Mile 151 Report

December 29, 2016
by mzlizee

Location:
Douglas
Oregon Dunes NRA, S of Threemile Cr, N of Brushy Hill
Conditions:
Thursday 11:00 AM
Sunny
51° F
Tide Level:
8.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
2
Dogs:
4
Activities:
Walking / Running:
2
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
3
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Wood pieces·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam
We actually found ocean debris above the shallow cliff, and up on the trail, before we arrived at the mouth, suggesting that there has been some prior serious over-topping.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Evidence of wave overtopping
At almost high tide we arrived at the mouth of Tahkenitch Creek. Periodic waves, coming over the beach into the mouth, over-topped the chiseled mini-cliff, and brought into the mouth a number of large logs and tangles of tree branches.
Comments:
Summary:

A friend and I, and our 4 dogs, hiked to the beach from the day use parking lot at the entrance to Tahkenitch Campground, and arrived at 30 min before high tide.  We've been down this trail a number of times, but have never seen Tahkenitch Creek mouth so full or full of action.  The high tide was predicted to be 8.3 today, and there was quite a bit of wave action up into the mouth.  At times the waves over-topped the low cliff to the water, which during the summer months is quite a bit higher.  Please take a look at the photos.

  • South side of Tahkenitch Creek mouth.
    December 29, 2016
  • December 29, 2016
  • December 29, 2016
Other Mile 151 Reports (6)

2007

September 21, 2007 - Robhart
Sands heavily blown up to result in gradual slope to foredune instead of eroded "cliffs" as usually there.
June 2, 2007 - longjim7
Folks enjoying parking, camping, walking
March 26, 2007 - longjim7
Only 2 sanderlings, a few gulls

2006

July 20, 2006 - longjim7
Beach was clean, people just enjoying nature.
June 17, 2006 - longjim7
Lots of sand has been deposited already this spring. However, not as much washed out this winter as in some previous years. Sometimes the face of the foredune is a eight-ten foot vertical cut, this...
April 24, 2006 - longjim7
Observed: small sand crabs, small crabs, undulating beach sand, stretches of new large and small wood debris.