Mile 222

Moolack Beach N, Coal Creek, S of Wade Creek
Lincoln County

Latitude: 44.709439991125
Longitude: -124.060954975380
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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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Moolack Beach N, Coal Creek, S of Wade Creek
Mile 222 Reports (62)


October 15, 2022 - FlaningamM

Peaceful, unsettlingly warm (for time of year) morning. Relatively high concentration of fresh bull kelp, and increased concentrations of various jellyfish, compared to the last at least six months. Less moon jellies, so far, than I saw here last fall. Seeing crystal jellies this year, as opposed to last fall. more

  • Entangled seaweed/kelp
  • Moon jelly
  • Crystal jelly
  • Sand dollar
September 25, 2022 - FlaningamM

Relatively high amount of people, mainly dogwalkers, out early for a pleasant Sunday morning trip to the beach. Illegally placed bonfire noted. Very little trash on the beach, but no shortage of trash at the parking lot, including 18 cigarette butts.  A very enthusiastic thank you to those involved with more

July 17, 2022 - 222Tender

Very little water in Wade Creek. No cars or people when I arrived...parking lot filled up by the time I left at 2:30. Chilly wind picked up at 12:30.

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July 10, 2022 - FlaningamM

The beach fire close to vegetation, and somewhat close to access point was the main unusual concern to report, otherwise just the usual concern of trash. Less trash than at the two miles to the north (Beverly and Otter Rock Beaches), but a significant amount is trash left by beach goers, more

May 30, 2022 - FlaningamM

Notable highlights: relatively small landslide at the mile's middle parking lot; large piece of shipping debris; large tree debris (unusual to see large natural or unnatural debris at this mile; the usual trash (though as usual, less than seen at miles 223 and 224 to the north); a bald eagle and more

April 30, 2022 - FlaningamM

Quiet morning, due to it being so early. Most notable observation was the moderately large gathering of whimbrels, who presumably were taking an important break from the long migration in order to fuel up. They were not disturbed by any one while I was there (dogs were leashed), but I more

March 20, 2022 - FlaningamM

The usual amount of man-made debris/litter, though it was unsettling to see the hooks and needle. There were 3 water bottle/bottle caps that originated from Asia (including one from a Indian company, which I haven't seen previously); I used to think it was unusual to observe debris from so far away, more

January 29, 2022 - FlaningamM

Relatively high amount of people at the beach to enjoy low tide and the beautiful day. Several families with adolescent aged kids, who all seemed to be enthralled by the beach and tide pools. Good day for birding; I had never seen oystercatchers at this mile; likely attracted by more

  • Beached common loon, Moolack Beach, Oregon
  • Ochre sea star
January 17, 2022 - FlaningamM

A mostly nice day at the beach, other than the trash. Seeing sanderlings is always a treat. read more

January 8, 2022 - FlaningamM

This is my first CoastWatch report, and I hadn't seen the standard report form prior to my visit to mile 222, so I expect this report to be lacking compared to future ones. I only walked the northern 1/2 mile, as the relatively high tide made it not safe more

  • Debris from Asia
  • Debris from central California valley


July 31, 2021 - 222Tender


September 5, 2020 - KathyLJ

I walked mile 222 on September 3, 2020 & again on September 5. Sometime during that time period, a large section of cliff fell. Also, I observed a pallet in Cole Creek that appeared to have come from the ocean. See more

February 25, 2020 - 222Tender

New cliff erosion, fallen trees/bushes on beach.  Large Velella Velella wash-up.  Sea Foam.  Micro Plastic.  12-14 plastic bottles

Tide still too high to walk entire mile.  read more


October 22, 2019 - KathyLJ

This was my first trip more

August 12, 2019 - 222Tender

Beautiful warm, calm day.  Both Wade and Coal creeks quite dry/very little runoff.  25 people 5 dogs all having a great day most walking and getting feet wet!  Some concern about tent/camp on beach north of Coal Creek.  also dead fire with gas can in debris.  

1 very dead more

July 21, 2019 - KathyLJ

I walked through mile 222 on the way to and from my mile which is 221. I entered from the Wade Creek access where there were 8 cars parked. (Last Sunday there were 17 cars parked here which is by far the most I've seen.) I observed 23 people more

January 1, 2019 - 222Tender

Overcast day on Mile 222....more people than usual observed due to New Years Day.  Access road had been cleared of major driftwood collected since high tides.  I did see young man climbing and sliding down fragile cliff.  I made him aware of the fragility of the bluff and he finished more

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  • Mile 222 metal pipes


October 6, 2018 - KathyLJ

Beautiful, sunny & warm day. 3 cars parked at the Wade Creek acess parking area. 9 people including 3 children and 4 dogs were walking on the beach or sitting on the rocks. No trash observed other than a plastic bottle and some marine rope which I removed. A more

  • Dead Sea Lion.


October 15, 2017 - KathyLJ

While walking along mile 222 on my way to 221, I found a dead sea lion near the high tide line just north of the Moolack Beach parking more

July 7, 2017 - Wendy and Jed


December 21, 2016 - dderickson

I had to do the survey from two different access points (north at Wade creek, and south near Moolack creek) since a short section of the beach was cut off by high water, north of Coal creek. There were a lot of drift logs (compared to the usual) piled more

September 14, 2016 - dderickson

Several types of sea vegetation in drift: Sea palm, Eelgrass, Surfgrass, kelp, Rockweed, feather boa kelp.

The sea lion carcass still remains on grate at Wade Creek, and still stinks.

Small landslide (photo attached, along with photo of uncovered fossils).

Lots of driftwood structures; I'm attaching photos of two of the more "sophisticated" more

June 13, 2016 - dderickson

Cloudy with on-and-off light rain; decomposing sea lion still on grate at Wade Creek -- smells pretty rank! Drainpipes currently visible: 19 intact in bluff, 5 pipe only (no casing), 1 casing on ground. At least 5 driftwood forts. Lots of Velella velella along drift lines; a lot of more

April 1, 2016 - dderickson

Some portions of the beach are now exposed rock from the bluff to the shoreline, thanks to El Nino. I love observing the variations over the course of the year; I don't think there has been this much rock exposure since I started walking this beach. The drainpipe sets more

  • Post El Nino rock exposure
  • Fossils in rock layer


December 4, 2015 - dderickson

Mild day, mostly cloudy with a few scattered showers while I was on the beach. The surf was high, although the wind was not. The rock shelves are beginning to reappear from under the sand -- as always, it's amazing to realize how much sand piles up, once the more

September 22, 2015 - dderickson
Beautiful last day of summer, lots of people out, more rock hunters than usual... very high sand, though no dunes except for one short area where sand has bermed up at base of more
June 20, 2015 - dderickson
Sand is building up on high zone; still evidence of dessicated Velella velella; vehicle tracks on sand; monkeyflower growing on bluffs; driftwood fort with a missing dog poster (photo attached).read more
April 12, 2015 - dderickson
The most outstanding features of this survey were the large amounts of washed-up By-the-wind sailors (Velella velella) in all the drift lines between the water's edge and the bluff, and the large amount of wood covered densely with pelagic goose barnacles. Also, the debris was worse than I've ever more
February 14, 2015 - dderickson
It was a beautiful, mild but windy, sunny day. I counted the largest number of people and dogs that I have seen since adopting this mile. A Bald eagle was circling over the beach. The beach was very clean and bare; the only debris was high in the rocks more
  • Five pipes visible in bluff, one on ground. Slide activity has presumably knocked down and buried what was previously there (Eight pipes on 2/19/13).
  • One bare pipe. (Previously six bare pipes and one fallen casing.)
  • Eight bare pipes, one empty casing in bluff, three pipes on ground.
  • Three intact (both pipe and casing) in bluff, two on ground (eight in bluff on 2/19/15).
  • Ten intact in bluff (same as 2/19/13), no evidence of slide.


December 2, 2014 - dderickson
As in a previous report, I have cataloged the sets of drainpipes into five sets. There was some change from my last visit. In the second group from the south, where I originally reported eight, there are now just four in the bluff (four casings, three of which contain pipes) more
November 16, 2014 - Batthecat
Took a walk on the "fossil" beach (between Coal and Wade Creeks) Sunday and came upon the pipes and the giant pile of ropes. Who should know about the rope pile? SOLVE? Presume people already know about the pipes... read more
  • Pipes and pieces of pipes - leftover from?  Can they be removed?
September 3, 2014 - dderickson
New bull kelp and surf grass is washing up, lots of old surf grass in the drift line; the sand is piled up, covering the rock formations, and actually diverting the outflow of Wade Creek to the south along the base of the bluff for over 100 yards before more
  • This bird was lying on its back. I turned it over and it tried to scoot away, but was unable to fly or run.
  • Probably a harbor seal: skeleton parts and fur
June 20, 2014 - dderickson
No significant changes in the natural appearance of the beach and bluffs. There were a lot of small rocks covering the beach in areas on the south half, and still a lot of sand cover over the underlying rock formations on the north half. No large debris other than more
May 6, 2014 - Volunteer Trainer

Catching up on all the photos that were emailed to me. Here is a group picture of debris we picked up on the beach at Coal Creek today, 5/6/2014, about 2 p.m., just north of Moolack beach. I've also enclosed close-ups of debris having foreign language characters on them. more

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  • Bottle_gooseneck_barnicles_5-6-14
  • Container_lid_Japanese_characters-5-6-14
  • Plastic_cap_Japanese_characters
  • S_Beverly_Beach_debris_May_6
April 25, 2014 - dderickson
I first attempted to do this survey on 4/18/14 at at 4-5' tide, since I have previously been able to access the entire mile at up to 6'. But it was impassable due to high water, whatever the cause(s).There were no significant changes in the natural features of the beach, more
February 25, 2014 - dderickson
It was a beautiful mild sunny day at low tide. There is still very much sand cover, although the tops of some of the rock formations are showing. Very few birds present, and surprisingly few people for such a fine day. Two of the drain pipes previously described in more


December 21, 2013 - dderickson
Beautiful Christmas Eve day. No major changes; still lots of sand covering rock more
  • This photo was taken on 12/23/12
  • This photo was taken a year later -- still covered in sand.
November 8, 2013 - dderickson
Since it was high tide, I was unable to walk the whole mile; also, that gave me a new perspective of the beach. The sand is bermed up close to the bluff. Another one of the drainpipe casings in the southernmost group has fallen out of the bluff. The more
September 19, 2013 - dderickson
Last sunny day of summer, warm and not windy, lots of people out. The beach is pretty clean as far as trash and debris is concerned. A lot of comb jellies along the tide line. Several cairns erected by beach more
August 16, 2013 - dderickson
Beautiful day: warm, no wind, gentle surf; lots of people out doing various activities (surfing, walking, playing, picnicking, photographing, doing yoga, metal detecting). Driftline contents mostly kelp (bull and feather boa), and eelgrass, crab molt, and a lot of feathers, but only two identifiable beached birds. As usual, more more
July 8, 2013 - dderickson
Very windy; lots of kelp, sea palm, and surf grass on the beach. Some changes in the drain pipes mid-mile:in set #3b (I have numbered the sets from north to south as 1 - 5)four bare pipes exposed, all bent downward to the ground; in set 4, one of more
  • Summer view from south end at Moolack Creek
June 10, 2013 - dderickson
A beautiful day on the beach; not as windy as the past several days, about 15 mph. The driftline contained rocks, surf grass, sea palm, weathered kelp, and shell pieces. High on the beach was driftwood/logs, and heavy lumber (one item being two perpendicular beams joined by a metal brace); more
May 1, 2013 - dderickson
Beautiful, bright day with brisk northern wind; very few people on the beach, and the ones I counted weren't there long. Significant sand cover has moved back on to the beach (this is my first year on the coast: I can't help but be impressed by the movement of more
March 27, 2013 - dderickson
Nothing new to report, other than the constant shifting of sand and rock appearance. There was a scattering/drift of long-stem yellow roses along the high driftline in the section between Wade Creek and Coal Creek. Otherwise, very little debris. It was truly a beautiful, calm, mild, overcast day with more
February 19, 2013 - dderickson
The sand is back, particularly on the northern end of the mile. Unfortunately, my hard drive crashed and I have lost my reference pictures, so will have to begin anew. The beach looked relatively pristine, with a lot of new sand cover, and high tides presumably having washed away more
January 11, 2013 - dderickson
Sun and light breeze made for a good opportunity to get out on the beach. Three wood pallets, including a red "PECO" were in the high zone, as well as a large amount of styrofoam, small pieces of plastic, rope, Asian plastic bottles, and numerous bottle caps. Most of more
  • This photo was taken the day of this survey (1/11/13).
  • I tried to show the size of the boulders by including myself in a picture next to one. I am 5'7"


December 9, 2012 - dderickson
Drizzly but mild day; light breeze at about 8 mph. Very few people out, no dogs, but there were dog tracks. Very sparse wrack; debris in the high zone was mostly lumber, plastic bottles, and chunks of styrofoam. All the drift logs seem to have been pushed up very high, more
November 7, 2012 - dderickson
A good break in the rainy/foggy weather to get out for a survey. A lot of sand cover: many of the previously existing rock beds are covered along the base of the bluffs. Driftline wrack was very sparse, almost non-existent, and what was there was made of of tiny more
  • The pipe structure to the right of the set has broken off.
October 9, 2012 - dderickson
Beautiful mild day, perhaps one of the last of the season; no outstanding changes in appearance of the beach or bluffs, although the rock formations visible at mean tide last spring are no longer visible, covered by sand. There were several (8) beached birds, mostly common murres. With one, more
September 17, 2012 - dderickson
Beautiful day, light breeze from ssw; not too many people on beach. Minimal debris (someone must be doing a good job of picking up unless the sand is covering it up) other than a few pieces of lumber, and PVC pipe. Drift content was about 98% kelp and surf more
August 15, 2012 - dderickson
I stated the cloud cover was fog, but it was very light with the sun mostly visible, and blue sky to the east! There was more contour to the sand than in last couple of months, probably due to the high winds of this past week. A lot of more
July 6, 2012 - dderickson
Beautiful day, light breeze, gentle surf...There was not too much debris on the beach other than numerous small foam pieces (mostly brown, white, and light blue), and one larger, about 18"x18"x4"; very few plastic bottles compared to previous visits to this beach (about 3 or 4). There was one more
June 13, 2012 - dderickson
This was my first survey of mile 222. Overall, the beach was clean, except for many pieces of foam, and several plastic bottles. I didn't see any signs of recent landscape changes. About 18-20 people and two dogs were out on the beach enjoying the beautiful (if windy) day. more


August 27, 2009 - hatsmith
The day I was there was mild, calm, almost no wind and slightly humid. Fog did not burn off during time I checked, but I was driving north and noticed fog did not burn off until I was into Tillamook on 101.Mile 222 is clean, no trash at all. more
July 27, 2009 - hatsmith
Beautiful day. Hot in Portland, but not too bad in Newport, Lincoln City. Lovely! Noticed some erosion, no dead birds, much seaweed and kelp on more
February 4, 2009 - hatsmith
It was my second time visiting mile 222. It was a gorgeous day and 63 degrees. People I encountered were enjoying the day walking their dogs. There was an exposed old tree root from a Spruce tree on beach. It actually was pretty beautiful. It probably was there years more


November 16, 2008 - hatsmith
This was my first visit to Mile 222. I think I found correct approximate area with my car GPS system. I have never been there before so I really did not know what the area had looked like privously. Karen Ebert emailed me and introduced herself. I told her more
September 14, 2008 - CoastalKaren
It was a great day for a beachwalk. Just me and a few seagulls enjoying the foggy conditions. Not much to report, the erosion continues on my mile due to the road more
June 7, 2008 - CoastalKaren
More erosion noted in bluffs. Not much litter on beach, a rather quiet more


November 24, 2007 - CoastalKaren
Nothing exciting to report, it was a great afternoon for a stroll on my mile. The erosion continues around the construction by Beverly more
August 12, 2007 - CoastalKaren
There were no reportable changes on the walk. Things have remained the same as they were a few months ago. There is still some erosion close to Beverly Beach, but it hasn't gotten any worse. All in all, a good day for a more
May 19, 2007 - CoastalKaren
It was a beautiful day to walk my mile. Slightly overcast, but still, very nice. Am slightly concerned with the erosion along Highway 101. Since the construction started, near Beverly Beach, it seems more erosion is taking place. No photos taken, maybe next time I'll remember my more