Mile 226

Otter Crest, State Wayside
Lincoln County

Latitude: 44.762940027621
Longitude: -124.068300076740
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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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Otter Crest, State Wayside
Mile 226 Reports (58)


December 22, 2022 - gsmeyer

There were no human activities noted near the shoreline, which is usual for this mile, but there was activity at the Lookout, where there were a moderate number of people parking and going to the viewpoints and into the Lookout building gift shop.  The fact that the weather was pleasant, more

September 21, 2022 - gsmeyer

It was a nice day to be observing the coast, what with the moderate temperature, light wind, and clouds that covered the sky thinly.  Views of the calm sea were extensive and dramatic.  A few gulls and comorants were observed on nearshore rocks and whales were seen several hundred more

June 20, 2022 - gsmeyer

Humans were only noted well above the shoreline, specifically at the Lookout, where people parked their vehicles to get out for a few minutes to observe the seascapes.  There was a notable absence of wildlife.  (Note that I had seen several whales - probably gray - at the south more

March 21, 2022 - gsmeyer

Human activities were essentially confined to those stopping their vehicles on Otter Crest Loop or at the Lookout to observe the views.  Shoreline wildlife was essentially confined to cormorants roosting on a large offshore rock.  No man-made or natural physical changes were more

  • Cobble beach
  • Cormorants on rock
  • Rockfall


December 21, 2021 - gsmeyer

It was fairly cold, rainy, and windy, so there was no human activity save for two vehicle parked for a short time at the Lookout and another on old Hwy. 101 well away from the shoreline access point.  Occupants of vehicles parked at the Lookout quickly took in the view and more

September 21, 2021 - gsmeyer

There was no human activity on or near the shoreline.  Nothing was observed with respect to wildlife.  No physical changes were observed since the last report.  The only human activity observed was well away from the shoreline - thus not described previously) - on Otter Crest Loop (old hwy. 101), more

June 21, 2021 - gsmeyer

Human activities were typical for tourist season, with numerous people taking in the views along Otter Drest Loop and at the Lookout.  Nobody was parked at access points and nobody was on or near the shoreline. No notable wildlife was observed, just the normal common murres, gulls, and cormorants. more

March 20, 2021 - gsmeyer

As in other reports, the primary human activity on or near mile 226 was people stopping at the Lookout area to observe the ocean from several hundred feet above sea level.  There were probably several people fishing off the rocks just beyond the north end of the mile.  (Note more


December 26, 2020 - gsmeyer

I walked parallel to and well above the rocky shoreline on Otter Crest Loop (Old Highway 101), experiencing very strong wind that came from the north or the south depending on where I was along the road.  I suspect that the topography influenced the wind direction.  All in all, more

September 22, 2020 - gsmeyer

Human activities near or at the shoreline were confined to two fishermen at the far north end of the mile or just beyond (pictured). Otherwise, the only activity was far above the shoreline where there were people driving and walking along Otter Crest Loop and visiting the Lookout area more

  • Fishermen at Cape Foulweather
June 22, 2020 - gsmeyer

The only human activity noted was one couple fishing off the rocks - the only shoreline access point - at the extreme north end of the mile.  Only common wildlife was observed: a few gulls and comorants.  No physical changes have occurred to the mile in the last three months, more

March 19, 2020 - gsmeyer

There were no people observed near or at the shoreline on mile 226. Several vehicles were parked just north of mile 226 on Otter Crest Loop Road and occupants were likely accessing a fishing location near the south end of mile 227.  One couple was walking the road with more


December 26, 2019 - gsmeyer

No people were observed along the shoreline of mile 226.  There were three people at the Lookout near the south end observing the ocean, but the gift shop had closed, it was getting dark, and was somewhat cold, so the numbers were minimal.  The only notable wildlife observed were more

  • Cormorants on offshore rock, mile 226
September 20, 2019 - gsmeyer

A number of people were at the Lookout at the Otter Crest State Wayside observing the grey whale activity that could be seen below and to the west.  One close-in whale could be observed skimming along just under the surface of the calm water well before and after surfacing more

June 21, 2019 - gsmeyer

The summer solstice provided a nice day for the numerous tourists visiting Otter Crest Wayside, where there were about fifteen vehicles in the parking area and approximately 35 people at the viewpoints and in the gift shop. In the gift shop, a video camera was set up in extreme more

March 21, 2019 - gsmeyer

There were no human activities noted below the level of the Lookout, some 500 feet above sea level, where there were several cars and a few people.  Very little was visible along the shoreline as the the tide was high and only a small portion of one cobble beach was visible. more

  • Headland at north end of mile 226


December 20, 2018 - gsmeyer

Human activities consisted primarily of people parking at the Lookout and dashing out to quickly snap photos of the spectacular scenery.  Wildlife was notable by its absence.  And, no physical changes were observed.  Note the addition on 1/3/19 of a concern regarding litter (see page 2) for which cleanup is more

  • Litter off Otter Crest Loop
September 21, 2018 - gsmeyer

As is usual, no people were observed directly along the shoreline of this mile where access is very difficult and dangerous. But, there were a number of vehicles parked at the Lookout at Otter Crest Wayside where a number of people were observing the grey whales. And, cars were more

  • View north from Lookout
  • Rocky cove just north of Lookout.
June 20, 2018 - gsmeyer

Tourist season is in full swing on the Oregon Coast! The Lookout parking lot was full, the gift shop was crowded, observation sites were busy, most people were seeing the two whales right below, and enthusiasm reigned. The wildlife was more abundant than usual, with lots of gulls and more

March 20, 2018 - gsmeyer

The only human activity was at the lookout where several people were observed at the observation points overlooking the ocean. Note also the three people observed trespassing beyond the locked gate at the lookout and approaching the 500-foot high sea cliff. Shoreline activities by humans are essentially non-existent due more


December 21, 2017 - gsmeyer

Human activity was confined to The Lookout (Otter Crest Wayside State Park), where there were several people inside the building and at the viewing area to the south.  While inside the building, I observed a grey whale spouting just to the north of Gull Rock.  Others there observed a more

June 20, 2017 - gsmeyer

All humans were either along Otter Crest Loop Road driving and occasionally getting out of their cars to enjoy the scenery or at the Lookout at observation points or in the interpretive center/gift shop. Note that on this mile, the clipped basalt shoreline restricts access and thus significantly limits more

March 18, 2017 - gsmeyer

March 16th was a rare mostly sunny and calm day for this time of year, attracting a small but enthusiastic group of visitors to the Lookout at the Otter Crest State Wayside. Views were amazing, as they were from all along Otter Crest Loop on the mile. A few more


December 21, 2016 - gsmeyer

During the time of obsevation, the sun was shining and the large, crashing waves were beautifully illuminated.  Despite this, nobody was at the shoreline access point just beyond the north end of the mile to observe these, a missed opportunity.  A few people were in the Lookout observing the ocean and more

June 17, 2016 - gsmeyer

One vehicle was parked in a location such that the north end of the mile could have been accessed, but nobody was observed on the shoreline of the mile. A number of people were at the Lookout at the main observation point and in the building. A gray whale more

  • View to north from Lookout building, noting bands of foam, pocket beach, and cliff face - to right - where cormorants are nesting.
March 28, 2016 - gsmeyer

It was cool, mostly sunny, and still calm at 10:30 a.m., so it was a beautiful morning to view the ocean. I looked for whales, but none were observed. There was also a paucity of the usual seabirds, only a very few of the ubiquitous gulls being seen. Visitors more


December 24, 2015 - gsmeyer

Very little human activity was observed and only at the Lookout, attributable to the inclement weather. No wildlife of note was observed, except for one eagle. No physical changes were observed. Note that most of this mile can only be observed from a distance, meaning that very small-scale disturbances more

September 19, 2015 - gsmeyer
Human activity was focused at the Lookout, where gray whales were being observed. No notable wildlife was observed along the shoreline, though at least two of the whales were quite close. No changes of any sort, man-made or natural, were observed along Mile more
June 16, 2015 - gsmeyer
The only human activity observed was at Otter Crest State Wayside, well above the ocean. Six or seven vehicles were parked at this location. The only notable wildlife observed was nesting pelagic cormorants on cliff faces. No human or natural landscape changes were observed on Mile 226. read more
April 2, 2015 - gsmeyer
Two vehicles were parked near north end of mile, but nobody was observed along the shoreline below, though there were some signs of human activity - plastic chairs and tiki torches - on the terrace above the south end of Mile 227. No notable wildlife were observed directly along more


December 22, 2014 - gsmeyer
Human activity was confined to the Lookout area, but there was very little of it due to closure of the state park visitor center for the week. Shoreline wildlife consisted of a very few flying gulls and cormorants, as tends to be usual. No changes, physical or otherwise, were more
  • Wave crashing on sea cliff on Otter Crest headland, splash rising to about 50 feet.  Location just below and directly west of state park visitor center.  View is from south at the Inn at Otter Crest.
  • Wave crashing on sea cliff and splashing to over 40 feet just before high tide/King Tide event, just below and directly north of state park visitor center at Otter Crest.  View is from east along Otter Crest Loop (old highway 101).
September 19, 2014 - gsmeyer
Numerous vehicles, including RVs, were traveling along the one-way portion of Otter Crest Loop, with a number of people stopping and photographing the ocean and looking for whales. Significant activity existed at the Lookout, where the parking lot was nearly full. The most significant observation of the day was more
  • Phytoplankton-derived foam aggregated into wind-driven bands as viewed looking north from Lookout.
June 16, 2014 - gsmeyer
The only human activity was that noted at Otter Crest State Wayside where it is apparent that tourist season is definitely underway. The only wildlife observed were two cormorants plus ubiquitous gulls. No physical changes of any sort were observed along the more
April 11, 2014 - gsmeyer
Aside from the two fishermen at the north end of the mile, the only human activity was at the state park lookout near the south end of the mile, from which much of the shoreline of the mile can be observed. Wildlife, as is usual, is notable by its absence, more
  • View to NNW of north end of mile 226 from viewing area in Lookout at Otter Crest State Wayside.


December 21, 2013 - gsmeyer
There was essentially no human activity. Wildlife was notable by its absence. (Very little is typically observed.) The driftline could not be observed as the tide was high and the ocean was rough with significant wave run-up. No physical changes were noted. With the State of Oregon taking over more
  • North coastline of mile 226 on a slightly foggy, overcast day as viewed from the "new" viewing area in the interior of the Lookout at Otter Crest State Wayside
September 21, 2013 - gsmeyer
Two people were fishing from the rocks at the north end of Mile 226 and had a pickup in the access parking area on Otter Crest Loop there. There were two to three cars at the Lookout parking area and several people were at the observation points. Nothing notable more
  • View south on mile 226 from location below illustrating rocky cliffed coastline, with the Lookout in middle distance (just north of south end of mile 226) with Devil's Punchbowl farther and Yaquina Head in greatest distance.
July 5, 2013 - gsmeyer
Two cars were observed in parking above access trail near north end of mile and two people were observed on the rocks at only direct access point to mile, presumably fishing. Several cars were parked at the Lookout, with people at the viewpoint and in the gift shop. Vehicles more
March 21, 2013 - gsmeyer
No more than five vehicles were parked at any one time at the Lookout at Otter Crest. Most people were in the gift shop. One other walker besides ourselves was observed on the one-way section of Old Hwy. 101 between the Lookout and Miroco. What was most notable about more


September 24, 2012 - gsmeyer
Nobody was observed close to the shoreline, most of which is quite inaccessible anyway. Several people were at Otter Crest looking at the ocean. Very little was observed more
June 21, 2012 - gsmeyer
No human activity was observed along this mile at the shoreline. Very little wildlife was observed and there was nothing observed where rare segments of driftline existed or were observable. No physical changes were observed. Driftwood and manmade items observed from a distance at extreme north end of more
March 22, 2012 - gsmeyer
Nothing out of the ordinary was observed. There were two vehicles parked along the road (Otter Crest Loop) at the north end of mile 226 and I observed three people fishing from the rocks at the only access point to the ocean on mile 226. There was an average more


December 21, 2011 - gsmeyer
Human activity on the shoreline was nonexistent, but several people were observed at "Cape Foulweather" and along Otter Crest Loop. There were no wildlife observations along the shoreline nor were there any physical changes observed. It was noted that several blown-down trees had been removed and limb cutting and more
September 21, 2011 - gsmeyer
Nobody was parked on Old Hwy. 101 along this mile except for numerous vehicles at the Lookout. And, this is where all of the people were. It appears as though there is commonly enough activity here to justify having restrooms. No wildlife was observed except for the occasional seagull. more
June 21, 2011 - gsmeyer
Significant human activity was concentrated at the Lookout at Otter Crest, some 500 feet above the ocean, and was focused on the grey whale activity below and to the southwest. Two people were observed climbing down towards the ocean at the north end of the mile. No physical changes more
April 2, 2011 - gsmeyer
Nothing noticeable has changed in the past several months and human activity was at an absolute minimum, especially considering how nice of a day it was. Very little wildlife activity was noted, just the usual few gulls. As a product of the rain in the month preceding, waterfall activity more


December 21, 2010 - gsmeyer
It was a cool, cloudy and breezy day with high tide and fairly high surf. Activity, both human and by wildlife, was at a minimum.Nobody was parked at any site other than the gift shop, and nobody was attempting to access the more
September 22, 2010 - gsmeyer
Notable was the number of tourists at the lookout and along old Hwy. 101. The pleasant day and the gray whales were significant attractions along this spectacular segment of the Oregon more
June 11, 2010 - gsmeyer
The most notable observation since my Coastwatch observations began was the large number of pelagic cormorants observed nesting on cliff faces. I have not seen them previously, but my earlier observations near summer solstice have been at least 10 days later. There were a larger number of fishermen (4) more
March 22, 2010 - gsmeyer
Human activities were confined to Old Hwy. 101 and to the area of the Otter Crest Lookout, where whale watching on a nice sunny day was a popular pursuit. No human activity was observed on or near the shoreline, mostly a result of the difficulty in direct access of more


December 24, 2009 - gsmeyer
No changes noted to this mile of mostly vertical cliffs in basalt, making access, and thus disturbance, fortunately difficult and more
September 24, 2009 - gsmeyer
No human activity was occurring save for those persons driving and stopping briefly along Otter Crest loop. Wildlife activities not seen previously by me on mile 226 were harbor seals diving adjacent to cliffs in the tumultuous surf and the numerous pelicans roosting on the shoreline cliffs. The landslide more
March 21, 2009 - gsmeyer
I observed a total of six people fishing off the rocks with some success. There were no fishing boats observed. The area experiences little physical change, though the one rockfall deposit appears to be getting larger. I will be monitoring this closely in the more


December 28, 2008 - gsmeyer
As has been the case previously, there is essentially no human or wildlife activity and physical changes are very more
October 1, 2008 - gsmeyer
There was essentially no observable change in this rugged, basalt-cliffed area since the last more
June 21, 2008 - gsmeyer
Mile 226 shows very little sign of human impacts due mostly to its inaccessibility: minimal access of bluffs from Otter Crest Loop and then extremely limited access from bluffs to more
March 22, 2008 - gsmeyer
No obvious changes since last report but a little more use than observed previously, probably because of the nice day and it being a Saturday. But, use still limited due to relative more
January 1, 2008 - gsmeyer
We are impressed with the scenic attributes of this rugged area and hope that its inaccessibility will continue to promote its preservation in an unspoiled more


September 20, 2007 - Geoshe
We stopped at various points along Otter Crest Loop Road to do initial obsrvations with binoculars, since there is no beach access. These are baseline observations, and any changes will be noted subsquently. We did observe Gray Whales from Otter more