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Cottage Grove surfers cited for trespassing at Otter Rock beach access

Otter Rock Citations
(Photo by Jack Dunteman)

Two Cottage Grove surfers were cited for trespassing Monday after a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy spotted them climbing over a fence at a beach access point in Otter Rock.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report from nearby residents at 1:32 p.m. that two men were disregarding park signage and chain link fencing erected to block the public beach access area due to COVID-19. The two men were seen passing their surfboards over, climbing the fence and heading down to the beach.

Two hours later, Deputy Jack Dunteman observed two adult males matching the earlier description climbing back over the fence from the beach area. The two adults were identified as 20-year-old Mac Gause and 19-year-old Konnor Owens, both of Cottage Grove.

Law enforcement officials said the men knew the park was closed as they confirmed being contacted by a local citizen prior to climbing the fence and were told they would be trespassing.

Deputies have been actively patrolling the area following increased reports of trespassing from public and private property owners.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says it has taken a moderate approach of education first, enforcement second and said this incident was an example of individuals openly disregarding a barricaded area as well as warnings from a nearby resident.

Gause and Owens were cited to appear in Lincoln County Circuit Court on the charge of criminal trespass in the second degree.

Sheriff Curtis Landers issued a warning to the public Friday, April 17, stating the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would enforce Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order and Lincoln County’s order #3-23-85.

Justin Werner
Justin Werner
Justin Werner is the founder and editor of the Lincoln City Homepage, a trusted source of local news and information for residents and visitors of Lincoln City, Oregon. He is also a community leader, entrepreneur, and dedicated advocate for transparency and accountability in local government.


  1. Was beginning to wonder if i’d finally hear a Deputy site someone for trespassing!
    Good thing they warn and cite cause around here a lot of old angry people locked behind doors and concertina wire with no trespassing signs and Guns that don’t like that!

  2. Good job! People think they’re special, we are still seeing unfamiliar faces and vehicles in our neighborhood, which is awash in VRD houses.
    We are following the rules, and it would be nice if everyone was on the same page. The only good thing is that it’s quiet, no loud yelling off balcony decks, which is pretty normal around here.
    We do call the police for violations, but unfortunately, the cops know us, and more often than not, completely ignore our concerns. We are
    “troublemakers” that think people need to follow the rules. That’s why people start thinking about Clint Eastwood….


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