Mile 138 Report

December 16, 2008
by comubp

Oregon Dunes NRA, south of Tenmile Creek
Tuesday 11:00 AM
28° F
Calm/Light from the NE
Tide Level:
4.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Apparent Violations:
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Activity Comments:
Two sets of human footprints were observed. No vehicle tracks were present in the closed area.
Notable Wildlife:
Approximately 40 gulls of various species were observed near the surf line. An immature Bald Eagle, several pelicans and numerous shore birds were also in the area. A small marsh north of the creek held about two dozen diving ducks, including Buffleheads. The Tenmile lagoon held three Trumpter Swans, Mour mallards, about 40 Scaup and numerous shorebirds. Two sets of dog tracks were found.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Ropes and signs were no longer present in the Snowy Plover nesting area. The beach near the outlet of Tenmile Ck. was recently overtopped and swept clean of debris. The man-made gaps in the seawall were still open and evidence for water flow through the same was obvious.There were no signs of illegal entry or human activity, other than two sets of footprints.
The beach was pretty much as expected for winter storm activity. Most of the debris was high on the beach with little in the way of algae, kelp or shells present in the surf line. About 40 gulls of various species, an immature Bald Eagle, several pelicans and numerous shorebirds were in the area. About 24 diving ducks including Bufflehead on small marsh north of Tenmile Creek. Three Trumpter Swans, 4 Mallards and about 40 Scaup and numerous shorebirds on Tenmile lagoon. Low human impact (0).
Other Mile 138 Reports (9)


September 24, 2010 - comubp
One lone hiker/beachcomber present. The driftline was mostly the usual small kelp, shells and casings plus a few Dungeness crab. A few misc. gulls were present. No unusual physical changes or...


December 28, 2009 - comubp
Mile 138 was clean and mostly lacking notable wrack of a small number of shells, animal casings, kelp/algae wood pieces and Styrofoam. Two dead Northern Fulmar. One sparrow and one raven were noted...
September 12, 2009 - comubp
This vehicle prohibited mile was without tire tracks, and the only sign of humans was four sets of footprints, three barefoot, at the far north end of the mile. The tracks did not enter the...
March 12, 2009 - comubp
What a great day for a beach walk. The only concern was who put the vehicle tracks on the non-vehicle beach leading up to Tenmile Creek? BLM employees use both ATVs and 4wd vehicles to monitor the...


March 16, 2008 - comubp
The BLM had a caterpillar grade the Snowy Plover nesting area behind the beach. No ropes or signage was visible on the beach as was present in past years. Perhaps it is too early. Small patchy...


December 13, 2007 - comubp
A sunny day with small breeze. No signs of vehicle incursion into the closed area other than a likely agency patrol vehicle. Two sets of dog tracks present. Three sets of deer tracks. Two cow elk...
September 19, 2007 - comubp
Sunny and windy day. Steep beach angle to water with some evidence of waves overtopping the summer sand barrier. Variety of shells and casings between the sand barrier and the sea wall. Some bull...
June 30, 2007 - comubp
A beautiful day on the beach. The driftline wrack was especially laden with barnacle covered items indicating offshore drift had recently arrived or was still arriving. Kelp/algae, shells, many...
March 24, 2007 - comubp
Summary: Light wrack. Some wood at high tide lines. Erosion of vegetated foredune uprooting European beachgrass. Snowy Plover nesting habitat prepared, roped off and signed. Dead birds: 2 Horned...