Mile 146 Report

June 10, 2011
by SmithRiver

North Jetty, South Jetty Umpqua River, Lighthouse
Friday 3:15 PM
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Apparent Violations:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
A family tossed a frisbee while others were splashing in the waves. Two young children played in the sand, others walked their dogs. One young man surfed and had a paddle with him.
Notable Wildlife:
A small flock of seagulls flew over, while one black bird was on the wet sand just back from the waves. The black bird was crow looking, but true species is unknown.
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Fish & Invertebrates:
small broken shells
New Development:
Natural Changes:
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 the waves and one sat down to let the waves roll over them, joyfully absorbing the experience. Others walked their dogs (all on leashes). Some seagulls flew over (maybe a dozen) and a black bird (crow looking) was on the beach. Driftwood was high on beach and seemed to be settled in from past storms. One structure was man made on the beach from driftwood (see picture). Only one piece of plastic garbage was found and removed, a beach patrol truck drove through about 3:30. From 3:15 until 4:30 PM, folks came and left the beach in a steady flow. Nothing unusual or discomforting was notable.
  • Someone built a unique fort-like structure out of beautiful driftwood on the beach.
    Someone built a unique fort-like structure out of beautiful driftwood on the beach.
    South part of Mile 146
    June 10, 2011
Other Mile 146 Reports (19)


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.
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...


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 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.