Mile 11 Report

March 12, 2017
by sandy beach

Cape Ferrelo, Boardman SP, House Rock Creek
Sunday 9:00 AM
49° F
Tide Level:
3.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
oystercatchers, gulls, crows, Oregon song sparrows
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
the driftline nonexistent at this time,
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Major cracks appearing in bluffs·Visible retreat of solid bluff·Evidence of wave overtopping
more large logs drifted onshore

As noted in my report I removed a large pile of entangled rope from the intertidal zone


Most of mile 11's beach area isn't visited by many people. It's a bit steep so I rarely encounter anyone where sea meets land.Usually folks are walking the Coast Trail. Today was no exception. I forged on down the now very sloshy deer path and was surprised as I approached the bluff before the beach to see what I'd usually call driftwood flung up on top of the12 foot bluff. Meanwhile the bluff itself was quickly (in geologic time) oozing and losing some stature - erosion significant. Much driftwood has been deposited. I paced the grandaddy of logs at 82'. I sighted a few oystercatchers, gulls and crows. A couple of Oregon song sparrows flitted close by acting a little giddy. A chevron of winged ones ducked behind the morning fog before my binoculars could get a bead on them. A rock where I've seen many gulls and cormorants a bit off shore had been rained clean of its white icing of droppings. I found a large pile of thick rope I couldn't free. It had become entangled under a rock. I came back later with knife and pack and hoofed it out. The little sand that usually remains at this time of year was thinner and the rocks were bigger. Awesome powers at work. I tried to attach pictures but too big.

Other Mile 11 Reports (12)


December 31, 2021 - sandy beach
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January 7, 2021 - sandy beach
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December 30, 2018 - sandy beach
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December 30, 2017 - sandy beach
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March 23, 2014 - sandy beach
It was a calm, sunny day but my 3 family members and I were the only ones walking the rocky shore line of Mile 11. Once we came to the only stretch of sandy beach, we found a big wad of rope with 2...


December 10, 2013 - sandy beach
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December 29, 2012 - sandy beach
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March 17, 2012 - sandy beach
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December 6, 2010 - sandy beach
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March 6, 2010 - sandy beach
Today House Rock Creek forms an ever widening triangle on its way to the sea unlike its thin ribbon of summer. My mission to collect edible seaweeds while reporting on my mile is being thwarted as I...


November 14, 2009 - sandy beach
As the oystercatchers and surfbirds foraged among the recently exposed rocks of the receding tide gulls perched here and there. Since the "view restoration" the regrowth consists of many local...


December 6, 2008 - sandy beach
I observed a decomposing seal on one of the small difficult to access beach areas. My husband and I have seen 3 such bodies from Whaleshead to Lone Ranch recently. Finally, there was a large bundle...