Mile 189 Report

August 19, 2019
by gailrobbw

Gwynn Cr, Neptune SP / North access, Cummins Cr
Monday 9:00 AM
65° F
Tide Level:
0.4 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
We saw evidence of recent fires in 3 fire rings. We saw abundant carvings into the sand on steep bluffs of names, etc. which we had noted on the last report. We saw new evidence of at least 9 areas where someone had spray painted smile faces and their initials in pink paint just north of the North Neptune parking lot down by the outlet for Gwynn Creek. There was a large (about 6' x 15') spray painted graffiti initials on the inside of the culvert in this same area of Gwynn Creek. Throughout the entire 189 length there were multiple driftwood enclosures/sculptures/"art" made by people recently. Some trash found in these like candles and marijuana containers, but on the whole the 189 had little litter to report.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Possible gull 1, possible murres 2, other unknown
Fish & Invertebrates:
Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets
New Development:
There was yellow "Do Not Enter" tape stretched across a footpath at the North Neptune parking lot, but we were unable to determine why.
Natural Changes:
We saw 2 trees with very exposed roots overhanging a bluff, but do not know if that is a new occurrence so we took pictures to watch it. Also saw an area where a large bolder had come down, but do not know if recent so also photographed to record.

In general area free of significant litter, but much new graffiti spray painted at the outlet of Gwynn Creek just north of the North Neptune parking lot.  Also a large graffiti painted inside the culvert at same location, though we do not know if this is new.  Graffiti and firering inside large cave on far south portion of Section 189.  Visitors have been moving a lot of large driftwood around to make sculptures, and there are some recently used fire rings throughout section.  We observed gulls and ravens, dragonflies, lots of healthy starfish (no wasting diseases seen), green anenome, tadpoles and small fish in the tidepools.  One dog off leash chased gulls.  A visitor has made a small dam with rocks across one area of Cummins Creek as it nears the high tide line.  It was not tall enough to really hold water back and we thought it would probably wash away when rain and storms begin again.

  • Dead bird
    Possible dead gull Section 189
    August 19, 2019
  • Graffiti
    Example of graffiti markings around Gwynn Creek culvert just north of North Neptune parking lot
    August 19, 2019
  • Graffiti initials
    Example of graffiti initials around Gwynn Creek culvert north of North Neptune parking lot
    August 19, 2019
  • Graffiti
    Graffiti in Gwynn Creek culvert Section 189
    August 19, 2019
  • Driftwood Shelters
    Example of many driftwood shelters/sculptures created by visitors at Section 189
    August 19, 2019
  • Dead bird
    Possible dead murre Section 189
    August 19, 2019
  • Hazardous tree
    Hazardous overhanging tree with exposed roots Section 189
    August 19, 2019
  • Cliff graffiti
    One of many examples of names carved into sand/earth of steep bluffs Section 189
    August 19, 2019
  • Boulder fall
    Possible recent boulder fall south part of Section 189
    August 19, 2019
  • Graffiti and fire ring
    Much graffiti and a fire ring inside of cliff cave on south portion of Section 189
    August 19, 2019
  • Rock dam
    Small rock dam built across Cummins Creek in Section 189
    August 19, 2019
  • Dead bird
    Unknown dead bird Section 189
    August 19, 2019
  • Dead bird
    Unknown dead bird Section 189
    August 19, 2019
Other Mile 189 Reports (21)


June 14, 2021 - gailrobbw
Graffiti covered up.  Steps to beach repaired.  Beach access to North Neptune rerouted around hazard tree.  A fire ring near entrance to North Neptune Beach.  Beach very clean other than a pallet,...
February 9, 2021 - gailrobbw
  • North Neptune Beach
  • North Neptune Beach
  • North Neptune Beach
  • North Neptune Beach
  • North Neptune Beach
  • North Neptune Beach
  • South Neptune Beach
  • South Neptune Beach
  • Cummins Creek


July 29, 2020 - gailrobbw
Very busy with people and dogs, but beach still clean and no major problems.
  • Stairs in midden
March 16, 2020 - gailrobbw
Someone/organization has painted over the grafitti that had been sprayed all over the retaining wall under the freeway at the Gwynn Creek culvert (just north of the north Neptune Beach parking lot...


November 7, 2019 - gailrobbw
The beach looked very clean today, save for one loose buoy floating in the surf of North Neptune parking area, and one buoy with ropes tangled around log on shore in that same general area.  Unable...
May 20, 2019 - Volunteer Trainer
Report submitted for new volunteers GailRobbw.  no dead animals 12 people on the beach evidence of someone climbing on the cliffs- carvings  overnight camper in the parking lot,
  • map showing observations


July 14, 2018 - [email protected]
I covered the middle and southern portions of the of the mile, starting about 6:15 am. The morning tide was quite low, -2.0', but the surf was 7'-9' so beach access was out of the question along the...
  • A nearly transparent baby flatfish
  • A drift clump, holdfast and all, on the rocks
  • Drippy tracks in morning sand
July 13, 2018 - [email protected]
I covered the northern portion of the mile, departing the north parking lot at Gwynn Creek at 6 am. Except for a small bit of beach access just south of Gwynn Creek this portion is up on Captain Cook...
  • Pinkish pre-sunrise over exposed sand and rocks
  • Intimate view in a vertical crevice


September 10, 2017 - [email protected]
I was on the beach between 7:25 ad 9:45 am Low tide was about 1.1' at 9:30 am. As for humans, I saw 7 people overall, 2 groups of 2, and one group of 3. Two dogs. The only activity I observed were...
  • Jelly fragment and other stuff in the drift line


September 24, 2016 - minustide
The SOLVE Beach cleaner-uppers were new for me. Sept 24 is the big SOLVE beach clean up in Oregon. There were perhaps a few more people than I am used to. This could be owing to the spectacular...


November 23, 2015 - minustide
I hung around from about 11:15 am to 3:00 pm, hiking from the parking lot south as far as I could go, given the tide, which was nearly to the southern end of the mile, then back north onto the reef...
  • Falling sand levels expose a layer of dead acorn barnacles
  • Drift line dominated by Sitka spruce needles and cellophane tubeworm casings
  • Lush growth of Pelvetiopsis tops rocks in the high intertidal


October 10, 2014 - minustide
Between 6:30 and 11:30 am saw 4 people beside myself; two were solo birder at Cummins Cr. early and the other two, a couple on the north beach an rocks to the north about 11:30. The Driftline was...
  • I'm thinking these are invertebrate casings but I'm not sure. Would love to know what they are. For scale, they are about an inch long.
August 17, 2014 - Soggybottom
It was a busy morning on the beach for Neptune State Park. Families were wading in a very low Cummins Creek and playing in the sand in spite of a very strong wind. The beach was very clean...


March 17, 2013 - Soggybottom
The beach was very clean. Minimal amount of styrofoam and plastic. No SOLV bags on site for tsuanami debri.


August 12, 2012 - Soggybottom
I was able to walk the entire beach from one end to the other because the tide was out. It was a beautiful day. There were about 15 people, mostly families including children, and 3 dogs enjoying...
April 8, 2012 - Soggybottom
Mile 189 has not had active reporting done since 2009. This was our first visit and it was high tide. The beach was mostly covered with river rock and driftwood with very little sand. There were no...


May 25, 2009 - naturegates
The number of people at this site at one time is fairly small (I include both the north and south areas of Neptune State Park) and only occasionally have I observed dogs on the beaches and never a...


May 20, 2008 - naturegates
Sand level on Neptune Beach (south and north) is going down. Three bald eagles spotted feeding on bird carcass.


July 9, 2007 - naturegates
This is generally a well used beach with very little litter or man-made disturbance. The sand is high this year and Cummins Creek has drifted against the south shore.
March 21, 2007 - naturegates
Neptune has very little impact from humans or dogs other than dune climbing on South Neptune. Very nice beach to visit.


December 13, 2006 - naturegates
Beach clean, some erosion of dune, south. People continue to slide down the dunes.