Mile 153 Report

May 2, 2018
by bebdhm

Oregon Dunes NRA, west of Threemile Lake
Wednesday 10:30 AM
60° F
Moderate from the N
Tide Level:
-0.1 ft
Humans / Pets:
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
There were fresh tracks of an ATV coming from the N past the top of our mile to the S 1/4 of our mile . That was all in the Plover protection area. Did not see the violation take place.
Notable Wildlife:
1 Osprey, a large flock of Sanderlings flying N along the water line (over 300), 7 gulls. Many Vellellas all along high tide line, many still wet, did not see any tentacles. They were blue and about 3" long.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
Pretty clear beach.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
A few dune islands remain from our last visit in the Fall. Front of the dunes filled in with sand, typical of this time of year.
A beautiful sunny, windy day for a walk on the beach.  Saw an Osprey, 7 seagulls and over 300 Sanderlings flying along the water line. 100's of Vellallas along high tide line still blue and wet from the morning high tide.
Disturbing to see that an ATV had driven from past the north of our mile down to the bottom 1/4 of our mile in the Plover Nesting Protection zone. It drove mostly on the wet sand but several times near the front of the dunes. We did not see any evidence of plovers actually nesting along our mile.
  • 100's of Vellellas at high tide line
    All along mile
    May 2, 2018
  • Vellella still wet and bright blue
    southern 1/4 of Mile 153
    May 2, 2018
  • Fore dune showing roots of grass & loss of high sand
    northern 1/2 of Mile 153
    May 2, 2018
  • These island were seen in fall 2017 Caused by changes in sand deposition
    Northern 1/2 Mile 153
    May 2, 2018
Other Mile 153 Reports (40)


May 22, 2019 - bebdhm
Mild day on the beach, amazing amount of log debris near the dunes.  Foredune has not been replaced in area where it is now missing, but grass beginning to repopulate the big dune front.  3 trucks...
March 23, 2019 - bebdhm
A very quiet beautiful spring day on the beach!  Beach had been cleaned of debris some of which was up at the foot of the dunes.  The foredunes in the middle portion of our mile has been eroded more...
  • dune grass roots exposed


July 14, 2018 - bebdhm
Very foggy start to the walk, by the time we left the beach it was clear at 10:49am.   We could see much more of the ocean floor than ever before with large wave formed pot holes along about 100 feet...
  • unknown small animal about 1"
  • small animals in tide pool burrowing
  • unknown bug
  • fore dune almost gone


May 14, 2017 - bebdhm
Quiet day on the beach.  Sanderlings and a few seagulls, crab molts, salps (older and bleached) in high tide line.  One dead fish not identified.Usual erosion of the dunes in the winter with some...
  •  dead catfish on shore
  • Isolated dune island
  • Bleached Velella and Pyrosomes, in high tide line
  • Pyrosomes and mole crab molts
  • Trough at foredune caused by wind and wave erosion
March 18, 2017 - bebdhm


August 3, 2016 - bebdhm
Lovely day for beach walk!  A few seagulls young and adult, one intact spine, see photo, one unidentified shell or piece of seaweed(?) see photo and a few large jellyfish.No motorized access Plover...
June 25, 2016 - bebdhm
Beautiful sunny windy day at the beach. The beach closed to motor traffic plover sign was 1/4 mile south of our mile, new sign and placement. Quiet on our mile with no birds. Shrimp molt, clumps of...
  • Missing areas of Fordunes
  • Small islands of remaining foredunes
  • Dead apparently undisturbed crab
  • Exposed or recently deposited large driftwood at the face of the dunes
  • The new sign was about 1/4 mile south of our mile. The farthest south we have ever seen it.
  • Shredded packing material about 3 times on our mile
  • Forest Ranger checking on a resting baby elephant seal
February 16, 2016 - bebdhm
Nice quiet day, most notable were the hundreds (maybe 500) sanderlings in groups along tide face as well as one large clump busy on the sand! Photo of that did not turn out well. Broken dune faces,...
  • Broken dune face with grass roots showing
  • Log is either uncovered or has been pushed up and into the dune face.
  • Large group of sanderlings busy in the surf line
  • More driftwood than usual and bunched at the foredune area.


November 21, 2015 - bebdhm
Beautiful sunny day. Small waves. Lots of small pieces of wood in the surf line. Unusual to see an eagle in the surf line along with about 5 seagulls. When we were within about 80 feet, it took off...
  • Sand filled into foredune and rather flat
  • Crab Shell
  • Small bits of wood in surf line all through mile.
  • Eagle near seagulls who didn't seem to mind.
August 13, 2015 - bebdhm
There was intermittent rain with the fog. We drove down the fairly well maintained logging road - Sparrow Point Rd.Then there was water across the road. We drove through 2 of those with water up to...
June 18, 2015 - bebdhm
A foggy mild day, by the time we completed the mile fog was all but gone. Very clean beach which was quite wide due to low tide. A little algae in high tide line. Lots of small jumping sand fleas...
  • Quiet waves today
  • People fishing
  • Wide Beach during low tide
  • Enclosure for breeding plovers
March 8, 2015 - bebdhm
Lovely day. Pretty clean beach except for small stones, crab molts. No jellies or star fish. No flying or wading birds - that is unusual. Small wood debris on fore dunes.
  • Beach debris collecting.
  • Collecting Debris state van #2
  • Mid Mile 151 Fore dunes with small driftwood
  • Purple Crab Molt


September 7, 2014 - bebdhm
Very clean beach, foggy, breezy day.About 55 sea gulls in the mile.The beach is flat up to the dunes.The plover nesting area is still extended down into the top 1/4 mile of our mile. No activity in...
April 18, 2014 - bebdhm
A beautiful day for this time of year! No activity of birds or humans on our mile. Smooth beach, with driftwood and dunes almost all covered up with sand.New signs at the Tahkenitch trail and on...
  • North end of Mile 153 showing beach sand almost to top of foredune.
  • Japanese water bottle, one of 3.  All of recent origin, no barnacles.
January 27, 2014 - bebdhm
A very foggy and slightly windy day on the beach. Only 1 person collecting wood, 2 seagulls and a few scattered broken shells. Usual winter foredune architecture - sand filling in almost to the top...


December 11, 2013 - bebdhm
Lovely winter day at the beach, moderate wind from the East contributed to very small waves. Large number of sanderlins on the south end of the mile. Foredunes are typically filled in during the...
  • Showing smooth beach and filled in foredunes and beautiful weather.
September 9, 2013 - bebdhm
The most fog we have ever seen at the beach, expected to clear in the afternoon. No one on the beach except about one or two dozen seagulls.Beach fairly clear of large objects altho driftwood near...
May 25, 2013 - bebdhm
A lovely day, lots of people on the beach clamming, ATV'ing and camping. No birds noted except 3 turkey vultures at the dead stellar sea lion, 1 dead sea lion, and bull kelp along mile.
  • Found on our mile.  Not sure of identification.
  • Several bunches along mile
  • Sand filled in foredune areas
February 9, 2013 - bebdhm
A windy beautiful sunny evening on the beach. The sand was swept smooth in the interdidal area with just occasional broken shells. Sand continues to build against the front of the dunes. Big flock...


July 4, 2012 - bebdhm
Beautiful day for being at the beach.2 weeks ago the beach was relatively clean except for driftwood and 1 metal float. This time there was a great deal of litter possibly from Japan. We collected...
  • Japanese label on water bottle
  • Water Bottle from Japan Tsunami?
  • Very large (~11 in long) light bulb from Japan Tsunami?
  • Chunk of styrofoam about 11 inches long and 4 inches thick with barnacles from Japan Tsunami?
May 25, 2012 - bebdhm
Very quiet observation day. Beach not littered with shells or casings, seaweed, or pebbles. LOTS of large driftwood all over the beach. Found a metal float - see photo. No markings.Photo shows...
  • Sand filling in fore dune
  • No markings, have not seen one like this before.
  • Granddaugther's Flat Stanley at the beach with us.
March 14, 2012 - bebdhm
A very blustery day, few birds, little driftline content. The dune face is built up as it usually is in the winter with driftwood pushed up to it's base. Brown algae bloom along Mile 152 and 153.
  • Typical winter build up of sand at dune face


November 1, 2011 - bebdhm
A beautiful late year walk on the beach! No other people or pets seen, very clean intertidal area. Soooo many sanderlings (approximately 500) - we've never seen so many at one time on our mile....
  • Small jelly seen on mile 153
  • Several small brown jellies seen on mile 153
  • Approximately 500 seen our mile
September 12, 2011 - bebdhm
Late in the day for low tide, near sunset. People gone home! Foggy and heavy clouds. Wave action had wiped the beach clean almost all the way up to the foot of the dunes - I measured about 350 feet...
June 7, 2011 - bebdhm
A very pleasant quiet day for beach walk. Very few items in the intertidal zone. Some of the driftwood from last report washed away. No algae bloom, very few birds. Sand build up at dune face out...
March 13, 2011 - bebdhm
Blustery, dark day after very high wind warnings Sunday and the tsunami warning on Saturday. No one on beach.New driftwood & root nests, sand built up almost to the top of the foredunes, evidence...
  • new driftwood with evidence of wave overtopping and large sand build up at foredune.
  • One of several root nests at foredune with huge sand build up


December 1, 2010 - bebdhm
A mild winter day with fog and mist light breeze. Very few seagulls several clusters of sanderlings. Big waves off shore. Previous high tides up to the dunes carrying sand to the face of the dunes...
  • Kelp with roots attached.
June 15, 2010 - bebdhm
A beautiful day for walking the beach.Very few birds, several colorful dead small fish in the high water line with no apparent injury. Lots of sand fleas, a few large shrimp molts and small crab...
  • About 4" across
  • There were 6 dead fish.  Need help with identification.
  • Unknown bug, several live seen mid mile


September 20, 2009 - bebdhm
A beautiful, clear early morning walk! Many shrimp molts and some live ghost shrimp, not molted. LOTS of sand fleas jumping about and about 6 swallows looking as tho they were successful catching...
June 18, 2009 - bebdhm
A sunny lovely day. Foredunes filled in with sand as usual this time of year. So few birds, no mammals. Fish dead at high tide line.Intertidal water lines were quite clean.Sand built up against the...
March 13, 2009 - bebdhm
Beautiful and cold day on the beach. Only one seagull, but lots of shorebird tracks.11 sea stars stranded above the low tide line, but they were in the water by the time we did the return trip.


November 22, 2008 - bebdhm
An easy day for a walk on the beach, sunny and little wind. For a winter day, very little change in the dune face and few birds.
September 27, 2008 - bebdhm
A lovely day for walking the beach. It has been swept clean of shells; seaweed and large logs have been washed up to or on top of the dunes.Several large flocks of sanderlings in the waterline, with...
March 21, 2008 - bebdhm
Calm day on the beach as tide retreated. Foredunes eroded from winter storms. Beach sand very smooth, very few shells, a few small (quarter size) pieces of jellies.One decomposing bird, a...


September 2, 2007 - bebdhm
The most beautiful day we've had in 4 years on this stretch of beach. People camping and fishing and ATV'ing on mile 152 and several on mile 153 which is more remote.
June 19, 2007 - bebdhm
Nice day for the walk, very little activity of animals or people on our mile. Lots of fishing on mile 152.
April 1, 2007 - bebdhm
Beautiful day for walk. Evidence of storms washing away front of dunes as usual in the winter. First time we've seen the starfish and Caspian Terns in that number.


December 1, 2006 - bebdhm
Several piles of Bull Kelp, logs have been pushed back to the dunes by storms. Large roots have been washed away; they’ve been on the beach all year.
September 12, 2006 - bebdhm
Lots of large driftwood near the foredune. Much more small, shell fragments than usual.
June 24, 2006 - bebdhm
Wind and waves have moved sand up against the foredunes again. Dunes that were 8 - 10 ft. tall now appear 2 - 4 ft. No disturbance of top vegetation. There was one whole jellyfish; it looked 1/4 inch...