Mile 149 Report

March 17, 2007
by flotsam

Location:
Douglas
Oregon Dunes NRA, north of Army Hill
Conditions:
Saturday 2:30 PM
Party cloudy
55° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
10
Activities:
Driving
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
12
ATVs/OHVs parking:
6
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
7
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
3
Activity Comments:
There was more activity than we usually see, at the end of Sparrow Park Road, the access to this stretch of beach. But, then this was a Saturday, which we usually avoid, in spring with generally good weather.
Notable Wildlife:
Several hundred sanderlings feeding in the surf
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Shells
New Development:
Modifications:
none
Natural Changes:
none
Comments:
Summary:
Generally, more activity than usual, mostly in the access road area. Our miles were typically vacant, except for the occasional vehicle traversing the spit. We did see one seemingly abandoned vehicle, which seemed to have dug it's wheels into the sand. Have not seen this before, though we almost met the same fate 2 years ago, when we drove the beach to our miles. There is good reason for the shovel requirement for the OHV permit!The beach was scoured clean by winter storms, though we noted a certain amount of "cliffing" of the sand at the high tide line. Attached picture will illustrate.There seemed to be less debris, both natural and man-originated, on the spit this season, though the driftwood was most abundant.
  • View of beach near mile 149
    View of beach near mile 149
    Mile 149
    March 17, 2007
Other Mile 149 Reports (5)

2008

March 13, 2008 - flotsam
This was a cursory visit, as we did not actually get to our mile, but viewed the general area from afar (at least a mile). We were lashed with rain, and were recovering from a 9 mile walk the day...

2007

October 8, 2007 - flotsam
Nothing unusual to report, other than a lack of trash and other alien debris. I don't know if SOLV worked this stretch of beach last month. I did see a lot of a certain plant growing in the high end...
  • Sample of beach plantlife growing prolifically on the Umpqua Spit
August 24, 2007 - flotsam
The beach seemed unusually clean, with little trash, and less driftwood than at other times.
  • A view south from the where I estimate the junction of Mile 149 & 150 is.
May 13, 2007 - flotsam
Our plan to walk to and thru mile 149 was altered by the knowledge that the lovely wind at our backs would be a challenge returning. Thus we turned around at the juncture of 149 and 150, to face a...

2006

October 9, 2006 - flotsam
Beach and dunes clean, no problems, just the dead Sea Lion.