Mile 203

Driftwood Beach south, Hidden Lake
Lincoln County

Latitude: 44.447415454742
Longitude: -124.083241268810
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from Yaquina Bay (44° 37.0374', Mile 215), southerly to the Lincoln County-Lane County line (44° 16.5774', Mile 190).
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Driftwood Beach south, Hidden Lake
Mile 203 Reports (40)


August 27, 2020 - Nancy Thomas
  • Wrack Line Mile 203
  • Wrack Line MIle 203
  • Sand Lobster
July 22, 2020 - Nancy Thomas

Snowy Plover nest Mile 202 (this was reported to Plover Patrol), Plover on mile 203, Skeleton of Seal Pubread more

  • Snowy Plover nest Bayshore Mile 202
  • Seal Pup Skeleton ?
  • Snowy Plover Mile 203 with Wrack Line
July 1, 2020 - Nancy Thomas

sighting of 4 Snowy Plovers flying and foragingread more

July 1, 2020 - Nancy Thomas

sighting of 4 Snowy Plovers flying and foragingread more

June 24, 2020 - Nancy Thomas

Nesting Snowy Plover, firecracker debris and signs of campfire activity.  read more

  • Vegetation
  • Wrack Line Contents
  • Low Tide Beach
  • Bikers and Dog
  • Campfire Remains on Beach
  • Firewood Scattered on Beach
  • Snowy Plover nest/eggs
  • Snowy Plover on Nest
June 12, 2020 - Nancy Thomas

bonefire and campfire set ups

SAND202001 Snowy Plover Nest Failed

Driftwood Snowy Plover nest still more

  • Driftwood bonfire setup
  • Children too close to Snowy Plover Nest
  • Campfire
  • Group of People no masks
  • Mammal Track
  • Snowy Plover Track?  maybe
  • SAND202001 empty nest fail?
  • Driftwood Plover on Nest
June 4, 2020 - Nancy Thomas

Discovery of New Snowy Plover nest labelled SAND202001 on beach near Sandpiper Shores and being attended by Snowy Plover Patrol.  Unbanded more

  • Snowy Plover Nest
  • Beach Wrack
  • Snowy Plover on Nest
May 25, 2020 - JLcoasties

Shoreline Wildlife - 

We found, we believe, a dead sturgeon on the shore without its head.  We have included a picture with a penny for size reference.

We picked up two 2.5 gallon buckets of ocean debris.  Pictures show bucket and examples of the debrisread more

  • Ocean Debris
  • Ocean Debris
  • Dead Sturgeon
May 21, 2020 - Jon French

I met with Oregon Parks & Recreation Dept Beach Ranger Doug Sestrich on the beach to show him a Western Snowy Plover nest I had discovered 5/15 so that he could install a pole and rope buffer around the nest, which had contained one egg on 5/15, two eggs more

  • OPRD Beach Ranger Doug Sestrich beginning nest buffer
  • Ranger Doug pounding poles in sand
  • Job finished
  • Do Not Enter sign
  • Active Western Snowy Plover nest with three eggs
May 15, 2020 - Jon French

I feel guilty being able to walk my miles, 202 and 203, within walking distance from my home, when others aren't able to because of COVID-19 restrictions.  I apologize for so many reports, but when I walk my miles I always find something that I think others might find more

  • Bald Eagle with prey
  • Bald Eagle feeding on prey
  • Plover nest
  • Plover nest location looking East
April 27, 2020 - Jon French

My neighbor in Bayshore came upon and photographed this rare Western Snowy Plover nest approx 4/23/2020.  My neighbor didn't notice any birds incubating the eggs, but snowy plovers are very inconspicuous (see the plover photographs in my Mile 202 reports), and the incubating plover probably ran off without being more

  • Western Snowy Plover nest
  • Approximate location Western Snowy Plover nest
  • Map of Western Snowy Plover nest location
March 11, 2020 - JLcoasties

Human Activity - 10 people and 1 dog

Shore Wildlife - Possible 2 Plovers (photo attached), 7 dead birds, Quanities of plastic and wood more

  • Possible Plovers


December 9, 2019 - JLcoasties

There were no items to report on. read more

October 13, 2019 - JLcoasties

Human activity - 24 people and 7 dogs.  15 people walking, 4 playing in the sand, 2 sitting and 3 surfing.

Shoreline wildlife - 5 dead birds. 4 birds can not be identified due to the condition of the carrcases, the 5th bird can be identified but we do not more

  • Unidentified dead bird
  • New plant growth
July 19, 2019 - JLcoasties

The major concerns are the number of fires involving the logs that are piled high up on the beach and the quanity of jelly pieces on the beach was much above anything we have ever more

May 22, 2019 - JLcoasties

Today was a bit chilly with the cloud cover but is was a great day on the beach.  The natural change processes of the beach were evident from the last two months.  We do not have any concerns about human activity impacting the beach except for the debris that more

March 17, 2019 - JLcoasties

It was a nice day, but windy, with  many people walking or playing with dogs.  We monitered the dogs to see if there was any disturbance of sea birds and we did not see any.  The number of large jellies on the beach was substancially higher than we have more

  • Dead Marine animal
March 10, 2019 - Beachwalker203

The beach was unusually clean of more

January 18, 2019 - JLcoasties

The beach had a lot of marine debris such as polypropelene rope, fuel lines, expended shot gun/ fire works shells and other items that had washed in.  We filled two 3-gallon buckets with more


August 13, 2018 - Beachwalker203
May 30, 2018 - Beachwalker203

A very quiet day on the more


August 25, 2017 - Beachwalker203

Quiet day on the beach, quiet ocean.  Did see fairly fresh bear scat near the wrack though. That was more

June 24, 2017 - Beachwalker203

Found burned out campfire log, also area littered with cans, more

May 19, 2017 - unbound

I am including photos of each direction of the beach as well as the minimal trash found this round, a setup someone created with chairs & drift wood as well as dead seal with turkey more

  • Bayshore
  • Bayshore
  • Dead seal.


August 4, 2015 - nanumoore

6 dead Common murres found between Buckley Creek and north beach access of Sandpiper Village. I had noted 3 last more

July 5, 2015 - nanumoore
Two significant fireworks hot spots with sporadic other ares. Multiple (about 80) small red rubbery plastic tubes, thin plastic streamers, and firecrackers. People on the beach were walking, looking for agates and some cleaning up after the previous night party. Findings include small amounts of kelp, partial clear jelly more
  • Found many of these small tubes made with a plastic rubber type of material
  • Looking south toward Cape Perpetua
  • From previous night 3 people did come to remove and clean debris from beach
  • Numerous piles of twigs with clear long strands that could be vegetation or plastic?
April 1, 2015 - nanumoore

The storms blowing in from the west over the last few days left much debris covered with pelagic barnacles. Some of which are confirmed by Fawn Custer to be Tsunami debris. Velella velella covered the tide line as well.Fawn collected Tsunami related debris more

  • Yellow plastic crate covered with pelagic barnacles, sea weed and sand
  • container covered with pelagic barnacles
  • Majority of wrack line.  Also included snail egg cases, plastic debris with pelagic barnacles and hydroids (fuzz)
  • Brass Buttons.  full bloom on the beach
March 21, 2015 - nanumoore
Spring break brings greater numbers of people to play and walk on the beach. During March rafts of California Seal Lions have been spotted and heard in the near waters. One mostly decomposed Sea Lion noted n the beach over this last week. A sea star (Pisaster brevispina) was more
February 18, 2015 - nanumoore
Large California sea lion cluster seen and heard in ocean on Mile 203 west of Sandpiper Village 2/17/15. According to Nancy Edwards who provided telescope viewing they formed a "Pacific Sea Lion Raft." The sea lions were calling and raising their flippers in the air. Their calls could be more
January 27, 2015 - nanumoore
This was a quiet day on the beach with little human activity. Very little trash noted. New boards placed at South Beach access. There did not appear to be any new bird deaths, although the salmon and longnose skate seen 2 days ago were new observations. Crab and Pacific more
  • House side of dunes
  • Found on dune between houses and beach.


December 22, 2014 - nanumoore
This was the second King Tide day with much debris on the beach. I only went a short distance yet noted at lease 5 dead partially decomposed birds. No people or animals were more
  • One of may dead birds found on the beach.
June 11, 2014 - Wcharland
Not too much going on, three people walking the beach and one dog. In the tide line was mostly shell bits and a few molted crabs / crustacean remains. Also, some stones. Way higher up was two beams of tsunami debris out of the tide. They were land construction more
May 30, 2014 - unbound
Picked up mostly plastic pieces. Very windy on beach. Did not see any other people more


March 1, 2010 - Sandpiper
The drift line is full of tiny bits of more


November 15, 2008 - Sandpiper
This was a perfect morning for beach walking, no wind, warm and sunny. It appears that the recent storms have washed some of the sand from the beach. The beach was wet sand entirely up to the fore dune.There was one adult seal carcass that appeared to have washed more
  • There were hundreds of birds on the beach today, I had watched them on the water in the morning and they came onto the beach apparently to rest in the afternoon
  • There was quite a mixture of birds on the beach this day.
August 7, 2008 - Sandpiper
Lots of sandpipers have been scouring the sand, I've uploaded some pictures of some unusual sand formations from recent wind, and some streams of water leaving rust colored stains on the sand. This water seems to be seeping up from the ground at the top of the beach or more
  • There are four streams coming from underground that are staining the sand a rust color, though the water appears to be clear.
June 27, 2008 - Sandpiper
There is nothing unusual to report, the beach is very clean with little debris and there have been no problems with erosion. The sand has shifted somewhat from the northern end of the beach to the southern end, there are more small dunes on the southern end and evidence more
March 10, 2008 - Sandpiper
Walking this mile everyday, I notice that the sand is constantly shifting. By March the sand has nearly covered the driftwood, which includes large tree trunks that were exposed and visible all along the fore dune in January. On most days we see seals swimming in a southerly direction, more


November 7, 2007 - Sandpiper
A large number of pelicans were flying both north and south and sitting on the water beyond the breakers. Surf scoters were visible close to the shore. Many groups of sandpipers were feeding along the surf more
July 15, 2007 - Sandpiper
This was my first report for Coastwatch so I was locating the end points of the mile and taking note of the terrain. The weather was very warm so there were a lot of people on the beach enjoying the day.This is a long stretch of sandy beach with more