Mile 155 Report

October 15, 2014
by marcus

Oregon Dunes NRA, Tahkenitch Creek
Wednesday 12:00 PM
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Some evidence of OHV use in the recent past near the Tahkenitch Creek outlet and near ocean sand. This area is closed during the Snowy plover nesting and fledging period but damage to the flat sandy nesting area can occur at any time of the year.
Notable Wildlife:
Two dead or dying Franklin's gull were observed. Dozens of common gulls or various species were observed near the mouth of Tahkenitch and along the wet sandy beach.Several families of sanderlings were observed intermittently along the wet sandy beach near tideline.Three Canada geese were observed walking the beach.Several dozen brown pelicans were observed near the surf or congregating at the mouth Tahkenitch Creek.One Snowy egret was observed in the Tahkenitch slough.One bald eagle was observed in the dunes east of the slough.A pair of coyote tracks were observed on the beach and flat sand between the beach and the slough.Approximately six harbor seals were observed patrolling the surf in ten feet of water.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Styrofoam
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Tahkenitch Creek mouth moved by 50 feet since previous year.
In previous years, I have observed many more sanderlings than this visit, which maybe just a sampling issue. As mentioned, I did observe two dead or dying Franklin's gulls. One had been dead for at least 24 hours and the other was acting very strangely by sitting in the surf without significant movement even when I approached within 20 feet (the usual startle distance that I observe). As mentioned, the mouth of Tahkenitch Creek had moved north by approximately 50 feet since 2013 with an added meander of the slough to the east.
  • Photo taken after storm surge abated.
    Photo taken after storm surge abated.
    North side of mouth of Tahkenitch creek
    October 15, 2014
  • This photo shows the condition of the flat sandy beach near where Snowy plover nest looking towards the wet sand and surf.
    This photo shows the condition of the flat sandy beach near where Snowy plover nest looking towards the wet sand and surf.
    Dry sand and surf 500 ft north of Tahkenitch
    October 15, 2014
Other Mile 155 Reports (17)


October 13, 2018 - ploverlover
July 1, 2018 - ploverlover
I first adopted this mile in 1995. I left Oregon and discontinued my watch in 2007.  I've returned to Oregon and have just re-adopted this very same mile.I hiked in on the Tahkenitch Creek trail. ...


September 25, 2017 - marcus


October 12, 2016 - marcus
Overcast following morning fog. Wind 10-15mph from the south.
  • Maybe Raccoon tracks
  • Likely Otter prints
October 11, 2016 - marcus
Warm, sunny day with the wind from the NE at 10-15 mph. 3 foot waves with average tide. Many long coils of Bull kelp littered the beach below the high tide line.
October 10, 2016 - marcus
An overcast day with light wild (10mph) from NW. Many more birds at mouth of creek. 2 flights of Brown Pelicans (5 & 7 birds).4 seals were swimming in the surf 20 feet from the surfline. They...
October 9, 2016 - marcus
Clear, sunny day with 20 mph wind from southwest and 3 foot waves. Few seabirds were observed on the beach but 1 common egret was observed fishing in the estuary as well as 1 immature sandhill crane...


October 5, 2015 - marcus
Takenitch creek and its associated estuary contained much lower water flow than in previous years with the outlet to the ocean approximately 10 feet wide and 1 foot deep (see pix).
  • The ATV tracks show a motorized incursion north of the US Forest Service motorized exclusion sign seen left of center west of the beach grass on the sand near the south horizon.
  • This photo shows the low water condition of the Takenitch estuary just west of the sand cliffs and north of the creek's bend into the ocean outlet.
  • Here the reduced flow of the Takenitch creek can be seen with approximately 1 foot of stream flow and 10 - 20 feet width. The current was moderately strong towards the ocean
  • This photo shows the congregation of various gulls in Takenitch creek 50 feet east of ocean outlet. The number of sea birds was observed to be less than previous years and restricted to gulls only (no oelicans).
  • View of Takenitch creek ocean outlet from the north looking south. The sparse sea bird population can be readily seen.
  • The placid 3 foot breakers can be seen in this photo taken 200 feet north of the Takenitch ocean outlet.
October 4, 2015 - marcus
Arrived to find a clear sunny beach with extensive winter erosion of the Takenitch west estuary. Takenitch creek was the lowest that I have observed with minimal (10' wide x 1' deep) outflow to the...
  • Takenitch creek was very low with only about 1 foot of water flowing into the ocean.


July 15, 2012 - mbbsmile
The beach was deep and looked to be lower tide than the numbers indicate. Sunny beautiful day with more people on the beach than I've seen before. Also very clean, no litter or debris. The group of...


August 15, 2011 - mbbsmile
Tahkenitch Creek is a new mile this year for me and I seem to always miss the lowest of tides, but this time there was soooo much beach. I crossed the creek easily, waded in a large pool about the...
  • several of these bouquets of kelp were scattered along the beach.
March 14, 2011 - mbbsmile
Walking through the woods I saw a few Trillium. The dune you cross to the beach looks unchanged but this is my second time walking this area. I was the only one on the south side of Tahkenitch...
January 9, 2011 - mbbsmile
First time walking this mile. Lovely day, mild rain briefly. Parked at the Tahkenitch camp grounds and took the creek trail to the beach then followed the ThreeMile Lake trail back.The beach was...


October 11, 2008 - [email protected]
Led hike out Tahkenitch Dunes trail to beach then south along S end of mile 154 and all of mile 155 with 15 people for South Coast Striders hiking group. Short earred owl was a treat to see along...
  • Very large squid growing up to 2 meters long and 45kg  weight. Go to to view good video about this animal.
  • The mouth of Tahkenitch Creek has moved south to a pt very near the N end of Mile 155.
  • I think these are what is left of the squid's tentacles. You can see remains of suckers and hooks.
  • Lots of remains of small shrimp (krill?)along with Sand crab - Emeritus analogia.  The surf zone had a nice dark brown upwelling color.


September 21, 2007 - ploverlover
I wasn't able to access my mile because the Tahkenitch Creek trail ,at its mouth, had been eroded back at least 200 yards. ODNRA says trail will be repaired in 3 months. We had 10 plover nests and...
January 6, 2007 - ploverlover
Since September when I last observed, the trailhead has eroded away. Shore Pines that have recently been eroded were evident in the heavy surf. I would estimate about twenty-five yards to fifty yards...


September 13, 2006 - ploverlover
Beach was clean and quiet no problems of any kind that I could see.