To me, fishing is boring unless I’m catching or someone next to me is catching or there is SOME kind of action to watch. I have to admit that I’m not really interested in a Whale Watch. I’m waiting for the Whale Warning. And I want it to be close enough that I don’t have to use binoculars to see the spout.
I can only stare at the vast, beautiful, calm, blue ocean for a few minutes before I’m looking at something closer on the beach. So here’s my distraction today:
Beach Access Stairways
This is a fairly straightforward stairway. Looks like new lumber. I’m guessing the old one got torn up in one of the last storms. February’s flooding brought lots of huge logs down the rivers and the ocean swept them down the coast; beating up anything in its path. I think this stairway belongs to one of the motels near Tillicum Campground…maybe Deane’s Oceanfront Lodge?
It wasn’t that long ago that the foundation was level. It may have been the high surf since January that toppled it.
It looks like the bottom two steps were added, or maybe repaired, more recently. Looking at the sand level I’d say they could add another couple of steps now. I’d tuck some more cement under that third step too!
It’s hard to tell which property this stairway used to service. The shrubbery above it is dropping off the cliff as it erodes away by rain and wind. I’m guessing the part that’s missing was made of wood.
Did you know that there are some very strict laws for property owners who have a stairway to the beach. They CANNOT allow public access from their private property. So, if you don’t live on the property, don’t use the stairway. There are plenty of public access stairways along the Central Oregon Coast. Most are State Parks and Waysides.
There are a few USDA Forest Service areas also. If you camp or pay for Day Use in Tillicum Campground, you have access to the adjacent Tillicum Beach. You may also use the following passes for Day Use anywhere along the Oregon Coast: Pacific Northwest Recreation Pass, Oregon Pacific Coast Pass, Golden (Age, Access, or Eagle) passes, America the Beautiful (Annual, Senior or Access) passes.
If you pay for using a Day Use area, that receipt is good for other areas all along the coast that day. So, hold onto it!
Your camping receipt is also accepted in the Day Use areas. Check with the campground host before you take it with you. Some campgrounds may need you to leave it at your site to reserve it. If they do, they can give you a car pass to use for Day Use in other areas.