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289 ollikainen 03/21/2017

Some years back I commented on the condition of the south jetty.  This was after a series of boating accident that took the lives of a good number of people.  The damaged jetty created sand bars in the channel.  Larger waves would break and could capsize boats entering and leaving Tillamook Bay.  The Port of Garibaldi issued a report on the jettys in January of 2017.  It states that the south jetty is continuing to retreat.  Unless it is rebuilt,  the danger to mariners will increase.

Another effect of the retreating jetty could be greater erosion on Bayocean Spit.  It is generally accepted that the building of the north jetty without an accompanying south jetty was the cause of the destruction of the town of Bayocean Park in the middle of the last century.  This winter (and it was bad) saw a much larger amount of dune erosion in the middle of the spit where Bayocean was once located.  The shortening of the south jetty might be a factor in this erosion.  The diagrams in the Port of Garibaldi report confirm that sand that should be washed out to sea by longer jettys is swirling back and adding material to mile 289.  We have been reporting on this for years.

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331 alkarbeck 03/21/2017

See previous comments.

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314 cheeseguy 03/20/2017

It was a cloudy day(a few rain drops) with moderate NE Wind. People count was up likely because of some visitors being on Spring Break. Otherwise would not have had so many on a Monday in March. Majority of folks just walking on the beach. Driftline was amazingly free of wildlife. Zero dead birds. Drain pipes through the Presidential streets were photographed for consistentency. Some were more exposed, others were less. No trend one way or the other. 

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228 DWhite 03/19/2017
  1. There was a notable increase in driftwood and debris that had washed up onto the Whale Cove beach. This was minor compared to other, more accessible and exposed beaches.
  2. A small portion of the resident seal population was seen on rocks on the east end of Whale Cove (common during low tide levels)
  3. There were seal tracks on the Whale Cove beach.  Residents say they rarely see the resident seals on the beach. The meandering tracks seemed to indicate that it was a short visit without a resting place.
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211 Chad101 03/19/2017

Mile 211 has greatly changed since I first began walking it 8/16.  The mud and standing water are gone, and it is now a very people-friendly and inviting beach.  As a result, there are many more people on the beach than I have seen in the past.  There still is little or no dry sand, however, because of the water constantly seeping from the cliff about 1/3 of the way up from the beach.  I will try to add photos at a later date.  

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181 lectricriderone 03/19/2017

Sunshine brings full parking lots, and nature has scoured the beaches.  Searched for human trash, but found only a few ounces of broken glass and a plastic bottle cap.  No sand dunes.  Water leaking from hills, rocks and sand.  Sand smooth and firm.   Air fresh and clean smelling.  Agate hunters say it's unusual to find agates here.  

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205 Batthecat 03/19/2017 DISPATCH

 

Accessed the beach via Quail Street.  Lots of timber on the edge of the cliffs, some serious erosion.

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220 Hillsideshack 03/18/2017

Winter weather and water continue to erode the bluffs along Mile 220. March 18, 2017 visit saw continued plastic trash, 1.5 bags within just the rocky section at the beginning of the walk. One dead grebe, no bands. Four people out enjoying the sun. 

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226 George and Sheila 03/18/2017

March 16th was a rare mostly sunny and calm day for this time of year, attracting a small but enthusiastic group of visitors to the Lookout at the Otter Crest State Wayside. Views were amazing, as they were from all along Otter Crest Loop on the mile. A few people were stopping their vehicles to enjoy the views. There were essentially no views of wildlife, visitors having to content themselves with tales and photos of prior viewing by the volunteer staff at the Lookout. In terms of physical observations, the waterfalls that were present after the preceding heavy rain were a particular treat. Better observations of these could be obtained from the seaward side. Resistant basalt that makes up the cliffs along this mile limits erosional changes, so commonly there are none to report, but monitoring with a photographic record will continue.

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218 dderickson 03/16/2017

The beach is mostly flat now, except for mild dunation around the clumps of beach grass. Very little drift wood in high zone, compared to the usual; what's there is mostly on the north end. There is a lot of wood in the mid zone all along the beach, however, which I previously observed coming in around the same time as the pelagic red crabs a couple of weeks ago (I wasn't prepared to do a survey at that time). Most of the debris mentioned above is mixed in with this wood. Little Creek is 2-3 times wider than I have ever seen it in the past five years; sand is banked up on the west side of the creek up to 4'.

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236 Streets 03/16/2017

Gorgeous morning for a stroll on an exceptionally clean beach. A few big trees, patches of driftwood, but mostly pretty boring!

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208 Batthecat 03/16/2017

First visit since serious storms earlier in the month.  Loss of sand cover apparent.  Some new cliff erosion. Ancient tree roots covered up again.  Found various ropes, jerry cans, organic something - sent Email to Ryan Parker to fetch when he could (too much and too heavy for me to carry)  took a large plastic sack of garbage off the beach

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239 ORbeach 03/12/2017

It's a miracle! - a sunny, warm day with no rain!  Much more trash on the beach than usual (although note that your cheery Coastwatchers haven't been out here for a while).  We filled up 4 bags.  Lots of plastic bottles, other plastic and styrofoam pieces.  No serious winter erosion noted.

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254 jennifer1 03/11/2017 View full report 8
205 Volunteer Coordinator 03/11/2017 DISPATCH

Marine and woody debris with non-native species.  John Chapman contacted to collect specimens.  More woody debris on beach than normally seen.

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128 mzlizee 03/10/2017

Just reporting the re-exposes wreck, Sara Jo, at South end of Mile 128.

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129 mzlizee 03/10/2017

Gorgeous early evening Friday, sun headed to the horizon, calm breeze, low tide - bliss.

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171 oldMGguy 03/10/2017

Beautiful sunny afternoon for a stroll on Heceta Beach today.  Observed a bald eagle make several unsuccessful power dives into the shallow surf before finally hauling off a 8-10" fish for dinner.  Lots of folks out on the beach enjoying the sunshine this afternoon.  For once, no unusual critters washed up at the high water line - just the usual bits and pieces of small moon jellies.

Not beach related, but I've got an amazing number of Anna's and Rufus hummingbirds at my 2 feeders this spring - never seen so many!  Anyone else having a surplus of hummers this year?

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307 Bald Eagle 03/10/2017

It was a nice dry afternoon on the beach.  The beach was very clean.  The dock pieces have not moved since February.  The dock has been reported to OPRD to see if there is some way to remove the dock pieces.

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262 Linda Fink 03/10/2017

Warm windless day. Picked up one sack of trash. Lots of driftwood, lots more bank and dune erosion. No vehicle tracks in prohibited area, even though sign down.

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191 LyndaC 03/10/2017

Tide too high to get close to the beach, still an exciting time to be there.

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208 Volunteer Coordinator 03/08/2017 DISPATCH

Besides the pyrosomes, a seal carcass appears to be encased in fishing gear.  Jim Rice and Ryan Parker were contacted. This is between beach entrance marker 63 and 62B.  This information was sent to me by Bonnie S. who walks this beach frequently.

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245 TerryH 03/06/2017 DISPATCH

Velella velella are back, the tiny ones that are no more than 1/8 inch in length.

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101 Mike Mueller 03/06/2017

Sorry no photos this time.

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198 bahngarten 03/05/2017

Blustery, mod/ to strong SW winds with intermittent rain and sleet. Beach empty, 2 lone Western gulls.  Driftline content shells, pebbles, lots of driftwood pieces, some plastic, rope, 1 unopened can of beer- ( beer emptied) 15 lbs of debris removed from beach.  Beachside campground cleaned up ( winter woody debris) and ready to open mid-March, according to camp host. 

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171 oldMGguy 03/02/2017

Heceta Beach (Mile 171) has a gazillion pyrosomes (Pyrosomas atlanticus), a pelagic colonial tunicate, washed up on the high water tide line, particularily on the north half near Driftwood Shores Resort (photo).  Most were in the 1-5 inch size, with a few bigger ones up to 6 inches in length. 

The upper beach erosion is still on-going, with a tremendous amount of uncovered driftwood logs and debris now exposed on the previously nothing-but-sand beach (photos).  Due to high water flow, the unnamed small stream just south of the Driftwood Shores Resort buildings has carved out a mini-Grand Canyon between the outflow pipe and the ocean.  This hasn't happened since 2008 when I started walking this Mile.

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146 SmithRiver 02/26/2017 View full report 8
237 [email protected] 02/25/2017 View full report 1
200 [email protected] 02/25/2017

Beautiful day on miles 200, no wind and blue sky.  Few items that I would like to report on.  See photos.  Will email separately, as my wi-fi is not letting me load them.  Dawn, check your email.  Would you add to this report please? 

1 dead seal about 200 yards south of Patterson State Park entrance, high tide line.  Damage to skull, and tale.

1 dead bird - gull?

3 - egg masses, not sure what they are.  1 - missed the photo op. 

1 - large tree with the root wad.  Hope people are alert to the fact that it is a moving object with wave action. 

 

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116 [email protected] 02/19/2017 DISPATCH

Just a cursuray visit. Saw four people and 1 dog in total. 3 vehicles in car park. Noticed lots of small plastic fragments in wrack line. Found a boat bumper (?) from Cape Sebastian. Wonder if more land fallling into cove. Plenty of trash in cove, perhaps more than usual.

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171 oldMGguy 02/17/2017

A pleasent day for a walk on the sandy beach at Florence!  Harbor seals and surf scoters observed working the near-shore surf.  Huge amounts of sand have been removed from the upper beach by this winter's storms and big waves, exposing enormous amounts of long-buried driftwood logs, stumps, and woody debris.

There was a large concentration of the 3-5" long "Pyrosoma" pelagic tunicates on the north half of the beach (photo).  There was also lots of some sort of jelly that I've never seen before (photo).  At first, I thought they were sea foam bubbles until I poked one.  It looks very similiar to pasta cooking shells, about 1 to 1 1/4" long, 1/2" wide, about 1/2" in vertical.  Clear, moon jelly-like material, but I could not see any internal organs like most jellies.  Does anyone know what this is?  They were all along Mile 171 today.

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185 lfleming 02/17/2017

A lot of people and their dogs out enjoying a break in the weather.  The walkway in had a lot of logs and debris on it making access harder.  Quite a few visitors agate hunting in the winter cobbles.  The bluff seemed to have more erosion than usual. 

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220 DKPowell 02/15/2017

Three observations: First, there is more slippage than when I last went this way in fall of 2016. Second, the NW 68th access is a site of a pumping station for Newport. Today, I noticed that a new post has been placed there--it contains empty bags for persons to collect trash. There was already a full bag, I collected about 1/3 bag--as noted, the sand was very clean of plastic. What I picked up was in the cobblestones at the access. Third, I found a jaw bone and two other fragments. Since Hatfield was closed today (Wednesday) I will take them there for identification hopefully tomorrow. The size of the big fragment is 5 3/4 inches.

NOTE: on Thursday, February 16 I took the jaw bone to HMSC--William Hanshumaker posited that it was a seal bone. A note to self: take Garmin for exact locations.

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220 DKPowell 02/15/2017

This is an update to yesterday's report.

The jaw bone and two fragments found near NW 68th Street were taken to Hatfield today. William Hanshumaker gave the identification as "seal".

I am including several more jpgs showing slippage. 1268=Path to top of Yaquina head at 57th-erosion of trail. 1270=cliff erosion. 1272-these pipes weren't visible last fall.

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198 bahngarten 02/12/2017

Calm cloudy morning. Nobody on beach.  1 lone mature bald eagle scanning tideline, several gulls and crows present. Driftline contents: many razor clam shells, few strands of bull kelp, some 4" Dungeness crab shells, moderate amounts of wood pieces, some larger logs.  15 lbs of plastic pieces and several bottles removed from beach. Notable were logs and sand pushed into Beachside campground in several spots( usual for winter tidal surges).  Camp host trailer on site. 

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180 billmaxmcw 02/12/2017

Recent high tides to cliff bases.  Moderate winter erosion.  Fairly light amount of mixed plastic debris (one bag).

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293 stu and barb 02/07/2017

Pretty typical Feb. afternoon...24 people and 7 dogs braving the windy & cloudy beach, with rain coming soon.  Recent high tides have left their mark on the dunes and streams.  Modest amount of human debris...the usual aluminum cans, plastic bottles, rope and assorted stuff (one bag was sufficient).  Lots of rocks,shells, sea grass, and small drift wood.  Some new erosion near the Sand Dollar Resaurant.  Public notice signs have been posted by Oregon Parks and Recreation regarding a rip rap revetment application.  At first look, it appears this request could be justified.  Saw about 20'of the remaining "bones" of  the Emily Reed near the Silver Sands Motel.  She was a 215' ship carrying 2,100 tons of coal from Newcastle New South Wales when she ran aground at the Nehalem Bar on Feb 14, 1908...almost 119 years ago...great lumber!  Think the last sighting was in 2010.

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245 TerryH 02/06/2017 DISPATCH

Several hundred small specimens of Pyrosoma (fire body) atlanticum scattered about at water's edge.   Two resident bald eagles often sighted, perched high in the tree on top of the Point.    

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116 [email protected] 01/29/2017

Not much evidence of the recent high tides. Found unusual to me things in the low drift line. An abundance of small snails on rocks. I myself murdered quite a few by walking out on the rocks. Doesn't seem to be any shortage of adult snails in the cove, by my reckoning.

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122 JohnnyCN 01/29/2017

The waves/surf wasn't nearly as high today as it was the last time I walked the beach just a couple of days ago.  The weather was also better and there was no wind.  Due to this calmness, I think, there were many more people present, all of whom were walking the beach, some with their dogs.  Everyone was in a good mood, and the dogs were well controlled.  The only wildlife present were 7 "peeps" wandering with the waves and the occasional sea gull flying over.   The foredune showed its battle with the waves reflected in undercut banks and vegetation, and 2 or 3 deep cuts into the vegetated areas.  Overall, this mile of beach clearly shows scars from the recent storm.

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291 cemilligan 01/28/2017

Today was a beautiful day at the beach, partly sunny, light breeze, warm air temperature.  The tide was almost at its highest point.  Several people were walking around the beach, enjoying the sand and playing in the waves.  It was apparent that the shoreline had been greatly impacted by the recent king tides.  Driftwood and debris that had previously been located lower on the shoreline had been pushed up onto the ridge above, roughly 5-10 feet.  This made our trash collection efforts much more difficult as the footing was unpredictable.  We successfully removed 4 bags of litter, a destroyed crab pot, and a small boat buoy.  Much to my disdain there was a considerable amount of styrofoam pellets all over the beach.  These were next to impossible to completely remove as they averaged in size from a quarter to the end of a pen and blanketed almost the entire mile. 

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238 [email protected] 01/27/2017

This was the first time I visited mile 238. Most of the debris picked up washed in from the ocean. 

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131 JohnnyCN 01/27/2017

When I arrived for my walk, there was a limited area of beach to walk on.  By the time I left, the waves were sweeping clear up to the foredune in many places and there was no beach to walk on at all.  Due to the height of the tide, I only walked about 3/4 of a mile, but I checked out the other quarter mile through my binoculars and saw no extraordinary changes or any people.  There were only a few people walking the beach near the parking lot, and two surf fishermen standing on the surf and who seemed certain they wouldn't be washed away, though they did complain about the height of the tide.  Logs and stumps and other large wood debris were being rolled around by the waves in a quite impressive way.  The only wildlife were a couple of surf scoters; interestingly enough, not a single gull was present.  One short section of beach reflected wave action, vehicle abuse, or both, where the steep foredune had been flattened into a ramp-like entrance onto the beach from the higher vegetated dunes.  It was scarred by vehicle tracks.  The most impressive aspect of my walk was the power of the waves that crashed in a calm but inexorable violence as though in a carefully rehearsed assault on the land.

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220 lmabeggs 01/24/2017

The beach had very little sand on it.  It was mostly rocks of various sizes.  There was no debris except for isolated areas of plastic pieces.  I was there at a very low tide, but the signs of high water and heavy surf were apparent on the beach.  There was quite a lot of erosion of the vegetated bluff.

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236 Streets 01/23/2017

The beach was swept clean. Only a pocketful of small plastic bits. After scouring the upper reaches, I decided that all birds on mile 236 are alive and well.

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335 srhoads 01/23/2017

Beautiful day, peaceful. Lots of people on the beach, especially at the Peter Iredule just north of mile 335. The dunes are building-up.

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208 Batthecat 01/23/2017 View full report 5
146 SmithRiver 01/23/2017

It was a beautiful calm day at the beach.  The tide had brought in so much driftwood, one had to clime over it just to enter the beach area from the trail leading from the parking lot.  

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295 Nedonnaman 01/23/2017

Effects of storms and high tides over last couple of weeks striking -- northern half mile shows major erosion of fore dune.  Lots of large logs high up on beach; relatively few smaller pieces.  Fair amount of sand added to beach; looks more like mid-summer width than usual winter. 

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197 mudslide 01/23/2017 DISPATCH

I visited Mile 197 to see what changes the recent storms had brought. Was amazed to find that the cliff had been scoured almost completely clean of carved-in initials, images, words of wisdom, etc. Also, a great deal of sand had been washed off at the cliff's base, revealing layers that hadn't been visible for some time. It didn't seem possible that heavy rain had caused the erasure of the cliff face, since previous comparable rains haven't had a similar effect. The only conclusion I can draw is that the storm surge not only came all the way to the back of the beach but also reached high enough to hit the cliff face directly, and forcefully enough to peel off several layers.  More large chunks had come down as well. I returned on Jan. 27. This time I noticed some dramatic erosion of the softer horizontal layers in the cliff. As those crumbling layers weaken further, I think some very large chunks of cliff that rest atop them could fall sooner rather than later.   I'm sorry I'm not able to add photos because of the 2 MB requirement.

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37 iggydog 01/22/2017

The beach is almost entirely clean - grey sand has been covered by brown sand.  Signs of high tide are present along the land line - many floated trees pushed back against the land - much of the sand has been leveled all along the beach - previously obvious items such as "stuck" crab pots are no longer exposed.  Newly formed dune cliffs are present from midline of the mile most of the way to the Sisters.

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120 JohnnyCN 01/21/2017

This area appeared to me to have been somewhat laid to waste by high waves along with rain which flooded the parking lots and, of course, the beach.  There were driftwood, rocks, high water and debris in the parking lots along with twenty or so hyper high school girls who, though unhappy with the rain, seemed to be having a good time.

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122 JohnnyCN 01/21/2017

Mile 122, Bastendorf Beach, is a beach I've walked many times for pleasure so I am well acquainted with it; therefore, I was very surprised to see what was happening to it due to weather and especially waves.  Unusually high waves had topped the foredune that runs parallel to the beach.  The foredune is approximately two to six feet above the beach and highly vegetated.  High waves had swept up and over it, in some cases flooding clear through the parking lots and onto the road.  The parking lots were, in some cases, still flooded and/or sanded in; they also contained driftwood and rocks of various sizes.  Roots of various plants and even a small tree or two had been revealed and could be seen from the beach.  Deep cuts varying from ten to thirty feet had been cut into the vegetated foredune.  Banks that had been steep and sharp were now rounded and soft or swept away entirely.  

There was little human and canine activity, due to continuing rain, wind and blowing sand.  There was no shoreline wildlife except a very few gulls; the only mammal was a long-dead and somewhat pungent pinniped too far gone for me to identify.  There were, however, a number of natural changes to the shore line which I have listed above.

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299 cpendergrass 01/16/2017 DISPATCH

27 people and 7 dogs noted on calm day before Manzanita experienced 60 mph winds and 7" rain over the following 2 days. Pix attached of a dead short-tailed shearwater...a species of the open sea that is seldom seen alive from the shore.

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281 kkrall 01/16/2017 DISPATCH View full report 1
237 JDip237 01/16/2017

There has been a lot of erosion over the past few months since I was last in town.  Riprap has been installed all along the southern half or so of the mile. 

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282 kkrall 01/16/2017

Beautiful day. Beach very clean overall. Recent rain and snow have resulted in very full waterfalls. One small tree has slid down the hill in front of the house that has some long-standing drainage pipes. There is a new yellow sign "30A" facing the ocean, meant to help locate vicitims in case of an emergency. Did not visit Lost Boy Cave, as tide is seldom low enough to do that safely.

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198 bahngarten 01/15/2017

Clear, calm cold morning. 3 people, 1 dog walking. 2 small flocks of possible sanderlings skimming the shoreline.  Small rocks, shells, some crab parts present in drift line. Several drifts of mole crab carcasses present.  Several crabbing boats offshore. Few plastic caps, other plastic debris removed from beach-clean beach.

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121 Emily K 01/14/2017 View full report 1
193 SKMacK 01/13/2017

Nothing significant to report even with the King Tide. The water may have been higher in the Yachats River than usual.

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40 azbeach 01/12/2017 DISPATCH

This is not a full report -- a placeholder for our 4th qrtr 2016 observations.  We started at the north end of the mile, Arizona Beach access, during the high King Tide.  The photos show wave overtopping obscuring beach access and travel.  Mussel Creek has seasonally changed its course, entering the ocean to the south.  Effects of bank erosion are shown on this north end.  The south end of the mile was observed from the top.  The gate has now been reenforced so that vehicles (prohibited on this mile!) no longer have access (photo).  We returned to the north end of the mile later in the afternoon where we could access a small portion of the beach along Mussel Creek.  We observed no marine or land-based debris; the driftline consisted of small pieces of wood and small rocks.

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7 DewPoint Dave 01/12/2017

Mile 7 at a King Tide of +8.5 ft on a very sunny morning after several days of rain found very limited activity on the beach at South Harris Beach State Park. The lower part of the South Beach Trail has been partially washed out from the recent storms, but is still accessable.

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120 mzlizee 01/11/2017

There's a lot of erosion at Sunset Bay beach.  The waves are crashing against the riprap in front of the parking lot at the beach, and where unprotected, the asphalt parking lot is being undermined.

Waves are crashing against the cliffs and boat ramp at the north end of the beach leaving tree debris on the boat ramp.

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129 mzlizee 01/10/2017 View full report 4
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306 Frankie 01/02/2017

No one on the beach due to heavy surf. No notable wildlife sightings. Biggest issue is cliff erosion from both wave action and sub-surface water runoff.

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200 [email protected] 12/31/2016

Lovely last day of the year to walk mile 200!  The shoreline was free of debris, except for a few pieces of plastic and styrofoam.

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52 Laurie Prouty 12/29/2016

Beautiful day!  Lots of people out collecting agates.  Fairly calm day for Port Orford.  Lots of driftwood treasures and rocks for all.

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151 mzlizee 12/29/2016

A friend and I, and our 4 dogs, hiked to the beach from the day use parking lot at the entrance to Tahkenitch Campground, and arrived at 30 min before high tide.  We've been down this trail a number of times, but have never seen Tahkenitch Creek mouth so full or full of action.  The high tide was predicted to be 8.3 today, and there was quite a bit of wave action up into the mouth.  At times the waves over-topped the low cliff to the water, which during the summer months is quite a bit higher.  Please take a look at the photos.

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218 dderickson 12/28/2016

It was a very nice day, mild temperature, no apparent wind; a lot of people were enjoying the beach. The summer dunes have flattened out quite a bit, but it's still not as flat as I've seen it in the past. At the north end little hillocks of beach grass outgrowth are all that remain of the dunes. A raw sewage contamination warning was posted at the wayside access. Along Little Creek, I often see a Great blue heron who was not in view today, however I was pleasantly surprised to see a Great egret fishing for his/her dinner (photo attached)! The seas out beyond the near surf looked high.

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254 jennifer1 12/28/2016

Cleaned plastics along mile stretch of beach from wrack line. Many plastic pieces with Japanese text. Many small broken pieces various colored plastics. Fish netting and floats. Plastic bottle caps, too numerous to count. Hauled 3 large bags for disposal and recycling. 3 dead pinnipeds at locations noted within close proximity. 

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338 Randy and Beth 12/25/2016

We had a sunny day for a Christmas Day beach walk. Our mile was very clean. There were the usual sandpipers making their way along the tideline with a dozen or so gulls.

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171 oldMGguy 12/25/2016

Beautiful sunny, if cold, winter morning on Heceta Beach.  Large flocks of Sanderlings were feeding in the outwash, occasional harbor seal observed in the surf.  Numerous "Pyrosoma atlanticum" colonial tunicates about 3-4" long washed up along Mile 171 (see photo).  Large concentrations of inch-long fiberous cellophone worm feeding "tubes" washed into thick clumps, particularily near Driftwood Shores Resort (photo).

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212 PhilBSB 12/25/2016

I have Photos of the Rip-Rap areas and the unstable crack in the bluff

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213 PhilBSB 12/25/2016

Nice, sunny day for a beach walk.  No major changes to this mile since the last report several years ago.  Lots of large drifwood has collected just south of the South Shore development including several logs that I remember seeing several miles south over the past few years.  A number of people enjoying a sunny christmas walk on the beach.  All dogs were happy and well behaved.

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245 TerryH 12/24/2016

Christmas Eve and many people enjoying the beach.  Sand has left the far northern end of Roads End mile, down to bedrock now.  A new rock slide has also appeared.  About a dozen little critters had washed in that I need help identifying.  They look like fingers on the sand.  See photos.  Update:  those little critters are Pyrosoma atlanticum. (Thanks oldMGguy on Mile 171)

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129 mzlizee 12/24/2016

(Viewed 12/24/2016; Report filed 12/30/2016.)  The storms have brought in a larger than usual amount of trash, logs/wood debris, styrofoam, bottles - plastic and glass, some floats, some sort of plastic pallet.  Mile 130 is relatively cleaner than this 129.  I'm thinking I'll organize my friends for my own beach cleanup for my mile next week sometime - maybe a promise of cioppino . . .

There has been some significant erosion of the foredune cliffs - see pix.  I was there at 11:00 AM.  I'm guessing that I was there at an outgoing tide level of 6.6, and you can see from the photo that the water was washing right up against the base of the foredune cliff, even then.

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331 alkarbeck 12/21/2016

Sunny, chilly day with few people on the beach. Due to very high tides lately there are several logs on the beach.

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222 dderickson 12/21/2016

I had to do the survey from two different access points (north at Wade creek, and south near Moolack creek) since a short section of the beach was cut off by high water, north of Coal creek. There were a lot of drift logs (compared to the usual) piled up at the Wade creek outlet. The sea lion carcass that was there through the past three surveys was finally gone! A lot of vegetation and roots have slid down from the top of the bluff about .2 miles south of Wade Creek. The drift in the north section wrack line had a very large amount of small plastic pieces, the most I have seen on this beach. The sand cover was still pretty high, while south of Coal creek a lot of rock is now exposed, thus, several people were rock-hunting. The surf was impressively high, and I enjoyed being mesmerized by the view from the parking lot before I left (and wished I had my camera with the zoom lens!)

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226 George and Sheila 12/21/2016

During the time of obsevation, the sun was shining and the large, crashing waves were beautifully illuminated.  Despite this, nobody was at the shoreline access point just beyond the north end of the mile to observe these, a missed opportunity.  A few people were in the Lookout observing the ocean and talking to the State Park volunteers.  A whale sighting earlier that day was mentioned.  The Lookout is by far the single best place to observe mile 226 and a picture of the view to the north from there is attached.  Please note:  This mile is one that cannot be walked due to steeply-cliffed inaccessible shoreline.  The best that one can do being to walk to an access point at the north end of the mile, then walk or drive along old highway 101 (Otter Crest Loop) and look over the edge at several points, and finally, go to the Lookout to view the pocket beach and then observe the extreme southern end of the mile.

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309 cadonofrio 12/21/2016

Cold and sunny day; more visitors than usual at this time of year; lots of rocks and some logs in the drift line at the south end of our mile.

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199 [email protected] 12/18/2016

Beautiful day walking the beach. Only a couple other people walking this afternoon. Observed sea birds beyond the waves. Weather was calm and rain had stopped. Lots of trash at the tide line and in the dunes. Quite a bit of plastic. Filled two bags. One recent dead seal and a very old larger carcass on the beach.

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301 beachmike 12/16/2016

Modest quantities of washed-ashore kelp.

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23 Bob Harvey 12/16/2016

Sunny cool, clear day with calm surf. Summer's sand deposits eg ramps and crescent dunes are gone ; no new winter erosion of dunes. Large amounts of woody debris in driftline.When high tide is reached, the northern one forth mi of beach will be impassable. 

 

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4 mtuffey 12/15/2016

Overall things remain unchanged, despite the heavy rains and storms.

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8 DewPoint Dave 12/14/2016

Mile 8, Harris Beach SP Picnic Area, King Tide (+8.7 ft) at 10:00 am left very little beach area for recreation.

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120 mzlizee 12/13/2016

King Tide observation at Sunset Beach.

Seawater upto rock breakwater at beach.  Water has not reached the cement walk in front of the bathrooms.

Tidewater covering lower portion of the beach boat ramp.

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289 ollikainen 12/13/2016

Since the fall equinox, an unusual visitor was stranded on Mile 289.  This buoy arrived in October, and the Coast Guard just retrieved it on Monday Dec 12.  There was a buoy tender working near the entrance in October.  I surmise that it was accidentally dropped off the boat in an attempt to switch out the entrance buoy.  There are 2 off shore buoys at the entrance of Tillamook Bay, and at no time were any of the 2 off station.  Anyway it is now back where it belongs.  

 

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262 Linda Fink 12/13/2016

more debris than we could pick up including refrigerator casing. We hauled off ropes and plastic big pieces. Most junk I've ever seen there. Large eroded hollowed out (eroded) area at north end of dune. New signs telling people to not go beyond... dangerous area. And new no camping signs, which I've not seen there before.  Many photos on my blog for this mile walk: http://mycoastwatch.blogspot.com/2016/12/december-13-2016.html

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294 Paulissen 12/13/2016

Not very much activity on this particular survey. We did notice a lone river otter that was running along the water and a large amount of polysomes washed ashore.

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314 cheeseguy 12/13/2016

The day was a bright sunny day. Beach was narrow due to King tide. I walked in the hour prior to high of 10.6. Lots of kelp strands and huge bundles. Fair amount of rope both alone and in kelp bundles. 6 dead birds found 4 being Northern Fulmars. Lots of new or fresh(still has bark and roots) driftwood likely because lots of local flooding along the coast this past 2 months. Invertebrate appendages unknown to me in fair numbers. Helped one fish get back in deep water.

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130 mzlizee 12/12/2016

Down to the beach for King Tide event.

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129 mzlizee 12/12/2016

Down to the beach for King Tide event.

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