Mile 141 Report

February 17, 2007
by KerrieP

Oregon Dunes NRA
Saturday 10:00 AM
Calm/Light from the S
Humans / Pets:
Playing in sand:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Access at third Beach Parking Lot. this is an ATV riding area. Most concentrate on riding with short visits to the beach in between rides. not sure on number of vehicles. Very busy.
Notable Wildlife:
sanderlings in surf
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
picked up trash.
This beach mile is difficult to access. This last trip I accessed from the Umpqua Third Beach parking lot. I was amazed and sadden to see what is happening to this section of the coast. those of you that have not been there in a year will be astounded to find the amount of development for OHV users is amazing. Use is up tremendously making the area unpalatable for non-motorized recreationists not to mention wildlife(though Douglas County planners thought they could be everything to everyone). There needs to be a push to the Forest Service to close the second beach parking lot to ATVs so there is at least one partial refuge from the noise. I was told that would happen when the other ATV access sites were in but no change to date. The FS does seem to be making an effort to block access points to the beach and I was pleased to see no tracks on this visit. Infractions are usually noted as people want to get away from the crowds and explore. Sanderlings foraging in surfline. Shells, animal casings, wood pieces, ocean-based debris and Styrofoam in driftline. No vehicles or OHV's on allowed beach. Moderate Human impact (12)-6 playhing in sand and 6 sitting, 3 dogs.
Other Mile 141 Reports (7)


July 21, 2020 - KerrieP
Super foggy day on this isolated section of beach. The trail to the beach is getting more use than historic numbers, but still very low use on this beach. Plover signs and fencing in this area are...


August 5, 2019 - KerrieP
Miles 141 and 142 provide nice solitude and good wildlife viewing.  Noted several snowy plovers near marked nesting areas, 11 brown pelicans, a Caspian tern, along with the usual sanderlings (~75...


December 23, 2008 - oldMGguy
This mile is typical of the Oregon Dunes beaches - grassed foredune, vegetated deflation plain, and large parabolic dunes inland. A classic large "tree island" with mature spruce, pine, and rhodies...
  • South view on Mile 141 from John Dellenback beach trail
  • Looking north on Mile 141 from the John Dellenback beach trail
  • Foredune Erosion due to winter storm, winds, and high tide
  • Many 3-6" reddish Sea Nettle jellies washed up the beach today
  • Large 12" diameter Moon Jelly upended in the surf
October 12, 2008 - KerrieP
More large kelp piles than usual. Less ocean trash than usual. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Three dead Common Murres and one dead Surf Scoter. Low...
June 8, 2008 - KerrieP
Pleasant day, notable erosion of foredune - not unexpected after the winter and spring storms this year. Forest Service has placed new "Share the Beach" sign at beach entrance point. Shells, animal...


December 30, 2007 - KerrieP
The weather was crazy; as we hiked across the two mile expanse of dunes to access our mile, the weather went from somewhat sunny to hail and wind, to rain and back to sunny. The deflation plain was...
October 28, 2007 - KerrieP
Gorgeous day for a beach walk. Forest Service seems to be staying on top of blocking OHV access to the closed beach. I observed two recent tracks around MP143. The violators accessed from an...