Mile 138 Report

December 28, 2009
by comubp

Oregon Dunes NRA, south of Tenmile Creek
Monday 3:30 PM
48° F
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
1.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
No signs of vehicle traffic within the closed area. One man walked his two dogs the entire length to Tenmile Creek, and back. Other than their tracks only some deer and birds had frequented the beach.
Notable Wildlife:
No birds or mammals were seen on the trip. A small assortment of mole crab and dungeness crab shells were scattered along the beach. Very little wrack and/or seaweed were visible.
Dead Birds:
Both were Northern Fulmars.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small numbers of mole crab and Dungeness shells were scattered along the beach.
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
The beach was mostly smooth and free of debris.
New Development:
I received notice that modifications of the seawall would take place pending permits. Both north and south of Tenmile Creek they plan to reduce the height of the seawall and shift sand around to better facilitate Snowy Plover nesting.
Natural Changes:
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. The presence of one human exercising his two dogs may have moved some birds from the area. Waterfowl were seen within the small lagoon area.
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...


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...


December 16, 2008 - comubp
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...
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...