Mile 203 Report

July 19, 2019
by JLcoasties

Driftwood Beach south, Hidden Lake
Friday 5:45 PM
64° F
Strong from the NW
Tide Level:
4.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Looking through spotting scopes - 4
Apparent Violations:
People have made fires where the logs have been pushed up by the high tides. There was minimal litter today. There is a continual issue of people putting their dog feces in a plastic bag and then leaving the bag on the beach for someone else to pick up. Someone has made a sign and posted in at one entrance to mile 203 saying that says "There is no Poo Fairy that will pick up your bags and people should take their pets poo with them". It has not worked so far.
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
There is only parking for about 3 cars to access the entrances to Mile 203.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
A Common Murre had recently died on the beach. See picture
There was a dead Harbor Seal pup on the beach a bit over 1/4 mile north of Access 66C. The Vultures have begun their work. See pictures
Fish & Invertebrates:
There were hundreds of pieces of clear jellies on the beach for a half mile from access point 67A to 66C. The jellies had been chopped up from the wave action. See pictures.
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Plastic pellets·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
There are a number of kelp pieces that are all the same species. A picture is attached to help with identification. Also the amount of crab shells and claws are much above average. A picture is attached. The litter, trash, plastic, and ocean-based debris in the drift line was a very small amount. As the wind was blowing at about 25 kt, it is possible that the sand had covered many items.
New Development:
Natural Changes:

I am atttempting to contact the Beach Rangers about the number of fires and the person who seems to have moved in to a log shelter on the beach.  


The major concerns are the number of fires involving the logs that are piled high up on the beach and the quanity of jelly pieces on the beach was much above anything we have ever seen.

  • A dead Murre nearr the water line. The bird seemed recently dead as the body was still in a sitting position, but did not move when approached and sand had begun to build up on it's back.
    Directly in front of access entrance 67 below the high tide line.
    July 19, 2019
  • Dead harbor seal pup. It is about 3 feet long and seemed fairly recent.
    The seal is a bit more than a quarter mile north of access entrance 66C below the high tide line..
    July 19, 2019
  • The pieces were strewn on the beach for about a half mile from entrance 67A north to 66C and were a fairly dense concentration. Note the penny used to show scale.
    The pieces were near the water line from beach entrance 67A to entrance 66C.
    July 19, 2019
  • The sea weed pictured was washed up on the beach Mile 203 for the complete mile. There was 3 to 4 pieces as shown in every 20 feet.
    On the beach near the water line from beach entrance 67A north to the end of mile 203.
    July 19, 2019
  • Crab parts on Mile 203, there were many claw parts, parts of shells and full shells that looked like molting.
    66C north to the end of Mile 203. The pieces appeared in very concentrated clumps on the north half off the mile.
    July 19, 2019
Other Mile 203 Reports (26)


October 13, 2019 - JLcoasties
Human activity - 24 people and 7 dogs.  15 people walking, 4 playing in the sand, 2 sitting and 3 surfing.Shoreline wildlife - 5 dead birds. 4 birds can not be identified due to the condition of the...
  • Unidentified dead bird
  • New plant growth
May 22, 2019 - JLcoasties
Today was a bit chilly with the cloud cover but is was a great day on the beach.  The natural change processes of the beach were evident from the last two months.  We do not have any concerns about...
March 17, 2019 - JLcoasties
It was a nice day, but windy, with  many people walking or playing with dogs.  We monitered the dogs to see if there was any disturbance of sea birds and we did not see any.  The number of large...
  • Dead Marine animal
March 10, 2019 - Beachwalker203
The beach was unusually clean of debris.
January 18, 2019 - JLcoasties
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.


August 13, 2018 - Beachwalker203
May 30, 2018 - Beachwalker203
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.
  • Bayshore
  • Bayshore
  • 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...
  • There are four streams coming from underground that are staining the sand a rust color, though the water appears to be clear.
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...