Mile 189 Report

July 29, 2020
by gailrobbw

Location:
Lane
Gwynn Cr, Neptune SP / North access, Cummins Cr
Conditions:
Wednesday 2:30 PM
60° F
Wind:
Strong from the NW
Tide Level:
2.1 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
57
Dogs:
12
Activities:
Walking / Running:
30
Playing in surf:
2
Playing in sand:
15
Sitting:
5
Tidepooling:
3
Concerns:
Fire·Climbing bluffs/seastacks
Apparent Violations:
Evidence of several beach fires using cut wood and planks of 2 x 4's. Stair steps were cut into the dirt and shell midden bank from the north end of the north Neptune parking lot to the sea level where the culvert for Gwyn Creek empties from under the highway. Parties of people building driftwood structures. Small writing and messages written on rocks (minor).
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
19
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Seagulls, crows, oyster catchers
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
Beach was very clean considering all the use its getting now.
New Development:
Steps down bluff
See photo and "Concerns"
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:

Very busy with people and dogs, but beach still clean and no major problems.

  • Stairs in midden
    Stairs are cut in the shell midden bank north of the north Neptune parking lot to get down to beach by Gwyn Creek highway culvert.
    North of north Neptune parking lot - the trail down closest to the highway dropping down to the Gwyn Creek highway culvert stretch of beach
    August 29, 2020
Other Mile 189 Reports (19)

2020

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.