Mile 164 Report

February 11, 2008
by gaylemont

Location:
Lane
Oregon Dunes NRA, W of Woahink Lake, Goose Pasture S
Conditions:
Monday 11:00 AM
Sunny
50° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
2
Dogs:
0
Activities:
OHV
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
2
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
1
Activity Comments:
The beach was isolated except for myself and a couple on an OHV collecting trash. They had 5-gallon containers on both sides, so may have been from one of the dune ride companies. I did not see one bird or mamal in either Mile 163 or 164. In fact, the only living creatures I saw were a few small jelleyfish. The beach was very clean, as were the areas near the foredunes. When I was leaving at about 1 p.m., I saw a young couple arriving and collecting shells.
Notable Wildlife:
None of any type. No seaweed, no birds or mammals
Dead Birds:
Species/names:
none
Stranded:
none
Fish & Invertebrates:
none
Driftline:
Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks
Surprisingly little debris -- a few short pieces of light marine rope.
New Development:
Modifications:
Only OHV tracks in permitted areas.
Natural Changes:
None observed
Comments:
Summary:
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 all, but unusual.
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.

2007

August 6, 2007 - gaylemont
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...
  • Group of OHVs traveling southbound along Miles 164 and 165.
  • 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.
  • Vultures were feeding on the badly deteriorated carcass of a seal or small sea lion north of Mile 164.