Mile 154 Report

August 30, 2018
by Eugene Hikers

Oregon Dunes NRA, west of Butterfly Lake
Thursday 12:00 PM
56° F
Calm/Light from the W
Tide Level:
1.7 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
There were signs posted prohibiting dogs, leashed or unleashed at south beach entry (Emerg. sign #115) and beach exit (Emerg.sign #115A trail to 3 Mile Lake). See pictures 1&2. Dog prints near water's edge not within snowy plover closure area. See picture 3.
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
The signs at beach entry and exit stated motorized vehicles were prohibited on beach, but we observed tire tracks on beach. Fawn believed the vehicle tracks may be from a government agency survey.
Notable Wildlife:
Western gulls, both young (brown) and older (white), flocks of sanderlings and a vulture were flying and on the beach.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
We found a mola mola sunfish (dead) and whole, sea nettle jelly fish, both about 100 yards north of Emerg. Rest. sign #115A/3 Mile Lake trail entrance. Front half of sunfish was above sand and bottom half below. See pictures 4&5.
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Little land or ocean based debris. Saw driftwood pieces with barnacles, moon jelly remnants, eel and surf grasses, seaweed, snail egg casings, and a lot of crab molt and shells. See pictures 6-9. Back from the drift line were dead crabs; more razor, mussel and other clam shells, sand dollar pieces, more driftwood.
New Development:
None, except trail at north beach access sign blocked. Accessed beach at Emerg. Resp. sign #115. Looking north, it looked like much of the bank area was roped off for snowy plover nesting protection.
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
Bushes fallen at sand bluff, but did not look new. See picture 10.

10 Eugene Hikers walked Mile 154 with Fawn Custer, Volunteer Coordinator.  Took Tahkenitch Dunes Trail, entered beach at Emerg. Sign #115, then back on 3 MIle Lake trail (Emerg. Sign #115A).  Many areas roped off for snowy plover protection both near north access and along sand bluff on beach.  Good snowy plover protection signage on beach (e.g. no dogs or vehicles), but these signs also should have been posted at trailhead.  Generally, some evidence of older erosion of vegetated foredune, and little debris on beach.  Observed one person walking, and tire and dog tracks in sand outside roped off area.  We found a dead mola mola sunfish and whole sea nettle jelly fish about 100 yards north of Emerg. Sign #115A.  There were gulls, sanderlings, and a vulture on the beach.  The driftline had shells, crab molt, snail egg casings, seaweed dead mole crabs, kelp, algae, wood pieces with barnacles.   

  • Sign at beach entry from Tahkenitch Dunes Trail
    August 30, 2018
  • Sign at beach exit trail to Three Mile Lake
    August 30, 2018
  • Dog tracks in a prohibited area
    August 30, 2018
  • Beached mola mola sunfish with front half above sand and back half below sand
    100 yards north of trail to Three Mile Lake (Emerg. Response sign 115A).
    August 30, 2018
  • Second picture of same sunfish
    August 30, 2018
  • Driftline
    August 30, 2018
  • Driftline
    August 30, 2018
  • Driftwood with barnacles on drift line
    August 30, 2018
  • Bull kelp in driftline
    August 30, 2018
  • Example of erosion of vegetated foredune. Also example of roped off areas for snowy plover nesting over a lot of Mile 154
    August 30, 2018
  • General overview of beach looking south and of weather
    August 30, 2018
Other Mile 154 Reports (21)


February 8, 2021 - Eugene Hikers
Hikers parked at Tahkenitch CG lot, where there were 2 other cars, and accessed beach on Dunes Trail at Emergency Sign #115.  Sections of the fence on bluff blocking beach access next to that trail...
January 15, 2021 - oldMGguy
I hiked the 3-Mile Lake - Tahkenitch Dune Loop Trail today, starting and ending in the Tahkenitch Dune Campground trailhead parking lot.  The beach portion of the loop covers Mile 154 and southern...


August 27, 2020 - Eugene Hikers
8 Eugene Hikers ("Hikers") parked at Tahkenitch Campground day area and accessed the beach on Tahkenitch Dunes trail.  Hikers were on Mile 154 for 2 hours.  They observed 6 other people walking on...


October 10, 2019 - Eugene Hikers
Four Eugene Hikers parked in Tahkenitch Campground parking lot, hiked Dunes Trail, and entered beach at Emergency Sign #115.  One other car observed at start and one truck observed upon leaving ...
May 23, 2019 - Eugene Hikers
Eight Eugene Hikers parked in Tahkenitch Campground lot and hiked trail to beach access at Sign 115.  (See picture 12).  The group accessed beach for Mile 154 at about 11:00 am and left about 1:00 pm...


June 13, 2018 - oldMGguy
Hiked the Three Mile Lake - ocean beach - Tahkenitch Dune Loop Trail (6 miles) today.  The beach portion of the loop covers Mile 154 and the south half of Mile 155.  Met only two other hikers all day...
May 3, 2018 - Eugene Hikers
Ten Eugene Hikers walked Mile 154, starting from Tahkenitch Dunes Trail.  The beach was very calm with a lack of animal life (birds, sea mammals), and one other person walking.  There were crab...


August 2, 2017 - Eugene Hikers
No debris, white sand, steep slope to water.  Data sheet misplaced
March 2, 2017 - Eugene Hikers
Six Eugene Hikers participated along with Fawn Custer, Volunteer Coordinator.  Parked and accessed Mile 154 at Tahkenitch CG lot and used beach access around blocked off area.  There had been a...


January 22, 2012 - LBacon
Hiked to beach from Tahkenitch Campground. Significant beach lowering and foredune erosion at north end of mile. Very little trash and debris. Trees and brush washed out along Tahkenitch Creek and...


June 20, 2011 - LBacon
Beautiful day for a beach hike. Beach was relatively free of trash. Noticed increased erosion of foredune near the north of of the mile close to Tahkenitch Creek outlet. Saw one set of tire tracks in...
  • found on beach log
March 6, 2011 - LBacon
Pleasant weather, a little cool with gentle north wind. Beach unusually clean of man-made debris. Many root wads and dead trees, particularly on the north part from bank erosion and resulting washing...


October 18, 2010 - LBacon
Beach was very clean, only picked up small amount of trash. It had gained a bit of sand during the summer and since my last observation. Saw tracks indicating ATV activity in closure area, but no...
February 23, 2010 - LBacon
Accessed beach from Tahkenitch Campground trail. Most notable change was to the north end where there has been considerable foredune erosion. Where the trail normally crosses the foredune to the...


November 21, 2009 - LBacon
Started out near mid-day from the end of Sparrow Park road and walked more than a mile to my assigned beach. Some human activity near the end of the road, but none on my beach. Surf still rough from...
September 2, 2009 - LBacon
Saw four doing the six-mile loop hike originating at the Tahkenitch Campground. It includes a mile of beach walking. In addition to those hikers I had three companions with me. Even though the...
June 15, 2009 - pcornett
Overcast burned off and wind came up some. Thee were a large number of whole dungeness crabs and crab parts. The sand has really built up on the beach, even leading to the foredune. There was...
June 3, 2009 - LBacon
Walked in this time from Tahkenitch Campground and completed a six-mile loop that included my beach mile. Sand has continued to build against the foredune. Beach is relatively clean and no indication...
March 28, 2009 - LBacon
Major changes since last trip were buildup of sand along high foredune to the north of my mile, and many small trees and brush washed ashore from wave intrusion and bank erosion in Tahkenitch Estuary...


December 9, 2008 - Foggy
Accessed Mile 154 from Sparrow Park Road via a bike with super-wide tires, then walked the Mile; that made the 6-mile roundtrip very easy. There were no other humans or vehicles on Mile 154; the...
  • Highly modified mountain bike with super-wide tires. Single speed. Four to five times faster than walking, and great for riding through small creeks and small waves.
  • Looking north to Mile 155 and the mouth of Tahkenitch Creek (a gang of gulls)
  • A line of 18 or so brown pelicans taking advantage of the glassy sea and almost totally calm wind to ride the air currents over the surf.
November 24, 2008 - LBacon
The beach was very clean. Not much driftwood except for several large stumps and logs, evidently there for some time. Saw quite a few casings from baby crabs. No tire tracks in closed area. ATV...