Mile 143 Report

February 3, 2021
by kmwifish

South Umpqua Lighthouse SP
Wednesday 1:30 PM
55° F
Calm/Light from the S
Tide Level:
7.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
we picked up 4 bags of trash
Apparent Violations:
none, no other people were on the beach, except at the very end of our walk
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Very little human activity. There were a few dune buggies on the dunes, but they are not allowed on the beach. When we were leaving the parking lot, 2 people with 2 german shepherds on leash were headed for the beach.
Notable Wildlife:
Shore birds (sandpipers, no seagulls today)
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Much plastic trash (we filled 4 bags for the parking lot dumpster). Some bottles had japanese calligraphy on them. I found a full bottle of stinky, thick black oil. I thought it was a water bottle (same size as a plastic water bottle), so I opened it, but didn't spill any of the yucky oil. Should I have taken this bottle to hazardous waste at a recycling center? I didn't. I threw it in the parking lot dumpster, with all the other plastic bottles and trash we picked up.
New Development:
none seen
none seen
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
I am not sure what wave overtopping is, but the short bluff we walked on (tide was coming in fast) had a few spots where one could tell the waves had come up over the top of the little bluff (wet sand on edges of bluff).

There was much more plastic trash this time, than when we went in October.  There was a more defined bluff along part of the beach, indicating sand had been piled up.  There was a lot of driftwood and trash on the top of the bluffs, less on the wet sand beach.  The tide line had lots of small bits of plastic and styrofoam.  I would like to know if I should have taken the full plastic bottle of black oil I found to hazardous waste disposal.  I feel guilty that I didn't think of it, at the time.  I put it in the parking lot dumpster, with the rest of the plastic trash.  We only found about 6 glass bottles (3 were hard liquor bottles I found on the top of the bluff, near a campfire ring--from a local party, most likely).  Everything else was plastic.  The amount and variety of plastic trash is truly dismaying, but it feels very good to pick it all up.  We walked farther than 1 mile, maybe 2 or 3.

Other Mile 143 Reports (12)


December 9, 2021 - kmwifish
The only time we saw other people was at the entrance to the beach, by the tsunami number sign.  It was a blissfully deserted beach day.  I picked up the usual large bag of trash and dragged a couple...
November 11, 2021 - kmwifish
The day was uneventful, the garbage not as plentiful as other times.  I picked up one big plastic bag of trash.
October 7, 2021 - mruggiero
10 people on beach, including 5 birdwatchers, 2 dogs (one of which was off leash), people walking with off leash dog allowed dog to chase gulls and were pushing a flock of sandlerings down the beach...
July 30, 2021 - kmwifish
We arrived at Wincheser Bay smack dab in the middle of Dune Fest.  The campgrounds were full and the number of people and vehicles of all kinds, including what seemed like a dune buggy for every...


October 23, 2020 - kmwifish
The beach was mostly deserted and there were few birds.  We saw one seal peeking over the whitecaps at us.
January 26, 2020 - kmwifish
The biggest thing I found was the water heater tank.  There were only 3 seagulls and a small flock of sandpipers  Quite windy, lovely to have the beach to myself (I walk farther than my mile).


October 28, 2019 - kmwifish
We saw 5 other humans (2 when we started walking south and 3 when we returned) and one dog, besides we two and our dog.  They were all walking on the beach, but none went very far (it was a chilly,...


October 21, 2013 - AnnMissy
The beach was deserted except for us. It was somewhat foggy and windy so not the best day for a stroll on the beach. Did see 3 birds that were dead and washed up on shore...picture below. Picked up...
January 20, 2013 - AnnMissy
Beach looked good other than some bluffing from the higher water. Not too much garbage to collect. Had an enjoyable walk with our daughter, son-in-law, grandsons and two dogs. One grandson found...


October 14, 2012 - AnnMissy
The mile was very quiet with no notable changes. The day was cloudy and windy so not a very nice day to be on the beach. There was lots and lots of kelp in several locations along the mile. We, and...
  • We found many mounds of kelp...more than we generally see.
March 26, 2012 - AnnMissy
Mile 143 is pretty non-exciting. Just basic sand movement and usual shells, drift wood, bird etc. We saw no dead wildlife or physical changes. Were several plastic bottle that we picked up along with...
  • Grandsons and daughter helped us walk our beach mile while they were visiting during spring break. We had our faithful helper dogs with us. Ours is Amos (picture included). He was tired out as we all were. Was a fun time.


September 8, 2007 - twright
Less than the normal invertebrates. One wood box on beach 2' x 2' x 4'