Mile 164 Report

August 6, 2007
by gaylemont

Location:
Lane
Oregon Dunes NRA, W of Woahink Lake, Goose Pasture S
Conditions:
Monday
Foggy
66° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
2.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
100
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
2
OHV riders
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
6
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
60
Activity Comments:
Mile 164 is in the middle of the designated OHV beach area. There are few landmarks, but the Chapman's entry point appears to be right in the middle of Mile 164.
Notable Wildlife:
Scattered seagulls in the early morning. Vultures feeding on a badly deteriorated seal or sealine carcass, probably in Mile 166.
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Species/names:
none - not identifiable
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
One dead seal or sealine as described above on Mile 166
Driftline:
Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
Comments:
Summary:
I walked Mile 164 between 10 a.m. and noon on August 6, 2007,It was overcast and fairly foggy. I covered the area from North Jetty Road Parking Area 1 (the beginning of OHV area) south almost to the south end of the OHV area, and the conditions are pretty much the same all the way, with moderate to heavy OHV activity dominating the beach from about 10 a.m. on.I borrowed a friend's GPS and couldn't match the coordinates listed on the website with the coordinates I was getting on the GPS. I was getting about N 43.55 at what I believed to be the north end of Mile 164. The website says N 43.93 at that point, which seems to be a little high, since south Florence is N 44. The manner of describing coordinates now has been change and should reflect what I was reading on my next trip. There really are no landmarks on that stretch of beach, other than the OHV markings.The foredunes are cut through in a few places where OHVs are allowed to connect to trails on the east side. The beach is pretty clear of human trash. I saw one dead seal or small sea lion in what I believe was the south end of Mile 165, but it was so badly deteriorated I couldn't determine which. It looked as if it had been dead for several weeks. Several vultures were feeding on it. They disappeared as soon as the OHV use became heavy. In the same area there were remains of a freshly killed and eaten shorebird.The beach area all along that stretch is fairly flat, and has very little pedestrian use -- probably because of the OHV traffic. One couple walking north from Mile 164 said they sometimes find Native American artifacts -- mainly arrowheads and spearheads. There are several areas where there are fairly heavy crushed shell beds, and I suspect the crushing is from wave action -- not OHV.The OHV traffic makes the area very unpleasant for walking during the high-use hours. Both commercial and private vehicles use the area. I saw as many as 35 OHVs at a time. The noise is constant, and probably keeps the birds away during midday.
  • Group of OHVs traveling southbound along Miles 164 and 165.
    Group of OHVs traveling southbound along Miles 164 and 165.
    North end of Mile 164
    August 6, 2007
  • This was shot what I believe to be Mile 165, but is typical of the OHV traffic along miles 163, 164 and 165.  Noise and OHV operators driving close to walkers is a constant problem.
    This was shot what I believe to be Mile 165, but is typical of the OHV traffic along miles 163, 164 and 165. Noise and OHV operators driving close to walkers is a constant problem.
    Mile 165
    August 6, 2007
  • Vultures were feeding on the badly deteriorated carcass of a seal or small sea lion north of Mile 164.
    Vultures were feeding on the badly deteriorated carcass of a seal or small sea lion north of Mile 164.
    North of Mile 164
    August 6, 2007
Other Mile 164 Reports (2)

2009

February 4, 2009 - gaylemont
Mile 164 and the adjacent miles are extremely clean. I saw no evidence of any human trash whatsoever. I suspect the rental firms are policing the area.As usual, there are few animals other than...
  • sandpipers are the only abundant wildlife observed
  • This is typical of the tracks left in the winter.  Summer use makes more roadlike conditions.
  • Typical winter OHV traffic.

2008

February 11, 2008 - gaylemont
The most striking thing to me was the absolute absence of birds or mammals. Once the OHV trash collectors left, there was no sound except the ocean, and I felt totally alone. Not a bad feeling, at...
  • They were collecting trash from Miles 163 and 164, which may have been why the beach looked extremely clean.
  • Looking south from north end of Mile 164 at low tide
  • Typical beach scene of Mile 164