Mile 232 Report

July 11, 2015
by GWshark

Boiler Bay Wayside, Picnic Area, Government Point
Saturday 7:30 AM
59° F
Calm/Light from the SW
Humans / Pets:
Whale watching
Climbing bluffs/seastacks
Apparent Violations:
Found evidence of fireworks
Cars/Trucks parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 3
Activity Comments:
Most people were watching the 4 whales feeding. I returned at 13:30 and the parking lot was full and well over 100 people there with an active Coast Guard SAR mission underway. Never found out if fisherman fell from bluff or kayaker fell out of kayak. Kayak redfish tourney taking place.
Notable Wildlife:
Observed 4 Gray whales, Bald eagle, Many gulls, two oystercatchers.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Looks like fisherman are leaving debris on the bluffs. Will work on picking it up later this week.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Will pick up fisherman trash this week.
Other than some fisherman debris and evidence of some fireworks the Boiler Bay bluffs are in good shape. Looks like good feeding area for whales. Bald eagle pair have a nest in trees across highway. Gulls appear to be increasing after they had thinned out a lot earlier this year. People do feed the gulls here.
  • Looks like someone was using fireworks at some time.
    Looks like someone was using fireworks at some time.
    Grassy area of point near picnic table.
    July 11, 2015
  • While standing at the firework debris looking toward the point.
    While standing at the firework debris looking toward the point.
    Boiler Bay State Wayside Picnic table on point.
    July 11, 2015
  • Whales feeding actively.
    Whales feeding actively.
    Below bluff and inside reef.
    July 11, 2015
Other Mile 232 Reports (10)


April 1, 2021 - kbayans
Windy and sunny day. 2-3 boats (fishing and whale watching?). People milling about -- walking and watching the waves. I assume those that had cameras and binoculars were there, like me, looking for...
  • Brown-green grassy knoll in fore and middle ground, dotted with mole-type hills of dirt with the ocean in the background.
  • Brown rocks in foreground, with rocky and dirt embankment in the middle ground, topped with a tree whose roots are exposed.  A fence separates the tree and a road. A white sedan-type car is parked on the road.
  • Paper wrapper and paper mask discarded on the ground and underneath a wooden and metal fence.
  • Human-made erosion path worn into dirt and grass. The path moves from foreground to background and follows a fence line.
February 3, 2021 - kbayans
2 people fishing beyond the barrier and 1 person feeding the seagulls bread. The grassy area in front of the barrier (full length) showing severe signs of erosion from natural causes and from people...


April 16, 2016 - GWshark
Nothing significant on this stretch. Most people were sitting in their vehicles. About 10 fishing vessels just off shore here.
  • Group of Fishing Boats off the point.
January 9, 2016 - GWshark
Fairly nice day with rain showers. Nice to see waterfalls again.


October 27, 2015 - GWshark
Appeared to be normal human activity for this mile. The King Tide did not appear to have much impact. I was there the day before and with the storm push at high tide there were more crashing waves...
July 15, 2015 - GWshark
Went out and picked up a full bag of trash off bluffs. Originally thought it to be from fishermen, but now believe it comes from people using picnic tables.
  • A full bag of trash collected off the bluffs.


July 26, 2014 - ORState_TCS
Our group of 11 volunteers with the Oregon State chapter of The Coastal Society arrived at Boiler Bay at 6:00pm to catch the outgoing tide. The water was high but we were still able to traverse the...
  • Not certain if this is a definite sign of wasting, but those white, soft, and possibly weepy spots appeared to be lesions. Moreover these stars (at least 3 of the 6) were easily removed from rock.
  • This one was clearly wasting, and one of its limbs was in the process of disconnecting itself. This is the dead sea star I mentioned earlier.
May 31, 2014 - ORState_TCS
We were six students from Oregon State University who volunteered as part of the newly founded chapter of The Coastal Society to monitor miles 232 and 233. We spent the better part of two hours...
  • Some of the Oregon State University Coastal Society


May 16, 2009 - Diane H
A very calm sea, which was surprising for the moderate wind. The snorkeling would have been great. Great wildlife in the refuge area in the southern part.


December 30, 2008 - Diane H
This was a first report on observation of this mile. Noting wildlife in seaweed and sea lions; noting for this first report the extent of hotels along the shoreline and the general rocky character...