Mile 143 Report

October 7, 2021
by mruggiero

South Umpqua Lighthouse SP
Thursday 10:45 AM
Tide Level:
4.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
birdwatching 5
Apparent Violations:
1 off leash dog chased gulls, later was walking down beach with owner and group was pushing a flock of sanderlings in front of them.
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
1 off leash dog chased gulls, later was walking down beach with owner and group was pushing a flock of sanderlings in front of them. I see off leash dogs on this beach almost every time I visit. The parking area (#3) for this mile currently lacks specific signage indicating that dogs are supposed to be on leash and could use the addition of this signage as the leash rule is buried in the fine print on the current signage. This mile does not have a parking area within it, parking is in mile 144 so vehicles in the parking area were not reported here.
Notable Wildlife:
Snowy plovers at northern edge of the mile (some color banded, some not).
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Mile surveyed concurrently with COASST survey so all dead birds reported to COASST. Mostly common murres and a possible petrel. Number of birds within normal for this beach and time of year.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:

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 in front of them. 8 dead birds (reported to COASST) mostly common murres as expected here. Snowy Plovers at the north end of the mile.

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.
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...
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'