Mile 160 Report

August 12, 2021
by mbbsmile

Oregon Dunes NRA just south of Siltcoos River
Thursday 12:30 PM
60° F
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
2.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
Specifically stated no dogs on beach
Activity Comments:
People were mostly walking on the beach. Most didn’t stay long. Windy and cool.
Notable Wildlife:
One seagull!
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
No litter that I saw.
New Development:
Natural Changes:

The beach looks untouched. Such a beautiful stretch of beach. Mile walk to the beach thru the sand from wax myrtle beach. A gorgeous view of the mouth of siltcoos river which is forever changing.


Snowy plover fencing intact and no one violating that rule. Dogs not allowed on beach but dogs did not go into the fenced in area.

Beautiful day at the beach. Large white clam shells and many crab shells.

Other Mile 160 Reports (37)


March 29, 2021 - mbbsmile
Very windy day and only saw one person on the beach. No birds or other animals on or in the surf that I could see.


November 10, 2020 - mbbsmile
It was a beautiful cold windy day. A few clouds overhead. More cars in the lot were for ATV activity because at first we were the only two on the beach. The waves were huge and in rapid succession...


December 26, 2015 - lightbug
My mile was actually inaccessible the ponds on either side of the path had grown together and blocked the path at least a hundred yards before the normal little ford I always have to cross It will be...
  • Water logged, Lane County, Oregon Dunes NRA just south of Siltcoos River
  • swollen river
October 3, 2015 - lightbug
My biggest surprise was the lack of trash, I nearly always bring three or four bags of trash off the beach, but not today. Do not know whether it is tide, wind, or the wonderful efforts of the surf...
February 22, 2015 - lightbug
With the effort of many volunteers we collected four heaping pickup loads of trash, including a hot water heater from a five mile stretch
January 20, 2015 - lightbug
My usual scenic walk along the Siltcoos River was under water today. The water at the beach was not really too much higher than normal, but the mouth of the Siltcoos was about four times wider than...


June 26, 2014 - lightbug
The beach was unusually clean, I only carried off two bags full of trash, but it was high tide time and the water had scoured the beach recently. There were two groups of seals lounging on the beach...
  • seals resting just south of the siltcoos river
April 29, 2014 - lightbug
Glorious day on the beach, The tide had just turned, it had been quite high (into the roped areas) there was lots of debris to pick up. As I neared my beach exit my bags were breaking, so I piled...
  • The pile I left for the ranger
March 7, 2014 - lightbug
there was evidence that people had walked out from a campground on the southern limit of my mile. That is the first time I have seen such tracks from that area. Other than that the beach was calm as...
  • from south end of my mile


October 13, 2013 - lightbug
We have had some high tides and the beach was unusually clean, only found three plastic bags to remove, usually much more. Campground closed now but very little human activity
July 2, 2013 - lightbug
An uneventful walk, took three bags of trash off with me, looked to be a mixture of boat and land trash
January 30, 2013 - lightbug
Beautiful day to be at the beach, which is essentially unchanged since my last visit (except around the mouth of the Siltcoos river which meanders regularly). I took a full grocery bag full of trash...
  • Red just over a foot long
  • red buoy


October 18, 2012 - Treehugger1
It seemed the vegetation line was closer to the water at the northern 1/4 of my mile than I remember, with both American beachgrass and some type of succulent. There didn't seem to be as many washed...
July 23, 2012 - dragonfly
Harbor seals hauled out near estuary. Moderate amount of broken shells and crab shells in the driftline, otherwise the beach was very clean and practically deserted. On the walk back we did see 5 or...
June 1, 2012 - Treehugger1
Today's walk notable for the absence of shorebirds other than the Snowy Plovers and the presence of the 2 CA Sea Lions basking in the sun during a break in the ground fog up the estuary about 50...
January 28, 2012 - dragonfly
Many more dead crabs and driftwood after the recent storms, but thankfully not much plastic debris. Less wildlife than usual. Evidence that the surf may have gone over the tops of the dune in some...
January 13, 2012 - Treehugger1
Sunny, calm, quiet day, with few birds other than the sandpipers, and no human visitors. There was little in the way of debris, which I found unusual but for the absence of humans today. The...


September 29, 2011 - Treehugger1
Noticed foredune erosion in protected snowy plover nesting area back to vegetated foredune at the mouth of the Siltcoos River to the south.Beach flat up to vegetated foredune. Very little debris of...
August 8, 2011 - dragonfly
A very quiet day on the beach. Very little wildlife. Very little litter.
May 1, 2011 - dragonfly
The beach was unusually quiet and clean. The only relatively unusual thing was a washed-up mermaid's purse.
February 6, 2011 - dragonfly
My companion (a veteran birder and wildlife observer) and I both felt there was an eerie absence of wildlife and birds. Are other Coastwatchers noticing the same thing?


December 7, 2010 - dragonfly
Surprisingly little litter on beach despite recent storms. Abundant seal and bird presence. Dead juvenile sea lion.
September 4, 2010 - Treehugger1
Beautiful weather conditions; calm to mild wind. One makeshift driftwood shelter complete with interior decorating. River outlet shifted notably to the south in oxbow fashion.
August 2, 2010 - dragonfly
The beach was extremely clean. No trash or plastic bottles as in recent visits. Large deposits of broken shells. Very little wildlife, which is unusual for Mile 160.
April 14, 2010 - dragonfly
Many floats from boats and lots of bottles, both plastic and glass, on beach. A great time for watching birds.
March 9, 2010 - Treehugger1
Access to Mile 160 via the Wax Myrtle trail was almost impossible due to 1-1/2 feet of water in two large areas, with no way to avoid wading through it. Evidence of recent storms bringing in large...
February 7, 2010 - dragonfly
Lots of new driftwood deposited against dune. Many plastic bottles, especially water bottles. High tides had significantly cut away the dune at the southern part of Mile 160.


November 15, 2009 - Treehugger1
Due to scattered showers still occurring, few people on the beach. Recent storms have brought in several large trees and numerous pieces of large driftwood. More trash than usual, filling (over-...
October 22, 2009 - dragonfly
Beach was unusually clean. As the tide approached high tide, we observed many huge salmon jumping clear out of the water on their journey up the Siltcoos. Spectacular!
August 19, 2009 - Treehugger1
This is my first report for this mile so have nothing to compare with what was seen today. Saw group of 7 pelicans standing on shore at river outlet, large number of western sandpipers feeding on...
July 18, 2009 - dragonfly
My son spotted a weasel run into the dune which was in the Snowy Plover nesting area. He then heard a lot of bird moises followed by silence.


November 22, 2008 - dragonfly
The beach was exceptionally clean, except for two heavy deposits of shells in a small area at the south end of mile 160. The seal looked recently washed up seemed smallish and thin and had been...
August 14, 2008 - dragonfly
The stream has obviously moved around and changed course. A still wet channel to the extreme south of the estuary has been abandoned for a channel to the extreme north.The dune adjacent to the south...
June 15, 2008 - dragonfly
There were more broken shells on the wet sand than usual, but otherwise it was a fairly typical day.
March 8, 2008 - dragonfly
On a visit in early January, we discovered that the fore dune to the south of Siltcoos estuary had been full-dozed, so there is an extensive area of flat dry sand that wasn't there before.This visit...


September 19, 2007 - zbstotz
Nice day, beach clean, two people enjoying the day.
March 16, 2007 - zbstotz
The weather was nice, there was nothing unusual to note. Due to the winter storms the foredune has eroded almost perpendicular for about a forth mile.