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CoastWatch Mile 23
DescriptionPistol River SP north, south of Myers Creek
Boundaries N 42° 18.452', W 124° 24.649' to N 42° 17.514', W 124° 24.536'
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OPRD MapCape Sebastian to Crook Point
Vehicles• Motor vehicle travel is allowed from a point approximately one-third mile south of Otter Point, (42° 27.5022', Mile 31), southerly to the mouth of Myers Creek (42° 18.4422', Mile 23).
• Motor vehicles are prohibited from Meyers Creek (42° 18.4422', Mile 23), southerly to the Oregon-California border (41° 59.9208', Mile 1).
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Dunes and Driftwood   9/8/10
Large, long lasting driftwood "fort" on mild, very coastal day. Cape Sebastian in far distance.
Bob Harvey

Bob Harvey
Oct 2, 2015 4:00 PM
A few people: one windsurfer on beach , 4 walkers and a photographer. Driftline has small (1/2 inch) crustacean shells about, some kelp, a few mussels. Summer sand deposits have covered winter cut banks, new shallow embayment at north end. One dead pinniped, probably a seal, rather fresh , near Myers Creek.   MORE 
Bob Harvey
Apr 21, 2015 8:30 AM
I inspected my Mile 23 at low tide on Tuesday the 21st. I have never been there when the tide was so low , about negative 1.3. The first thing I learned is that the marine gardens there are far more extensive than I ever knew before. Most are rock faces and are surrounded by deep water so are not accessible for close inspection without boots. I did not have boots. There are more than a hundred sea stars evident, and the handful that I could get close to all seem healthy. The diseased ones I could see last year are gone. In the same nearby and approachable area are only healthy sea stars both ochre and red. I was excited at what I saw. This was not a scientifically conducted inspection.   MORE 
Ochre stars   
Sea stars looking healthy   
Bob Harvey
Dec 20, 2014 11:00 AM
Sat morning Dec 20 about 11 am. A spectacular storm is in progress and it is high tide, about 9.3. Close enough to a King Tide I think. pictures from miles 24, 23, 22 from highway 101 pull outs   MORE 
Mile 24, looking S   
Description:Looking South from southmost end of mile 24 (which is just S of Cape Sebastian). The tooth shaped rock is in mile 23. This photo is with a wave at furthest reach toward 101 riprap
Date:Dec 20, 2014 12:00 AM
mile 23    
Description:Looking N at Myers Creek (note 101 bridge). The muddy creek water is evident. Wave has surged under the bridge then dropped back when photo was taken. Sorry lens is wet but it's raining!
Date:Dec 20, 2014 12:00 AM
Mile 23   
Description:Looking South with a wave at its highest reach toward shore. The following photo was taken from a spot directly opposite the onshore monolith
Mile 23   
Description:Photo looks seaward toward two monoliths, the onshore one masking the offshore one. Note logs in surf
Date:Dec 20, 2014 12:00 AM
Mile 22   
Description:It appears that waves have overtopped the spit west of the muddy lagoon with force (and wind) enough to splash foam (the whitish deposit)straight up the east face of Henrys Rock! I did not see it happen.
Bob Harvey
Dec 18, 2014 12:00 AM
The large storm of one week ago has cut steep dune fronts from S to N. I have not seen steep dune cuts in the rock sheltered N part of the mile before. Unusual amount of small fragments of hard plastic litter. I dead cormorant. Unable to visit marine garden, storm ruins low tide. I cannot visit suffering seastars   MORE 
mile 23    
Description:Looking N from south end of mile...note step foredune
dead bird mile 23   
Description:Cormorant webbed feet, black, long bill
mile 23   
Description:My friends near N end mile 23; note many wrack lines
mile 23   
Description:Inaccessible marine garden at base of further rock because of high surf. No opportunity to see seastars
mile 23 litter   
Description:Some of litter from mile 23
Bob Harvey
Nov 15, 2014 12:00 PM
The marine gardens are inaccessible so no view of sea stars. 3 quite decomposed sea birds. Garbage bag full of trash, mostly rope and mostly from within driftwood and lowest dunes. Trash looks local. There is no Tsunami Waste drop-off S of Coos Bay. Fawn is looking into this issue.   MORE 
Jul 2, 2014 4:00 PM
The beach is definitely getting more visitors but doesn't seem much the worse for it. A little more trash but still not much of a problem. Not a place for solitude. Sea star population seems to be unaffected by wasting disease. Usual number of dead birds. Sand Dollar population appears to be declining. I think this is one of the most scenic sections of the Oregon Coast and remains my favorite   MORE 
Dead Bird-1   
Location:Mile 23
Dead Bird-1 Another view   
Location:Mile 23
Dead Bird-2   
Description:A Gull's Wing??
Location:Mile 23
Misc part of dead bird   
Description:Perhaps from bird 1??
Location:Mile 23
Beach at mile 23   
Location:mile 23
Beach at mile 23   
Beach at mile 23   
Location:Mile 23
Beach at mile 23   
Location:Mile 23
Beach at mile 23   
Location:Mile 23
Beach at mile 23   
Location:Mile 23
Bob Harvey
Jun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
Strong N. wind , beautiful day. Unusual :(1) dead rotting seal pup (2)1 large remnant of fiberglass boat , partly buried in dry dunes (3) sea stars possibly suffering from wasting. Only a total of 2 dozen visible about 1.5 hrs after a -1 tide. I will contact tsunami debris group.   MORE 
sea stars   
Location:marine garden at base of huge monolith with cave toward no end of mile 23
sea star   
sea star   
sea star   
sea star   
sea stars   
seal pup, dead   
Description:decomposing badly, no ear flap
boat fragment   
Description:white fiberglass boat bottom less than 20ft long. Partly buried in dry sand high on beach
Location:see second picture
boat fragment   
Description:this photo includes 101 parking lot sign in background ...use to locate the boat piece
Location:thats the best i can do
Description:living on cave roof , access at low tide a dozen or more living therein
Bob Harvey
Feb 2, 2014 3:30 PM
I have been remiss...last visit was July. Seasonal changes include loss of large summer sand ramp at southmost beach monolith; lengthy steep wavecut bank parallel to ocean with great quantities of large and small driftwood ,some of it (at least ) freed from interment in sand. At N end, Myers Creek's outlet has moved north against base of highway 101 riprap, around an on-beach monolith, then out to sea. About two hours before Your Reporter was there, a very high tide of 7.2 had crested.   MORE 
Beach Monolith   
Description:Pic taken looking north. During summer a long sand ramp climbed halfway up this rock; obviously gone now in winter. Your reporter stands in its place.
Driftwood ,mile 23   
Description:Driftwood strewn before a wave cut foredune; looking north
Description:in bloom in February!
Myers Creek   
Description:The creek has moved considerably northward to base of a rock. Visible behind Your Reporter
Description:Kids wading in Myers Creek. In February.
Bob Harvey
Jul 26, 2013 12:00 AM
Wonderful day, more people than I've seen before. Summer smoothing of sand, burying of driftwood. One dead murrelet. For videos of mile 23 click the following links: Low Tide Video
and King High Tide Video   MORE 
Dead bird   
Description:murrelet perhaps?
Location:mile 23
Description:Looking N toward Cape Sebastian
Bob Harvey
May 7, 2013 5:00 PM
Mild , cloudy day. More people than usual, but still only nine. Natural summer sand deposition is well under way. The tide is low enough to allow access to the small marine garden near the hollow (about 50 feet deep horizontally) in the monolith in the group of monoliths near north end of Mile 23.   MORE 
Bob Harvey
Dec 13, 2012 10:15 AM
My visits are usually timed for low tide; today is a very high tide (king). Everything is quite different, actual beach is scarce because it's underwater, walking is only safe at base of dunes or on dunes or thru high driftwood piles. The ungrassed foredunes are under seige by the waves; large amounts of formerly buried wood is revealed, some still jutting from the wave-cut dune fronts. In April 2012 I reported a 4'x6' green plastic tub to Harris Beach State Park to be removed. It is still there, sand filled.   MORE 
From S. end beach access, looking N   
Description:King tide, little beach available
King tide, surf at sand bank   
Green tub and your reporter   
Description:Tub present since April, at least
Wrack line shows surf attack on dune   
Myers Creek   
Description:Myers Crk marks N end of mile 23: surf pushing under 101 bridge in creek channel. King tide
Beach trash   
Description:None seems to be Japanese tsunami debris. All gathered from Mile 23
Bob Harvey
Sep 6, 2012 2:40 PM
Foggy day, very little use. More dead birds than usual; remains vary from skeletal to full-bodied. A small pocket of crescent dunes was observed. Trash: 1 auto tire, which I removed to Harris Beach S.P. dumpster. In April I found a green tub which I reported to HBSP for removal. It is still there, most buried by sand.   MORE 
Mile 23   
Description:Looking N., large summer sand deposits, swales, humps
Location:Not far north of S end of Mile 23. precise, no
Bob Harvey
Apr 13, 2012 12:00 AM
The season's storms have changed things. Large amounts of driftwood lodged on the N. side of Henry's Rock (at the southmost point of mile 23)have disappeared. Huge quantities of wood now line the beach 3/4 way to Myers Creek. Minor amount of trash except for large tub.   MORE 
Winter steepcut dune, "fort" washed away   
Description:S. end mile 23, a few yards N of Henrys Rock.
Driftwood "fort" July 2011   
Description:This fun structure has been a manmade (kidmade?) landmark since my first visit here in Sept 2007. Picture above shows it is gone.
Location:about 50 yds N. of Henrys Rock, at which rock is the southmost point of mile 23
Description:Driftwood redistributed and much newly added. Looking N.from south end of mile 23
Location:75 yds N of Henrys Rock
Description:unidentified trash about 4x6 feet in size
Location:midway on mile 23
Heavy surf   
Description:Surf following storm of April 12th
Location:200yds N. of Henrys Rock
Bob Harvey
Oct 11, 2011 4:30 PM
Note: Pistol River (mile 22) has breached its beachy prison and loses itself in the Pacific. The agitated surf has provided us with haze-softened vistas. Today only 5 people present. Walking and one taking pictures. (A reliable source visited "my" mile Aug 23, and found about 16 people enjoying kite boarding.) Driftline contains quite a few tangled clumps of kelp, providing feasting for myriads of sand fleas. 9 dead birds, gulls I think, lie here and there. The beach has been greatly smoothed by summer's sand deposition. Most of July's interesting dunes are gone. A fair amount of driftwood appears to have been recently cut.   MORE 
Description:surfers with kites; unusually large number of people (about 16). (Not all in photo)
Location:Southmost portion of mile 23
Date:Aug 23, 2011 12:00 AM
Aug 6, 2011 6:00 PM
Special Baby Dolphin report   MORE 
Dolphin (?) Baby, 39"   
Description:What appears to me to be a dolphin that must have been near time of birth is dead near higher tide line about a quarter mile south of Myers Creek. (Length: 3.5 sandles = 39")
Location:South of Myers Creek about a quarter of a mile, near higher tide line
Copyright:public use
Bob Harvey
Jul 13, 2011 5:00 PM
My apologies for shirking my March and June reports. I spent the low May and June tides on the Clatsop beaches in search of the wiley razor clam. Yes I got 'em. I do recall having success razor clamming on Myers Creek beach in 1983, but a year later got but one. I've not tried again. The good news is no inappropriate changes occur on this beach. Summer dunes have replaced sand lost in winter, flowers bloom on the highway slopes, passing traffic stops for easy access to a gorgeous beach with scenic rock outcrops on and off-shore. South end has quantities of driftwood suitable for "fort" building. About 20 people and 4 dogs were using the beach in joyful ways. No human damage,no litter, no problems. Wildlife was a few gulls and crows.   MORE 
Mile 23 looking N to Cape Sebastian   
Description:taken from a few yards N of Henrys Rock July 13, 2011
driftwood fort   
Description:perennial driftwood "fort" S. entrance to mile 23 at Henry's Rock. Mileman Bob in photo too
Copyright:or not
Bob Harvey
Jan 5, 2011 12:00 AM
About a dozen people enjoying mild winter day on beach. Playing, walking, photographing. Driftline has much more and much larger woody debris than usual. Steep winter cut on dune faces is beginning. Wet sand high on foredune indicates recent high tide, maybe storm. Oddest thing: man repeatedly throwing net across Myers Creek at its narrowest point (about 4 ft) on beach, just before the water fanned out. No catch apparent. As we approach, he stuffs his net into a backpack and walks away. Thirty minutes later I hail a passing highway patrolman, and report what we saw. The officer asked for a description of the fisherman and said he would report to ODFW. We enjoyed a surprisingly beautiful sunset from the N end of mile 23.   MORE 
Bob Harvey
Sep 8, 2010 12:00 AM
A fine drizzly day on mile 23. Always interesting to see winter-summer changes in dunescape. One treat was the finding of a cold (terrestrial) Pacific ringneck snake on the beach at base of monolith. Another was the quite low tide revealing more seastars etc than I'm used to seeing, as well as a cave facing seaward usually inaccessible. Approx. 2 sq. ft. patch of mussels missing from musselbeds, cause unknown. Almost no trash.   MORE 
Dunes and Driftwood   
Description:Large, long lasting driftwood "fort" on mild, very coastal day. Cape Sebastian in far distance.
Location: Looking north from south end of mile 23, near Henrys Rock
Snake on beach   
Description:Pacific ringneck snake, gray on top , orange ring behind head, bright orange underside trending red toward tail. About 10 inches long.
Location:A bit north of midway. at base of a basaltic monolith marked with color
Bob Harvey
May 6, 2010 12:00 AM
Beautiful day; wind has created many pebble-caused "sand shadows". The marine gardens were inaccessible, tide too high. The driftline composition was interesting, details at the limit of my vision. Perhaps this is krill(?). I spooked the 2 rabbits in the brush as I examined the blooming wild irises and the blooming wild strawberries. And interesting to see such a change in the dune front since December's verticality to May's gentle slopes.   MORE 
Kite surfer on Pistol River   
Description:Dune-impounded estuary of Pistol River being used by kite surfer
Location:Looking S. from S. end of mile 23. Shoulder of Henry's Rock on right.
Bunny in Bushes   
Description:Rabbit in brush on west bank of highway 101
Location:Just S. of Myers crk bridge, mile 23
Bob Harvey
Dec 9, 2009 11:30 AM
Cool, sunny fine day, Inland has overnight temps in teens, so 40's are balmy here. A few walkers, offshore commercial boats. Little man-made litter. Grass-covered dunes continue to be chewed away by the sea. The summer's bridge refurbishing is all but finished.   MORE 
the "fort"   
Description:long-lasting driftwood "fort"
Location:S. end of mile 23, 50 yds N of Henry's Rock
jutting logs   
Description:long buried logs recently revealed by erosional loss of dunes
Location:south end mile 23
State Park sign   
Description:Meyers Creek Beach, Pistol River State Park sign
Location:N end mile 23
Bob Harvey
Jul 31, 2009 11:00 AM
My stop was brief; I walked just in the vicinity of Myers Crk where repaving and some reconstruction was underway. It's being conducted with care. Beach plants were flowering. Wrack line held clumps of large mussels. Saw my first GBH here. Foggy to the south and at sea.   MORE 
Bob Harvey
Mar 18, 2009 2:00 PM
Seven people (ok 10 counting my group), walking the beach, some with dogs, at low tide. Seasonal creeks running. Very little debris of any kind on beach. Wildlife: a few gulls and 4 oystercatchers (first sighting in my 1 1/2 yr watch). and 1 osprey. No geese as there were 1 year ago. No man made changes. Storm erosion has cut a sand bank back a few feet since Dec.   MORE 
Bob Harvey
Dec 4, 2008 11:00 AM
A calm fall has produced few big storms so little new erosion is evident. The tide was a +3 ft so the tidepools were unavailable for inspecting. An interesting artifact comprised of logs and bolts is new (see first picture).   MORE 
Beach artifact   
Description:l2 short logs, rusty bolts and Jim
Location:Just S. of Myers Creek 300yds
Newly erosion-exposed log   
Description:Winter storm has partially uncovered buried log March 2008 (also your reporter)
Location:about 200yds N of Henrys Rock, mile 23
Date:Mar 12, 2008 11:00 AM
Same log after further exposure   
Description:Picture taken 9 months later reveals further dune erosion
Location:200 yds N of Henrys Rock , mile 23
Bob Harvey
Mar 12, 2008 10:00 AM
Low tide, overcast. Heavy dune erosion, exposed driftwood. People and dogs using beach even though it's midweek. Marine gardens exposed but not easy to get to because guarded by slippery rocks. Geese nesting atop rocks. Little litter. No dead birds or mammals.   MORE 
Log and Bob   
Description:Winter erosion has partially revealed sand buried log (the horizontal object). The vertical object is your coastwatch volunteer.
Location:mile 23, about 1/4 mile N from s. end of "my" mile
Date:Mar 12, 2008 11:00 AM
Copyright:or not
View to mile 22   
Description:View from top of Henry Rock (at start of mile 23 S end) looking S into mile 22 toward the Pistol River, which is 1 mile away. The lagoon is brackish, not connected to P.R.
Location:Mile 23.0, west side 101
Meyers Creek   
Description:Meyers Creek with my colleagues Geographer John and the young Jimmy
Location:Meyers Creek N end of mile 23
Bob Harvey
Dec 18, 2007 3:00 PM
Weather relented for the 2 hours neede to walk the beach; no dead birds, not much litter. High tide is almost upon us so some areas are inaccesible, esp. the cave in a monolith at N part of the mile. Meyers Creek is 35-40 feet wide at narrowest point as it crosses sand. We were presented with a stunning sunset. Fine trip.   MORE 
same spot taken in sept 07 with esteemed geographer friend   
Description:looking north about 1/4 mile from S end of mile.
Location:N end of mile 23
Bob Harvey
Sep 9, 2007 4:00 PM
My first trip, so information is baseline for me. Very little litter , lots of driftwood, few people. No facilities except a portapotty at S end. Many rocks, monoliths seastacks in the sandy beach and in the ocean. Too foggy to see much of those just off shore. Some support small vegetation (no trees) on top.   MORE 
S. end mile 23