Mile 143 Report

July 30, 2021
by kmwifish

South Umpqua Lighthouse SP
Friday 2:30 PM
65° F
Strong from the N
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
throwing balls for their dog
Apparent Violations:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 200
Activity Comments:
I made the mistake of not checking events at Winchester Bay, B4 going over to walk my mile. This weekend is Dune Fest at Winchester Bay: a horrific, huge gathering of all manner of humans and their dune machines. There were more people, cars, trucks, RVs, buses and dune machines of every variety, than I have ever had to look at in my life. My numbers are probably low, I am guessing at how many hundreds of vehicles were crammed onto the roadsides and parking areas. There were police, sheriff's deputies, EMT wagons, fire trucks and Forest service law enforcement vehicles. I thought about running away, but my mile is at Umpqua Dunes, where the dune machines are not allowed on the beach. The Umpqua Dunes parking lot was full and the dunes were covered with roaring machines, but only a few people were on the beach. The Dune Fest organizers left a few parking spaces for the general public. This is the first time I've ever been able to hear dune machinery in the background, the entire time I walked on the beach. It's so ironic that there are roped off snowy plover nesting areas along Umpqua Dunes beach, with Dune Fest noise pollution on the other side of the dunes.
Notable Wildlife:
One snowy plover, very few sandpipers, many seagulls, a lovely flock of pelicans, standing on the sand.
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.)
broken glass and glass shards
New Development:
Natural Changes:

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 human, was staggering.  Vehicles were parked on both sides of the road leading out to Umpqua Dunes.  Needless to say, I'd never attended Dune Fest and will avoid it, in the future.  It's a complete invasion of the natural world by humans and their noisy machines.  

We walked the beach all the way down to the STOP/Do not enter area sign, warning about poison bait (for crows, magpies and ravens).  There was a lot less trash on the beach than on previous trips, perhaps due to high tides?  There was less driftwood piled up on the beach, too.  I picked up half of a large bag of trash, mostly plastic.

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...
February 3, 2021 - kmwifish
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...


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'