Mile 146 Report

January 1, 2014
by SmithRiver

North Jetty, South Jetty Umpqua River, Lighthouse
Wednesday 1:00 PM
52° F
Tide Level:
6.7 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Most people seemed to be just walking the shoreline or exploring in jeeps.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
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 area to mile 146 (north of the jetty), many crab carcasses were noted, many more than mile 146 south of the jetty. Litter was also in abundance. Some was obviously human litter from visitors to the area, but most looked to have been washed up by the tides. Water bottles of all sizes and shapes, empty and full, were the most notable, too many to pick up in one trip, it was sad. One bottle had bright yellow plastic labeling in a foreign language. A shoe was retrieved. It is unclear where it may have originated from, but it looked to have put its time in the ocean waters and was home to many critters. There were several wooden structures and wood pieces with metal coming out of them, like pilings or parts of docks maybe. All else appeared normal.
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Other Mile 146 Reports (20)


December 28, 2022 - Mike Mueller
Viewed & recorded a very high tide with a strong wind behind it creating a King Tide like conditions. Also recorded several minutes of video footage. This system will not allow movies to be...
  • Have several minutes of video recorded.
October 3, 2022 - SmithRiver
Just a mild beautiful day for being cloudy.  Only picked up enough garbage to fit in a coat pocket, surprisingly clean today.  Not used to seeing so many crows on this beach.
  • Man made structure out of driftwood
  • Lots of driftwood high on beach
  • One of three areas lit on fire.
  • Second area of driftwood set on fire.
  • Daiseys were all over in the rack line.
  • Interesting log with wire
  • American Crow sitting on a sea of driftwood.
  • Sand dollar, almost whole.
  • View to the North
  • Rack line
  • Rack line
  • Beach plant
August 24, 2022 - Mike Mueller
Observed a what looked to be a young Stellar Sea Lion resting on the sand inside the triangle where they raise & harvest Pacific Oysters.
August 23, 2022 - Mike Mueller
The firefighters from  the Oregon Forest Association were busy putting out a beach driftwood fire, caused by human activity.There were a crew of 14 firefighters and 5 engines and two water tenders...
July 19, 2022 - Mike Mueller
Today was a CoastWatch orientation led by naturalist, Marty Giles. Two other CoastWatch volunteers attended. Wildlife activity included an eagle and turkey vulture feeding on a common murre, and...
July 16, 2022 - SmithRiver
Observation of an eagle feeding. 


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.


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.


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.  


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.


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.


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.


June 23, 2009 - MooreC
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,...


December 31, 2008 - MooreC
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...
September 21, 2008 - MooreC
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 - MooreC
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 - MooreC
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 - MooreC
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.