Mile 189 Report

July 17, 2022
by gailrobbw

Location:
Lane
Gwynn Cr, Neptune SP / North access, Cummins Cr
Conditions:
Sunday 9:15 AM
Party cloudy
62° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
-1.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
47
Dogs:
8
Activities:
Walking / Running:
40
Playing in sand:
20
Sitting:
10
Rockhunting:
20
Tidepooling:
10
One staff member mowing the grass at North Neptune parking lot
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
24
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 1
Activity Comments:
All visitors observed were being respectful to beach and wildlife.
Notable Wildlife:
Seagulls, pigeon guillemots, surf scoters, oyster catchers, killdeer, pelicans, tadpoles, crabs, cormorants, robins, turkey vultures, swallows.
Dead Birds:
Total:
2
Species/names:
Seagulls? x 2
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
No stranded sea cucumbers observed
Driftline:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
New Development:
The hazardous tree on trail to North Neptune Beach has been cut and the original path is usable again. The detour that had been set up previous is now blocked off.
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
On the far north border of this milepost there are three trees on a bluff that have roots exposed. We don't think this is new - we just rarely are able to walk this far north to observe things due to tides.
Comments:
Summary:

Beautiful mostly sunny morning with wide open sandy beach due to minus tide. Little garbage on beach or pull outs even with large number of visitors.  Good variety of birds, no sea mammels or washed up sea cucumbers observed. Last year's grafitti on Gwynn Creek culvert and Cumins Creek Bridge have been painted over. The grafitti to the bluff half way between culvert and bridge is the same as has been there for some time - it is an easy place for people to reach and write their names, etc. in the soft sandstone. 

 

  • Graffiti on Gwynn Creek culvert has been painted over.
    Gwynn Creek culvert just north of North Neptune parking lot, photographer is looking east from ocean.
    July 17, 2022
  • North Neptune trees hang on edge of cliff
    North of Gwynn Creek at the far northern edge of Mile 189's border. This is usually not accessible to people as tides must be extremely low to get there from the North Neptune parking lot.
    July 17, 2022
  • Detour around once dangerous tree now blocked as the tree has been cut.
    Trail to beach at North Neptune parking lot.
    July 17, 2022
  • Dangerous tree that had blocked trail entrance has been cut and trail to North Neptune Beach is reopened.
    Trail between North Neptune parking lot and beach.
    July 17, 2022
  • North Neptune beach entrance steps are damaged, missing and potentially dangerous.
    North Neptune Beach entrance.
    July 17, 2022
  • Names and graffiti scratched into sandstone cliff at Neptune State Beach.
    Half way between North Neptune entrance to beach and Cummins Creek.
    July 17, 2022
  • Volunteer carries out rope and buoy beach trash.
    Neptune Beach south of Cummins Creek.
    July 17, 2022
Other Mile 189 Reports (24)

2022

January 14, 2022 - gailrobbw
Quiet, calm day with minimal human activity, and little changes to beach or litter. Grafitti on Cummins Creek Bridge has been painted over. The leaning, unsafe tree at the entrance to North Neptune...

2021

June 25, 2021 - [email protected]
I was on the mile from 5:40 am to about 8 am. There were two cars and three people enjoying the beach near Cummins Creek. I was fortunate enough to see an octopus, a pair of oystercatchers, a river...
  • Octopus clinging to a rock in a shallow sand-filled pool
  • Mist shrouds a coastal bridge framed by forest. Creek in the foreground, maritime forest in the background. Sun trying to break through a partially cloudy/foggy sky.
  • Blue (anterior) and red (posterior) marine worm on sand in a shallow, clear sand-filled pool
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

2020

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...

2019

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

2018

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

2017

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

2016

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...

2015

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

2014

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...

2013

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

2012

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...

2009

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...

2008

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

2007

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.

2006

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