Mile 203 Report

January 18, 2019
by JLcoasties

Driftwood Beach south, Hidden Lake
Friday 2:30 PM
50° F
Moderate from the SE
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Activity Comments:
It was raining and fairly windy so there were not a lot of people on the beach.
Notable Wildlife:
We found 2 Mermaids Purses on the beach during our observations. Neither were viable and looked to be from a Big Skate.
Dead Birds:
Sea gull
One dead harbor seal.
Fish & Invertebrates:
The head had been bitten off of one fish. Looked like a Rock fish
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
There were many groups of plastic pieces smaller than 5 millimeters all along the wrack line of the beach.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Large quantities of sand came in during the last few days due to the storm. The sand has smothered a number of grassy areas.

The beach had a lot of marine debris such as polypropelene rope, fuel lines, expended shot gun/ fire works shells and other items that had washed in.  We filled two 3-gallon buckets with debris.

  • Found on beach after the storms of Jan 17th & 18th.
    75 yards north of the 66C access sign by the driftwood piles.
    January 18, 2019
  • Small plastic pieces were found in the wrack lines in many places along mile 203. The bright round object in the center is a penny.
    In many places alone the beach in the wrack lines on mile 203.
    January 18, 2019
  • This is an example of the smothered grass from the storm driven sand from the storms of Jan. 17 & 18th. The areas covered have not been covered to this depth from other storms this fall and winter. There is a significant change for this beach.
    Mostly north of the 66C access sign on mile 203 in the low areas.
    January 18, 2019
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March 10, 2019 - Beachwalker203
The beach was unusually clean of debris.


August 13, 2018 - Beachwalker203
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A very quiet day on the beach.


August 25, 2017 - Beachwalker203
Quiet day on the beach, quiet ocean.  Did see fairly fresh bear scat near the wrack though. That was unusual.
June 24, 2017 - Beachwalker203
Found burned out campfire log, also area littered with cans, etc.
May 19, 2017 - Unbound
I am including photos of each direction of the beach as well as the minimal trash found this round, a setup someone created with chairs & drift wood as well as dead seal with turkey vultures.
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  • Dead seal.


August 4, 2015 - nanumoore
6 dead Common murres found between Buckley Creek and north beach access of Sandpiper Village. I had noted 3 last week.
July 5, 2015 - nanumoore
Two significant fireworks hot spots with sporadic other ares. Multiple (about 80) small red rubbery plastic tubes, thin plastic streamers, and firecrackers. People on the beach were walking, looking...
  • Found many of these small tubes made with a plastic rubber type of material
  • Looking south toward Cape Perpetua
  • From previous night 3 people did come to remove and clean debris from beach
  • Numerous piles of twigs with clear long strands that could be vegetation or plastic?
April 1, 2015 - nanumoore
The storms blowing in from the west over the last few days left much debris covered with pelagic barnacles. Some of which are confirmed by Fawn Custer to be Tsunami debris. Velella velella covered...
  • Yellow plastic crate covered with pelagic barnacles, sea weed and sand
  • container covered with pelagic barnacles
  • Majority of wrack line.  Also included snail egg cases, plastic debris with pelagic barnacles and hydroids (fuzz)
  • Brass Buttons.  full bloom on the beach
March 21, 2015 - nanumoore
Spring break brings greater numbers of people to play and walk on the beach. During March rafts of California Seal Lions have been spotted and heard in the near waters. One mostly decomposed Sea Lion...
February 18, 2015 - nanumoore
Large California sea lion cluster seen and heard in ocean on Mile 203 west of Sandpiper Village 2/17/15. According to Nancy Edwards who provided telescope viewing they formed a "Pacific Sea Lion Raft...
January 27, 2015 - nanumoore
This was a quiet day on the beach with little human activity. Very little trash noted. New boards placed at South Beach access. There did not appear to be any new bird deaths, although the salmon and...
  • House side of dunes
  • Found on dune between houses and beach.


December 22, 2014 - nanumoore
This was the second King Tide day with much debris on the beach. I only went a short distance yet noted at lease 5 dead partially decomposed birds. No people or animals were noted.
  • One of may dead birds found on the beach.
June 11, 2014 - Wcharland
Not too much going on, three people walking the beach and one dog. In the tide line was mostly shell bits and a few molted crabs / crustacean remains. Also, some stones. Way higher up was two beams...
May 30, 2014 - Unbound
Picked up mostly plastic pieces. Very windy on beach. Did not see any other people out.


March 1, 2010 - Sandpiper
The drift line is full of tiny bits of plastic.


November 15, 2008 - Sandpiper
This was a perfect morning for beach walking, no wind, warm and sunny. It appears that the recent storms have washed some of the sand from the beach. The beach was wet sand entirely up to the fore...
  • There were hundreds of birds on the beach today, I had watched them on the water in the morning and they came onto the beach apparently to rest in the afternoon
  • There was quite a mixture of birds on the beach this day.
August 7, 2008 - Sandpiper
Lots of sandpipers have been scouring the sand, I've uploaded some pictures of some unusual sand formations from recent wind, and some streams of water leaving rust colored stains on the sand. This...
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June 27, 2008 - Sandpiper
There is nothing unusual to report, the beach is very clean with little debris and there have been no problems with erosion. The sand has shifted somewhat from the northern end of the beach to the...
March 10, 2008 - Sandpiper
Walking this mile everyday, I notice that the sand is constantly shifting. By March the sand has nearly covered the driftwood, which includes large tree trunks that were exposed and visible all...


November 7, 2007 - Sandpiper
A large number of pelicans were flying both north and south and sitting on the water beyond the breakers. Surf scoters were visible close to the shore. Many groups of sandpipers were feeding along...
July 15, 2007 - Sandpiper
This was my first report for Coastwatch so I was locating the end points of the mile and taking note of the terrain. The weather was very warm so there were a lot of people on the beach enjoying the...