Mile 1 Report

November 26, 2020
by mmcdowell

Location:
Curry
Winchuck River, Crissey Airport, California border
Conditions:
Thursday 2:15 PM
57° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
0.9 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
21
Dogs:
5
Activities:
Walking / Running:
21
Observed dirt bike tracks or else fat tire bike tracks at head of dunes and south end of beach.
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
13
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
One guy carried a surfboard at Winchuck River mouth but not observed in water. People count includes north of Winchuck River where I did not walk but could see from the south bank. About 10 more people and one dog were south of Calif border where I continued to walk as far as the resort cabins above the bluff.
Notable Wildlife:
Very little bird activity of note: two Killdeer in the driftwood, six Bufflehead in the river, several Yellow-rumped warblers and Black phoebe at the dune/forest edge. Small gull flock observed on north side of river in rocky area.
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
One gull skeleton.
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae
Lots of large driftwood at the south side of the mouth of Winchuck River but not unusual. Beach very clean and bare all along south side of river.
New Development:
None on south side of river.
Modifications:
None on south side of river.
Natural Changes:
Winchuck River has created a side channel on south side of the mouth since I last walked here a year ago preventing walking from the highway bridge on south side of the river to the beach.
Comments:

None.

Summary:

Crissey Field Visitor Center and Winchuck River access on north side of river are both opened today. They were both closed when I last visited in July and also within the last month or two as I observed closed gates when driving by. I did not walk on north side of river, spending time walking entire stretch of south side past Calif border to the headland below the White Rock Resort Cabins instead which I measured as a 3 mile round trip. The beach on the Oregon side of the border and south of the river is very clean with no impacts. People walking were enjoying warm sunny weather on Thanksgiving Day. Very little bird activity. Winchuck River mouth side channel on south side prevents walking from bridge to beach.

  • Oregon Mile 1 north view
    Oregon Mile 1 north view
    Photo taken about halfway between Winchuck River mouth and south end of Mile 1.
    November 26, 2020
  • Oregon Mile 1 south view
    Oregon Mile 1 south view
    Photo taken about halfway between Winchuck River mouth and south end of Mile 1.
    November 26, 2020
Other Mile 1 Reports (16)

2021

August 31, 2021 - jessejones
Most important observation was the dumped contruction material - mostly wood -  at the end of a rough trail down the west side of dune. Reported it to the staff at the travel center, who also walk...
  • Awesome root wad and beached wood at the north end of the mile.
  • Close up of debris pile
  • Cobble and seaweeds facing south
  • Wracklines looking north
July 31, 2021 - mmcdowell
Beach looks super clean; no litter except for one dog poo bag. People activity concentrated nearer to Vistor Center on south side of river and closer to mouth of river on north side. Activities: surf...

2018

January 13, 2018 - iornman777
There were a few large tires on the beach. We cleaned debris off the beach but was unable to remove large tires.

2014

January 31, 2014 - floral
Walked the sand dune like area and found the tide very high.. up to the grass in many places toward the Calif. boarder..lots of tree stumps and dead trees on the beach from the Winchuck River I...

2013

December 1, 2013 - floral
Mile 1 today was calm seas even though it was highest tide..walking at the Crissy field was easy and interesting driftwood about.Saw a Great blue heron fishing at the mouth of the river.Also saw tow...

2011

October 14, 2011 - [email protected]
Fisrst time I've seen so many pelicans hanging around; maybe 30 or more. Unusual, even for this (Pelican)bay. Beautiful sunny shirt sleeve weather and almost no wind. Only a few people about, even...
  • Was fun to see thenm diving for food.
  • Mosr driftwood I've seen in a long time.
February 7, 2011 - [email protected]
Very cold and windy. Two people near the visitor center. Center, except for restrooms, closed. Guess it's only open weekkends, under spring arrives. Nothing to report of any note.

2010

June 21, 2010 - Barbara
The Winchuck River Mouth has been fascinating to watch. Huge quantities of sand and gravel have moved around. Sand now covering part of clambeds ("Hooray!the clams say). A sand island appears and...
April 15, 2010 - [email protected]
Everything still in well-kept condition at this mile, which is the Crissey Field Recreation Area (and Visitor Center, USFS, etc.). It still looks like an intrusion into the area, but maybe time will...
January 26, 2010 - [email protected]
Beautiful sunny and warm day. Lots of people out walking the beach. Almost no litter to be seen--someone's doing a good job (or hopefully, everyone)and it shows from my last visit.
  • Many dozen seagulls congregated at the mouth of the Winchuck River.

2009

October 12, 2009 - Barbara
Last day before first storm approaching. New ugly buildings visible: Crissey Field Visitor Center and huge new palace-style "home" at mouth of Winchuck. Beach beautiful.
July 26, 2009 - [email protected]
Bright, sunny day at this Park/Visitor Center. Lots of people out enjoying themselves. Only problem noticed was that there was much litter everywhere. One man with Volunteer hat was collecting...
  • Crissey Field Visitor Center
March 9, 2009 - [email protected]
Mile 1 is the site for the new Crissey State Park & Visitor Welcome Center. Has been open only about 2 weeks. Minor trash on beach, such as tennis shoes, tangle of rope, plastic bottles. Next...

2008

May 17, 2008 - [email protected]
This is not my mile, but I am switching to it for ease of access. (See report for Mile 2) It was Saturday and no construction activity was visible. The visitor center building is going up -- see...
  • Construction is not very far along.  It appears to be on the highest land at the wayside.  Not visible from the north side of Winchuck R.

2007

November 4, 2007 - floral
This is not my mile but did want to see how the area is coming with the new construction. Big Hole and lots of work going on....beach was enjoyed by several on this beautiful day.
  • Excavation for new Visitor Center, on site of old Crissey Field, almost adjacent to the beach. Shore pines atop foredunes in background.
  • Residence perched on bench at mouth of Winchuck River
May 27, 2007 - mmcdowell
Access to the beach south of Winchuck R. is strewn with homeless type trash. There is a semi-abandoned looking RV parked along the access trail, brought in from the south end roads. Might not be...