Mile 147 Report

March 11, 2018
by Lyndell

Location:
Douglas
Oregon Dunes NRA, North Spit Umpqua River, Winchester Bay
Conditions:
Sunday
Sunny
60° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
1.7 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
43
Dogs:
3
Activities:
Walking / Running:
13
Playing in sand:
15
Sitting:
6
Fishing:
6
Driving on the beach with small 4 wheel recreation vehicles, SUV's and pick up trucks. The most I have ever seen.
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
5
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
15
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
6
Activity Comments:
Everyone well behaved. Several assisted us in taking bags of beach garbage to the parking area.
Notable Wildlife:
One unusual fish. Long like an eel with sharp teeth and pointed head. Multiple shiny colors about 5 inches in diameter and 4 ft. long.
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Species/names:
Seagull
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Very long like an eel with sharp teeth and pointed head on a long sleek 5 inch diameter body about 4 ft. long. Very beautiful multi colors. The fish had been wounded in the head area and had washed up on shore. He was still alive so carried him by the tail back to the surf. Not sure if the fish survived.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Beach did not have large pieces of trash.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Visible retreat of solid bluff
Comments:
Summary:

Since my last visit in June 2017 there were noticable difference to the bluff on the southern end of mile 147 before the Jetty.  The beach had been swept clean of driftwood and the usual amount of garbage by wave action.  The bluff had become more pronounced as evidenced by the ATV entrance to the beach from the east side by the river.  What was a walkable and drivable grade from the beach to the foredune area is not a drop off and to steep for people or vehicles to climb up and over. 

  • Unusual fish out of water but alive.
    Fish had been attacked around the gills. We carried it back to the surf and hope it survived.
    Mile 147 at the surf line.
    March 11, 2018
  • Mile 147 clean swept beach.
    All Driftwood and trash as seen on previous occasions were gone.
    Far south end of mile 147 near the jetty.
    March 11, 2018
  • Foredune erosion.
    The entrance over the foredune is no longer usable by walkers and ATV vehicles due to the steeper bank. The bank used to be a gradual grade.
    South end of mile 147 just before the jetty
    March 11, 2018
  • Entrance to the foredune area at Mile 147.
    Shows that the bluff has been eroded making a steep embankment preventing ATV's from getting over the top.
    Mile 147 at the south end next to the jetty.
    March 11, 2018
Other Mile 147 Reports (20)

2020

September 28, 2020 - Lyndell
Mile 147 looked clean with the build up of blowing summer sands.  The fordune was continuous with the beach as the sand had accumulated in front of the fordune making a ramp to the top.  Same with...
  • Blocked off road  going over the foredune
  • Blocked off road going over the foredune.  Showing how sand has filled in over the summer as compared to last winter

2019

December 16, 2019 - Lyndell
Coastline along Mile 147 and the preceding Mile 144-146 were clean of major garbage and trash.  No accumulation of dead sealife or birds.  The Sparrow Park Road leading from Hwy 1 down to to ocean is...
  • Large bluff along mile 147 200 yards before the jetty.

2018

November 16, 2018 - Lyndell
  • Sand infill against the Umpqua North Jetty
  • Sand infill against the foredune
  • Camping area next to Umpqua North Jetty
  • Blocked off ATV access over the foredune Umpqua North Jetty

2017

June 5, 2017 - Lyndell
Mile 147 was relatively free from human generated garbage like campfire rings.  We did pick up plastic bottles and small pieces of debris that had washed ashore.  In addition we piled garbage along...
  • The surf line along Mile 147

2015

December 14, 2015 - SmithRiver
A quiet, calm but beautiful day.  Some plastic garbage in the rack line is about it.

2014

December 27, 2014 - onehorse
Our miles are difficult to get to as from the end of Sparrow Park Road you have to cross the soft sand and then head 5 miles south along the beach. This was an unusual visit, with a dead whale, a ray...
  • I think he was dead, but his blowhole was still functioning--that is, exhaling through a bloody bubbly liquid.
  • The baleen were very visible. This view is of the entire whale.
  • This stingray was about 36" across. A seagull was pecking away at him when we came upon them. I'd always thought of rays like this one as tropical or subtropical animals. If that's true, this guy died a long way from home.
  • This was some of the remains of a very large, furry animal we thought to be a sea lion, though the rest was just an amorphous gathering of furry hide--almost like a big rug. These bones were next to it.
July 5, 2014 - onehorse
Two couples in tents just above the high tide mark were the only people we saw on our miles, but there were many more than that, maybe 30 or 35 north where Sparrow Park Road meets the beach. The...
May 1, 2014 - Lyndell
Four of us cleaned mile 147 and accumulated 4 large bags of trash. Mile 147 had less garbage than previous trips. Road leading from hwy 1 on sparrow Park road down to the beach is in terrible...
  • Millions of ants with wings.  I think carpenter ants were along the entire 5 miles of beach that I walked.

2013

May 13, 2013 - Lyndell
Mile 147 had no human activites going on. Campsites had been covered with blowing sand as if it were summer. The 4 miles leading to mile 147 did have some human activity in the form of fishing and...
February 4, 2013 - Lyndell
Overall beach was clean and appeared in good condition.
  • Lots of driftwood piled up next to the foredune

2012

June 28, 2012 - onehorse
A huge encampment was within a short walk of the road. A dozen or so cars at the entrance to the beach and, as before, toilet paper and other garbage lined the roadside. About a half dozen people...

2011

June 13, 2011 - Lyndell
Mile 147 was in excellent shape. Very little garbage (It could be buried under new sand deposits from wind or tides). I had 5 people helping me look for trash and filled one 50 gallon garbage bag...

2010

June 16, 2010 - onehorse
Beautiful day. Most of the people that far down on the beach were older men, like me, fishing, clamming, poking around in the driftwood looking for treasure. I felt, as always, so grateful to live...
April 12, 2010 - Lyndell
Mile 147 did not have an abundance of wildlife this time compared to Fall 2009. There was more garbage then I have seen to date. Erosion looked normal. The area near the jetty was cleaner than in...
  • Looking towards the foredune along mile 147
  • Beach along 147 after several storms.
  • Looking out towards the ocean and the jetty from the foredune to show sand leading to the waters edge.
  • Picture taken next to the jetty out towards the ocean.
February 4, 2010 - onehorse
Nothing unusual on our miles, 147 and 148. The tide was far enough out that access was easy, even the entry from Sparrow Park Road. I have noticed over the years a steady decrease in the amount of...

2009

June 18, 2009 - Lyndell
No dogs, people or vehicles were on mile 147. But there were dogs, people and OHV's in the parking area and miles 152,151 and 150 leading up to mile 147. More wildlife than I have ever seen on the...
  • Eel dropped by Osprey
  • Very large Fort along mile 147.  Several smaller forts in the same area.
  • Amount of garbage on Mile 147.  Had to carry with a stick for 5 miles back to the parking area.
  • Large driftwood tree root on mile 147.
  • Dead Seal on Mile 152 just before the creek.
  • Tire put upright 2.5 miles north of the jetty.  Please pick up.
  • View from the Jetty looking north at mile 147

2008

December 5, 2008 - Lyndell
We removed a 30 gallon bag of trash over the 5 mile area from the Jetty to the Sparrow Park parking area. We asked a park vehicle to take some of our trash and also a second vehicle to take a second...
September 20, 2008 - Lyndell
The beach was mostly free of debris and garbage. Very few people and dogs. There were 10 dead birds at mile 148.5 on the way to 147. Mile 147 had the most garbage due to its closeness to the levee...
  • Just after low tide.  Taken from the jetty looking north towards mile 148.
June 27, 2008 - Foggy
Brown water of diatom bloom. Almost no human impact whatsoever.
  • Large Angelica clump at foot of foredune. Angelica is the plant from which the CoastWatch icon (in top-left corner of your window) was derived. Height is about 4 feet.
  • A couple of grateful insects appreciating the large and nectar-laden blossoms of Angelica
  • American Searocket, Cakile edentula, in blossom on open sand. This one was at the foot of the foredune, not far above the high tide line.
  • Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, height about 1 foot. This one was at the peak of the foredune with both American and European beachgrass.
  • Length: 7 feetCondition: dead 2 - 4 weeks at least.Injuries: possible bullet hole
  • A Steller sea lion enjoying a meal of some kind of fish, possibly salmon, in Umpqua River near North Jetty on Mile 146.
  • Typical scene on Mile 147 and north half of Mile 146. Umpqua North Jetty in distance.
March 9, 2008 - Lyndell
The waves were up to far on the beach for comfort given the amount of large pieces of Driftwood and the steep embankment. So, I was unable to reach mile 147. I was able to get to 150 and 149 and this...