Mile 189 Report

July 13, 2018
by [email protected]

Gwynn Cr, Neptune SP / North access, Cummins Cr
Friday 6:00 AM
Moderate from the N
Tide Level:
-2.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
I didn't see anyone while I was out on the reef north of Gwynn Creek, but when I got back to the parking lot at Gwynn Creek there were nine cars besides mine, and I could here people enjoying the beach below.
Apparent Violations:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
I hiked from Gwynn Creek parking lot north to the north end of Mile 189. I was out on the reef from 6 - 10 am and I didn't see any other people. As for me, I was hiking, beachcombing, photographing, and enjoying nature. I've already noted there were 9 cars in the Gwynn Cr parking lot at 10 am and I could hear a few people on the beach below, but I didn't see anybody.
Notable Wildlife:
Early morning I saw two river otters in the crevices of the rocky bench just south of Gwynn Creek. They were playing with a small silvery fish. There were treefrog polliwogs in all the pools formed by seeps along the landward fringe of Cook's Reef. It was odd seeing them swimming around among marine debris, shells, and crab molts. On the north end of the mile, a pair of Kildeer have a nest in the shells at the base of the cliff.
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
On the beach, the drift line dominated by spruce needles and mole crab molts. Up on the reef, a heavy greenish sea foam was the dominant component.
New Development:
The steps down to the beach at north parking lot have been maintained, but nothing new there.
Natural Changes:
I didn't see much going on between Gwynn Creek and Captain Cook's Point.



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's Reef. I didn't see any people along this stretch but upon my return at 10 am there were nine cars in the parking lot and I could hear people enjoying the beach below.

I got an earIy morning treat when I saw two river otters exploring crevices in the rocky bench just south of Gwynn Creek. They were playing with a small silvery fish. There were treefrog polliwogs in most all of the pools formed by seeps at the base of the cliff on the upper fringes of Cook's reef. It seemed so odd to see them swimming around the mussel shells and crab molts. A pair of kildeer appeared to have a nest in the sea shell litter at the base of the cliff near the north end of the mile. 



  • Seaside plantain (Plantago maritima), pioneering onto a wrack line rubble of cobbles and sea shells
    Captain Cook's Reef, southern end, just north of Gwynn Creek
    July 13, 2018
  • Pinkish pre-sunrise over exposed sand and rocks
    Looking south from the Gwynn Creek trail
    Trail to the beach from the Gwynn Creek parking lot (view to the south)
    July 13, 2018
  • Intimate view in a vertical crevice
    Striped shore crab (Pachygrapsus crassipes) | they love crevices in big high intertidal rocks
    Captain Cook's Reef, southern end, just north of Gwynn Creek
    July 13, 2018
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...
August 19, 2019 - gailrobbw
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...
  • Dead bird
  • Graffiti
  • Graffiti initials
  • Graffiti
  • Driftwood Shelters
  • Dead bird
  • Hazardous tree
  • Cliff graffiti
  • Boulder fall
  • Graffiti and fire ring
  • Rock dam
  • Dead bird
  • Dead bird
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


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.