchers, missing this visit. Casual observation did not find evidence of immature sea star recruitment, more

March 12, 2016 - driscolke

Yaquina Head Lighthouse is always interesting, there is an abundance of marine observation available to the casual observer: tidepools, seabirds, mammals. This day there was hail, thunder, lightning and gale force winds.There was increased amount of small driftwood in most tidepools not observed on previous visits. Other than decaying more

February 11, 2016 - m219walker

Winter storms have pushed sizable wood up above the average high tide mark. Flooding has generated additional seeps and overloaded the Agate Beach sewage facility prompting hazard notices on Lucky Gap Trail down to the beach. Cool (48F) and cloudy, one person and one dead gull noted about an more

February 2, 2016 - driscolke

A lovely day at Yaquina Lighthouse tidal area. The geologic collection of offshore rocks permitted a wonderful view of the many exciting marine wildlife. Although there were a few 8-10 yr. old sea stars, there were no visible young sea stars. The Blue heron was unusual for me, oystercatchers lovely, more


December 25, 2015 - malachite

I reached this mile via the Lucky Gap Beach wayside access. As is usual in the past 3 or 4 years, the area just before you reach the stairs to the beach was flooded--usually the flooding lasts about a week after a medium to heavy rain. There are also more

November 21, 2015 - driscolke

This was a gorgeous sunny afternoon at Yaquina Lighthouse tidepool area. Absent and no sign of recovery were sea stars; BLM guides mentioned apparent distress with urchins. Few birds and one seal sunning. Human activities were well within respect for the treasures. Beach driftline was high and no unusual more

November 5, 2015 - m219walker
read more
SUMMARYTwo people on beach, one surfing, one enjoying a beer and the scenery. Small patchy wood in drift line. No birds or mammals observed. 'Little Creek' flowing close to bluff.
September 30, 2015 - Volunteer Trainer

Eleanor Siebers called from the BLM Yaquina Head Interpretive Center to report a wood chunk with mussels found yesterday on Cobble Beach of Yaquina Head (30 Sept. 2015) by “Lucia." It is local - NOT Japanese marine tsunami debris (JTMD). However, it was very good that I could have more

  • Wood found by LuciaJohn Chapman inspected- appears to be local though has red flags
  • Importance of looking at the underside
  • two bolts on the piece of wood
  • number of small mussels on the piece of wood
June 17, 2015 - m219walker
Mostly sunny afternoon, two family groups plus 3 surfers using beach. No obvious drift line besides a small wooden pallet. Yellow blooms of Potentilla and pink Beach Pea made me observe the beach flora more closely.Lator walked up/around to Yaquina Head Cobble Beach (northern border of M219.) Mention it more
  • Monkey Flower on cliff above Cobble Beach, Yaquina Head17 June 2015
March 22, 2015 - m219walker
Very few people on the beach early Sunday morning: four, two of which came with me, and one sleeper.Wrack contained mostly small pieces of wood, no dead birds, fish, or mammals.Reference: Mile 219 is a wide sandy beach cut diagonally with small creek.No physical more
  • 20 jan 2015 sunset taken north Agate beach


December 27, 2014 - m219walker

Day partly sunny, about 2 hrs before high tide, south face of headland inaccessible.  One extended family on beach; two photographers, mostly pics of each other.  Five dead birds, four likely Cassin's auklet. First guess on fifth to be cormorant.  First survey, unable to observe more


August 1, 2010 - malachite
Yesterday around 5:30pm I walked down to the beach via the Lucky Gap access. That access places you near the south end of mile 219. When I arrived & later, when I left (about an hour later), a group of people had built a beach fire using what looked more
  • A fire on the beach was built yesterday evening using a fairly large driftwood stump for firewood.  Twenty four hours later, the people are gone, the stump is still burning.


December 9, 2009 - yaquinalady
This year the depth of the stones on the beach is lower than last year and typical years, by several feet. The big erosion area above the tollbooth looks more


October 11, 2008 - cindyashy
Pelicans, pelicans, and more pelicans!!! Record numbers of pelicans in fact -- so this report is going to be pelican centric :-) I'm estimating there were 3600 Brown Pelicans roosting on the rocks associated with Yaquina Head and there were areas that could not be seen of course like more
June 13, 2008 - L Taylor
Bright sunny, windy day. Lots of people at the lighthouse. Lots of common murres, pelicans and some nesting oystercatchers. The beach was surprisingly clear of debris just the usual large more
March 8, 2008 - cindyashy
Unusual sighting of a Brown Pelican in March. See Wildlife list for more. I'm going to talk with BLM staff to see about get some permanent signage in the tidepool area to prevent people from getting into sensitive nesting bird areas and dangerous surge areas.....when the tidepool area can't more
March 4, 2008 - L Taylor
Beach appeared very clean- not even much driftwood. The Common Murres are back at Yaquina Head. The Hatfield Marine Science researchers were at Yaquina Head counting returning gray whales and recording their distance from shore in a preliminary study to determine where the whales travel. This data will help more


December 5, 2007 - cindyashy
2 days after a major coastal storm, I expected to see many dead birds but did not - found one injured American Wigeon. The storm did significant damage to the trees near Quarry Cove and I found boulders strewn about in a pattern that made you fully appreciate the more
November 24, 2007 - cindyashy
This was an afternoon minus tide on a holiday weekend so the tidepool critters took center stage at Yaquina Head. The tidepools off Cobble Beach were crawling with visitors - an average of around 65 people at any one time during the ~2 hour span I was there. From more
November 20, 2007 - L Taylor
There were NO live birds on the beach. No foraging, not even flying overhead. Very quiet. I did see what I believe to be 1 dead Western Grebe (see photo 1) with 2 zip ties on it's right wing, 1 blue and 1 red. Don't know what this means. more
June 8, 2007 - L Taylor
Lots of wildlife at the lighthouse. Seal pups, common murres, cormorants, black oystercatchers. Only 2 dead birds so decayed couldn't tell what they had been. Pretty normal for such a fine more
March 13, 2007 - L Taylor
Lots of wildlife action from the Bald Eagle, Common Murres, and Double Crested Cormorant to the resting harbor seals. Quite a good day. I was a little surprised to see so many dead birds and each of them a different species. Is it possible they have been eating some more