Mile 173 Report

June 4, 2011
by cheshire

South end of Baker Beach, Sutton Creek, Heceta Beach
Saturday 3:00 PM
80° F
Calm/Light from the W
Tide Level:
8.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Apparent Violations:
saw truck on beach, couldn't catch to get license plate number--south of Sutton Creek
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Very few seabirds on the mile today...some sanderlings, seagulls and crows
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Mostly crab shells, low concentration
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells·Small rocks·Wood pieces
NO SHIP GARBAGE previous on this beach
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Major cracks appearing in bluffs·Newly exposed roots/trees falling
major continuing move north of Sutton not anywhere near the riprap
Today was a gloriously warm day at the beach. Sutton Creek continues to shift dramatically to the north, leaving part of the old channel as a brackish backwater. Trees and other foliage continue to die in that area and almost look as though they have been burned by the lack of water. The creek no longer threatens the riprap at Klahanee as it did several years ago. A new sand drift has cropped up north of the creek. There was very little natural debris and no garbage on the beach today, except for the occasional small bit of rope. Some crab shells and one large sea star were spotted. No human beings and no animal tracks (no dogs, horses or coyotes) were seen north of the creek today. The fording depth of Sutton Creek was 2-3 feet as the high tide came in.
  • 1/2 mile south of Sutton Creek
    June 4, 2011
  • South of Sutton Creek
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  • North of Sutton Creek
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  • North of Sutton Creek
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  • Mile 173, North of Stutton Creek
    June 4, 2011
  • Sutton Beach
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Other Mile 173 Reports (28)


October 5, 2017 - Ariana172
Hundreds of resting gulls, 8 humans 12 dogs-No humans encountered beyond the north of the creek mouth.  One set human and 1 set dog prints entering from the north.  The beach was deserted.  Sand...


November 16, 2012 - cheshire
It has been a couple of months since I have had time to visit my mile. I am shocked by how much Sutton Creek has moved during that time. It has shifted south again and is now within 100 yards of...
July 29, 2012 - cheshire
This is the first chance that I have had to walk this mile in several weeks. The water volume in the creek is lower than I have ever seen...even at high tide, it was possible to stroll across the...
June 24, 2012 - cheshire
Walked miles 172-174 from south to north, then cut across the dunes inland and followed Sutton Creek back out to the ocean. There is less debris on the beach than there has been over the last month...
  • Hard plastic float belonging to the East China Seas Fisheries Research Institute, located in Shanghai, China.
  • Hard plastic float belonging to the East China Seas Fisheries Research Institute, located in Shanghai, China.
  • Hard plastic float belonging to the East China Seas Fisheries Research Institute, located in Shanghai, China.
June 7, 2012 - cheshire
The beach itself is cleaner than it has been, but there is quite a bit of debris that has blown into the dunes and into the area between the dunes and the brush on the north and west sides of Sutton...
  • "Curl Water"...metal bottle, very faded, will not photograph well
May 10, 2012 - cheshire
Went back to Baker Beach, walking miles 172-176. Photographed possible tsunami debris and hauled two large garbage bags of trash off of the beach—mostly plastic water bottles and glass containers....
  • Large, high-windage bottle from Japan
  • unknown origin, no markings
  • Brand of Coca-cola water sold in the Middle East
  • هگج_ - "spring" (source of water). And, ‰غ¢v (husband/man) and پ_R (mountain)....?
  • Found many water bottles of this shape/size in the debris field.  Though they have no markings, they are certainly not local.  Actually, they remind me of the typical water bottles used in Peru and Ecuador.
  • A native speaker of Japanese identified this bottle as Taisho Pharmaceutical Co. Liptovan D Energy Drink.
  • A native speaker of Japanese identified this bottle as Taisho Pharmaceutical Co. Liptovan D Energy Drink.
  • A native speaker of Japanese identified this bottle as Taisho Pharmaceutical Co. Liptovan D Energy Drink.
  • Label in Russian
  • Local...likely from Siuslaw floods
  • likely local
May 8, 2012 - cheshire
I was able to cross the creek and check out the part of miles 173-174 North of Sutton Creek for the first time this year. Because the beach is fairly inaccessible (unless you come in from the North...
  • One of many pop, beer and liquor bottles on the beach with Japanese stamps or labels.
April 23, 2012 - cheshire
Sutton Creek continues to migrate north, and the mouth of the creek has widened considerably. At this point, the creek is quite a ways (at least ¼ mile) north of the riprap. Water volume is very...
  • Mouth of the creek near low tide
  • Sutton Creek just east of the mouth.
  • Standing on the south bank of Sutton Creek, facing south.  Note how far North the creek has moved--it just to run right up against the riprap below the houses (Kla-Ha-Nee) in the distance.


July 4, 2011 - cheshire
Sutton Creek continues to shift. Beach clean but many rocks, shells and lots of wood north of the creek. See pictures for visual of aforementioned drying bushes and a visual of creek shift over...


September 3, 2009 - cheshire
Since our last visit, Sutton Creek has shifted dramatically. The creek has retreated from the riprap, curving north in a crescent and forming a small lake-like area before turning back toward the...
February 4, 2009 - cheshire
The beach was very clean and tranquil today. Since last month, the section of Sutton Creek between the riprap and the ocean has shifted approximately 200 yards north. In the area just above the...
January 3, 2009 - cheshire
Observer approached mile 173 from the south, crossing Sutton Creek and moving north before doubling back. Though close to low tide, the creek volume was quite high today. The mouth of creek has...


December 20, 2008 - cheshire
We forded Sutton Creek before low tide and proceeded from south to north. There were no people or human tracks on our mile north of Sutton Creek. However, we did see animal footprints unaccompanied...
November 17, 2008 - cheshire
Observers moved from south to north on mile 173, fording Sutton Creek near the surfline just after low tide. GPS measurements indicate that the creek has shifted significantly south from its...
August 24, 2008 - LCosko
This past week, there have been greater than usual beached birds on Heceta Beach. Mainly Common Murres, but also Gulls. There have been a few exhausted Cormorants. There was a dead shark, possibly a...
March 10, 2008 - ZASovers
A cloudy morning with wind from Southwest. Many logs all along the shoreline, some long and straight,like telephone poles. The sand is still out, the roots of one stump visible. Sutton Creek has...
February 26, 2008 - LCosko
It was a perfect, sunny morning. The tide was low providing a wide beach. The waves were quiet and low. There was a slight breeze of approximately 1-2 miles per hour coming from the east. The beaches...
January 1, 2008 - oldMGguy
Walked Mile 172, south half of Mile 173 to Sutton Creek. Due to east wind, excellent sealevel visibility - 15+ miles, no sea mist/fog, minimal surf. One seal observed in surf, lots of seagulls and...


November 22, 2007 - LCosko
It was Thanksgiving morning, the sun was out and the skies were clear. Starting out, the temperature was 33 degrees. By the end of the walk, the temperature had risen to 42 degrees. There was little...
November 20, 2007 - LCosko
It was a cool, sunny morning. There was a slight breeze of about 5-6 miles per hour. The tide was high and had washed up quite a bit of kelp and seagrass. A lot of the kelp had been washed up in...
November 5, 2007 - ZASovers
The huge flock of brown pelicans was a beautiful sight. They stayed for the following day as well, but were gone by Nov. 7. On the second day they were sitting in rows on both sides of Sutton Creek...
September 9, 2007 - ZASovers
No problems observed. Sutton creek is meandering and flowing slowly into the ocean. Sea gulls are sitting at the mouth of the creek.
August 31, 2007 - Earl and Donna
Very low tide. Sutton Creek running very slowly without the usual number of gulls at the mouth. More people just walking the beach.
June 18, 2007 - Earl and Donna
Moderate use of this popular beach near a Lane County park: 11 people and 6 dogs.
June 12, 2007 - ZASovers
Some erosion at the bend of Sutton Creek. Half of a live bush is on top of the bluff and the other half is sliding down same bluff.
March 27, 2007 - ZASovers
There is a continual erosion of the sandy bluffs at Sutton Creek with trees falling down at the point where the rip-rap ends. This day there was only one dead puffin on the beach.
February 9, 2007 - EarlandDonna
Light human impact: 9 people, 4 dogs. Sutton Creek running at moderate speed and moved even farther north.


November 16, 2006 - EarlandDonna
House being built south of Sutton Creek.