Mile 299

South end Manzanita Beach
Tillamook County

Latitude: 45.707626262767
Longitude: -123.939608423190
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  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the north boundary of Nehalem Bay State Park (45° 42.2196', Mile 299), southerly to the south boundary of the Boy Scout property north of Sand Lake (45° 18.6444', Mile 268), except as follows: Motor vehicles essential to and engaged in boat launchings will be allowed any time during the year for a distance of 300 feet northwest from (45° 26.4036' 123° 57.2052', Mile 279), near Happy Camp.
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the south line of Oswald West State Park (45° 44.4000', Mile 301), southerly to the north boundary of Nehalem Bay State Park (45° 42.2196', Mile 299), except as follows:
    (A) Between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, October 1 through April 30;
    (B) Motor vehicles essential to and engaged in boat launchings will be allowed any time during the year.

  • There is hereby established a 15 MPH maximum speed limit within those areas of the ocean shore where motor vehicle travel is permitted pursuant to OAR 736-024-0015 within the city limits of Manzanita, in Tillamook County, Oregon.
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South end Manzanita Beach
Mile 299 Reports (45)


September 26, 2022 - cpendergrass

33 people and 10 dogs were enjoying the beach on this early fall day in Manzanita. Tourist activity included the giving in to the urge to carry bull person leading with the skinny end that originally had the holdfast feature that attached to a rock on the ocean more

August 14, 2022 - cpendergrass

After many months without any dead birds on Manzanita's beach, 13 dead birds were found. Common murres were the most plentiful with 10 casualties followed by 2 northern fulmars and 1 herring gull. Beautiful weather and realtively warm ocean temperatures resulted in 78 people and 19 dogs on the beach in more

April 25, 2022 - cpendergrass

The weather was divine on this spring day with 60 degrees, calm winds and abundant sunshine. Only 5 dogs and 28 people noted...2 sitting and 26 walking including 1 boy walking his bike at water's edge. The dunes are beginning to soften their profiles after severe storm erosion in more

January 24, 2022 - cpendergrass

33 people and 4 dogs noted on a calm day in mid-January. A brutal king tide of 9.45 hit the north coast on January 3, augmented by 70+ mph winds. Bluffs up to 10'-12' tall were cut into the dunes. The beach itself was generally swept clean although a massive pile up more

  • The beach is for every body!
  • wave erosion from the January 3 king tide
  • beach art


May 19, 2021 - cpendergrass

Surprisingly few people on the beach given that Memorial Day weekend is almost here. Intrepid boogie boarders were braving the ocean's cold temperatures as a lone sand fortress stood guard. Soft foredunes are forming in the wake of the significant dune erosion from repeated severe winter storms and sand has swept more

January 24, 2021 - cpendergrass

Not much population pressure on the beach...only 38 people and 9 dogs. Major storms and king tides have wrought big changes in the dunes. Many instances of waves topping the dunes have left driftwood in unusual places. The dunes themselves have been cut back severely...the most I've seen in the more


September 7, 2020 - cpendergrass

15 people and 5 dogs noted on a quiet foggy day at the beach. 1 man was surf fishing at the activity that is quite unusual to see on Manzanita's beach.  read more

July 8, 2020 - cpendergrass

Summer was in full swing on Manzanita's beach with 82 people noted along with 13 dogs. Folks were kiteboarding in the moderate north wind, playing volleyball, building sand castles and dozing. Very few masks noted. Only 1 dead bird...a juvenile common murre.   read more

April 10, 2020 - cpendergrass

There were only 24 people walking, 1 bicyclist and 6 dogs on the beach. This is notably far fewer than usual due to covid-19 bans on lodging/accomodations and restrictions on oceanside parking (now blocked with gravel berms) and associated beach access. Nothing at all in the driftline. However an more

January 1, 2020 - cpendergrass

A rare calm day after the heavy storms, blustery winds and high seas of late December. A sneaker wave alert caused the cancellation of the annual New Years Manzanita Polar Plunge where the intrepid annually venture into the 46 degree water. Only 2 kite flyers, 3 dogs and 15 more


October 13, 2019 - cpendergrass

The season is definitely winding down with only 33 people and 11 dogs. 8 beached birds including a barred owl and 3 rhinoceros auklets. There were many large translucent moon jellies at the tide line.  read more

July 16, 2019 - cpendergrass

Summer was in full swing on Manzanita's beach. 179 people and 17 dogs were counted amongst the sand castles and hammocks. more

April 18, 2019 - cpendergrass

A quiet day on Manzanita's beach with more driftwood than usual. Winter storms have carved the dunes back such that the berm created as the dunes meet the slope of the beach is steeper than in the summer months. read more

January 16, 2019 - cpendergrass

16 people and 3 dogs noted. Recent stormy weather has brought in large driftwood as well as an egg case from a Big Skate (Raja binoculata). An egg case, sometimes known as a mermaid’s purse, is the casing made from collagen protein strands that surrounds the eggs of more


October 4, 2018 - cpendergrass

The summer crush of tourists has passed...only 6 strolling people and 3 dogs were noted in addition to 4 dead common murres and 1 dead cormorant. More brown macroalgae (seaweed) had washed in than has been usual in the past few months. After an unusually dry summer, the build-up more

July 5, 2018 - cpendergrass

Crowded on the beach on the day after the 4th of July...255 people and 16 dogs. Golfing and a softball game in addition to the more usual digging of holes, building sand castles and cycling. Mild weather and calm ocean with minimal algae and kelp in the driftline. read more

May 14, 2018 - cpendergrass

Activities of note on the beach ranged from building sand castles to riding bikes. A significant influx of dead Velella (invertebrates in the same family Cnidaria as jellies) have arrived from the open ocean to the beach as a result of the wind shift from the south winds of more

May 14, 2018 - cpendergrass

Significant influx of decaying Velella velella at the drift line. more

January 14, 2018 - cpendergrass

Martin Luther King holiday weekend...mild weather. Breezy enough for kite flying. 14 people, 1 dog, 1 dead Northern Fulmar, 1 dead seal, algae at the more


November 13, 2017 - cpendergrass

Blustery weather today contributed to low numbers more

August 10, 2017 - cpendergrass

Summertime rain, lots of people, lots of dead common murres, lots of people inquiring about the large number of dead birds. I explained that it is part of the murre life cycle for many birds to die after the breeding season and that it happens every year at more

April 6, 2017 - cpendergrass

28 is an unusually high number of people to encounter on the beach midweek in April and was likely due to spring break. A tall driftwood structure and a young couple playing with an enormous soccer ball in the drizzle may also have been related to spring break. Most people were walking along the more

January 16, 2017 - cpendergrass

27 people and 7 dogs noted on calm day before Manzanita experienced 60 mph winds and 7" rain over the following 2 days. Pix attached of a dead short-tailed shearwater...a species of the open sea that is seldom seen alive from the more

  • short-tailed shearwater
  • short-tailed shearwater bill detail


October 22, 2016 - cpendergrass

Good weather: tourists are returning following the 10-14-16 tornado: 72 people, 10 dogs, 0 cars

Remains of dead sea lion

Roof and window repairs to homes damaged by 10-14-16 tornado

 read more

July 9, 2016 - cpendergrass

Typical shallow beach profile of summer, very strong south wind, blowing sand, spitting rain. One kitesurfer had left his rig unattended on the beach where it was becoming inundated with blowing more


December 25, 2015 - Wink299

Merry Christmas everyone. What a lovely day to walk this beautiful beach. The dune erosion was significant enough that we didn't recognize that part of the beach. The stream near access 14 was almost completely clogged with logs and more

  • This shows the King Tide.
  • Sand dune erosion due to recent high tides and storms.
  • Ocean view from access #14
  • Stream to beach clogged with logs and debris by recent storm activity.
August 1, 2015 - Wink299
A beautiful day at the beach! Lots of people enjoying mother nature and doing a variety of activities. Saw no concerns.Conspicuous absence of drift wood. Many old beach fires observed, probably 4th of July celebrations. About 1,200 ft. of dune modification was earlier replanted and is now doing well. more
  • These six blocks found on the beach seam to be building foundation blocks. Each are 2' x 2' x 2' in size. They were not observed during our February trip.
  • This is a close up of on of six concrete blocks found on the beach.
  • Dune modification to improve home owners views with dune grass replanting.
February 22, 2015 - Wink299
It is a beautiful sunny February day. We encountered 88 people and 28 dogs. One human was in a beach wheelchair and one dog had a wheeled cart to support his back legs. There were no vehicles on the beach.There was a strange absence of birds. We saw 2 more
  • View north of Neahkahnie Mt


May 19, 2011 - hallee
Only six people were on the beach. The small plastic pieces found at high tide line had been in the water for a long time. There was lots of dried beach grass from the newly grassed area around marker 17. The dune leveling that is done every few years more
  • looking south on mile 299, photo shows the leveling of the foredunee of last year's bulldozed dunes in front of houses
  • looking north. NeahKahNie Mountain in distance
  • California Gray Squirrel (Grey Digger?) found at water line at start line area of State Park
May 8, 2011 - hallee

About 23 people and six or more dogs were enjoying a sunny spell on mile 299. The beach is mostly clear of driftwood and there was very little more


October 8, 2010 - hallee
A quiet day on mile 299. Recent winds had scoured beach so not much debris of any kind. The recent invasion of "salps" wasn't very obvious now. Most had washed away. photos to followread more
June 24, 2010 - hallee
A windy evening with mostly clear sky but big fog bank out over the ocean blocking the sunset. A loose fitting lenticular cloud system over NeahKahNie Mountain with clouds trailing out of the mountain gaps. The almost full moon had just risen! 12 people (with four dogs) were seen. more
  • bulldozer flattening dunes between Beach Access 7 and 9
  • Beach grass planted where dunes have been bulldozed.
  • fog bank over ocean.... Manzanita Beach
February 21, 2010 - hallee
This was one of those "jewel" winter days at the coast in Oregon. People were basking in the sun. Sitting in beach chairs or on the sand or on logs. Walking along.....playing with dogs and children. Waves were good sized but the ocean was calm. The sand was smooth more


November 24, 2009 - hallee
Beautiful, calm, warm day. Few people around. Beachcombing interesting because of recent storms. * There were at least ten recently beached big driftwood logs. One a well worn cedar. Also smaller logs and pieces of wood that had been in the water a long time. Some with Pelagic Goose more
September 14, 2009 - hallee
Now that it is mid-September there aren't many people around. This was a warm but foggy sunset walk. A hole in the clouds/fog overhead opened up and it was very pleasant and beautiful. A woman jogged by with her dog. Several couples were exercise walking. Others were strolling and more
  • Manzanita Beach looking toward NeaKahNie Mountain and Cape Falcon
  • Looking from top of NeahKahNie Mountain you can see where the dune modification has seemed to work to flatten the dunes in front of the houses along mile 299.
June 10, 2009 - hallee
There was a big fogbank out over the ocean which blocked out the sun in this hour before sunset. Six people (4 adults and 2 children) and one dog were on mile 299. Earlier beach goers had created several beach "sculptures" from driftwood. Also someone had created a sort more


August 23, 2008 - JCampf
Heavy human use (89) on a sunny Saturday morning. Walking, sitting, photography, horseback riding, frisbee, more
July 13, 2008 - hallee
This was a beautiful Sunday morning in Manzanita. There was a big fog bank out at sea and it looked like there might be fog from Barview south and from Cape Falcon north. Considering that there were multitudes of people in town for the Fourth of July last week, more
  • Heermann's Gulls on Manzanita Beach.
  • Running north towards  Neahkahnie Mountain, a runner passes a sand castle.
March 20, 2008 - hallee
Still lots of driftwood from winter storms. Not much litter. The surf was pounding. Someone had drawn outlines of two big kitties in the sand. Perhaps Easter Kitties?read more
  • view north to Neahkahnie Mountain from mile 299
February 6, 2008 - hallee
This was a calm morning after another storm, lots of fresh driftwood on beach. A big black Plastic float, usual water bottles, pieces of rope and plastic (but not too much). Only people were a retired couple from Vancouver, Canada who are camped in the State Park. They are more
  • looking toward NeahKahNie Mountain from mile 299
  • There were at least 15 pieces of lumber like his along the mile.  Off of a ship?
  • This handicap beach access ramp  has been in planning stages for a few years.  It is at the end of Laneda Avenue (Mile 300).  It is still under construction and has already been storm  tested.


August 11, 2007 - hallee
This was the annual Manzanita Beach 5K and 10K run/walk. Over 100 people participated in both runs and there were a total of 200 people present, as either volunteers or family or friends, as well as many other people on the beach, completely oblivious to this event. Markers were more
June 20, 2007 - JCampf
Gulls (100 in varying groups).Moderate human use: 60 adults, 6 more
June 12, 2007 - hallee
Area's population is growing. Lots of "ocean-close" houses are owned by weekenders. Locals are busy with issues such as affordable housing and working and school. Houses are being super-sized and more houses, condos and stores are being built. The beach is used by kite-flyers (fliers), wind-surfers, beach buggy renters, more
  • looking south from NeahKahNie Overlook on Hwy 101
  • pieces of "drift-rope"  beachcombed on Manzanita Beach after storms Feb-April 2007
April 27, 2007 - JCampf
Light human use: 9 adults, 3 children. 11 walking, 1 kite more
February 24, 2007 - hallee
We've had 5 beached sea lions on Manzanita Beach since Oct. Those are all we happen to know about. People who came upon the beached sea lion over the days it was there read the signs and treated it with respect - they were curious. And glad to know more