Mile 223 Report

September 26, 2020
by adelmanc

Beverly Beach, Spencer Creek, Beverly Beach SP
Saturday 10:00 AM
55° F
Tide Level:
6.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Flying kites, riding bikes
Climbing bluffs/seastacks
Apparent Violations:
Carving on bluffs
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 2
Activity Comments:
Most people were behaving nicely. Only saw 1 women and a child climbing the bluff.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
A very large amount of kelp and dead jellyfish.
New Development:
Graffiti & vandalism (carving) in the bluffs.
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls·Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Visible retreat of solid bluff

Human Activities: Most people were just walking the beach. I only observed one women with her child climbing a bluff. I observed a few people flying kites, playing football, and a few riding bikes. Although I did not see it happen it was obvious that there had been additional vandalism in an area I had previously observed (picture attached), and additional graffiti on the bluffs but I did not observe anyone doing this.
Shoreline Wildlife: Numerous dead jellyfish (30+), far more than usual. There was a whale vertebrae on shore but it had no meat left on it. I observed an old skeleton of a seal or sea lion that did not have any flesh left on it, and no skull (but I believe this was north of my mile, in mile 222). There was far more kelp on the beach than normal. I observed a lot of sea foam with colors that led me to believe there was a great deal of oil in the water. (picture attached)
Physical Changes: There is a great deal of erosion, especially south of the State Park beach access. Road debris (concrete & asphalt) falling from above. (pictures attached) This is worse each time I do my survey.

So much plastic debris. Especially microplastic. But very little that appeared to be from visitors to the beach.

  • Erosion
    Latitude 44: 40: 56.94 Longitude 124: 3: 41.69
    September 27, 2020
  • Erosion
    Latitude 44:43: 24.06 Longitude 124: 3: 31.41
    September 27, 2020
  • Road collapse
    Road collapse
    Latitude 44: 43: 28.84 Longitude 124:3: 30.68
    September 27, 2020
  • Road Debris
    Road debris (Small sample. There were numerous chunks)
    Latitude 44:43L 33.68 Longitude 124: 3: 29.96
    September 27, 2020
  • Vandalism
    Vandalism. This carving has been added to since my last report.
    Latitude 44: 43: 41.84 Longitude 124: 3: 28.43
    September 27, 2020
  • Fishing Gear
    Fishing gear tangled in kelp
    Latitude 44: 43: 57.78 Longitude 124: 3: 28.31
    September 26, 2020
  • Whale Vertebrae
    Whale Vertebrae
    Latitude 44: 40: 56.94 Longitude 124: 3: 41.69
    September 26, 2020
  • Jellyfish
    Dead Jellyfish
    Latitude 44: 40: 56.94 Longitude 124: 3: 41.69
    September 26, 2020
  • Sea foam
    Sea foam which appears to have oil in it
    Latitude 44:43: 52.63 Longitude 124: 3: 30.36
    September 26, 2020
Other Mile 223 Reports (28)


October 6, 2019 - adelmanc
Photos show damage from erosion and vandalism. Also the dead bird that is possibly a Caspian Tern.
  • Road erosion
  • Fallen Curbing
  • Kelp
  • Possible Caspian Turn (dead)
  • Sandstone vandalism
  • Fallen Bolders
May 18, 2019 - adelmanc
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...
  • Damage to sandy wall
  • Fishing gear
  • Plastic Debris
  • Fishing line and gear


January 1, 2018 - Volunteer Trainer
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 Trainer
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...