Mile 171 Report

April 27, 2019
by oldMGguy

Heceta Beach South, almost to North Jetty
Saturday 1:30 PM
60° F
Moderate from the NW
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Numerous large flocks of Sanderlings migrating north.
Dead Birds:
Deceased yearling Steller sea lion
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:

Windy day on Heceta Beach at noon.  The summer "transverse" sand dunes are beginning to form.  Numerous flocks of gulls and sanderlings either feeding or migrating northbound against the wind.  An osprey and a common tern were busy plunging into the surf in the hunt for lunch.

A recently deceased yearling steller sea lion is washed up at the high water line abouta 1/4 mile south of the Driftwood Shores Resort.  No obvious pre-scavanger injuries or tags observed.

  • Yearling sea lion
    1/4 mile south of the Driftwood Shores Resort
    April 27, 2019
Other Mile 171 Reports (122)


February 1, 2022 - oldMGguy
Nice morning to exercise the dog on Heceta Beach.  Louie the Lab can't get enough of running along the surf line with his favorite ball in mouth.The are two dead adult sea lion carcasses washed up on...


March 9, 2021 - oldMGguy
Stunningly beautiful sunny morning for a beach stroll.  Light east wind has pushed the usual sea/beach haze well offshore, making for unusually clear views north to the Heceta Head Lighthouse.  There...


December 7, 2020 - oldMGguy
Huge stranding of brownish-red "Pacific Sea Nettle" (Chrysaora fuscescens) and Moon (Aurelia labiata) jellies all along Mile 171 and Mile 172 today.  About 90% of the jellies were the Sea Nettle...
November 23, 2020 - oldMGguy
Nice sunny afternoon for a stroll on Heceta Beach.  Lane County parks staff continue to improve the North Jetty parking lot, filling potholes, etc.  Graffiti taggers have once again painted up the...
May 18, 2020 - oldMGguy
Whimbrels and sanderlings were feeding in the surf wash zone.  A recently deceased harbour porpoise, about 1/3 mile north of the Siuslaw River North Jetty, appears to have washed ashore with today's...
March 25, 2020 - oldMGguy
A nice morning walk today in the sunshine to practice my social distancing skills.  Nothing of significance to report - some surf grass, white squid/octopus egg clusters, and a few "cat's eye" comb...


October 19, 2019 - oldMGguy
Another nice Saturday afternoon for a stroll on Heceta Beach!  Lots of visitors out watching the big waves roll in, with the occasional "sneaker wave" chasing tourists (and me) up to higher ground. ...
  • Sea foam on Heceta Beach
September 6, 2019 - oldMGguy
A nice quiet wind-free afternoon to stroll Heceta Beach after the summer crowds have dispersed.  A recently deceased yearling sea lion is on the beach about halfway between the jetty and Driftwood...
May 7, 2019 - oldMGguy
Unplanned birding day at Heceta Beach this evening.  Just light breezes this afternoon instead of the recent hurricane force gales.  Those winds have created a large field of the temporary summer "...
April 11, 2019 - oldMGguy
The entire Mile 171 is heavily covered with river-sourced flood debris, from large trees, stumps, down to grass and pine needles.  Many of the larger pieces, which looked like they had not been out...
April 2, 2019 - oldMGguy
A first for Mile 171 today.  Found a dead American Beaver (Castor canadensis) washed in at this morning's high tiode wash line at the north end of Mile 171. This animal appears to have been killed...
  • American Beaver
  • American beaver
March 7, 2019 - oldMGguy
Nothing out of the ordinary observed on Heceta Beach today with one exception - an adult-sized purple Ochre sea star washed up at the high water line (photo).  Haven't seen any of these guys on...
  • Ochre sea star
  • Skate egg case
January 23, 2019 - oldMGguy
Lots of sea foam on Heceta Beach this afternoon.  This stuff is almost pure white compared to the greenish-tannish foam usually seen in the fall.  Small groups of sanderlings feeding in the surf...
January 8, 2019 - oldMGguy
Pleasant afternoon stroll on Heceta Beach this afternoon.  The NE wind has beaten down the surf, but two surfers were out working a nice curl just north of the North Jetty finger.  Small bunches of...


December 29, 2018 - oldMGguy
Overcast andf slight drizzle on today's Heceta Beach walk-about.  The entire mile was coated with river estuary sourced grasses and small woody twigs/branches washed downstream during the recent King...
December 17, 2018 - oldMGguy
Cruised Heceta Beach this afternoon just before the next big wind and rain storms blow on-shore.  The entire mile is covered with smashed or sometimes fully intact Sea Nettle jellies Chrysaora...
October 6, 2018 - oldMGguy
Beautiful fall afternoon for strolling on Heceta Beach - sunny, light breeze from the NW.  Several small flocks of sanderlings were feeding in the shallow surf, crows digging out and eating mole...
  • Looking south on Mile 171
  • New foredune building south end of Mile 171
July 16, 2018 - oldMGguy
"A murder on the beach and a mystery solved" ...Observed several dozen Whimbrels with their long down-curved bills feeding in the wave out-wash all along Mile 171, along with large groups of...
May 28, 2018 - oldMGguy
Lots of holiday visitors out on windy Heceta Beach today. Parking lots at both ends of Mile 171 were nearly full to capacity. The early summertime bloom of phyto- and zooplanktons is very apparent...
May 11, 2018 - oldMGguy
Lots of bird activitiy on Heceta Beach today.  Two bald eagles, an osprey, the usual gaggle of turkey vultures, crows and ravens, sanderlings everywhere, several low-flying flocks of black turnstones...
May 4, 2018 - oldMGguy
Another pleasent morning for a stroll along Heceta Beach!  Light NW wind, sunny and warm.  There has been an ongoing mass stranding of Velella velellas (By-The-Wind Sailors) and the high water line...
April 23, 2018 - oldMGguy
This doesn't happen often - 72F and calm winds at Heceta Beach today!  Another stranding of Velella velellas of various sizes, mostly 3-4" in length, all along the mile.  Only a few Pyrosomas...
April 16, 2018 - oldMGguy
Managed to walk Mile 171 between the spring showers.  Few people out today.  A bald eagle was perched on one of the foredune high spots, trying to ignore the squadron of gulls and crows hovering...
April 5, 2018 - oldMGguy
Numerous smallish Steller sea lions (yearlings?) observed swimming upriver in the Siuslaw or heading south along Mile 171 in the near-shore surf.  About a half dozen harbor seals feeding in the surf...
March 16, 2018 - oldMGguy
Some scumbag dumped a truckload of house remodeling debris into the Siuslaw River lagoon alongside the North Jetty Road (photo).  Honeyman State Park personnel notified.Harbor seals and black surf...
February 27, 2018 - oldMGguy
More dead critters on Heceta Beach.  The previously reported recently deceased sea lion yearling was nowhere to be found on Mile 171 today, but I found another mangled sea lion corpse up in the high...
February 24, 2018 - oldMGguy
Lots of dead things on heceta Beach today.  The north half of Mile 171 had a major stranding of Velella velellas (By-The-Wind Sailors) with individuals up to 4-5 inches long - easily the biggest...
  • Velella velella (By-The-Wind Sailors)
  • Dead yearling Sea Lion
  • Dead yearling Sea Lion
January 20, 2018 - oldMGguy
The recent high-energy storm waves washed a lot of the high beach sand away, exposing long-buried driftwood logs and stumps, along with re-arranging the larger driftwood logs all along Mile 171.  At...
January 15, 2018 - oldMGguy
Large flocks of Sanderlings busy feeding in the surf wash along the entire mile this morning.  Surf Scoter ducks and harbor seals out in the near-shore surf.  Big waves and high tide were setting up...
January 9, 2018 - oldMGguy
Vandals have spray-painted the vehicle barrier rocks (3) on the Siuslaw River North Jetty.  It is jarringly offensive in this otherwise pristine ocean beach environment.  Phones calls and emails sent...


November 22, 2017 - oldMGguy
Unusually balmy afternoon on Heceta Beach today!  The SE breeze was blowing the surf mist back off-shore so distant headlands stood out in sharp relief for a change.  Lots of eel grass (Zostera...
October 26, 2017 - oldMGguy
Almost a complete absense of the heavy green/brownish algae that's been washing ashore the past several weeks.  Still a gazillion of 1/4" "Cat's Eye"comb jellies (Pleurobrachia bachei) in the wrack...
September 22, 2017 - oldMGguy
A pleasent afternoon for a stroll on Heceta Beach - sunny with a light breeze for a change.  Long lines of high washline greenish-brown phyto/zoo plankton and algae debris on the wet sand beach -...
July 7, 2017 - oldMGguy
One of those "Now this is why we moved to Oregon!" days on Heceta Beach today - sunny, warm, light breeze (instead of the usual gale).  Very clean beach in spite of the tourist hordes over the 4th of...
May 12, 2017 - oldMGguy
Large quantities of Pacific Mole Crab (Emerita analoga) exoskeleton molts in the high swash line along Mile 171 today.  The vast majority were about 1/2" in length, with a few larger one up to 1" at...
March 10, 2017 - oldMGguy
Beautiful sunny afternoon for a stroll on Heceta Beach today.  Observed a bald eagle make several unsuccessful power dives into the shallow surf before finally hauling off a 8-10" fish for dinner. ...
March 2, 2017 - oldMGguy
Heceta Beach (Mile 171) has a gazillion pyrosomes (Pyrosomas atlanticus), a pelagic colonial tunicate, washed up on the high water tide line, particularily on the north half near Driftwood Shores...
  • Pyrosomes
  • Beach erosion
  • Beach erosion
February 17, 2017 - oldMGguy
A pleasent day for a walk on the sandy beach at Florence!  Harbor seals and surf scoters observed working the near-shore surf.  Huge amounts of sand have been removed from the upper beach by this...
  • pseudoconchs-Corolla spectabilis-sea butterfly


December 25, 2016 - oldMGguy
Beautiful sunny, if cold, winter morning on Heceta Beach.  Large flocks of Sanderlings were feeding in the outwash, occasional harbor seal observed in the surf.  Numerous "Pyrosoma atlanticum"...
December 6, 2016 - oldMGguy
The loons are back!  Several Common Loons and Western Grebes feeding in the Siuslaw River at the North Jetty.  Lots of Bull kelp, Small Perennial kelp, and Feather Boa kelp scattered along the mile...
  • View north along Mile 171
November 30, 2016 - oldMGguy
Sea foam day at the beach!  The NW winds were blowing the thick surf sea foam along the beach, covering just about all of the entire mile.  A very dead Steller sea lion has washed up on the high sand...
November 23, 2016 - oldMGguy
For once, I managed to walk this mile between rain showers, instead of during one.  Upper beach sand continues to wash away by the higher tides, exposing long-buried driftwood.  Lots of mole crab...
November 17, 2016 - oldMGguy
Pleasent late afternoon on Heceta Beach, with several dozen people out on the sand.  Recent high tides, storm waves have significantly eroded the high beach accumulation of summer sand dunes, with...
September 9, 2016 - oldMGguy
Lots of folks out observing the preparations to remove the 50' commercial fishing vessel beached early Saturday a.m.  A salvage tug from Coos Bay is scheduled to pull the stranded boat off the beach...
July 10, 2016 - oldMGguy
Perfect warm sunny afternoon for a barefoot stroll thru the surf edge after this morning's heavy rain squalls. The surf wash zone is heavily coated with smashed Moon Jelly pieces along the entire...
June 17, 2016 - kathrynl
Large amount of storm driftwood near No. Jetty as well as plenty of drifted sand covering parts of the Jetty. Very little debris along water line -- beautiful day for walking the beach!


November 28, 2015 - oldMGguy
Another one of those sunny "This-is-why-we-moved-to-Oregon" days on Heceta Beach. Well over 100 people walking the beach, a dozen surfers getting some nice rides in the surf north of the North Jetty...
October 29, 2015 - oldMGguy
While walking on the North Jetty Road enroute to the beach, a bobcat ran N-S across the road in front of me. Lots of new large and small driftwood on the beach, likely from the latest king tide...


August 12, 2014 - oldMGguy
Due to recent strong northerly winds, seasonal "transverse" sand dunes are well-developed all along Mile 171. The seasonal low dunes are the most extensive I've seen on this mile since 2007.
August 2, 2014 - kathrynl
Sand has drifted over jetty making access by car or truck impossible. Most litter in parking lot and at access to jetty. Beach debris free. Ocean looking "dirty" with greenish foam.
July 1, 2014 - oldMGguy
Best day of the year so far for beach walking - sunny, calm, and very warm!There is a mass stranding of gazillions of Velella velella aka "By-the-wind-Sailor" or "Sail jellyfish", all along the...
February 24, 2014 - BCtoOR
Quiet clean beach on a lovely warm winter morning.The tide was washing up around the giant spool.Rough skinned newts on path to beach.Does anyone know what the mystery insect is that I saw moving...
January 18, 2014 - BCtoOR
Hundreds of Sea Nettle jellyfish washed up at high tide mark all along Heceta beach.Sutton creek at Mile 172, entering the ocean north of Driftwood Shores Resort, is quickly eroding the sand and...


July 7, 2013 - kathrynl
Strong north winds have blown large amounts of sand up over North Jetty. Partial wooden pallet and various long lengths of board also near jetty along drift line.
June 21, 2013 - kathrynl
There is nn ice chest 2' by 3' approximately 2' high halfway between Driftwood Shores and North Jetty above driftline. No markings; wiring still attached on inside of box.
April 25, 2013 - kathrynl
12 foot long solid wood board -- might be a top to a structure? no visible nails -- approximately 1/3 mile down the beach from Driftwood Shores. Very little litter on beach; however, plenty of dog...
February 26, 2013 - oldMGguy
Very clean wet sand beach today - none of the usual bits and pieces of styrofoam that have been common lately.
  • Another "invasive" plant growing in the beach foredune at the Siuslaw River North Jetty area.  Most likely washed downriver after a flood event years ago.  They seem to like the sand, salt, and windy environment!
February 8, 2013 - oldMGguy
Clear, cold and windy afternoon stroll on Heceta Beach. Found several "Salp" tunicates washed ashore. All were 4-5 inches long.
  • Salp tunicate
February 5, 2013 - oldMGguy
A mature bald eagle was (unsuccessfully) fishing over the Siuslaw River at the north jetty. Several swoops and grabs, but no fish. One freshly washed up alcid at the high water line. The beak...
January 31, 2013 - oldMGguy
Nice sunny afternoon for a walk on the beach! Single strands and small balls of bull kelp washed up along the entire mile. Almost no litter of any kind observed. Occasional battered chunks of moon...


November 16, 2012 - cheshire
There is a continuing problem with dog owners on this beach (from the North Jetty to just north of Driftwood Shores) letting their pets off leash. Many of these dogs are large and out of control....
September 22, 2012 - kathrynl
Semi-annual beach clean up in process while large amount of dogs and people enjoying a glorious coastal day.
August 13, 2012 - kathrynl
Huge sand dunes have drifted over North Jetty and sand has shifted along high tide line due to high summer wind. Small boat fender, plastic bottles and deck sponge picked up off beach. Large pieces...
June 10, 2012 - cheshire
Lots of driftwood and flood debris remains on this beach after winter storms. Many people have built makeshift forts out of this wood, especially just north of the the North Jetty. While creative...
June 3, 2012 - cheshire
Walked miles 171-172. Much less garbage than earlier this week, but lots of evidence of driftwood fire rings in front of Driftwood Shores and in the half mile north of the hotel. Picked up one bag...
May 28, 2012 - cheshire
I frequently walk this beach for exercise, and I don't usually see this much debris. Lots of water bottles, small pieces of foam, large blocks of yellow foam with plywood backing (looks like...
May 11, 2012 - kathrynl
Large amount of driftwood left from winter storms near jetty, otherwise clean beach. Empty water bottle on jetty, otherwise no trash to be found.
March 13, 2012 - oldMGguy
Another wave of river-sourced flood debris (trees, branches, brush, grass, etc) recently washed ashore north of the North Siuslaw River Jetty. Very little bird activity other than the usual crows...


June 11, 2011 - oldMGguy
The shallow waters of the beach wave run-back are literally a living soup of tiny fish fry, larvae, and amphipods. What looks like small pale grains of rice in the shallow receding wave is a...


November 16, 2010 - oldMGguy
Dead-critters-on-the-beach day today at Heceta Beach, Mile 171. Two deceased male California sea lions, with their distinctive domed foreheads, on the beach - one near the Siuslaw River North Jetty...
November 13, 2010 - oldMGguy
Only one fresh Northern Fulmar carcass observed today. Lots of Cat's Eye comb jellies along the mile, with a few Sea Nettle jellies mixed in. A very dead sea lion (Steller female ??) has just...
October 28, 2010 - oldMGguy
One dead sun fish, about 12" long, washed up near the midsection of Mile 171. Two large clusters of thousands of Ochre Sea Stars also washed up - one grouping about a 1/4 mile north of the Siuslaw...
  • 12" long sun fish washed up about mid-section of Mile 171.  Top and bottom fins gone.
September 22, 2010 - kathrynl
Jetty has been sanded over by storms and is inaccessable to vehicles. Large trees are also already across the jetty. Very few birds on beach but beach was "clean" of debris today.
June 15, 2010 - kathrynl
Beach very clean at high tide. Concentration of paper and plastic trash near southern side of North Jetty parking area. Winter storms have moved sand over much of Jetty prohibiting vehicles access to...
May 5, 2010 - oldMGguy
A very pleasent evening on Heceta Beach. Observed one out-of-control dog chasing feeding sanderlings up the beach for a considerable distance. Lots of migrating shorebirds heading north. Brown...
April 7, 2010 - oldMGguy
Five turkey vultures were busy feasting on a fairly fresh dead Steller sea lion (female?) 1/3 mile south of the Driftwood Shores hotel complex well up in the dry sand area of the upper beach. Osprey...
March 7, 2010 - kathrynl
Bottle caps and beer cans near Driftwood Shores, some even gathered together as from a recent "beer party". Removed one bag of garbage from Driftwood Shores area which continues to be strewn with...


December 23, 2009 - oldMGguy
A beautiful winter day on Mile 171. Very clean beach, with harbor seals, sanderlings, and a few surf scoters feeding in and near the surf. One whale spout observed way off-shore. A lot of reddish-...
  • Ewww - that's going to be smelly!  The prevailing winter breezes will move the aroma straight to the buildings in the background.
  • Macrocystis integrifolia
December 21, 2009 - kathrynl
Picked up litter. Driftwood strewn up onto jetty and northward along beach from previous storms. Small two foot "sink hole" near entrance to jetty that has been filled with debris and yellow hazard...
November 10, 2009 - oldMGguy
Recent high tides and wind have re-arranged the driftwood log collection on the beach. Lots of common loons, cormorants, and brown pelicans flying and/or feeding near the North Jetty.The beach high...
  • Gazillions of these egg casings at the high water line all along Mile 171.  Anyone know what they are?
September 22, 2009 - FriendofStrawberry
I counted 40 dead beached Humboldt Squid on the beach from the Florence North Jetty to Driftwood Shores Resort. Met a man who counted 30 from Driftwood Shores Resort to Sutton Creek. This is about...
September 19, 2009 - kathrynl
Beach was relatively "clean" this morning. Exposed tidal sand near Driftwood Shores has orange algae and appears oily.
August 30, 2009 - oldMGguy
Heavy concentration of olive-green sea foam and plankton die-off on the beach and in the surf. Observed my first "Lions' Mane" (aka Sea Blubber) jelly on the beach this year - very unusual for...
June 12, 2009 - kathrynl
Sand has blown over North Jetty almost preventing vehicle access. Dog poop on jetty in plastic bag (thank you!). Beach relatively clean except for dead Sea Lion near Driftwood Shores resort.
June 6, 2009 - oldMGguy
Another pleasent walk on the beach today. The sand is definitely moving on-shore, with noticable accumulations above the high tide line. An outer sand bar, and fairly deep inner channel has formed...
April 18, 2009 - MThrossel
Wet damp sand on beach (that is 400 ft. from 100 ft. bluff) Waves (1 feet high on flat sandy bottom) rolled in with about 12 waves at any one time. Drift line 4 inches wide, had green algae and foam...
  • Parking Lot and trail to beach. Driftwood Shores Resort at left, storm drain center middle below distant rectangular pillar; among logs. Residence at right atop bluff. Camera pointed east.
  • Parking lot south of Driftwood Shores Resort, with trail to beach. Storm drain water enters beach in a wide swath, under stacked logs. Bluff at right shows residence chimney. Camera pointer east.
  • Sand, Cascade Range, Residences, Mist, Driftwood Shores Resort. Ocean tide lines lower right. Camera pointed northeast.
  • Sand, Residences, Driftwood Shores Resort and more Residences. Bicycle tracks. Very few shells. Camera pointed northeast.
  • Pacific Ocean, Seagulls, Pedestrians and storm water run off. Camera pointed west.
  • Heceta Head in the mist; Coastal Mountains Range, Pedestrians, sand. Residences and Driftwood Shores Resort. Ocean tide line lower right area.Camera pointed north.
  • Residences end at right bluff area. Bluff flattens out at that point. Beach is starting to rise into dune type formation. Camera pointed southeast.
March 31, 2009 - oldMGguy
A quiet afternoon on Heceta Beach today. Several large flocks (50+) of gulls heading north, one whale spout observed off-shore. An unusual large number of ochre sea stars were washed up today - an...
  • Ochre sea star, an unusual sight on heceta Beach
  • An unfortunate mossy chiton attached to a piece of kelp and barnacles washed off the Siuslaw jetty rocks during the latest storm
March 10, 2009 - oldMGguy
The beach was covered with a lot of river-sourced wood debris from recent rain events. A large log covered with pelagic goose barnacles apparently arrived with the last high tide. All of the dead...
  • Dying Pelagic Goose Barnacles on a freshly washed-up log
  • Another invasive species along with the invasive European Beach Grass.  At least the new one is cute!
February 5, 2009 - oldMGguy
A tip of the hat to CoastWatchers Lloyd Maxfield and Jean Caroline for their work in publicizing pollution on the beach near the Driftwood Shores complex. They took a sample of the drainage in for...


December 18, 2008 - oldMGguy
Continuous stream of 100's of gulls, with many brown pelicans mixed in, flying south along the surf line. Several large flocks of sanderlings and semipalmated plovers working their way south while...
December 2, 2008 - oldMGguy
Really quiet afternoon on Heceta Beach today for a change. Several large balls of bull kelp along the mile, along with the occasional palm kelp, small perennial kelp, surf grass, and individual bull...
  • One of several large tangle of Bull Kelp washed up on Heceta Beach recently
  • Palm Kelp
  • Small Perennial Kelp - not often seen on Heceta Beach
  • Lost crab pot dug out and rolled up the beach by tourists
  • Deceased harbor seal pup
  • Sea Nettle Jelly
November 22, 2008 - oldMGguy
Another beautiful day on the Oregon Coast! Lots of people out walking or playing on Mile 171 this morning. Very few birds observed today, mostly the occasional crow and gull. Just a few brown...
November 12, 2008 - oldMGguy
Due to the strong wind from the south, a lot of sand was blowing north up the beach today. The huge flock of gulls seen the other day were gone, replaced with several sizable flocks of sanderlings, a...
November 2, 2008 - oldMGguy
Huge (1000's) concentration of gulls resting in the wet sand south of the Driftwood Shores complex. Major accumulation of palm kelp along the entire mile in the wrack line. Very little human-sourced...
September 13, 2008 - kathrynl
North Jetty has drifted sand, almost preventing beach access without hiking over it! Nice to see shore birds back on a pristine beach.
August 29, 2008 - oldMGguy
Lots of beach scum lines from the remains of the phytoplankton upwelling blooms washed up on the beach today. If the sun ever burns thru the fog, this beach will smell like a barnyard just like last...
August 11, 2008 - oldMGguy
One of those "Glad-to-be-alive-and-walking-on-a-Oregon-beach" mornings! Clear sky, calm wind, no obnoxious dogs. The Army Corp of Engineers has their river dredge out cleaning out the Siuslaw River...
July 5, 2008 - oldMGguy
Biggest crowd I've seen on this beach. Literally hundred's of families, kids, dogs, surfers, joggers, walkers, and jetty fishermen out enjoying the beach on this overcast but almost wind-free day....
  • Failed septic leach field at Driftwood Shores has created an algae bloom on the upper beach.  People were walking barefoot thru this stuff ...
  • This huge old stump arrived on Heceda Beach Jan 2008.  Compare this view of summer sand deposits to the original January photo
June 23, 2008 - oldMGguy
In addition to the unusually large number of dead crabs, the beach wrack line had a lot of shrimp back scales and body parts mixed in. The surf and near off-shore water had an unusual brown tint to...
June 2, 2008 - oldMGguy
Major increase of sand since last week. The bald eagle seemed quite unconcerned about tourists approaching somewhat for photos. The failing sewer system for the Driftwood Shores hotel complex has...
May 25, 2008 - oldMGguy
Lots of families out enjoying an early morning stroll along Mile 171 during a low tide. Nothing out of the ordinary other than a bad day for clear jellies.Two osprey (one with breakfast), and the...
May 7, 2008 - oldMGguy
Recent northerly winds have begun the formation of the summer sand drift patterns near the North jetty.
April 10, 2008 - oldMGguy
It is interesting to observe how this flat sandy beach continually changes texture and pattern in subtle ways every time we visit. As last reported, sand is on the increase, this time more noticable...
April 4, 2008 - oldMGguy
The sand is back! There is a dramatic increase in the sand distribution on the upper beach area, particularily in "The Lagoon" area just north of the Siuslaw River North Jetty.The mystery shell...
March 24, 2008 - oldMGguy
Lots of folks, families, grandparents with toddlers out enjoying the beach today. A bad day for baby jellies, as a gazillion dime-sized clear jellies are washed up in the wrack line - all fresh and...
March 18, 2008 - oldMGguy
Lots of gulls, crows, one immature bald eagle flying north above the foredune. One unknown shellfish (see photos), isolated strands of bull kelp.Lots of sightseers out this afternoon on this always...
  • Found on Heceta Beach, north of the Siuslaw River.  Drop me an email if you know what it is!
March 8, 2008 - oldMGguy
I wish to extend a "Thank You!" to Phillip Johnson, CoastWatch Program Director, and his staff, for all the seminars recently set up for CoastWatch members' on-going education on ocean beach issues....
  • Beach grass-caused foredune at Heceta Beach, just north of the Siuslaw River North Jetty.  Hummocks to the left, deflation plain to the right.
  • European beach grass, with extensive root structure exposed
  • American Beach Grass was also widely planted in the early 1900's.  It is the dominant beach grass specie north of Lincoln City to Astoria.  The American version has wide blades (European beach grass in background)
  • this stuff was widely planted for dune stabilization, in co-location with Shore Pine.  The theory was that the pine would eventually shade out the brush, killing it.  Didn't work as planned ...
March 6, 2008 - kathrynl
The Driftwood Shores "creek" has moved further south and has cut a two-foot deep channel into the sand. Water and sand show signs of sewage, oily and orange stain. One water bottle near Driftwood...
February 20, 2008 - oldMGguy
Just a few gulls observed today, no other bird species around. Nothing unusual on the beach today. With a minus tide, the remains of the bow of a wooden ship are exposed next to the Siuslaw River...
  • Nice afternoon on Heceta Beach, Mile 171 looking north from the Siuslaw River North Jetty
  • Wooden shipwreck remains next to the Siuslaw River North Jetty, 50 yards east of the Coast Guard observation tower.  I suspect it's the Wilhelmina, a small coastal steam-powered freighter lost January 1911.
February 14, 2008 - Florence Elk
Talked to the engineer of the rip-rap project.The aim is to restore pitock clam habitat.The sand has been swept away to expose 55,000 year old tree trunks and the underlying packed mud. In North...
  • chest freezer
  • trash dump beside road, north jetty state park
  • looking up river from divers dock
February 11, 2008 - oldMGguy
Trash and litter day on the beach today. Observed the most human-sourced flotsom in the high tide line since I started walking this mile last summer. Pop cans, plastic water bottles, chip packages,...
January 17, 2008 - oldMGguy
Generally clean beach with lots of human/dog activity. Three surfers working the waves inside the Siuslaw River bar. One couple collecting firewood-sized driftwood (no shortage ...). A large...
  • Extensive collection of river-sourced flood trees, stumps, and debris from 2007-2008 rain storms.
  • Large wood debris washed ashore recently
  • Bulldozed foredune summer 2007 by homeowner in Heceta Beach
  • Restored foredune, Heceta Beach
January 11, 2008 - oldMGguy
The Coast Guard has reclaimed their wayward channel marker buoy, washed up on the beach last week. Continued accumulation of large tree trunks, stumps, and other river-sourced flood debris, mostly...


December 30, 2007 - oldMGguy
Heavy collection of sea foam on beach. Overall, very clean beach with little observed man-made debris. Lots of seagulls in the area. One large 4'x3' buoy (with the number 4 on it) washed ashore...
December 20, 2007 - oldMGguy
Very few birds today. A dozen gulls, 3 Sanderlings. Usual group of harbor seals not observed. Many large clumps/balls of bull kelp washed ashore, the majority just north of the Siuslaw River North...
December 15, 2007 - kathrynl
Small Piper like birds are back although in a smaller amount, only about one dozen in water line. The trail leading to the beach from this overlook to slowly but very surely sliding toward the beach...
December 13, 2007 - oldMGguy
Large accumulation of woody debris from December 2-3 storm north of Siuslaw River North Jetty. Majority near the jetty. Very little man-made litter observed on this mile today. Very few birds...
  • Foredune removal occurred summer 2007.  State and county legal action reported by media at the time.  No observed remediation to date.
  • 5 egg casings (I don't know the species) observed in high tide debris line.
December 5, 2007 - oldMGguy
Major new collection of woody and vegetation debris, logs, and stumps north of Siuslaw North Jetty at high tide mark. Some styrofoam and 4 old tires mixed in. Majority of debris next to jetty....
September 3, 2007 - kathrynl
Heavy concentration of Red and Orange Algae in creek by Driftwood Shores does not look or smell good. Diaper and several bottles and cans collected near resort area. Sad to see such little regard for...
June 16, 2007 - kathrynl
Storms have pushed more sand and driftwood towards Jetty creating an additional fore dune. Cars cannot access jetty as the sand has blocked access.
March 11, 2007 - kathrynl
It was cloudy with strong winds on the beach, many people enjoying the beauty. Huge logs on the Jetty brought in by winter storms, the tide was out and the beach was very clean.


December 16, 2006 - kathrynl
Lots of plastic debris left from this weeks storms. Bottles, tops, trays, milk carton. Filled 2 trash bags with debris. Logs and sand pushed high onto North Jetty from storms. Only two Gulls along...