Mile 200 Report

October 15, 2021
by KFunk

Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP
Friday 10:00 AM
52° F
Tide Level:
6.6 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in sand:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
hunks of wood, rope
New Development:
Natural Changes:

Entered the beach at Patterson State Park to start the mile. As I started walking south near the ocean, there were little pieces of jellyfish on the tide line. I continued walking south and saw kelp, bull kelp, feathers, some crab pieces, a few moon jellies, and a couple of pieces of wood with nails in them. Observed 2 dead birds near the tide line and 3 bird skeletons near the bluffs. Many walkers were enjoying the sunny, windless morning. Reached the end of the mile and walked back near the dunes and bluffs. One of the goals today was to look for nurdles. The strand line was obvious and it was easy to find microplastics in the clumps of sticks and seaweed. I sorted through some of the clumps looking for nurdles. Most of the microplastics were small white round little pieces that were squishy and appeared to be styrofoam. I also found larger pieces of styrofoam near them. I did find 1 small (2mm) rigid white piece of plastic, most likely a nurdle. By no means did I do an exhaustive nurdle hunt, so I suspect where there is one there are many. 

  • Styrofoam pieces in the strand line
    Styrofoam pieces in the strand line
    44.412255, -124.084417
    October 15, 2021
  • Styrofoam pieces in the strand line
    Styrofoam pieces in the strand line
    October 15, 2021
  • Wood near the latest tide line
    Wood near the latest tide line
    44.408658, -124.085892
    October 15, 2021
  • Wood near the latest tide line
    Wood near the latest tide line
    44.398128, -124.08735
    October 15, 2021
  • Rope near the latest tide line
    Rope near the latest tide line
    October 15, 2021
  • Dead bird near the latest tide line
    Dead bird near the latest tide line
    October 15, 2021
  • Dead bird near the latest tide line
    Dead bird near the latest tide line
    October 15, 2021
  • Sandal left on the beach
    Sandal left on the beach
    October 15, 2021
  • Human trash left on the beach
    Human trash left on the beach
    October 15, 2021
Other Mile 200 Reports (37)


September 1, 2021 - KFunk
Entered the beach at Patterson State Park to start this mile south of Patterson Creek. The creek was easy to cross. The multitude of Crystal Jellies on the driftline continued for the whole mile...
  • Crystal Jellies on the driftline
  • Crystal Jelly
  • Looking north from the start of the mile.
  • Looking east from the start of the mile.
  • Looking south from the start of the mile.
  • Dead bird- Common Murre? - found on the driftline
  • Dead bird  found on the driftline
  • Looking north from the Big Stump
  • Looking north from the beach near the Inn at Sandcastle Beach vacation rental.
  • Looking south at the bluffs
March 11, 2021 - bluemoonjoanie
Calm sunny morning with an incoming tide.  The sand dunes were noticibly eroded. 


May 5, 2019 - bluemoonjoanie
Calm day on mile 200 with a minus tide.  
January 30, 2019 - bluemoonjoanie
Nice morning to end my 2019 reports for Mile 200.  


November 6, 2018 - KatAll
Beach is clean and there were other people picking up small plastic. We came at high tide and the waves are nearly to the dunes south. The creek is wide and shallow. No creek definition. We attempted...
  • Sneaker wave
  • Bull Kelp pile
  • High water mark
September 16, 2018 - bluemoonjoanie
Just a pleasant day on Mile 200.  No litter, clean beach.    
  • Out going tide.


November 29, 2017 - bluemoonjoanie
There was an extremly high tide this morning with several sneaker waves. The normal shore line was missing today; welcome to the winter coast in Oregon! Several pyrosome creatures were found on this...
  • pryosome
May 7, 2017 - bluemoonjoanie
February 25, 2017 - bluemoonjoanie
Beautiful day on miles 200, no wind and blue sky.  Few items that I would like to report on.  See photos.  Will email separately, as my wi-fi is not letting me load them.  Fawn, check your email. ...
  • Pyrosoma atlanticum
  • alder in surf
  • harbor seal- Phoca vitulina
  • harbor seal- Phoca vitulina
  • kelp gas bladder
  • Pyrosoma atlanticum
  • Western Gull-Larus occidentalis


December 31, 2016 - bluemoonjoanie
Lovely last day of the year to walk mile 200!  The shoreline was free of debris, except for a few pieces of plastic and styrofoam.


December 29, 2015 - bluemoonjoanie
A normal winter day on Mile 200. We had a high low tide of 3., lots of large plastics, plastic bottles/debris, light rain, and lots of natural beach erosion from previous high tides. It was nice to...
April 22, 2015 - bluemoonjoanie
A beautiful day on mile 200. Would like the photos identified.
  • Unusual creature. Please identify.
  • Please identify
February 26, 2015 - bluemoonjoanie
Few people observed on this visit. The stream is eroding the entrance to Patterson State Park. Ranger observed chain-sawing logs near entrance.
  • Entrance to beach is being eroded away. Needs maintenance.


August 25, 2014 - bluemoonjoanie
A calm summer morning on Mile 200, with the shifting incoming/outgoing tides. The shoreline had what seemed to be an unusual amount of algae/kelp on it. The actual beach had little to any garbage on...
May 10, 2014 - bluemoonjoanie
There was an unusual number of small dead crabs, and a mussel I had not seen before. There was also an odd piece of debris that I deposited into the state parks garbage can. See photo. Patterson...
  • Seemed like an unusual number of dead crabs.
  • Odd shell fish in an open position.
  • This star fish was alive, and in the surf. I have not seen one in this area before.
  • I was not sure if this was from the Japan tsunami or not. I deposited it into the State Park garbage can. They do not have a special box for tsunami debris.


August 30, 2013 - bluemoonjoanie
Beautiful day on Mile 200. One dead seal pup (see photo). Mild fog with sunshine, nice summer weather. One lone Bonaparte's Gull was spotted as well as many pelicans, gulls, and sandpipers.Several...
May 26, 2013 - bluemoonjoanie
Park Ranger was driving on the beach. A dead gray whale calf that was reportedly killed by a pod of orcas two weeks before had washed up on the beach. Ranger was going to bury the body. It was...
  • Grey Whale Calf had been killed two weeks prior to washing up on mile 200.


December 28, 2012 - bluemoonjoanie
Extremely high tides this week. We are taking garbage bags with us on each walk we go on. Good time of the year to collect garbage. Lots of new logs on the shoreline in this area of the coast from...
  • High tides.
October 20, 2012 - bluemoonjoanie
There seemed to be more logs on the beach. No tsunami debris found. Beautiful day.


August 20, 2011 - bluemoonjoanie
What a beautiful day in Waldport, Oregon. The weather was perfect. There was a wedding going on during the time we were there! What a perfect day they chose. Everyone was wearing white. There was...
July 1, 2011 - bluemoonjoanie
I ran into the State Park Ranger. He pointed out that the garbage receptical I was using was for beach debris only. It seems there is a new experimental project for Mile 200/Patterson Beach. There...


November 12, 2010 - bluemoonjoanie
Nice day for a walk along mile 200. It was a pleasant 54 degrees.
September 5, 2010 - bluemoonjoanie
It was a very quiet evening on Mile 200. Earlier in the day in Yahats, we spotted a pod of about four whales going north.
August 17, 2010 - Aiassa
Did locate the harbor seal remains from Friday above surf line.
  • Tail section of Harbor Seal
August 16, 2010 - Aiassa
As usual a quite foggy afternoon and thinly populated day at the beach with little debris on the beach and tide line.
  • Large tree stump near cliff area with stream water passing
  • Sea life in tide wash
  • An interesting tree driftwood that has been on the beach for more than a year but continually changes position and angles.
August 15, 2010 - bluemoonjoanie
What a beautiful summer morning on mile 200! The tide was out, the shoreline was free of litter, the temperature was mild, and there was a slight breeze.
  • This is a photo of the exposed stump on mile 200.  I have not seen it before.
May 29, 2010 - bluemoonjoanie
It was a very calm and quite morning along mile 200. The minus tide allowed for walking further out than normal. There was no litter to pick up and nothing unusual to report. All the dogs were on...


January 23, 2009 - Aiassa
One of the several sunny days this week in January warm and light winds. Great time to enjoy and walk the beach.
  • A large twisted driftwood tree which seems to change direction and location over a months time.


December 5, 2008 - Aiassa
Another beautiful BRIGHT day on the coast light wind/sunny and few people. The presence of a large number of Sea Nettles in the driftline was unusual.
July 2, 2008 - bluemoonjoanie
It was a pleasant day at Mile 200. It always amazes me how few people visit this area of the Oregon coastline.
March 1, 2008 - Aiassa
A very unevenful report. Beautiful weather today and people enjoy the beach on the 200 mile of the wild Oregon coast!
  • Large tree with an unusal twist beautiful lines and curves to it.
  • Pile of driftwood logs
February 9, 2008 - bluemoonjoanie
The tide was higher than we have ever seen it. There was no beach to walk on, because of the extreme high tide. We were only able to complete a short walk on Mile 200 for safety reasons. The ocean...
  • It was a beautiful day on Mile 200. There was an extremely high tide that day.
  • It was a beautiful day on Mile 200.
  • High tide.


December 31, 2007 - Aiassa
Another beautiful day on the Oregon Coast. Surf high. Several new driftwood logs from recent storm.
September 2, 2007 - bluemoonjoanie
What a beautiful day on mile 200. It does not get much better for a perfect weather day.
May 28, 2007 - bluemoonjoanie
The weather was perfect all Memorial week-end. Very few people in the Waldport area. As a side note, I heard we have nutria in the inlets, and I have not seen any signs of this invasive species....
May 6, 2007 - bluemoonjoanie
Mile 200 looked good today. We did see two of the questionable logs but no photos were taken. It was a wonderful spring day at our beautiful Oregon coast.
February 18, 2007 - bluemoonjoanie
It was a beautiful mostly sunny mild day on mile 200. The 4 young boys by themselves was parents in site. This was one of the highest tides I have seen in a long time.There seemed...