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CoastWatch Mile 300
DescriptionManzanita Beach, Manzanita, Neahkahnie Beach
Boundaries N 45° 43.913', W 123° 56.685' to N 45° 42.873', W 123° 56.397'
Google MapsNearby Roads, Directions to/from, Google photos, Satellite image, Terrain overlay
OPRD MapNeahkahnie Mountain to Nehalem River
Vehicles• Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the south line of Oswald West State Park (45° 44.4000', Mile 301), southerly to the north boundary of Nehalem Bay State Park (45° 42.2196', Mile 299), except as follows: (A) Between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, October 1 through April 30; (B) Motor vehicles essential to and engaged in boat launchings will be allowed any time during the year.
• There is hereby established a 15 MPH maximum speed limit within those areas of the ocean shore where motor vehicle travel is permitted pursuant to OAR 736-024-0015 within the city limits of Manzanita, in Tillamook County, Oregon.
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TidesThe NOAA Tide Predictions site may be found here. Click on the station nearest to your location to see predicted tides in graphical and tabular formats.


Sea Foam Along Manzanita Beach   1/2/10

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Sep 19, 2016 11:00 AM
Decapitated seal on beach. Cormorant, gull only other wildlife.   MORE 
Dead seal   
Location:mile 300
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May 27, 2016 12:00 AM
May Report   MORE 
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Mar 9, 2016 12:00 AM
I forgot to post this on 110215 - dead shark at foot of North Avenue on Mile 300   MORE 
Shark on Mile 300   
Description:I forgot to post this on 110215, but it's a great shot of a dead shark that lingered quite a while at the foot of North Avenue.
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Mar 8, 2016 1:00 PM
Purple, very slippery small organisms. What are they - krill?   MORE 
On the beach   
Description:slippery purple small organisms
Location:mile 300
On the beach   
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Aug 24, 2015 11:00 AM
Dead murres on north beach of Manzanita   MORE 
Murre mile 300 082415   
Jan 3, 2015 12:33 PM
I just received a phone call in regard to a large number of dead Cassin's Auklets currently washing up on Manzanita Beach. She counted over a hundred in the span of a quarter mile from Laneda Ave.   MORE 
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Oct 17, 2014 12:00 AM
Excess of dead birds on mile 300   MORE 
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Oct 7, 2014 12:00 AM
I've seen 4 dead Grebes on mile 300   MORE 
Dead Grebe   
Location:mile 300
Aug 29, 2013 3:00 PM
Submitted by a guest to the website: We are vacationing in Manzanita for a week. Yesterday, we walked the beach and found one dead gull. Today we found six dead adults and adolescent gulls in a strip of beach only about 150 yards. Also a dead sea lion on the rocks, about 10 feet long. Time was about 3 PM, near low tide. No obvious cause of death. If you know what might be causing it we'd be interested. Meanwhile we hope this report can at least be useful to others.   MORE 
Apr 7, 2013 11:00 AM
Stormy morning on the coast. No signs of tsunami debris. Found one interesting post, but it didn't look as if it had been at sea very long and was held together by modern-looking nails.   MORE 
Jun 16, 2012 11:00 AM
I noted a few pieces of unusual debris (flat and rounded foam-based materials) that could be tsunami-related, based purely upon reports I've seen of other such objects on TV. See attached photos. The largest of which was roughly the size of a boogie-board.   MORE 
Facing North   
Description:Large tree in foreground washed up root-ball and all. Halfway submerged beneath the dune.
Location:Quarter mile south of Manzanita
South View   
Location:Quarter mile south of Manzanita
Flat foam-based debris   
Location:Quarter mile north of Manzanita
Rounded foam-based debris   
Description:I found three pieces like this.
Location:Quarter mile north of Manzanita
Apr 14, 2012 2:00 PM
Very popular day on the coast. Everything is pretty clean, due mostly to the recent SOLV event. Didn't see any readily apparent tsunami debris in this mile.   MORE 
May 21, 2011 11:00 AM
Overall, the mile appears to be in good shape. Heavily used, but remarkably clean of litter, considering. Very little wildlife observed this time around.   MORE 
Sep 29, 2010 6:00 PM
Beach was extremely clean from the recent cleanup weekend. Very few people on the beach for such a lovely day. I soon realized that it may have something to do with the salps ( These things are covering the beach right now from the driftline right down to the surf. Too numerous to avoid stepping on them in that zone -- almost like a carpet!   MORE 
Aug 15, 2010 5:00 PM
Pod of orcas 500 yards off Manzanita beach right now! Easily six to eight fins visible at any given time. Perfect viewing weather. Look just north of Ocean and Manzanita intersection to see them. They've been circling for an hour or so.   MORE 
Apr 18, 2010 10:00 AM
Significant shoreline activity along access trail "8", about a quarter mile south of Laneda Ave. Much of the foredune has been scraped away across a section of beach about a 100 yards across. Behind it, a large section of new beachgrass has been planted in a grid-like formation in front of the houses.   MORE 
Feb 14, 2010 1:00 PM
Almost like the 4th of July on the beach today, based on visitor traffic. Too many people to accurately count, but definitely in the low hundreds. About one dog for every 7 of them. None on leash, but mostly just chasing each other. We picked up a little trash along the way, but it's amazing how much plastic is in the driftline along this stretch. It's not really apparent until you stop to take a close inspection of it.   MORE 
Jan 2, 2010 12:00 PM
Very stormy day on the coast around noon today. The sea-foam was 1-2 feet high along the driftline. The surf was rushing in right up to the beachgrass, catching many walkers off-guard and causing a few last-minute dashes toward Ocean Ave.   MORE 
Sea Foam Along Manzanita Beach   
Location:Just off Ocean Ave., between Laneda and Manzanita Streets
Head for the Hills!   
Description:A sneaker wave comes ashore on Manzanita Beach.
Location:Just north of Manzanita Ave.
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Oct 30, 2009 12:00 AM
Walking on mile 300 each morning, I am NOT seeing a recent excess of dead birds. (We did find a dead human 2 weeks ago). Beach is almost pure sand.   MORE 
Oct 18, 2009 2:15 PM
See "Action and Comments" for summary.   MORE 
Oct 11, 2009 10:00 AM
The beach appeared clean and almost swept free of anything to report. It was difficult to even find the driftline. About the only negative I observed today is that the horseback riders are still not cleaning up after their horses. As they're riding along the surfline, this could be a source of water contamination (see attached photo). I've mentioned this in my water quality survey as well.   MORE 
Manzanita Beach Looking North   
Location:Corner of Ocean Ave. and Laneda
Manzanita Beach Looking South   
Description:Lots of beach walkers today!
Location:Corner of Ocean Ave. and Laneda
Pelicans Flying North   
Location:Half mile south of Laneda
Horse Poo in the Surf   
Location:0.5 mile south of Laneda
Fishing Boat Along Manzanita Beach   
Location:0.5 mile south of Laneda
Sep 16, 2009 11:00 AM
Large number of dead birds (10) reported on this mile.   MORE 
Sep 5, 2009 2:00 PM
This is a heavily used beach, particularly on these holiday weekends, but it manages to stay reasonably clean. Every drift-log is typically heavily torched from campfires, making for a bit of an eyesore. Almost all dogs are off-leash on the beach, but I didn't notice any chasing birds (mostly from the lack of birds to be chased). No sighting of the bald eagle that I've noticed on prior reports this time.   MORE 
Jun 13, 2009 3:00 PM
Despite the high use of this beach, it remains pretty pristine in terms of accumulated trash and other human impact. My only complaint is that folks tend to torch every large log or stump that washes up. But overall, it appears that the overall cleanliness of the beach encourages visitors to pick up after themselves and leave no trace. The new wheelchair-accessible ramp down to the beach from Ocean Avenue appears to be getting a lot of use by folks who would otherwise have a hard time making it down there, thus making the beach a treasure to be savored by all Oregonians.   MORE 
Feb 1, 2009 12:00 AM
Jellyfish every 10 feet. 11 people walking.   MORE 
Dec 30, 2008 12:00 PM
Dead birds: Northern Fulmar, Sheerwater, Rhinoceros Auklet. 23 people, 4 playing in creek.   MORE 
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Nov 25, 2008 8:00 AM
Large patch of knotweed growing at north end of mile 300. Light use: 4 people, 2 dogs.   MORE 
Nov 1, 2008 4:00 PM
The beach was really clean. I couldn't find anything to pick up. Dogs were all off-leash except for one, but none were observed chasing wildlife. There are a few companies that lead horseback trips along the shoreline, but the owners appear to make no attempt to pick up after the horses. I often find horse-droppings in the surf next to the hoof-prints.   MORE 
Beach looking south   
Description:Representative of the beach crowd that day. A few strollers with dogs. Someone practicing kitesurfing on the shore
Location:midpoint on mile 300
Looking North to Neahkahnie   
Location:south end of mile 300
Pelicans fishing in surf   
Description:The pelicans were making many dives into the surf, so I'm guessing there's some decent fishing out there. Amazing display of fishing prowess in the heavy wind and waves.
Location:North end of mile 300 (I'll get GPS coordinates next time!)
Sep 26, 2008 4:30 PM
Light human use (7). Nothing much to comment on.   MORE 
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Sep 8, 2008 5:00 PM
Heavy use by humans (35) and dogs (6). Pelicans still active. 6 dead murres.   MORE 
Aug 23, 2008 12:00 AM
Very heavy human use (102). Beach grass seems to be spreading and the dunes building up.   MORE 
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Mar 4, 2008 1:00 PM
Very little human activity on this day. Huge amounts of driftwood. Creek runoff moved by storms. A very quiet day. It felt like nobody else was here. Eventually I saw in the distance what appeared to be a parent and a child. A very peaceful mood. At the end of the walk I came upon 2 golfers hitting balls on the beach -- a rude reminder that not everyone thinks the beach is a place of beauty and solitude.    MORE 
Nov 23, 2007 11:00 AM
Thanksgiving weekend -- unusual # (82) of people on beach. Sunny & bright.   MORE 
Nov 21, 2007 4:30 PM
What a fabulous crisp, sunny, winter day.   MORE 
Sep 5, 2007 11:35 AM
Nothing extraordinary. Dead harbor seal, sculpted sands.   MORE 
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Jun 7, 2007 9:00 AM
Several eagle sightings. Few dead birds. Large driftwood & plywood structure nailed together on beach for more than a month. No action yet taken by Nehalem State Park regarding dangerous structure on beach.   MORE 
Apr 27, 2007 3:00 PM
A great deal of wood on beach at the wrack -- must have been a big storm at high tide sometime earlier. Walking to Jetty miles 298-297 saw about 1000 migrating shorebirds (heading north in groups of 50 - 150) including dunlins, p.b. plover but mostly sandpipers (least, western)   MORE 
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Jan 25, 2007 7:00 AM
Dead sea lion at north end of beach. Pretty calm.   MORE