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36 colleen-e 12/21/2011 Beautiful day on the beach. The profile of the beach is much more gradual than our previous visit in the spring. View full report 0
36 [email protected] 09/24/2014 We were here a little past high tide. Rain had stopped and the surf was high but easing. Not much of a storm and the worst of it had past. Our view was of pristine sandy beach in excellent condition The only evidence of humans was were the trails back up to the rest area. No trash or debris of any kind. Not much evidence of wildlife either View full report 0
36 Lavenne22 04/06/2021 DISPATCH

As I walked the path down to the beach, just to the north of the rest stop, a Canada Goose stepped out of the dunes and followed me. We walked about 3/4 mile south. I sat on the beach and it came within 10 feet of me, then flew in an arc, calling. It returned to the same spot, then came closer. It settled down about 4 feet from me, with its back to me. It settled down like a broody hen, tucked into the sand. When I stood and walked back, it followed. I thought maybe it is living here, maybe people are feeding it? (I returned the next day; it was gone.)

Sitting slightly to the south of the rest stop I saw two seals in the waves, close to shore.

The portion of beach I walked was clean/ trash -free. The beach is shaped in hills and valleys perpendicular to the water, and the drop to the water is steep. Sand bars are visible; the water is fairly clear at this location.

Driftwood is pushed up against the dunes, which show tidemarks up to maybe 6 feet, and some matted grass. The (January?) high tides look to have been very high. Today's high tide marks all end on beach, not dunes. 

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36 Lavenne22 04/07/2021 DISPATCH

Made a quick stop and saw 16 whale spouts! With binoculars. They were moving towards the horizon.

4 cars with people in them in the parking lot. No one on the beach. Noted lots of human and canine footprints. Picked up one burned beer can off the beach near a very small pile of charred driftwood.

Rest stop garbage cans were full but not overflowing. 

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37 iggydog 09/03/2007 Calm day - moderate tide - less than usual beach debris - only two people on the beach (counting reporter)- many otter tracks View full report 0
37 iggydog 06/08/2007 The beach was very quiet today - the sand clearer of debris than in any recent month.Large dead seal above the mid-tide line View full report 0
37 iggydog 01/03/2009 Quiet day on the beach - Euchre creek very wide at the mouth. View full report 0
37 iggydog 02/20/2010 Concern for motorized vehicle on the beach - communicated concern to owner, who agreed to contact county officials re legality. More erosion of beach with loss of beach grass seen previous day - a continuation of that seen in last month's report. View full report 0
37 iggydog 01/23/2010 My husband and I were the only humans on the beach - we walked and observed the boiling sea and lots of wood debris on the beach View full report 1
37 iggydog 01/01/2010 Cloudy day - lots of small pieces of wood on the beach - appeared to have been high tides and washing away of sand. Less plastic debris than at some times of the year. View full report 0
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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37 iggydog 08/16/2017 View full report 1
37 iggydog 07/03/2018

Beach fairly clean - lots of beautiful at the shoreline.  Thirteen sea stars near the cave - fewer than five years ago, but more than last year.  Pelicans flying - seven!  Again, more than last year, but many fewer than five years ago.

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37 iggydog 02/10/2021

We have been consistently checking the erosion for the last two months - it continues now at a much slower pace than last month, but it's visible.  

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39 [email protected] 06/04/2014 Beach is generally in excellent condition and it is clear that it hasn't had many recent visitors. Not recommended for the physically challenged. Despite the fact that the route to the beach follows and old road bed it is general disrepair and there are some opportunities for misfortune. Threats are more to limb than life. A little scouting as you go is a good idea. Coming back up was a snap. Not recommended for the solo hiker unless experienced and prepared. The shear beauty and the associated history of the place makes the effort well worth it. This place would be a good candidate for a botanical survey. View full report 0
40 azbeach 04/18/2010 Another terrific adventure along this wild mile. Spring flowers including iris, strawberry, aster, wild cucumber. We had to complete the mile from two access points because low tide still did not permit access around one point.Marine debris abounds. Challenge other mile tenders to always carry a bag or 2 or 4; so when beach strolling folks offer their thanks for what you're doing, you can produce a bag and . . . We're delivering our bags of marine debris (NO household garbage) to Art 101 just south of Bandon for the traveling Washed Ashore project. Angela Pozzi welcomes these deliveries. (She cannot take debris scaled with decaying animal shells, carcasses, etc.) Let's clean these Pacific Coast beaches, and engage others globally! View full report 5
40 azbeach 02/07/2010

This is an "interim" report. Mile 40 was mostly impassible, though a low .8 tide at 1:30 p.m. We observed from Arizona Beach and then walked as far as possible north from Frankport site, and viewed from highway. Mussel Creek was more swollen than on our December visit; major erosion of foredune. It was an incredible day, weather wise, but not possible to report the mile from every aspect. Much less drift debris than last visit. Ice plant observed in rocks between foredune and sand. (Will be removed on next visit.)

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40 azbeach 12/28/2009 Bicycle, road sign, tires, glass, plastic, styrofoam, tin - the only sign of humans was what they left behind. Garbage and debris, both discarded and drifted in from offshore activities, is very damaging and offensive to this beautifully wild and pristine area. However, where the beach travel was difficult, and humans did not further venture, the wildlife is natural and rewarding. Erosion in the area, above and down into the foredune, is very evident and somewhat extreme.Perhaps significant, the anchored staircase was not there -- removed for the season, or just gone?But wait. There is great news! The Brown Pelican juvenile, rehabbed at Free Flight Bird Rehabilitation for several months, and released by us at Arizona Beach in August '09, apparently went south with the flock!! Happy New Year! View full report 4
40 azbeach 05/24/2011 Although this stretch of coastline is remarkable in itself, nothing of moment to report this time. Mussel Creek has again altered southward, where it now opens. Must be waded for beach access. Waiting for warm weather to encourage the plentiful vegetation to bloom! View full report 4
40 azbeach 01/02/2011 Again, a great way to start a New Year, new decade. Most notable, the cliff erosion below established dwellings. On a positive note, marine and land debris minimal - less than a full SOLV bag. The concept of "pay it forward" is beneficial to us all, and especially the environment. Another fab day on our beautiful Oregon coast! View full report 3
40 azbeach 09/30/2010 Like having our own private beach . . . not another footprint. Another beautiful day on the mile. Most pleasantly, the marine/beach debris was significantly not present. Time of season? Awareness and action? Whatever the cause, it's a good thing. View full report 3
40 azbeach 07/15/2010 Beach to ourselves until the return trip. Mussel Creek shallower, easier to cross. Less marine and human/land debris this time. Lots of "bouldering" on this mile; had to complete the most southerly portion by access from Frankport area. What a beautiful, exhilarating coastal walkway. View full report 4
40 azbeach 08/12/2012 A mile of discovery and intrigue -- this time, domestic goats!Despite dog-days of summer being enjoyed by humans engaged in pleasurable activities, no dogs! Minimal debris, both marine and land-based. View full report 5
40 azbeach 05/10/2012 Very low tide permitted access to most of this mile, north to south (except for "the point" which was observed from above and from the south). Gorgeous day -- windy beach protected by Humbug Mtn. Minimal marine and land debris. The stairs at Pigeon Pt. access were removed. View full report 4
40 azbeach 04/15/2012 An abandoned fire took our time and attention on the south end of the mile (north from Sisters Rocks). Due to winter storms, we were unable to cross the hugely expanded Mussel Creek at the Arizona Beach end of the mile. Mussel Creek now travels a long distance north before making an abrupt turn to the sea.This report will be augmented by a further report when we are able to return and cross Mussel Creek to complete the mile, north to south. View full report 5
40 azbeach 11/27/2011 Mussel Creek now opens directly west -- wading to cross required. Seasonal sand removal makes this a "bouldering" mile -- difficult to walk it. Very little evidence of marine or human debris except for broken bottles on rocky beach below Frankport site entrance.Contrary to "What happens on the Mile stays on the Mile," if you bring bottles in, pack them out!Another lovely day at the beach . . . View full report 2
40 azbeach 07/28/2011 The outlet of Mussel Creek has significantly moved to the south. The portion of Mussel Ck. that traverses the sand has created a dividing line between the west side wave-swept beach where there is no vegetation, and the higher elevation east side beach which now has plentiful vegetation. Of note are beach morning glory, searocket, yellow sand verbena, lupine, seaside plaintain, beach silverweed, cat's ear, angelica, coyote bush, and bird's-foot trefoil. View full report 4
40 azbeach 07/29/2013 Another beautiful, exceedingly windy, yet warm day. Unable to cross Mussel Creek. Swollen, running south to north, with no visible outlet..Seasonal sand drifts covering boulder areas, so crossing easy.Always discoveries. View full report 6
40 azbeach 04/28/2013 DISPATCH Correction to previous reports, inadvertently identifying the grazing roamers on our mile as domestic goats. I've been informed, and confirmed, that these are actually sheep. I'm posting this in hopes that the 3 remaining renegades will be recognized by their owner. View full report 1
40 azbeach 04/04/2013 Starting in dense fog, and returning with the skies lifting. Mussel Creek, requiring crossing in SOLV bags, is full and flows due north into mile 41.Another intriguing trek, especially since the usually impassable-by-shore area on the south end of the mile, close the Frankport site area, presented a wide, flat expanse of beach -- at least 100' to water two hours past low tide -- a much easier way to go!The previously reported domestic goat foursome has been reduced to three. One remains collared with a brass tag. They appeared scruffy, curious, but cautious; munching seaweed on the rocks. There was what appeared to be a grave -- missing goat? -- in the area we first spotted them. View full report 6
40 azbeach 10/25/2012 DISPATCH Domestic goats again roaming, grazing at the south end of Mile 40, Frankport site area. View full report 1
40 azbeach 08/07/2014 This usually pristine, wild mile was wrought with human activity this day. Rogue sheep not seen except for the remains of one, replaced by horses bearing riders; a new trail for access across rocky area, and OHV track.Beach bummer! View full report 7
40 azbeach 05/07/2014 The welcoming Arizona Beach Motel office/dwelling has been lost to what appears to be a recent fire. 2 floats, "Made in Japan" Ubejushikako Co. with Common Goose Barnacle attached, approx. 12" in diameter, the other with tiny mollusks attached, all writing Asian.Sheep looking weary and rag-tag -- maybe just a seasonal shed. Where is the 3rd of this regular trio?While not abundant, Yellow Sand Verbena, Beach Morning Glory, Seashore Lupine, Pacific Silverweed, Beach Sagewort, and Yarrow, mostly all in bloom.Only nature and us on this beautiful, wild mile. View full report 8
40 azbeach 01/25/2014 The mouth of Mussel Creek has moved south, with the creek running north, meandering, and then west to the sea.Except for the 3 curious, cautious sheep, minimal animal life. Another beautiful day! View full report 4
40 azbeach 10/29/2013 Just another day in paradise . . . Heartened to continue to see less human-caused debris. View full report 5
40 azbeach 08/26/2015 Tracks of apparently illegal vehicle spotted. Black oystercatchers, turkey vulture, osprey observed. View full report 4
40 azbeach 06/22/2015 Seasonal sands have arrived, making this mile very accessible. No problem to walk the entire mile without bouldering or going overland. Lots of footprints, minimal debris, land or marine-based. View full report 4
40 azbeach 03/19/2015 Mussel Creek channel is meandering, narrower and deepening. This mile remains relatively free of human/marine-caused debris.The new signage at the Arizona Beach end and Sisters Rocks end makes clear what is permissible and what is not. Unfortunately, the sign at the Sisters Rocks is behind the access gate, so vehicles can continue to enter and claim "oblivion" to the sign -- "just didn't notice" -- prohibiting vehicle entry. View full report 5
40 azbeach 11/16/2014 Mussel Creek continues to flow south to north, and then west to join the ocean. The water volume is lower and sand mounds interrupt the usually free-flowing waters.From observation, the BLOY population appears stable in this area with 6 juveniles interacting with 2 attendant adults. View full report 4
40 azbeach 12/19/2015

The mile could not be accessed from Arizona Beach -- Mussel Creek was impassable; the southern access from Frankport site was flooded, we parked in the area south of that. Because of high seas with big surges, only a small portion of the south end of the mile could be accessed. "Every picture tells a story, don't it?"

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40 azbeach 04/02/2016

Mussel Ck. meanders and now enters south of AZ Beach -- the mouth has moved significantly south. ATV trail (approx. mid-mile) access from beach now blocked by large rocks. Sand now covers beach area of previously exposed boulders; large rocks in areas previously of sandy beaches.

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40 azbeach 09/09/2016

Beautiful day on beautiful beach.  Today's temperature was 79 when we started and 84 when we finished.  In August, 2015, one year ago, the temperature was 63 -- nearly 20 degrees cooler.  To the non-believers:  climate change is real and active!
Sandy beaches more abundant this time of year; next quarter will be different.

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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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41 [email protected] 06/15/2008 Oregon State Parks bought Arizona Beach Campground. It's still officially closed while maintenance is being performed. It might open July 1. Cape Blanco Mgt. Unit, 541-332-6774, is in charge. The RV sites on the beach are in the process of being taken out. A fence is being put up to keep cars from northern section of the area west of Hwy 101. Camping might not be available even next year or beyond. The beach itself was very wide with lots of sand piled up to the south near the Prehistoric Gardens and narrower going north. It was very windy with few birds and BIG waves. Lovely and finally public. View full report 1
41 colleen-e 06/20/2011 Very clean beach, almost no trash. The cliff to the north of the parking area is actively eroding. There was a family of 7 playing on the step bank of Mussel Creek near the mouth, having a great time jumping and rolling down the steep sand. View full report 0
41 colleen-e 06/20/2012 No notable trash on beach. New bluff erosion evident as shown in pictures. Noticed japanese knotweed on the beach for the first time, near the parking area. View full report 1
41 colleen-e 12/21/2011 Very beautiful calm and warm December day on the beach. The 20 cubic yards of material that was previously at the base of the cliff had been washed away and there was a new smaller pile of material. View full report 0
42 [email protected] 06/20/2008 Water lapped slowly against huge bolders poking out of the fog. A few oyster catchers were silouited as they searched the exposed monoliths. I'm trying not to think about the long climb back to the road or tiptoeing around the poison-oak. Just scramble up the slope of dirt as it meets this batch of large bolders. We saw no other humans, only a bit of garbage and one sealion. View full report 1
43 Dale Lee 09/15/2007 Mile 43 is directly south of Humbug Mountain. The mountain often intensifies NW wind,similar to standing on the top of a windy bluff. When the wind is from the NE like on Saturday, the beach is protected, and the light breeze from inland can be quite warm. Waves were about 3,4 feet, the ocean was very blue, and the water was clear. A whale was swimming near by for most of the walk. Of interest, the beach was covered with bear and cub tracks, but I did not see them. Also the resident Vultures seem to now recognize me as an individual and let me approach quite close. Hopefully this new social interest will not include any dining. It was beach clean up day, and of concern is always foam in various stages of disinigration. I can never get it all, and there seems to be a lot more tiny stuff in the winter and spring. Also there were over 50 water bottles in the one mile of beach, and I hope the deposit slated for 2009 will reduce this more recent occurence. Although there have been no real storms, erosion of the summer beach that has built up is underway, and the beach from west to east is much smaller than is was in July. View full report 0
43 Dale Lee 06/14/2007 Interesting flatsum for late in the year. Japanese containers present. I also wanted to report a metal 55 gallon barrel that is sealed, and appears to contain some liquid. I realize this could be a small amount of ocean water. No leaks are visable. Barrel is located 100-200 yards north of where the sand portion of beach 43 ends. View full report 0
43 Dale Lee 04/24/2008 Accessing mile 43 requires a 10-15 minute walk down a moderate slope on an informal game trail. With the rapidly growing vegatation, spring is the season where the trail goes from being the easiest to follow, to being the most challenging to follow. The ocean was fairly clear, blue green in color, and there was lots of young seaweed in the water. The seaweed was not espcially floating or on the bottom, but seemed to have netural bouyancy. Some seaweed was present in the high tide driftline, along with numerous foam pellets. Are the pellets from sea or locally uncovered and being redistributed? Many recent international items were present, including a few water bottles with asian characters on the lables, which I found interesting. View full report 0
43 Dale Lee 12/20/2008 What a nice break in the weather, and break in the breakers for a walk on mile 43. This beach is coarse dark sand, but wrapped by bedrock cliffs, so it can be quite dangerous this time of the year when the swell is high, even during low tide. Today the swell was amazingly small, probably 2 feet or less. The water was clear, and a steel blue grey color. Some loose seaweed seemed to be in the water. This was quite a change from the summer muck, that was especially thick this year. The profile of the beach was steep. and as much as ten feet of sand has moved offshore for the winter. It was fairly flat during the fall. The two mico emerging dunes on the north end of the beach have both seen erosion. The larger dune that is mostly inhabited by European beach grass, has become smaller the past few year, being eroded on the west, and larger shurbs are becoming established on the east. Native beach grass is starting to get established on the south of the overflow for the first time I am aware of. View full report 0
43 Dale Lee 06/22/2009 Sand movement from season to season, and year to year is always a draw of interest. Today with the am minus tide, the beach seemed especially flat and easy to walk. The grain size of the surface sand has sorted finer and is much firmer than most times of the year. Summer beach vs winter beach is easy to notice, but recently in the past few years I have noticed also the sand tends to move south in the winter and back in the summer. The recent south swell through the first three weeks of June seemed to cancel some of the typical n/ a movement, and sorting.A couple botany notes for the record: during the past decade the community of Hawk's Primrose has steadily increased on the northeast portion of my mile. Futher uphill larger numbers of Brodia coronaria var. macropoda are currently in bloom.(I'm told Brodia has been changed to Triteleia if anyone cares) the group are native onion like plants that I find mostly on very dry ground. This one on my mile is very locally abundant but I have not run across it elsewhere. View full report 2
43 Dale Lee 03/13/2009 Foam pellets always bother me. Does anyone have a good way to remove them from the beach? They are often mixed with small woody debris on my mile. There was none of the forest duff that concentrated at Crook Point, but the event did leave lots of new driftwood especially on the rocky portion of mile 43. It was medium sized, averaging around an 8 foot 2x4, but few pieces I would call saw logs. There was also lots of sand for this time of year. Often large piles of seaweed are present now, but evidently it landed elsewhere this year. This new medium woody drift was also void of plastic litter for the most part. There was some crab gear which is normal this time of the year, and the artifact of interest was an intact coconut. I never did really like the, 'have your cake and eat it too' chestnut, but it seems to apply here. View full report 0
43 Dale Lee 07/15/2010 DISPATCH Walked mile on July 13 to find an unusual amount of debris. Most significant was a full, 55-gallon barrel marked "marine oil." There were two other 5-gallon sealed cans of mulitgrade oil nearby. State Parks, CoastWatch and the Coast Guard were contacted, and the Coast Guard hired NWFF environmental services to handle this. After opening the drum and determining it was full of oil, four employees removed it from the beach in 5 gallon buckets with lids. The job was completed about 3:30 pm today, July 15. View full report 3
43 Dale Lee 11/20/2011 Nice afternoon with exceptionally clean and clear air. Water was blue, swells were 6-8 feet, and erratic. All the sand had been recently erased of any activity by the surf that had been reaching the rock cliff at high tides and during stormy weather. Not a lot of litter, and no evidence of debris from offshore or Japan View full report 1
43 Dale Lee 09/18/2011 The ocean was quite foamy from a high swell at night but had subsided to around 5 feet when I was there. The water was blue and remarkably clear. I did not see many birds, but could hear lots of activity on mi 42 to the south.There was lots of summer beach sand between the cliff and waters edge. It was interesting that the northern portion did not have it's usual amount of sand, suggesting the currents and wave trains moved the sand southward this summer. Lots of annual seaweed was pretty evenly distributted along the beach and often several driftlines were present.Again this is common for this time of the year, and soon the pile of seaweed will become concentrated to the south end of my mile.I would also like to briefly note that conditions this winter has generated quite an impressive class of common barnacles on the rocky shores adjacent to mile 43. View full report 0
43 Dale Lee 07/23/2013 Visiting my mile is traditionally a low tide, moderate to low swell event. Winter conditions can cause the water to reach the surrounding cliffs, which in most cases are too steep to climb. I visited during high tide for a change yesterday. Probably the most unusual thing I noticed was the transport of summer sand, not just to shore, but also along shore from the north to the south. Rock cobbles were exposed on the north end of the sand beach where I had never seen them before. About 10 feet of sand covered the resident boulders on the south end. There was a little probable Tsunami debris with the expected lumber, beams and construction remains. One item of interest was some timber 4"+ diameter bamboo, with attached anchoring rope. The water had been very red lately was mixing with very clear water, and many swirling patterns could be observed. View full report 2
43 Dale Lee 12/09/2012 Although it is about a 10 to 15 minute walk to the beach, ODOT did a major repair to the place I park and access my mile. Hwy 101 was raised about 10 feet along this stretch. My informal path was removed, but it is still very easy to pick up the old trail 100 feet or so north of the parking lot. There was a lot of surf grass and other seaweeds piled on the north end of the sandy portion of my mile.Last spring there were some large pieces of foam that I suspected were tsunami debris, but I would like to mention that there was not any more litter than normal, at this time. View full report 3
43 Dale Lee 12/23/2013 Over ten feet of sand has migrated from the north end of mile 43, as remnant bits of last summer's beach can still be seen high near the vegetation line. On the south end only about 2 feet has gone seaward, using a rock I often rest on as a gauge. Although nearly windless( steam was rising from the sand), the real event was a high swell. It was easily 8-12 feet and one wave would often break 3 times. That is to say, break out a quarter of a mile on a sand bar, then reform, break a second time before reforming and breaking near the shore. With all of the surf activity I saw no sea birds today. The flowers on the Garrya elipitca were forming,something I always enjoy in December and January. View full report 0
43 Dale Lee 09/04/2015 Stepping on to be beach I was greeted by a healthy supply of summer sand, low swells and blue water with changing shades of color and contrast as the puffy clouds blew over from the northwest. The storms from last week had started to cut into the beach that had built all summer reminding me of more seasonal changes to come. Mole crabs were by far the big event of this trip, as I can not recall a bigger adolescent class. Other sand beaches in Curry County are also having the year of the mole crab. The beach was strewn with seaweeds and surf grass, which is not uncommon for this time of the year. Beach hoppers had emerged from the higher sand, again not unusual. There were an unusually high number of keyhole limpet shells here and on other beaches this year. This is somewhat troubling to me, in that this is a long lived species and many of the shells are quite large. The dead harbor porpoise pictured was from a previous visit this summer. Accessing this mile is still very manageable but climate change and succession has benefitted the poison oak community so beware. View full report 4
43 Dale Lee 04/04/2015 Save the Monkeyfaced Eel. There were 5 or more of these adult creatures that had died and were near the rocky shore's edge. Most of the Velella (thousands ) from last week were no longer present, but a few were still around. The wayward dock was right where I left it last week. It is located near the Brush Creek overflow. This is nearly a mile from the access trail on the south end of mile 43, but is clearly visible from the only viewpoint. Other items of interest include a strange clump of layered wax, and an electrical outdoor cap box that was scorched by fire from the bottom. Tsunami timbers that are notched continue to wash in. Again I do not feel the dock is tsunami debris, however it is constructed with fiberglass and lots of styrofoam. View full report 2
43 Dale Lee 03/28/2015 DISPATCH

Large dock on Mile 43. It has few to zero sea creatures attached to it and moss growing on the sides, plus little damage so I think it is somewhat local, and was probably lost from fresh water. Three sections are approximately 4x8 each. Bottoms are Fiberglas filled with low-grade foam. NOT tsunami debris, although there were a few timbers and other sundry Japanese items today.

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45 humbug45 09/06/2015 Beach was clean despite obvious human activities and full adjacent campground. No evidence of beach fires noted. Five dead birds apparently not related to human activities; fewer shorebirds and no marine mammals noted at this time ( brown pelicans, cormorants, osprey). Sand has moved in and covered some of the rocks at the north end of beach. Yellow abronia (yellow sand verbena) cover the sandy dunes above the shore. View full report 2
45 humbug45 07/05/2015 Adjacent campground full; evidence of previous day(s)'s beach activities with some leftover debris (cans, bottles, candy wrappers). Three areas with firework remnants including one used Roman candle container (illegal in Oregon) and many sparklers. Posted sign at access to beach underneath US 101 bridge ripped off and thrown aside. One tarp covered lean-to with foam mattresses and debris (beer cans) at less than 200 ft. from access exit into beach (beach ranger notified). View full report 0
45 humbug45 06/14/2015 Birds spotted included numerous Rhinoceros auklets and two Black oystercatchers, along with gulls. View full report 0
45 humbug45 04/22/2015

Sunny moderately windy morning; mile 45 access is through Humbug Mt State Park which was completely empty (no park host or campers). No persons or dogs seen at the beach. Sandy portion of beach was clean and mostly free of debris; some debris found at the rocky end towards Coal Point; mostly seemed to be from fishing boats; no obvious tsunami debris noted. Abundant seaweed and invertebrates seen covering rocks at tide line (-1.0 tide). A few gulls and a single Canada goose feeding and ambling at the end of Brush Creek.

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45 humbug45 11/11/2015

Very quiet beach with no human activity noted except for one set of footprints. Adjacent campground closed for the season; open portion of campground empty except for camp host. Some debris from fishing boats (bait pellets, plastic parts and rope)collected; two rusting crab rings noted (one has been there for a long time; second one just appeared). Wood pieces and wrack pushed against bluff probably due to storm activity. Single dead juvenile seagull near Brush Creek high above surf line; a flock of Black turnstones and four Black oystercatchers hanging out on the rocks near Coal Point.

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45 admin 02/07/2016

Quiet beach with no visitors; rare wildlife: single foraging black oystercatcher and a few gulls. Found five crab pots in varying degrees of deterioration. Also other fishing boat debris (buoys, ropes, bait containers) plus other more common debris (Styrofoam and hard plastic pieces). The dune/bluff has eroded with visible plant roots,probably secondary to high tides, storm activity and high surf.

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45 humbug45 02/17/2016

One of the crab pots found earlier this month (previous report) was removed from the beach and is now at the trail head to the beach on Humbug Mountain State Park. Does anyone have the story regarding this vessel?

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45 humbug45 11/14/2017

Some erosion near large drainage pipe from highway.

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45 humbug45 01/19/2020

No unusual events or observations to report. 

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46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 07/12/2012 Dave Lacey and Pete Stauffer completed this mile, and said there was hardly any trash on the walk. There was nothing to note of special importance, but both suggested updating the CoastWatch forms, and I agree as well.Another suggestion for our mile was to begin GPS marking the erosion spots and photo points for better observations and connectivity to future data collection. View full report 3
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 05/15/2012 All in all, it was a lovely day! A gorgeous, sunny day on the coast and we did a beach cleanup that day as well. Mr. Betz's 8th grade class was along for the day to make special tide pool observations, and then help the Community Team with a beach survey and cleanup. It's great to be a part of a community that cares so much for its environment! View full report 3
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 02/05/2012 It was a beautiful day, near dusk, low tide, few people, no garbage. View full report 3
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 03/04/2012 TBD View full report 0
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 12/11/2011 It was a beautiful day for a stroll on our lovely Mile 46, overlooking the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve. It was cool outside, however the sun was shining brightly, keeping us warm.Lacking much debris, this beach had one large block of styrofoam (from a dock, perhaps) and a few small pieces of plastic, but mostly just driftwood and some sea kelp. It did not appear that there had been any new slumping or erosion on this hike, and the waterfall was flowing nicely today.Gorgeous walk! View full report 2
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 09/17/2011 Beautiful day with the Sole Pursuits group talking about Fishtracker and the Redfish Rocks Community Team. Nice weather for walking and talking. A bunch of Kelp and seaweed had washed in from large storm surf early in the month. There was all kinds of critters still living in the washed up habitat. View full report 1
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 08/14/2013 How the beach does change! Since our last visit the sand has moved in and covered/filled in most of the tide pooling areas and our rocky boulder beach areas are now 75% covered! Tons and Tons of sand. We noticed lots of biological matter on the beach. In the areas where we once used to have thriving tide pools, the algae and kelp has been scrapped off and washed in with the sand. Please see the attached photos. It looks like more JTMD has washed in. We found some wood that looks to be of Asian construction at Coal point. See attached photosAlso, I have uploaded some photos from Mile 49. Both these animals were found ~100yrds east of Battle Rock. View full report 8
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 06/12/2013 Dead Gumboots were interesting, why so many? The specimen of squid we found was really interesting too! Not sure why the person clamming was so dodgy, but at least they got dinner for the night! Great day on Mile 46! View full report 0
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 04/08/2013 Good Day out on the Beach. We found a couple of 4"x4" 10' long pieces of lumber. When we returned to town, we also heard that there was many more scattered along mile another CoastWatch Mile north of ours, around the Battle Rock area (mile 49?).Upon investigation we found 2 more 4x4s, both about 10' long. One was found out by the Mill Rocks and the other on Dog Beach. We also found a large 12"x 12", also about 10' long, right at the base of Battle Rock, it was Covered in large Goose Barnacles. View full report 7
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 03/11/2013 DISPATCH Nice warm day out at Rocky Point/Retz Creek! We were greeted by a couple of Killdeer who were present, active, a little skittish, and fun to observe! On our way down the beach, one of our volunteers, Janet London, found a stranded "dock" looking structure. Hard to say what it was, but it had obviously been in the water a long time and contains species of "barnacles" and "mussels" (if our assumptions are correct) that appear to be non-native. We took samples and have them frozen at the POORT offices in Port Orford. We contacted the proper authorities upon our return. Japanese Tsunami Marine debris? Stay tuned and we will find out! View full report 3
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 02/11/2013 Nice warm day out at Rocky Point/Retz Creek! We were greeted by a couple of Killdeer who were present, active, a little skittish, and fun to observe! On our way down the beach, one of our volunteers, Janet London, found a stranded "dock" looking structure. Hard to say what it was, but it had obviously been in the water a long time and contains species of "barnacles" and "mussels" (if our assumptions are correct) that appear to be non-native. We took samples and have them frozen at the POORT offices in Port Orford. We contacted the proper authorities upon our return. Japanese Tsunami Marine debris? Stay tuned and we will find out! View full report 4
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 01/14/2013 It was another beautiful day down on Mile 46! Once again we completed our CoastWatch survey in conjunction with our Marine Debris Monitoring project. Stand-up paddle boarding was the order of the day, as the three boarders were out riding waves from the time we arrived and were still doing so when we left. Not much to note on the wildlife. We did find a dead octopus/squid and some dead fish, but everything seemed to be in order. No physical changes or unusual finds. We will have to wait and see what next survey brings! View full report 3
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 11/12/2012 Monday, November 12, 2012 was a nice fall weather day. Good wind, but not too much, 51 degrees and overcast. A good warm up beach walk in preparation for the winter to come!Not much observed this day. Beaches were pretty clean from organic debris in comparison to the month before. Some kellp, some shells, etc. A good low tide allowed for some quick tide pool observations! Observed (Photos are attached):Possible debris from 101 construction, however we cannot be 100% certain, and more dead Common Murres.A great day to be on the beach! View full report 3
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 10/10/2012 Monday, Oct. 10 was a beautiful day for a walk on the beach! The tide was to high for any good tide pooling activities, but we observed many new things!One thing we were able to observe was the construction happening on Hwy. 101 (onto of the bluff). As it had nearly come to a finish we were able to see new drainage pipes, and a drain field that they have created. We assume the drain field is there to allow the water to run off of the road effectively and to slow the flow of water so it does not cause the cliff side to erode any further. Only time will tell if these mitigation efforts will be effective! We also found some debris from the construction down on the beach (asphalt).Another interesting observation is the accumulation of dead Common Murres. We counted 11!We also made an interesting find in relation to Marine Debris. We found and Oil Sample bottle. Janet called the company and after telling her to go and recycle it somewhere, they called back to ask her to send it to them. The company said they have strict guidelines for keeping track of oil samples. They think it came from a Chinese Vessel. See attached photos. View full report 6
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 04/16/2012 DISPATCH This observation was NOT made at mile 46. It was a few miles up the road in the town of Port Orford at Dock Beach, the beach is directly next to the Port of Port Orford. I believe that it is on Mile 49. Found 100yd East of the DockWe were alerted to a washed up whale and immediately went to see for ourselves what the situation was. It turns out the whale has been dead for a long while, as the body has already gone through a bit of decomposition. We are assuming in washing up in this state. It was roughly 6' long and a juvenile. We were unable to determine the species. Whale was still observed on the beach this morning on 10-17-12 View full report 6
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 02/10/2014 This trip to the beach proved to be very interesting. The rocky intertidal zone has become completely exposed again as the sand has washed away. The rocks uncovered are completely devoid of all barnacles that once used cover them. A strange and complete disappearance.We also noticed many more small plastic pellets covering our beach. Much more than normal. Overall, a good day at the beach with some very noticeable changes. View full report 5
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 07/10/2015 A few dead animals and many live ones! 2 dead gumboots, 1 dead dolphin, 1 dead harbor seal. We have also pulled 3 tires from the beach over the past 2 months. Geez the ocean can be a harsh place to live! Thanks to everyone who joined. View full report 3
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 05/14/2015 Overall, it was a great day on the beach. The sand is coming back in and beginning to cover the bedrock that it was scoured down to over late summer, fall and the winter months. Algae is also starting to cover the rocks in the rocky intertidal zones! View full report 3
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 02/13/2015 It is AMAZING the amount of sand that has been removed (naturally) by scouring. Take a look at our photos. The rock that Janet cannot reach the top of used to be almost completely covered up top with only 1 foot or so exposed. The scouring has been taking place for about the past 6 months. We have heard that about 10 miles or so up the beach to the north, they are being inundated with sand washing in. Is the sand from this beach moving north? We have not submitted a report in the past several months, but we continue to watch at least once a month as we also do our NOAA Marine Debris Monitoring Surveys. View full report 4
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 11/12/2015

It was a beautiful day on the beach! As usual, we coordinated our NOAA Marine Debris Monitoring survey with our CoastWatch survey. We counted 203 pieces of foam. The sand is moving in. The beach is covered in about 6' more sand that at its most scoured point earlier this year. Tidepools in the intertidal zone are still fairly open, but have been filled a little bit by the influx of sand. Bull kelp has started to pile up. We also found a couple of salp-like creatures on the beach (shown in the photographs).

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46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 05/12/2016

It was a very normal day down on the beach. The only thing different was the presence of 6 or so dead Pacific Rock Crab (at least that's what we think they are). We left one tire on the beach as it was just too far down the beach for us to move. We also picked up multiple large plastic marine debris items. One jug had Asian characters on it. From Japan, maybe. Wea also saw the R/V "Miss Linda" and her crew out by Mt. Humbug working with ODFW and performing Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)surveys. Unfortunately the ship was to far out to get a photo.

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46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 08/11/2016

Just another great day on the beach with good people. We were the only people on the beach. The sand scouring that has occurred in the area next to the access trail all the way down to Rocky Point is quite impressive! 

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48 cprince 05/07/2008 eveything was relatively peaceful and clean! this will be my last report for this mile, as i am moving to portland.thanks everyone for caring for our beautiful coastline! View full report 0
48 cprince 02/16/2008 another beautiful day, more than average human/dog/vehicle traffic on the beach. the small black and white birds i saw last week were gone, found a few dead seagulls and one black and white gull, smaller than a seagull. also i took pix of the rock piles that formed up. there is a lot of sand gone.i hadn't gotten quite down to hubbard creek last walk, so this time i did, and noticed how much erosion and wood removal occurred from the recent winter storms. not much flotsam/jetsam. View full report 3
48 cprince 02/11/2008 the most notable difference from the last time i visited, about a month ago, was that there were large piles of rocks 1/2 way down the mile. it was difficult walking over them, and they lay from the cliff base all the way into the waterline. usually there is a good sandy strip at all but very high tide.there were a few dead birds, not unusual lately, but it seems like there are more than there used to be a few years back. these were like a mud hen, with black head, back and wings, white underbelly, black webbed feet. about the size of a small duck. maybe a western grebe? the fisherman i spoke with said the sandcrabs are back, including the large females, tho there are no eggs on them at this time of the year. View full report 0
48 Muriah 04/04/2012 DISPATCH Finder of the huge float said that it looked like the one in the photo in the newspaper that was said to be possibly from the Japanese Tsunami. I sent this photo to meteorologist who sent it to NOAA who responded that Large floating objects could be arriving early because of being more easily wind-driven. View full report 2
48 alaingamerica 07/04/2015 DISPATCH

Just taking a walk on the beach, and noticed a large amount of immature sand crabs in the wrack line.

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48 [email protected] 11/05/2014 DISPATCH First time ever walking this beach after many many times observing it from the public rest area on the bluff above. Surprised at the amount of people using the beach at this time of yearVery surprise by number and variety of dead sea birdsQuite surprised to find a fairly large dead marine mammal, possibly recently washed up on the beach View full report 12