Mile 236 Report

July 8, 2015
by Streets

Gleneden Beach, State Wayside
Wednesday 2:00 PM
65° F
Moderate from the N
Tide Level:
1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
2 lone crows!
Dead Birds:
Too far deteriorated to know. One gull, the other buried but for tips of wings.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells·Small rocks·Wood pieces
Very clean driftline
New Development:
Natural Changes:
I took two spins for debris collection. Total, mostly 4th of July debris, came to 8 pounds. I suspect others have done some cleanup before me. Ocean is calm, people are calm, bonfire sites abound. Lazy day at the beach.
Other Mile 236 Reports (50)


January 20, 2023 - Streets
Beautiful day. About 3 dozen people and half a dozen dogs, walking, throwing balls, on the vast expanse of exposed beach. The usual gradual cliff erosion, most noticeably at World Mark and the Park....


February 26, 2022 - Streets
After a spate of sunny weather, we finally have rain, or at least drizzle. Schoolhouse Creek is meandering far north. Ongoing work on bluff repair north of Sijota involves boulder stockpile at Laurel...


December 15, 2021 - Streets
A relatively dry afternoon; maybe three people besides me. More sizeable driftwood (logs over five feet) than I'm used to seeing on this beach. Am watching bluff erosion at World Mark; monitoring...
January 21, 2021 - Streets
As I don't live here, there's a lot that I miss. However, I've been watching for some time the bluff erosion south of the Gleneden Beach State Park, from the north to south property lines of World...


November 22, 2020 - Streets
It has been a while since I've been able to cover my mile. Hopefully, I'll be able to get back to quarterly reports. Easy walking today - lots of hard-packed sand; even soft sand areas near bluff...
February 2, 2020 - Streets
Storm damage for this mile seems mostly at Laurel/Sijota; Morris Excavation has built a roadbed parallel to the bluff for equipment access; some erosion at World Mark, north of state park. Sand dune...


January 15, 2019 - Streets
Remarkably little debris - anticipating a different story after the King tides!


October 19, 2018 - Streets
Gorgeous afternoon, bracing wind, an unobscured sun as it nears the horizon
August 25, 2018 - Streets
The winds of July have subsided; lots of beach activity, and not enough debris to warrant carrying a sack
January 6, 2018 - Streets
Mild day, people even walking barefoot. Lots of driftwood compared to the usual for this stretch. Very little debris. I picked up maybe an ounce of small plastics.


March 16, 2017 - Streets
Gorgeous morning for a stroll on an exceptionally clean beach. A few big trees, patches of driftwood, but mostly pretty boring!
January 23, 2017 - Streets
The beach was swept clean. Only a pocketful of small plastic bits. After scouring the upper reaches, I decided that all birds on mile 236 are alive and well.


June 4, 2016 - Streets
Beach is relatively clean, in spite of having just gone through Memorial Day weekend.
February 21, 2016 - Streets
No action, other than to document with photosSUMMARYI expected to see dead birds after the storms of last week. Maybe they were covered with sand, but after pretty good scouring, I found none. I...


November 18, 2015 - Streets
Lots of bull kelp washed up fairly intact with some holdfast attached. The fierce south wind had hard-packed the sand along the bluff. Beach really clean.
September 18, 2015 - Streets
The kind of day that sends tourists to the real estate offices in town. Beach very clean - no refuse around firepits; I collected less than a pound of human-related debris on my mile. Eight Common...
May 25, 2015 - Streets
Surprisingly clean beach for a holiday weekend. Evidence of numerous bonfires, all but one completely out.


November 23, 2014 - Streets
This is always such a clean beach, but I've started collecting non-biodegradable debris, and it has slowed me down and made me a lot more observant. Today I picked up a full bag of trash: mostly soda...
October 31, 2014 - Streets
Gorgeous day - nice to see people on the beach, though I was a bit worried about kids in the surf! Fresh Brown pelican carcass found; remains of two dead sea lions still on beach.
  • Fresh carcass; broken wing
October 29, 2014 - Streets
The storm brought in a lot of debris and swept it back out. This beach is so clean! More dead wildlife than usual, however. I shall attach photos for identification.
  • 10" body, black feathers with white underbelly; distinctively blue legs and feet
  • Maybe 24" in length; long yellow beak, yellowish green legs; brown feathers, white below
  • same bird, but this is top view
  • About eight feet long; buried in sand, badly deteriorated; two photos
  • Same animal, detail
  • What's left is some fur over carcass, about four feet long by 18"
  • Same creature
September 4, 2014 - Streets
Hard to beat this kind of day - beautiful skies and sea, and the beach is clean. Tideline is mostly small bull kelp and kelp foliage.
June 17, 2014 - Streets
Calm morning; filled a Surfrider bag with styrofoam and plastic pieces, but had to search for it. Driftline very clean.
March 22, 2014 - Streets
Winter storms have taken out a lot of sand in front of World Mark and the Gleneden Beach State Park, creating interesting sand ledges and a lot of exposed river rock. Large logs remain near bluffs,...


November 20, 2013 - Streets
I expected to find a lot more debris on this windswept beach. Perhaps it is all covered with sand. Gloriously clear day, perfect for poking about in search of treasures or clinkers.
September 7, 2013 - Streets
A seventy-foot log washed up during the night of 9/05/13 at the junction of miles 236 and 237. It lay parallel to the tideline, and was encrusted with a mollusk that is unfamiliar to me: Pearly gray...
  • 1-1/2" long, 3/4" wide; shell is pearly gray, most bisected with a dark line. Edges are brilliant orangey-yellow. Mollusk is brown/black. Attached to log on "stem" of 1-2"
  • see previous photo
  • see first of three photos
September 4, 2013 - Streets
Beautiful morning; most interesting was the quantity of crab shell parts, and five dead birds (though two of the birds were probably into Mile 237).
  • black neck and head; white breast; brown feet body about 12"
  • black head, white breast, dark legs, 12" torso
  • torso probably about 20" long; large head skeleton; fur belly exposed; black and white fur on tail
  • wings 18" long, black and white; red feet
  • red feet; black and white wings; am wondering if it's a gull
  • Intense sky color after so many dead birds :-)
June 13, 2013 - Streets
Lovely, calm day. Hard-packed sand. Feathers were tangled up in every kelp pile (which were numerous) along the driftline.
March 15, 2013 - Streets
Calm seas, clean beach, even a spot of sun!
March 14, 2013 - Streets
Clean beach, pleasant walking conditions. Scarcity of birds.


October 9, 2012 - Streets
Gorgeous morning walk. Two dead birds, one dead and decaying seal/sea lion, otherwise peaceful and warm for October.
August 8, 2012 - Streets
Weather has been so calm and warm lots of people are using the beach; evidence of more than 20 campfire sites, all but one completely out (the other had one smoldering piece of wood which I pulled...
  • lying on back; white underbelly and under wings; mottled white and black throat; black head with large downturned black beak; black toes with webbing (did not look closely, alas; photo shows possible webbing)
June 14, 2012 - Streets
Beach has been swept clean by high tides. Driftline hard to find in some spots. Big waves, nice day!
May 10, 2012 - Streets
High tides last night reached the bluffs in some spots, and swept the lower beach clean. Still seeing tops of buried tree stumps and logs near Schoolhouse Creek. Good agate hunting!
March 7, 2012 - Streets
A lot of sand appears to have washed out, particularly at the south end of Mile 236, where the enormous exposed slabs of clay create tidepools and numerous paths for the water running to the ocean....
February 16, 2012 - Streets
Lots of driftwood - some very large trees and stumps. Otherwise a very clean beach and quiet day. Vegetative collapse on bluff most visible on north end of my mile.
January 15, 2012 - Streets
A perfect January day at the beach! Clouds part for bits of blue, occasional bursts of sun, occasional downpours of hail, and major piles of fluffy foam scuttle across the sand and quiver in jello-...


November 7, 2011 - Streets
Nothing of concern to report. A cool, but pleasant afternoon, which drew a surprising number of people to enjoy the beach. Someone constructed a flawless four-sided sand pyramid about 40" at its base...
September 24, 2011 - Streets
This was the day before the storms, so it was relatively calm. The next day a piece of boat washed ashore, and on the 26th the rest of it came - the bottom of a hull and an outboard motor still...
September 12, 2011 - Streets
Quiet day. Evidence of a busy summer with nearly 20 bonfire sites, all pretty well cleaned up. Fine misty rain was a nice change from inland heat.
June 8, 2011 - Streets
Schoolhouse Creek, adjacent to Wallace Street toward the south end of Mile 236, has cut a deep, curving canyon through the sand to the shoreline. Sand walls are perhaps 10 feet high. It seems like...
April 24, 2011 - Streets
More people than usual on this beach, I suppose because it's Easter Sunday. Early rain turned to sun breaks, inviting people to shed their coats and enjoy the beach. Some driftwood has come ashore,...
January 14, 2011 - Streets
One of those days when you fight your way south, and run north with the wind pushing all the way. Sand-swept beach clean as can be - no dead wildlife, and no rain for the last hour.


June 17, 2010 - Streets
Pretty hard to find a day like this given such a wretched spring. Blue sky and sunshine, sparkling surf and clean sand. One would think the world was at peace.
February 28, 2010 - Streets
I have been able to walk my mile about 7 times in January/February, thanks to minus low tides and mild weather. What I have seen is a great deal of erosion from one end of my mile to the other, much...


November 23, 2009 - Streets
Unusual amount of driftwood for this beach, due to storms and wind directions. Only notable difference to shoreline is erosion of fill material at the beach rescue access south of Laurel Street....
September 27, 2009 - Streets
Other than the questionable pickup cruising the beach, and the dead sea lion, it seemed to be people enjoying a pretty nice day on a pretty nice clean beach


September 22, 2008 - Derskin
There were illegal beach drivers. Also, there is continued erosion at Worldmark and at Wayside State Park.
June 29, 2008 - Derskin
At Wallace St you sometimes see vehicles cutting firewood on the beach, and there are almost always tire tracks on beach. There is no sign prohibiting anythng; there was a State sign telling beach...


December 25, 2007 - Derskin
The last winter storm with the high winds moved ten to fifteen feet of sand along the whole mile.
June 20, 2007 - Derskin
Beautiful clean beach and very low tides.