Mile 306

Cove Beach south, Tillamook-Clatsop county line
Clatsop County

Latitude: 45.783060093866
Longitude: -123.970975254300
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  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the Clatsop County-Tillamook County line (45° 46.9902', Mile 306), southerly to the south line of Oswald West State Park (45° 44.4000', Mile 301).
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited between the beach ramp at Gearhart (46° 01.8570', Mile 326), southerly to the Clatsop County-Tillamook County line (45° 46.9902', Mile 306), except as follows: Operation or parking of motor vehicles used for and engaged in towing dory boat trailers or essential dory boat launchings from Sunset Drive (45° 53.2830', Mile 313) in Cannon Beach southerly to Warren Way (45° 52.3566', Mile 312) with access from Warren Way only.
Tide Predictions: NOAA or
Cove Beach south, Tillamook-Clatsop county line
Mile 306 Reports (32)


September 30, 2022 - Fire Mountain School

Today was our first CoastWatch beach survey. We found seven skate egg cases on the beach, all dead. Lots and lots of small silver fish; they all had tiny holes in their body. There were two dead birds. We only saw one seagull and there's usually more

July 2, 2022 - jkcornelius
  • Beached dead grey whale
June 29, 2022 - jkcornelius

An eagle was obtaining breakfast from Gull Rock. As he approached the rock from above there was a terrible outcry from all the birds as they left the rock. When he landed on the rock it became deathly quiet and a few minutes later he appeared on a tree more


November 8, 2021 - jkcornelius

These observations were made over the last 3 months walking the beach at different times of day but not keeping a record which I will try to more

  • Salmon Shark


August 8, 2019 - Frankie

Numerous violations observed, including campfire in unsafe location and harvesting tidepool organisms in the marine reserve.  There has been an uptick in problematic activity on the mile due to more visitors, partly caused by an increase in short-term more

July 13, 2019 - Frankie

36 people and 11 dogs on mile 306 at low tide. 7 surfers, a higher number than usual. Adult bald eagle. Continuing bluff more


May 10, 2018 - Frankie
New slides on cliff. These are most likely caused by groundwater movement, not wave more
  • slides
April 3, 2018 - Frankie
Wave erosion down to sandstone more
  • sandstone bedrock
January 23, 2018 - Frankie

At 1:30am, our NOAA radio announced a tsunami watch for the Oregon coast, predicting a possible tsunami at 5:10am in our area. We immediately started packing up necessities for an extended stay away from our house (which is 43 ft above sea level thus definitely in the inundation zone.) What more


December 31, 2017 - Frankie

The afternoon low tide -- and mild weather -- on New Year's Eve brought out 40 people (and 3 dogs) on to Cove Beach, mile 306. They were walking, taking photos, crabbing, playing on the sand, and partying around campfires. An unusual sight for Dec 31st. read more

September 20, 2017 - Frankie
  • beacon close-up
July 24, 2017 - Frankie

Everything OK. No new more

May 20, 2017 - Frankie
April 6, 2017 - Frankie

Continuing bluff erosion, some from waves undercutting, but mostly from subsurface water more

January 2, 2017 - Frankie

No one on the beach due to heavy surf. No notable wildlife sightings. Biggest issue is cliff erosion from both wave action and sub-surface water more


September 17, 2016 - Frankie

Update on the whale which washed up Friday evening: It appears to be a sub-adult humpbacked whale. Its flippers measured +- 7ft so it was approximately 21 ft long. Its tail was missing. When it washed in, the stomach was hugely distended outside the mouth. After the high tide more

September 17, 2016 - Volunteer Trainer

Update on the whale which washed up Friday evening: It appears to be a sub-adult humpbacked whale. Its flippers measured +- 7ft so it was approximately 21 ft long. Its tail was missing. When it washed in, the stomach was hugely distended outside the mouth. After the high tide more

July 21, 2016 - Frankie

Exciting news from Mile 306! An overturned boat encrusted with pelagic barnacles came ashore. A Falcon Cove Beach resident photographed its arrival. Since it showed up, scientists and state park staff have examined it. They're quite sure it's from the Japanese tsunami. So far, no invasive mussels, but they're more

April 11, 2016 - Frankie

Mile 306's main public access washed away w/in the last month. Beach sand retreat has been enormous this winter. (Sand is visible at low tide on Mile 307.) Underlying sandstone is exposed in several spots. Downed trees from the 1700 earthquake are visible. Cliff bluffs are calving, some from more

  • cliff collapse, the lower half of the access stairs washed away. the cliff hasn't stabilized.
  • As the cliff faces are being scoured, buried trees are showing up. Note stratification: tree in unconsolidated soil, silt, sand; gray clay; sandstone.
  • basalt & sandstone
January 3, 2016 - Frankie

A beautiful way to start 2016: having a two-mile long all to ourselves on a mild winter day. Sand and rocks scoured clean from recent storms. Driftline high up on rocks filled with logs and bull kelp, and some plastic. Surprisingly few birds. One jarring note: a small dump more

  • dumped debris, Tillamook County, Cove Beach south, Tillamook-Clatsop county line
  • looking north on mile 306


December 2, 2015 - Volunteer Trainer

Orcas feeding off the beach 2 for sure, at least 1 and maybe 2 more, orcas were chasing sea lions just beyond the breakers. Sea lions were porpoising, surfing, and scattering like crazy. Saw the action both yesterday and today. Have never seen - or heard of- orcas off more

November 9, 2015 - Frankie

Visitors in the neighborhood reported a bird entangled in fishing line with a big hook embedded in its shoulder. They managed to remove most of the line but couldn't remove the hook. Brave souls for sure - they sustained some painful jabs. Forewarned, I took gloves and a towel, more

  • cormorant bird with fishing hook in shoulder, Oregon coast
November 2, 2015 - Frankie

Just in time for Halloween: red and pink weird-slightly-creepy-looking finger-sized worms. All over the drift line. Alive. Thanks to Fawn Custer for identifying them as PEANUT WORMS. Can't decide if they are emerging en masse from the sand, or whether the rough surf is uncovering them. Have never seen more

  • peanut worms, Tillamook County, Cove Beach south, Tillamook-Clatsop county line
  • peanut worms on beach
September 17, 2015 - Frankie

Surf rough, tide going out. Sub-adult gulls feeding in the receding waves, "kneading" the wet sand with their feet to bring up mole crabs. Pelicans beginning to gather; 25 on the rocks on mile 307; 3 on the sand on mile 306.No sign of the bald eagles, however, even better, more

August 31, 2015 - Frankie
After the storm, the beach was scoured clean. All the changes listed in the August 29 dispatch had disappeared.The sand on the beach was smooth. No washed up logs. Very little more
July 4, 2015 - Frankie
On 4th of July, Falcon Beach was crowded with 40 people and 18 dogs -- at least by our standards. Most people were visitors. The access point nearest my house had 9 vehicles, leaving little room for passing cars.The beach was clean, everyone appeared to be having a good more
April 19, 2015 - Frankie

13 razor more

April 18, 2015 - Frankie
Clam tide, though surf was rough so few clams were more
April 14, 2015 - Frankie

Observed an adult, breeding plumage Brown Pelican standing on the rocks early this AM. After several hrs, called Wildlife Center of the North Coast. Joshua & Bradley arrived from Astoria early PM. The pelican which had not moved from the rocks for hours, was in the surf. It appeared more

April 12, 2015 - Frankie
Apparent tsumani debrisread more
  • Living organisms - barnacles
April 11, 2015 - Frankie
Velella velella all overread more


July 6, 2012 - torythompson
Picked up styrofoam, yellow foam, japanese food foil wrapper and an aerosol can with japanese more