Mile 240 Report

November 2, 2018
by midnite5484

Taft, Nelscott south, Baldy Creek
Friday 12:15 PM
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
Shot gun shells probably floated down creeks to Siletz Bay and washed up on beaches nearby. The remains of a large driftwood fire at Access #49 (SW 51st Street, Lincoln City). Graffiti in Beach Ave beach access stairwell.
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Reported three dead sea lions seen on Mile 240 over the 4th quarter, Oct-Dec 2018. Called the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding hotline (Jim Rice) and texted photographs: Oct 22 - a dead young California sea Lion almost in front of The Inn at Spanish Head on a sunny day, and November 30 - another one, north of the Inn at Spanish Head on a rainy day, and a very decomposed sea lion on Dec 30 below and slightly south of the Beach Ave access #48, north of the Siltez River. See photos.
Fish & Invertebrates:
1 unknown type of dead fish (see photo)
Small rocks·Shells
New Development:
Replacement piers installed under dock into Siletz Bay, west of Mo's Restaurant. (See photos).
Natural Changes:

Three dead sea lions were reported to the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding hotline during the 4th quarter. High water brought in many logs to the Taft area. A restoration of the pier by Mo's Restaurant on the Siletz Bay was completed. The most common litter found was shotgun shells. Graffiti noted on the Beach Ave access (#48) stairwell.

  • Dead California sea lion
    Dead California sea lion found and reported to Jim Rice on Oct 22, 2018.
    About 50 meters NW of the Inn at Spanish Head, Lincoln City.
    October 22, 2018
  • Dead sea lion
    Dead sea lion found and reported to Jim Rice on November 30, 2018
    Access from Ester Lee hotel, approximately 200 meters north of Inn at Spanish Head.
    November 30, 2018
  • Dead sea lion
    Dead sea lion in very smelly state.
    Between Inn at Spanish Head and Siletz River
    December 30, 2018
  • Excavator parked west of Mo's Restaurant on Siletz Bay
    Excavator parked west of Mo's Restaurant on Siletz Bay, used to replace wooden piers of dock with metal.
    West of Mo's Restaurant on Siletz Bay
    November 2, 2018
  • Construction replaced wooden piers of dock with metal and redid some railing. View W from Mo's Restaurant on Siletz Bay.
    west of Mo's Restaurant on Siletz Bay, SW 51st Street, Lincoln City, OR
    November 2, 2018
  • Foundation more deeply exposed at the Inn at Spanish Head
    Large Log deposited at high tide and foundation more deeply exposed at The Inn at Spanish Head.
    The Inn at Spanish Head. 4009 SW Highway 101.
    November 2, 2018
  • Dead fish
    Unknown type of dead fish
    Between Beach Ave #48 access and mouth of Siletz River
    November 30, 2018
  • Graffiti
    Graffiti in stair well Beach Ave access #48
    4400 SW Beach Ave access stairs
    November 5, 2018
  • Shot gun shells
    Shotgun shells collected over 100 yards of beach near Siletz River
    No of Siletz River
    December 4, 2018
  • Remains of driftwood log fire
    Burned logs of large driftwood fire
    Beach access #49 from SW 51st Street, Lincoln City, OR
    October 27, 2018
Other Mile 240 Reports (18)


September 13, 2019 - midnite5484
At least one cormorant and one common murre were found in a weakened state and taken to a local "bird" man, Harry Dodson (who the Oregon aquarium suggested I call), for help. Though the cormorant...
  • bird
April 28, 2019 - midnite5484
Other than the usual litter and homeless camps, there were no dead mammals, or much else of import to report this quarter. 
  • Sea star fish
  • Tent


September 5, 2018 - midnite5484
Found two fires left unattended, called the fire station.
  • Kayakers crabbing in Siletz bay
  • Washed up dead mammal
  • Dead bird
  • Dead bird
  • Exposed bedrock at the Inn at Spanish Head
  • Starfish and mussels
  • Fishermen at mouth of Siletz River
June 18, 2018 - midnite5484
2- horseback riding on beach with a third horse, North of Siletz River and one bike rider on the south spit of the Siletz, who luckily did not disturb the seals who are usually seen sunbathing there...
  • Velella vella (by-the-wind) in early June 2018
  • Homeless temporary camp
  • Erosion of bank below Ester Lee Hotel, Lincoln City
  • Homeless tarp shelter
  • Possible Homeless shelter / camp
  • Dead fish
  • Tire tracks on Taft beach
January 19, 2018 - midnite5484
A high water event occurred on Jan. 18, 2018. Waves came up the the bottom of the steps at beach access #48 and deposited new sand a few steps up. Water entered the parking lot (up the ramp) at ...


December 21, 2017 - midnite5484
November 11, 2017 - BJKauai
We did our survey the weekend following King Tide. It was very cloudy, and it rained periodically. A lot of wood debris along the beach, various sizes, and noted throughout the mile until D River....


March 11, 2014 - JBowman
Sunny day, active waves with moderate north wind. No appreciable gravel visible today, sand has moved in. Noticed a piece of man made wooden debris and 6 tents pitched in the dunes halfway between...
  • Man made wooden debris found in dunes south of the Inn at Spanish Head
  • 6 tents in the dunes south of the Inn at Spanish Head and north of the Siletz River
March 10, 2014 - JBowman
There was a dead young deer on the beach just south of Sharkfin Rocks, at northern end of mile 240. Many people on the stretch of mile 240 shoreline north of the Inn at Spanish Head were rock...
  • Deer on beach near cliff face just south of shark fin rocks, which is near stairs to beach from cliff approx where 26th st sw would intersect if it extended to beach
  • On beach below cliffs just south of where SW 26th street would intersect beach if it extended to ocean.


November 24, 2013 - JBowman
Over the summer, dunes up to 8 ft. high developed at various locations along the mile. The late September Japanese typhoon-spawned storm eroded much of this sand and since that time, gravel beds have...
  • The weather was warm, wind calm, as folks searched for agates in the exposed gravel at low tide.
  • As testament to the lovely weather, this back packer slept peacefully in a comfortable cranny of driftwood.
  • The waves were good for surfing and several wetsuit clad folks enjoyed the afternoon near SW 35th Street.
  • Many different types of nets and floats comprised this deposit on the beach north of SW 33rd St.
  • Morning King Tides on December 2, close to the seawall at the access ramp west of SW 33rd St in Lincoln City
  • Morning King Tide at the steps area west of SW 35th St, Lincoln City
  • This new house is being constructed on concrete pylons beside the parking area and stepped beach access on SW 35th Street. Other houses are at this level, just above the high water line.
March 1, 2013 - JBowman
We’ve walked this beach mile several times each week since October and have observed yards of sand dune erosion, exposing massive logs to tides, and creating expansive flat beach front where sloped...
  • Today there were many pieces of broken lumber scattered the entire mile. These pieces were just north of the Siletz jaws.
  • This piece of wood washed up on Feb 2, 2013
  • This wooden structure has washed along the beach for months
  • A rare sight on this mile was this pelican
  • Tide lapping onto bottom steps at SW 35th Street
  • Picked up these plastic bottles with Asian markings
  • Horse riders on he beach
  • Son of surf shop owner found his first glass float
  • Surfers take advantage of the waves on New Years Day
  • This refrigerator arrived on the north side of the Inn at Spanish Head
  • Several of these foam filled tires have washed up in the past several months


August 6, 2011 - LisaL
Several seals were basking on the other side of the water in the bay. In the drift line, at low tide, there were dogwinkles, nassas, and other gastropods mixed in with multiple types of kelp and...


May 19, 2008 - seacrater
Ordinary, quiet day, nothing of significance to report.
March 2, 2008 - seacrater
The walking area at Siletz Bay from the picnic area to sand dunes where rock had been added is now covered with logs and sand. Some erosion to the rock area because of lower level of sand.


November 23, 2007 - seacrater
Enjoyed a beautiful day at the beach
September 13, 2007 - seacrater
Two small fires were burning in driftwood.Road along the cliff at the end of the parking lot at Siletz Bay has been inmproved, with rock out to the dune area. Improved road is wider.
May 17, 2007 - seacrater
Noticed several log shelters, one near Siletz Bay that looked lived in. Easier beach access, as here are fewer logs.
March 8, 2007 - seacrater
Noticed initials carved on hillside, potential cause of erosion. Saw small shelters built in driftwood, not permanent structures as in the past. There were approximately ten small seals in shallow...