Mile 146 Report

December 31, 2008
by cmoore

Location:
Douglas
North Jetty, South Jetty Umpqua River, Lighthouse
Conditions:
Wednesday 10:30 AM
Cloudy
42° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
5.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
3
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
3
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
2
Activity Comments:
The beach was quite clean. We picked up mostly plastic bottles. Joe found a small glass float in the wood debris and kelp in the driftline. We found a full-sized blow-up bed and a huge piece of wet styrofoam, both which were too heavy to carry. The following sunny Saturday, there were at least ten people and 3 dogs.
Notable Wildlife:
One huge 12-15" moon jellyfish. Quite a bit of very long bull kelp.
Dead Birds:
Total:
2
Species/names:
Perhaps common murres; one was dead, one was dying
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
Huge logs
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Lots of wood debris mixed with seaweed along driftline. Beach is covered with wood debris.Ocean is brown with silt at least a mile out.
Summary:
Very quiet today, cloudy and starting to rain. Only two other people and a dog on the beach. A lot of wood debris mixed with seaweed in the driftline, and huge logs strewn all along the beach. One was over 100' long. I assume the logs and wood were washed down the river with the heavy rainfall and snowmelt. The ocean was brown with silt at least a mile out. We saw a 12-15" moon jellyfish (dead but whole). Joe found a small glass float. Lots of very long bull kelp. Undulating sand from the wave action. Two dead birds (common murres?). We picked up half a bag of trash, left behind an inflatable bed and huge piece of styrofoam (too heavy.)
Other Mile 146 Reports (14)

2019

February 19, 2019 - SmithRiver
Bluff retreat and wave-overtopping observed at the back of the beach on this mile.  One vehicle present in an area where they are allowed--the beach otherwise completely deserted during this visit.

2018

January 4, 2018 - SmithRiver
It was a beautiful warm day at the beach.  Nothing abnormal to report today.  Several man made structures made out of driftwood to look at.

2017

August 2, 2017 - SmithRiver
Beautiful day at the beach, many, many enjoying it.  Sad to see so much fire destruction and danger from unauthorized/unattened bon fires.  Most fire pit areas were started far above the tide line...
February 26, 2017 - SmithRiver
  • 118 Entrance facing beach
  • 118 Entrance facing paking lot
  • Bluff to left of entrance
  • Bluffs to right
  • Bluff to right
  • Bluff on right
January 23, 2017 - SmithRiver
It was a beautiful calm day at the beach.  The tide had brought in so much driftwood, one had to clime over it just to enter the beach area from the trail leading from the parking lot.  

2014

January 2, 2014 - SmithRiver
A nice day to visit and play at the beach. It was high tide, so big waves were the main show.
January 1, 2014 - SmithRiver
It was a beautiful day which may have contributed to so many taking the rough drive down Sparrow Park Road to enjoy the beach. Vehicle and ATV tracks were abundant. On our drive from the entrance...

2013

August 14, 2013 - SmithRiver
Everyone seemed to be enjoying the sunny beach. Kite flying and sandcastle building were both big attractions and apparently "Madison Rocks" because it was carved in the sand very large. Small...
  • With over two dozen people visiting this area of the beach, the birds still found their own area to occupy.
  • An unusual amount of bird feathers seemed to be washing up on shore today.
  • A nice amount of American Beach Grass was found.

2011

June 10, 2011 - SmithRiver
It was a beautiful day at the beach. One family of three was tossing a Frisbee, two young children played in the sand while their parents relaxed close by. Three other children were splashing in...
  • Someone built a unique fort-like structure out of beautiful driftwood on the beach.

2009

June 23, 2009 - cmoore
The beach looked like it had been swept clean. Little debris, little driftwood, no shells, etc. Pretty barren. Joe had been here a week before and saw "thousands" of jellyfish pieces. On Sunday,...

2008

September 21, 2008 - cmoore
Today was warm, shirt-sleeve weather, slight cloud cover, no wind. People and dogs were enjoying the beach--flying kites, surfing, playing in the sand, walking. The beach was very clean, picked up a...
September 2, 2008 - cmoore
Over the past two weeks, we have seen at least three or four dead common mures during our walks (about three times a week). One day, we counted six. One was entangled in kelp. We also saw a dead baby...
May 1, 2008 - cmoore
On our walk today we found four round buoys (one 12" diam. and three 8") from fishing boats, one from China. Two had been in the water a long time, encrusted with Lepas (goose barnacles) which had...
April 27, 2008 - cmoore
A beautiful Sunday south of the Winchester jetty. People were enjoying the calm water and nice day. No changes of note since we walked the beach last fall.