Mile 223 Report

May 18, 2019
by adelmanc

Beverly Beach, Spencer Creek, Beverly Beach SP
Saturday 2:45 PM
58° F
Tide Level:
4.7 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in sand:
Rock hunter was actually looking for fossils
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 1
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Most people were just walking or walking/playing with their dogs.
Notable Wildlife:
Black Oystercatchers (6), Whimbrel (15).
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·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 was a large amount of micro plastic debris, I also found broken fishing gear tangled in kelp, and larger plastic debris. The only signs of litter from recent visitors were cigarette butts, two beach toys, and a couple of plastic bags (Ziploc style).Also Jellyfish remains.
New Development:
Sand removal
I observed damage to a sandy wall by people carving graffiti and a hole in the wall.
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls·Erosion of vegetated foredune
This is my first trip to mile 223. It appeared that there had been recent landslides due to erosion. One area where vegetation and sandy soil had fallen. One area where boulders containing fossils had fallen. I was suspicion of human involvement in the fossil area but could not find definitive proof.

The weather was not conducive to a lot of beach activity on this day. Rain off and on and a little wind. I was disturbed by the amount of plastic debris I found. I cleaned up as much as I could and plan to return to gather as much micro plastic as I can. There was some evidence of inappropriate behavior by visitors but I did not observe the behavior. It's a beautiful stretch of beach which I look forward to helping preserve.

  • Damage to sandy wall
    Damage to sandy wall by humans
    Lat 44:43:41.615 Long 124:3:28.609
    May 18, 2019
  • Fishing gear
    Fishing gear
    May 18, 2019
  • Plastic Debris
    This picture does not come close to representing how much plastic is on the beach. :-(
    May 18, 2019
  • Fishing line and gear
    Fishing line and gear
Other Mile 223 Reports (26)


January 1, 2018 - Volunteer Coordinator
Dispatch- photo of molting elephant seal.  
  • molting elephant seal


June 6, 2017 - Leo Poole
March 12, 2017 - Leo Poole


December 21, 2016 - Leo Poole
September 26, 2016 - Leo Poole
Initial survey of mile by this adopter. Baseline photos for future observations. Concern: bank erosion below Highway 101, south of Spenser Creek confluence (Beverly Beach State Park).
May 29, 2016 - Anonymous
There were several people on the beach, it being Memorial Day weekend. Several were flying kites. The Beverly Beach Campground was full. Several driftwood huts have appeared during the past few weeks...
  • There are several driftwood forts which have been built on the beach, some for fire shelter.
April 22, 2016 - Volunteer Coordinator
After giving the Earth Day talk at Beverly Beach State Park, we ventured onto the beach for the wrack walk. A small amount of debris. Thank you to those who joined me on the surprisingly( it was...
  • With a bag of debris, we take time to explore the slide
  • Karen with new volunteer Sue
  • According to the Park Hosts, this had happened in the last week
  • close up of the exposed fossils


December 15, 2015 - lvfish
The group picked up about 200 lbs of debris from the beach. The King tides had brought in quite a bit from the ocean. There were not many RVs at the campground.
November 1, 2015 - Anonymous
A beautiful day at the beach. Moderate wind from the southwest at 17 mph. Accessed the Beach at Beverly Beach State Park. Spencer Creek has been diverted by a huge sandbar and is flowing to the south...
  • Spencer Creek diverted to the south by a large sand bar at beach access.
  • Standing waves in Spencer Creek due to small dunes in creek. Note large number of gulls socializing between the creek and shoreline.
  • Note the large number of shore pine needles and plastic fish in the debris line. Large kelp pods were deposited on the beach.
  • Large concretions eroded out of the Astoria formation outcrop along back beach. Note fresh small rock fall from cliff face above the three concretion eroded area.
  • A small debris slide from the cliff face. A large amount of soil water is draining along the rock face behind the debris. The soil and vegetation debris pile is about 6 feet high by 6 feet thick and 15 feet long.
  • Small vegetated dunes standing about 2 to 3 feet high along the back beach area near cliff face and Astoria Formation outcrop.
February 18, 2015 - lvfish
There was very little debris on the beach, and very light human activity.


December 2, 2014 - lvfish
There were 5 members of the Fisherman's club on the beach cleanup and their observations were that the beach was pretty clean except for some plastic and rope.
September 26, 2014 - lvfish
There was very little garbage on the beach. There were 4 people in our group and only picked up about 30 lbs of garbage on our mile.There were 25 people and 5 dogs. Beverly Beach State Park RV Park...
June 16, 2014 - lvfish
Light visitation to the mile. Very decomposed sea lion observed.
January 17, 2014 - lvfish
The beach was fairly clean for this time of the year, but rope, floats and plastic bottles were observed.Nine members of the Longview Hills Fishing club enjoyed the walk on the beach. It was a...


August 22, 2013 - lvfish
7 members from the Longview Fishermans Club took part in the clean up. The beach was fairly clean with this being a big tourist month. The camp ground at Beverly Beach was full.
June 13, 2013 - lvfish
There was very little trash on the beach. This was the cleanest that our club has found the beach.There were 6 club members in attendance.


July 23, 2012 - lvfish
There was very little debris on the beach. We found mostly styrofoam and rope.There were lots of people on the beach and the campground was full.We found about 45 dead birds. 30 were baby murres (...
May 9, 2012 - lvfish
There was very little litter on the beach. Some styrofoam, rope, some plastic bottles and cans. Beach was fairly clean and no dead animals were found. There were 5 volunteers from the club that...
February 21, 2012 - lvfish
The beach was pretty clean. No wildlife spotted, alive or dead.


October 1, 2010 - lvfish
(No summary provided)
June 24, 2010 - lvfish
This walk was a joint effort by our group of Longview Fishing Club members, 17 of us. Our club received many thanks from the tourists on the beach for keeping it clean.
March 10, 2010 - lvfish
We (the ten of us Longview Fishing Club members) explained the Coast Watch program to four people. We also picked up about 100 pounds of garbage.


December 23, 2009 - lvfish
Several people stopped us and thanked us for our help in keeping the beach clean.
June 25, 2009 - lvfish
The campground was full of campers. A very low tide. We hauled out about 150 lbs of trash, and 200 lbs of rope.


July 24, 2008 - shan&louie
I was pleased to see only a small amount of litter or ocean debris. I did not find any dead sea birds. Normal amounts of dead crab and other marine animals.
April 15, 2008 - shan&louie
The beach was fairly quiet and clean and the amount of human presence i.e. trash from ocean and beachcombers was less than on other walks. The work on the new Spencer Creek Bridge continues and...