Mile 189 Report

June 25, 2021
by [email protected]

Gwynn Cr, Neptune SP / North access, Cummins Cr
Friday 5:45 AM
Tide Level:
-2.7 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
One person was casually looking around the rocks at intertidal life (not really tidepooling, but that's how I recorded it). The other two, just a brief foray down to the beach, standing around with no clear intent (they weren't really walking, but that's how I recorded it).
Apparent Violations:
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
The parking lot at Gwynn Creek was empty when I arrived at 5:40 am; the parking lot at Cummins Creek had two cars in it besides mine when I arrived there at 6:40 am. There were three people on the beach over on the Cummins Creek side. One was looking at intertidal life on the rocks and the other two were together. The pair made a brief trip down to the beach where they weren't doing much of anything except looking around.
Notable Wildlife:
I saw an octopus (photo attached) in a sand-filled pool over on the Gwynn Creek side. That was a treat. There were a pair of oystercatchers over on the rocks and on the sand just south of Cummins Creek. And I surprised a river otter at the farthest south point I could make along the beach, which is shy of the southern point of the mile. One other interesting thing I saw was quite a few pile worms (Nereis or something like it) on the beach. Some of them were in high color with swollen bodies (photo attached), suggesting something to do with reproduction was going on.
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Didn't notice any dead fish or invertebrates except a starfish stranded, upside down on the sand
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
Lots of drift Postelsia, Dungeness crab molts, and one Pistaster stranded upside down on the sand. I wasn't keeping careful track of sea wrack
New Development:
I didn't notice any new development
I didn't notice any man-made modifications
Natural Changes:
There is erosion along parts of the mile, but I didn't notice changes



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 otter, and several apparently reproductive pile worms (Nereis or something like it) on the beach. The main thing of interest in the sea wrack was an abundance of drift Postelsia. I didn't notice any recent man-made or natural changes. 

  • Octopus clinging to a rock in a shallow sand-filled pool
    Small octopus
    Just south of Gwynn Creek
    June 25, 2021
  • 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.
    Cummins Creek, June 25, 2021
    Cummins Creek below the Highway 101 bridge
    June 25, 2021
  • Blue (anterior) and red (posterior) marine worm on sand in a shallow, clear sand-filled pool
    Nereis (or something like it), June 25, 2021
    Beach just south of Cummins Creek
    June 25, 2021
Other Mile 189 Reports (24)


July 17, 2022 - gailrobbw
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...
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...


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
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.