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293 stu and barb 05/18/2015 Plenty of people and dogs out enjoying a cloudy, mild late afternoon. Unfortunately, there was also plenty of garbage and debris to be found as well. Filled two kitchen garbage bags with assorted plastic rope & bottles, beer and pop cans (they don't burn well, but people keep trying), paper, cardboard and so on. Too big to bag were a heavily rusted but empty 55 gal. drum (no markings), and a 10 cu. ft. hunk of Styrofoam. We were able to deliver them to the park host at Manhattan Beach State Wayside for a later pick up by a Park Ranger. Rockaway Beach should be looking a bit better for the Kite Festival and Memorial Day observance. View full report 0
293 stu and barb 02/11/2015 About as good as it gets in February...mid 50's & calm...a most pleasant day! Beach was pretty clean, but still managed to fill a kitchen garbage bag full with plastic, rope, bottles and Styrofoam. Much more is probably covered by sand blown by the recent storms...will get to that later. Found minimal remains of a few birds but couldn't tell the make or model. Came across a huge tangle of rope and nets that must weigh well over 200 pounds, so advised 211. Too bad more people didn't enjoy this great day...nice to be on the West coast View full report 0
293 stu and barb 11/21/2014 No one on the beach this morning...brutal weather today with 20-30 mph wind,sideways rain, and blowing sand. Any debris is now well concealed and very few shells are visible. Large piles of bull kelp that were driven ashore a month ago are now decomposing and buried by sand. Batches of smaller kelp litter the beach as the blowing sand gradually covers them as well. Lots of seagulls huddling together for protection from the elements. The shoreline revetment permit that was under condiseration by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has been approved, however no application for building has been made at this time. View full report 0
293 stu and barb 09/05/2014 What a special day to be at the coast...warm, calm, and a really clean beach. Just a smattering of left over 4th of July stuff...most debris was picked up near old camp fire sites. For the most part, our beach visitors are being very thoughtful. Observed lots of red jellyfish...some up to 12" dia. Most enjoyable were the seagulls bathing in Rock Creek and the dozens of pelicans cruising the waves. Super day! Had good attendance at the recent OPRD hearing regarding a riprap request in Rockaway Beach. Most of the people who spoke were opposed to this proposal for armoring properties that have no existing structures. No ruling will be made until mid October. Thanks to all who supported this effort. View full report 0
293 stu and barb 12/15/2015

Lot's of small plastic debris littering the beach, but that's what you get after a big winter storm. Filled two large garbage bags and dragged up several long hunks of rope. Huge waves in the past week have done some damage to the fore dunes that built up in recent years, but the rip rap in Rockaway Beach is still holding it's own after 17 years now. The shoreline revetment project on the currently vacant lots (7800-8200) is now complete. OPRD ocean shores coordinator Jay Sennewald confirmed that the project was done in accordance with the permit issued and now awaits his final approval. The revetment remains completely obscured by the sand that was displaced during the project.

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293 stu and barb 03/07/2016

This is the way you like to find your mile...very clean beach, and lots of people, dogs, and birds enjoying it. Picked up some assorted pieces of plastic and styrofoam and two bottles...but not nearly as much as expected. Not much in the way of rocks or shells either, but lots and lots of driftwood everywhere.

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293 stu and barb 06/04/2016

Based on the small amount of garbage picked up on my "litter patrol", one would be surprised to know that it was just a week ago that Rockaway Beach hosted it's annual kite festival during Memorial Day weekend...good job people!! Found several beach toys, a blanket, tissues, a few cans and bottles, and a small container of medical marijuana (bet someone's kite was fly'n "high")...all easily carried off in a kitchen garbage bag. Two items required help. Took a large plastic re-cycling bin (go figure) to the park host at Manhattan Beach to hold until the Park Ranger could pick it up, and advised the location of a 1'x5' very heavy plastic boat dock post (I think) which the Ranger will arrange to be picked up off the beach.

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293 stu and barb 08/28/2016

A beautiful morning to do our walk, this time with the help of our granddaughter Josie. Nothing unusual to report, just the everyday variety of "human" debris...lots of paper, plastic,cans, cigarette butts, abandoned beach toys & assorted clothing...two full kitchen bags worth.  There were a lot of beach lovers and their dogs seeking relief from the high heat in the valley.  The drift line was very clean...just good stuff like shells, rocks, and a few jelly fish.  Thanks for helping Jo.

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293 stu and barb 11/10/2016

A calm and mild morning for our walk.  Modest amount of seaweed in spots but the beach is very clean with just a few rocks & shells visible.  It's a different story up at the high tide line near the dune grass where we filled a kitchen bag with garbage.  Glass and plastic bottles, aluminum cans, plastic twine & fragments, a few flip flops, and a broom.  Not many people or dogs but lots of seagulls near Rock Creek next to the Wayside.  That's where several of the gulls were taking turns feeding on the scattered remains of a small seal that had apparently been carried in on the tide.  On the N. side of the stream, condos undergoing repair are creating a temporary mess.  Will keep a watch on that.

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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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293 stu and barb 06/05/2017

Pretty happy with the condition of our beach, especially just one week after Memorial Day and the kite festival crowds.  Picked up less than one bag of the routine bottles, cans, small plastics & paper...expected more.  60 or so post weekend beach goers enjoying the nice clean sand.  Just rocks, shells, and a little drift wood decorating the beach on the incomming tide.  Only one "junky" bonfire site, while the other dozen or so were left clean...seems like most people are getting the message.  A great sunny day to enjoy Rockaway Beach.

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293 stu and barb 09/01/2017

Lots of people...and seagulls, getting a head start on Labor Day.  Saw about 60 people and an equal number of seagulls (only grouping was at Rock Creek), and 10-20 crows.  Some clumps of seaweed at the driftline, plus the usual shells, rocks, wood pieces, and a few jellyfish...just the natural stuff you expect to see.  Most of the stuff left by humans was concentrated near the Rockaway Beach Wayside, but we only collected 1/2 bag.  The community has done well in keeping up with the additional debris resulting from the Summer influx of tourists...hope it's clean after Labor Day too.

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293 stu and barb 11/29/2017

Just a handful of people (15) but lot’s of driftwood and small wood pieces, along with a generous smattering of pyrosomes that had drifted in from warmer seas.  Saw a few seagulls making a meal of those sea pickles.  On this calm overcast morning a few hours after high tide, we picked up 1 1/2 bags of mostly ocean driven debris...plastic rope segments,styrofoam, bottle caps and other plastic pieces.  Also found a number of children’s beach toys...buckets.shovels, screens, etc.  Adults need to do a better job.  Lots of sea foam today, and it looked a lot like icebergs.  Also dozens of sanderlings were having their usual good time dodging the waves.

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293 stu and barb 02/23/2018

Way more people than expected on this cold and windy day.  The usual shells & small rocks decorated the sand and a handful of seagulls braved the elements.  Not a lot of beach junk but more plastic rope and styrofoam than average...most found near the R.B. Wayside area.  High seas over the past few weeks have taken away some of the dune build up that covered the almost 20 year old rip rap...hopefully the sand will return as it did before.  Some banks south of the Wayside and near St Mary By The Sea Church have experienced substantial erosion, with up to 6’ drop off.

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293 stu and barb 05/24/2018

A pretty clean beach! Litter patrol generated about 1/2 of a kitchen bag...mostly glass and plastic bottles, flip flops & clothing, assorted plastic and paper goods...all less than usually found. Nothing significant or of concern.

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293 stu and barb 08/29/2018

Reported the 4’ long dead seal to the local Beach Park Ranger

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293 stu and barb 11/08/2018

A particularly debris clean beach...could have put all of the rope pieces, plastic bottles(2) and misc. paper and plastic stuff in a gallon freezer bag!  Too bad there weren’t more people around to enjoy it...but lots of seagulls know a good beach when they see it.  I give it a B+.  No erosion so far this fall.

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293 stu and barb 01/21/2019

A throwback to a couple years ago...the black sand is back along with some previously exposed remains of plastic rope and an assumed crab ring buried deep in the sand.  Very clean beach, probably the result of the King tide clearing out whatever was present.  Found just a small amount or plastic stuff but not a single plastic bottle...that doesn’t happen very often!  Thanks to the two Kings...Tide and M.L.K.

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293 stu and barb 05/21/2019

Beach continues to be very clean...no bottles, no cans, no styrofoam!!!  Found only 10 or 12 items of plastic, an empty sand bag, and about 10 feet of crab ring rope that I was able to untangle from sticks ,branches, and dried seaweed. It’s likely to be a different story after the summer crowds arrive.

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293 stu and barb 08/12/2019

More trash than our last few walks...possibly due to the kite festival last week.  Lots of twine from bundled beach firewood, some fireworks remains, lots of plastic and leftovers from s’more party’s.  A long dead skate and seagull.  10 or so brown pelicans gliding over the waves, and numerous seagulls on the dry sand.

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293 stu and barb 11/03/2019

Nothing extraordinary today, but picked up more stuff than anticipated...lots of cans and bottles, numerous pieces of yellow plastic rope, a few beach balls and toys, and some styrofoam.

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293 stu and barb 02/11/2020

A lightly travelled beach today with less than 20 people and 5 dogs.  Lots of debris left at the high tide line mostly due to the recent King Tides.  Besides the logs,  tree branches and other wooden debris, found lots of plastic rope, chunks of styrofoam, and plastic bottles that were obviously at sea for many months or years.  Gathered 1 1/2 garbage bags of trash, including a personal best 3 tooth brushes...go figure!  Noted some minor sand and vegitation erosion along the bank.

 

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293 stu and barb 06/16/2020

A pretty clean beach with lots of seagulls and a fair number of people and dogs.  An unusual amount of crab shells and body parts on the entire mile, along with lots of seaweed and kelp.  Human debris was less than usual surely due to the lack of beach traffic during the past few months.  Picked up mostly just small pieces of plastic, a few cans and bottles, some rope, assorted articles of clothing and beach toys.  For the first time we found graffiti on some rip rap...hope it's the last time.  Maybe we can blame it on COVID-19.

*Note: This report was originally submitted on 6/16/20, but did not print.  This submission is on 7/5/20.

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293 stu and barb 09/28/2020

Found more garbage  than expected, but less than usual, thanks to the Solve cleanup a week ago.  Usual stuff, but more flip flops than ever??  plus a life vest & lots of beach toys...it never ends.

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294 Nedonnaman 03/05/2008 Aside from rip rap installation, beach seems in good shape View full report 0
294 Nedonnaman 08/07/2008 pretty typical summer beach ... mess -- machinery and sand piles -- from installing riprap gone -- one very large tree trunk lying across beach -- View full report 0
294 Nedonnaman 10/28/2009 good news -- no dead birdsthis part of beach gets pretty heavy use during summer but shows no negative effects View full report 0
294 skyhar8000 04/22/2011 DISPATCH We have begun to see an unusual number of medium-sized dead sand dollars in this area. I say "unusual" because we often see none -- or, at best, a few broken pieces of shell. Some years ago, during the "dead zone" period, they were plentiful.For unknown reasons, they are now back in moderate numbers. They are fuzzless and presumably have been dead for a little while, but they are also medium-sized, starting about the size of an Eisenhower dollar coin. No other unusual phenomena or atypical numbers of dead/dying animals or vegetation noticed. I have walked these beaches many decades, and this is only the second time in my life that I have seen this many sand dollar shells in this area. View full report 0
294 Paulissen 09/29/2015

Aside from the large sand pit (approx. 2ft in diameter) that was dug up, the beach looked fairly undisturbed.Humans were mostly just walking their dog(s).

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294 Paulissen 02/09/2016

There were no dead birds, and a tremendous amount of phytoplankton along the driftline which are the only really different observations we had compared to previous surveys. The increase in human activity is probably largely due to the fact that this is the first decent weather that we have had since well before the holiday season. There are a couple large debris items such as a yellow pallet and a giant strip of fiberglass from perhaps a boat. The students have arranged to meet up and discard these items in the morning.

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294 Paulissen 06/09/2016

Saw a few people, a few wildlife animals along with some debris. Saw dead birds, dead crabs, and dead vellela vellela. Weather was overcast with little wind.

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294 Paulissen 09/13/2016

No new changes to the beach, evidence of high usage as shown by high amount of dog waste bags that were not thrown out and driftwood shelters.

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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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294 Paulissen 09/18/2018

Nothing out of the ordinary.

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294 Paulissen 12/06/2018

The beach had very little activity, however it is important to consider the very high tide that may explain the lack of foot traffic. We are a class that is limited to the school bell schedule, and unfortunately the class period is during the highest tides of the day. There were no major changes or unusual species noted on this particular survey.

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294 Paulissen 06/11/2019

Very calm day with more activity than usual due to the presence of a middle school class doing PE on the beach. No concerning observations made.

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295 martyandchuck 05/31/2008 Some movement in driftwood. Two large pieces of a dock on shore as 'driftwood' from someplace else. View full report 0
295 martyandchuck 03/01/2008 After rainy morning (with hail), afternoon was mostly sunny and warm. View full report 0
295 martyandchuck 11/21/2007 Beautiful weather. Lots of folks arriving for Thanksgiving weekend. About 1/2 dozen dead birds sighted in the sand. They aren't sea gulls but not sure what species. View full report 0
295 martyandchuck 10/27/2007 Overall the beach looks much more like it did 4 years ago when we first began walking along it. The sand is more level and less debris on the shore with no sightings of any dead animals, the weather was too good to be true.. global warming??? View full report 0
295 martyandchuck 09/07/2008

Owners of house on beach drive have mown down all the beach grasses in front of house (the dune area) to better see the ocean (!!??)

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295 martyandchuck 10/19/2008 Beautiful day. Many areas where beach grasses have been 'mowed'. Not sure if this is appropriate or not; will try to find out. After seeing 2 dead Humboldt squid on our mile, we heard that this has been considerable especially in Astoria. View full report 0
295 martyandchuck 06/12/2007

Quiet - saw bald eagle and also osprey flying over ocean. Very few seagulls - beach appears to be returning after sand loss this winter.

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295 martyandchuck 12/06/2009 The beach continues to have large logs/driftwood on it, making walking to shoreline difficult. Dead pelican noted among the driftwood. View full report 1
295 skyhar8000 08/10/2010 An excellent hike. Very little trash found. We did encounter a gigantic bull sea lion -- we went one way, and he went the other. No seals seen, but plenty of evidence that they continue to use the area -- body drag marks, etc. Very nice to find another hiker who said that he, and others, also pick up litter out there and even take away my full bags. This may be where my stuff goes if I bag it and stash it, then can't find it later! We really can't take large floats out without a lot of hillside erosion, so we toss them back in the drink, and they will eventually wash up in a place that is safer and easier for someone to get them off the coastline. It's just too difficult and erosive to continue to haul them up ourselves.This will be my last report until next spring, as there are no more low tides in 2010 to permit me to get around the headlands into the coves. View full report 0
295 skyhar8000 08/02/2010 DISPATCH Almost directly in front of our family beach cabin in North Rockaway Beach, I discovered a dead fish. Apparently an adult salmon of one species or another. Corpse is almost completely intact except for the eyes. (We get almost NO washed-in large marine life of ANY type.) Cause of death not apparent. It is probably an anomaly, but in case we get more, or in case there are others that wash in on other miles, I thought I'd post it. View full report 0
295 skyhar8000 06/21/2010 DISPATCH Found the corpse of a ray or skate washed up. Very unusual for this area. Body was perhaps 18-24 inches front to back (not including the tail and 30-36 inches wide. No apparent cause of death, a little decay but not much. View full report 0
295 skyhar8000 06/17/2010 DISPATCH Found seal pup on beach. Called local police station, and the volunteer at the desk notified the local wildlife network. As I returned from my walk, a state parks person was at the scene and an adult seal had just returned to pick up and swim off with the pup. View full report 0
295 martyandchuck 07/23/2012 A very quiet time @ the beach, only a few people, with beach fairly clean. Sand has shifted, some drift wood is covered,although much remains. Have found some plastic bottles from Japan in the past, but this visit just noticed styrofoam. View full report 0
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295 Nedonnaman 08/15/2016

Pretty typical summer beach. Most notable feature is fact that there is substantially more driftwood on beach than in recent past ... result of last winter's storms.

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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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295 Nedonnaman 07/26/2017

Typical summer beach.  Most of the heavy drfitwood accumulation from the winter is gone ... up in smoke or used to make forts and shelters.  Unlike many past years, there has not been any mowing of dune grass.  Mile 294 to the south gets a lot more use and also includes the heavily eroded bluff at the south end of the Wayside and the wandering creek, which this year is 100 yards or so further north than a year ago.

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295 Nedonnaman 07/14/2018

Very nice summer morning ... typical mid-summer beach

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295 martyandchuck 12/22/2018

Pleasant day at beach, comfortable winter weather, hardly any wind, with visible sand erosion, and loss of beach. King tides reaching far up beach.

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295 Paulissen 03/04/2019

Very minimal activity noted today, likely as a result of the high tide and it being a Monday. We noticed a very high concentration of washed up moon jellies, unlike what we have seen in the past.

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295 Nedonnaman 08/01/2019

Could have been most any day this summer  when tide is very low in morning ... less dune erosion  than usual last winter, more driftwood on beach.

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295 martyandchuck 09/06/2019

Normal beach.  As usual, typical movement of sand that change the slope of the beach to the waterline.

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295 Koptiuch 05/03/2020

Beach looks like it was swept clean by the tides. Left deposits of seaweed and bits of wood and stuff high up on near dunes. Scattered razor clam and blue muscle shells, crab body shells of small crabs, broken sand dollars. Small bits of wood from trees, black and brown stones. I see no trash washed up. 15 or so people and several dogs out enjoying the sunshine on a Sunday, which was quite busy for during COVID-19 shelter-at-home times. A short rain shower chased most of them away.

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295 Koptiuch 05/23/2020

Lots of commotion near the jetty on the north end of Nedonna Beach on this overcast morning! Earlier today a small rental boat had capsized, a man and a dog fell into the water. Both swam to the jetty safely, but the capsized boat could still be seen overturned in the water not far from shore just south of the jetty. Several vehicles (2 Sheriffs Dept, 2 Fire Dept, 1 truck from boat rental co) were parked by the jetty and several men and one woman were figuring out how to retrieve the boat. Several people were sitting/standing around watching whatever would unfold. I watched two men walk out in the surf to the boat, one climbed onto the overturned boat to assess the situation. They said the engines were stuck in the sand so the tide was unlikely to push the boat to shore. The men left in their truck to get rope and a winch, but almost immediately two Fire Department vehicles arrived with a big winch on a heavy duty pickup. I had to go before they retrieved the boat, but the incident will probably be in the newspaper next week! The beach was quite clean, not much debris in the driftline, a bit of foam and natural debris but no noticeable human debris. Two dead sea birds had washed up. About 55 people were walking, sitting, playing, or watching the boat incident. Despite what sounds like a lot of people, the beach remained quite empty, plenty of social distancing to go around. Nobody was wearing a mask.

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295 Koptiuch 07/11/2020

After a rainy morning people were just starting to come out to Nadonna Beach. The tide seemed much lower than 1.7, and had created a sand bar forming a large shallow “lake” just at the shore south of the jetty. The NW wind was strong but the sea was fairly calm. The upper beach showed covered remnants of lots of bonfire pits from the Fourth of July holiday. Aside from two tires that had evidently been dumped in the parking lot and a wooden pallet stranded at the high tide mark about half a mile south of the jetty, I saw no human trash on the beach--the SOLVE beach cleanup on July 7 must have picked up all the fireworks remnants and bonfire trash. The jetty tip sports a new big driftwood tree, weathered white. It must’ve taken a huge wave to put it up that high on the rocks. The lower sand is smooth and hard-packed since the last high tide.

When I started the mile walk south from the jetty at 12:15, about 21 people were on the beach and five on the south jetty, and five dogs. Three teenage boys were peeling off their wet suits after surfing. When I returned north to the jetty, I counted some 40 people on the beach and 3 or 4 different dogs. Kids flying five kites took advantage of the strong winds. A couple of children played in the waves, a family grouping set up a wind tent, others brought beach chairs and sat in groups up near the dunes. Most people just walked on the beach near the water. A couple of runners strode by, and one cyclist on a fat-tired bike rode up from the south to the jetty, then turned around and rode back south along the hard-packed beach. By the time I left at 1:30, two of the surfers were now dressed and starting a small bonfire at one of the many 'fort' shelters up by the dunes.

The highlight of my walk was finding two small 4-inch fish at the edge of the water, one dead, one flopping its last flops, about 3/4 of a mile south of the jetty.  First time I found a fish still (barely) alive. Not much else had been washed up. The wrack contained a mix of small stones, shell parts, some foam and a little seaweed here and there, as well as a few crab bodies and legs and an occasional jellyfish.

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295 Koptiuch 11/08/2020

Beautiful sunny Sunday at low tide, breezy and chilly at about 48°. Pretty big surf. Saw 25 people and 4 dogs upon entering at north end of Nadonna Beach, and saw 38 people and six dogs walking back up my mile from the south. Most people were walking in family groups or occupying the many "forts" built of driftwood. One fisherman was in the water with bare feet, otherwise everyone wore shoes and stayed on dry land due to the chill. Beach looks swept clean by the high tide, with barely anything left in the driftline besides small stones, occasional broken shells (no crab; mostly razor clams), very minimal seaweed, a couple of jelly fish, and incongruously, a pomegranate. Saw only a couple of pieces of human-made trash. We're expecting King Tides next week (15-17) so I wanted to do a "before" for comparison, even at low tide. To this end I include photos of mouth of Crescent Creek to the south and between the jetties of Nehalem River to the north.

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296 [email protected] 12/02/2008 Very few people or dogs on this walk, none on mile 296. I did not complete the south portion of mile 296. View full report 0
296 Coopersmith 07/11/2009 11 People. Almost no litter except for a red foil balloon, now half its original size. View full report 0
296 Coopersmith 04/10/2009 Many jellyfish pieces. Light (7) human use, not one speck of litter on beach or dunes path. View full report 0
296 Coopersmith 01/15/2007 MAJOR LITTER (needs a truck to remove):Red buoy washed up on dune; White plastic shelter by GRI-Plastics, Grassie, Ontario: big enough for a small family or 2 St. Bernards. View full report 0
296 Coopersmith 07/08/2007 Unusual concentration of seagulls of all ages fishing with pelicans (more than ever seen before) View full report 0
296 Coopersmith 09/24/2007 No human disturbance or litter. 5 dogs, 3 horses. Saw 7 brown pelicans, flying + fishing. View full report 0
296 Coopersmith 01/01/2008 Winter storms brought usual mass of driftwood + logs up to dune grass. Lots on jetty, too.Collected 3 gallon-sized chunks of white styrofoam. Sure wish styro. could be recycled: worst man-made hazard to marine life, + lasts indefinitely. Saw red fishing float + blue marine rope tangled in tree stump + yellow plastic pallet: too big to collect on foot. View full report 0
296 Coopersmith 04/13/2008 Staggering beauty; heartbreaking litter. Evidence of winter storm activity. View full report 0
296 Coopersmith 06/27/2008 Exquisitely clean + windswept View full report 0
296 skyhar8000 05/18/2010 DISPATCH This afternoon I hiked the length of the South Nehalem Jetty. Near the end of the jetty, I discovered two large tarps. One is caught in rocks and wood. The other one, I managed to dig out and haul back. Wind blowing, waves crashing, rain pelting down, and me jumping from rock to rock, with the heavy tarp alternately billowing into the air and catching on everything.Dragged it clear back to the Nedonna Beach parking lot and got it secured in some bushes. Walked home and retrieved it with my car. Tarp is easily 100 feet long and more than 10 feet wide. No grommets, no marine growth, very little fraying. Am donating it to local Master Gardeners group, and they will cut it up and use it for weed shielding in their vegetable/flower gardens. Not sure if the other tarp can be freed from where it is -- might someday take as much as I can using my diving knife. This was a great adventure -- soaked and freezing, and every gust threatening to yank me into the depths of Nehalem Bay. Not everybody's cup of tea, but certainly mine! SB View full report 0
296 Coopersmith 03/19/2010 Unusual to see hikers climbing on N. Jetty. Jetty showed extra driftwood and logs on top, indicating rougher seas than we observed from shore. Still paradise. View full report 0
296 Coopersmith 10/06/2009 Exceptionally clean beach. East end of jetty covered with sand, making it look much shorter. The huge barnacle-covered tree trunk that I have been observing for years is gone. All is well. View full report 0
296 Coopersmith 06/10/2010 Aside from noted litter, otherwise clean; no erosion or interference. View full report 0
296 Coopersmith 10/06/2013 Since this mile, ending in the Nehalem Bay North Jetty, is in a state park and activity is patrolled by park rangers, it is clean. No human debris and very little natural debris sighted on this windswept beach. Dunes half-covered by new grass. View full report 0
296 Coopersmith 02/13/2018

Gorgeous day: low temperature brought out only the hardiest, well-wrapped walkers. Beach looks good. As usual in winter, high waves and loads of driftwood.

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296 Coopersmith 06/12/2018

Many new signs. Since the last time:; the beach is semi blocked. Shorebird preserve: pedestrians must walk on wet sand only. No dogs, bikes, motorized vehicles. Every 50 yards a stake with a sign : March 15-Sept 15 Snow Plover Preserve: Keep out. Near North Jetty: Not constructed for public access.

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296 Coopersmith 11/10/2018

A sunny weekend day at the beach, loads of people, SOLV cleanup in September, beach extremely clean.

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296 JMorris 07/14/2019

North of the Nehalem River mile 296 is accessible only by an ~2 mile beach walk (or bicycle or horse) or a similar distance on a sandy track running down the center of the spit. Human use is relatively low, moreso during Plover season when bicycles are banned on the beach. Most notable feature was the high number of dead invertabrates in the wrack line. South of the Nehalem River there was much higher human use and impact, including debris (much of it fireworks) and drift log fires. The photos are quadriped printsfrom the Snowy Plover protected area north of the Nehalem River that did not correlate with human footprints. Possibly a coyote?

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297 NehalemBay 11/30/2008 The waves were huge today, with a high tide. There was only a moderate amount of garbage to pick up. That included a large Nike Air and some IV tubing. Three dead birds were identified, and one injured duck seen. Someone had driven an OTV over from the park and down the beach, in a couple places climbing the dunes leaving deep tracks. Otherwise the beach was normal for this time of year. View full report 2
297 NehalemBay 09/01/2008 Dead birds: Murre: 5, Cassin's Auklet: 1, Rhinoceros Auklet: 2, Cormorant: 1, Unk: 3 View full report 0
297 JLDaily 08/14/2008 There were a few seagulls and terns foraging in the surf along our mile; however , at the Nehalem Jetty we observed many brown pelicans fishing in the Nehalem river. The beach was fairly free of litter. View full report 0
297 NehalemBay 06/08/2009 There was almost NO litter. The sand has built up and covered most of the wood. There were no shorebirds on the beach. There was no human disturbance of the natural shoreline. It was beautiful! View full report 0
297 NehalemBay 02/07/2009 The beach was very wide and clean. There were no dead birds, little wrack, and a minimum of human litter. The only organisms besides a few gulls were jellyfish below the surfline, with a greater concentration of those toward the jetty south of this mile. Otherwise the beach looked normal for this time of year. View full report 0
297 JLDaily 06/26/2007 We observed many brown pelicans either flying near the shore or fishing near the north jetty of Nehalem Bay. View full report 0
297 [email protected] 08/03/2007 The first 1/4 mile was covered w/ 4-5" anchovies or something similar. Dead! Birds had not yet started to eat them. 100's of them. View full report 0
297 NehalemBay 05/30/2010 Nothing unusual on the beach except the large number of plastic and glass bottles, some well-covered with barnacles. Seaweed had been deposited in drifts on a previous tide. Large logs were more evident. There were a few people walking, three horses with riders and only one dog. A group of five Whimbrels was feeding along the beach. Only two dead birds were observed, both well scavenged which made identification difficult. One may have been a Northern Pintail duck, the other a Cassin's Auklet. View full report 0
297 NehalemBay 03/06/2010 It was a beautiful day and people were enjoying the sun. There were 15 people, 2 dogs and 2 horses walking the beach. A few flocks of shorebirds and the usual gulls were along the shore. The beach was very flat and clean, with the driftwood pushed back against the dunes by the recent waves. There was one Brandt's Cormorant body but that was the only notable find. There was little human litter. View full report 0
297 NehalemBay 11/29/2009 There was a Northern Fulmar wreck with 17 birds tagged. We also found a spotted owl and a small shark carcass (see photos). More wood is visible now. We saw only 4 people and 4 dogs. There was little human debris. View full report 2
297 NehalemBay 09/12/2009 The beach was flat with a great deal of pollen and sea grass at the surflines. Several groups of shorebirds were busy along the sand. A hurt gull, a struggling cormorant, and three dead birds were spotted. There were many horse tracks in the sand. Unfortunately, an ATV had driven down the beach earlier in the day. Otherwise everything looked normal for this time of year, with a few people and dogs enjoying the day. View full report 1
297 NehalemBay 06/05/2011 The sand still covers most of the large logs up high although the slope to the water has become steeper. There was a bit of seaweed on the wrack line, and some black sand on top down at the south end. There were a few gulls, a small flock of shorebirds, one man walking with his two dogs and little human debris. A dead sooty shearwater was documented. The only notable sightings were a set of fresh tire tracks at the water line and a strange small non-avian skeleton (pictures attached). Otherwise it was just a cloudy day at the beach with little wind or surf. View full report 3
297 NehalemBay 03/05/2011 The beach looked good! There were 6 people enjoying the sun, one dog, two dead birds (Northern Fulmar, Herring Gull), and a few mixed flocks of feeding shorebirds. The sand high on the beach was deep with the big logs partly covered while below the surfline it has been somewhat scoured out. There was one sack load of debris, mostly bottles (some with Chinese labels). But otherwise nothing of note. View full report 0
297 NehalemBay 11/28/2010 The beach looked normal for this time of year. The sand remains high with much of the wood still covered, although more big logs are visible further south. There were no horse tracks, no evidence of motorized vehicles on the beach, and only a moderate amount of human debris. Five people and 2 dogs were spotted enjoying the cold but sunny day. While there was no wrack, there were piles of bull kelp within the surfline. We found a dead shark, an otter carcass and the skeleton of a sea lion along with many dead birds, mostly Northern Fulmars. View full report 3
297 NehalemBay 09/05/2010 The sand has build up to the point that little of the wood in this area can be seen. There was no human debris visible as well. The beach was extensive carved up with horse track but only one horse was seen. Fourteen people, several with dogs, were enjoying running or walking on this calm sunny day. Six dead birds were found, and one small shark. Otherwise the beach was normal for this time of year. View full report 1
297 NehalemBay 06/04/2012 It was a cloudy day with a slight breeze from the northwest. The beach sloped sharply to the waterline. Some of the medium sized wood was showing up high but most was covered by sand. Gulls were busy feeding close to shore, with a couple of sea lions joining them. No other organisms were seen. The only carcasses were two Sooty Shearwaters plus another that was too badly decomposed to identify. 6 people and 1 dog were strolling the beach. The most notable find was a large number of varied sized chunks of Styrofoam (some white, some blue), too many for us to clean up. There were no identifying marks on any of the pieces. View full report 0
297 NehalemBay 03/03/2012 This was a beautiful day with 24 people and 5 dogs out walking the beach. The sand had been pulled out enough for many medium and large sized pieces of wood to be exposed. This wood is high above a long flat beach. There were no unusual organisms, tracks or disturbances. However, there was a large number of plastic and glass bottles, with very little other types of human debris. No flocks of birds were in evidence, only nine bird carcasses, most above the wrack line and intact. Seven were Rhinoceros Auklets, one a Cassin's Auklet, and one a Tufted Puffin. View full report 0