Mile 247 Report

December 3, 2019
by jayenhollytag

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line
Tuesday 1:00 PM
Party cloudy
50° F
Humans / Pets:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Shells·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.)
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
The banks along this beach show signs of longstanding erosion and occasional slides. What we observed was more of the same and did not seem to be a reason for concern.

Overall, Mile 247 continues to be an an exceptionally clean, pristine beach, owing largely to its remote location.  In addition to what was noted above, we saw two dead seals or sea lions and about a dozen or so live harbor seals at the north end of the beach on the south bank of the Salmon River. Although this is a very clean beach, close examination of the high tide line did disclose a large number of tiny pieces of plastic, as well as a few sectons of rope and one float.  The cage we had seen the last time, which WestWind was using to try to capture a stray dog, is no longer there.  We have learned that the dog was captured.  This beach is in generally fine condition.

  • Mile 247
    December 3, 2019
  • Dead seal
    Dead seal
    Mile 247
  • Live harbor seals
    Live Harbor seals
    Mile 247 on south bank of Salmon River
Other Mile 247 Reports (16)


March 3, 2021 - jayenhollytag
We surveyed Mile 247 over two days, March 3 an4 4, 2021.  Although this beach receives very little activity, since there is no easy access, it still has considerable plastic and other trash that...


December 24, 2020 - jayenhollytag
This survey was actually over two days, Dec. 23 and 24, 2020.  The weather was very nice both days, although a bit windy on Dec. 24.  Owing to the remote location of this beach, there was very little...
  • Run-off from hillside on south end of beach
  • View to the north on Three Rocks Beach
  • Debris picked up from Three Rocks Beach
September 20, 2020 - jayenhollytag
This survey was about two weeks later than we had intended.  It was delayed because of the Echo Mountain Complex Fire.  By the time of this survey, the local air had cleared and people were out...
  • egg case
September 20, 2020 - jayenhollytag
This survey was about two weeks later than we had intended.  It was delayed because of the Echo Mountain Complex Fire.  By the time of this survey, the local air had cleared and people were out...
  • egg case
  • tree over cliff
  • Mile 147
  • carved ledge
June 13, 2020 - jayenhollytag
Mile 247, at the Salmon River Estuary, continues to be a very clean and pristine beach, likely owing to its remote location.  One difference on this inspection was the total lack of dead seabirds,...
  • Looking North toward Cascade Head
  • Lanslide area south end of Mile 247
  • Plastic drum with rope
  • Debris picked up on survey
March 4, 2020 - jayenhollytag
Another calm day on a beautiful beach.  Aside from pieces of plastic, an ever present problem on many Oregon beaches, no reason to be concerned about the beach at Mile 247.


September 3, 2019 - jayenhollytag
We were informed by Westwind staff that a live trap had been set for a dog that had been roaming the beach for several months, living off a whale tale that had washed ashore. We saw the trap (see...


April 8, 2013 - rainydaywalker
A significant number of people appeared for such a remote mile. Spotted an entire tree deposited on shoreline, as well as clumps of mussels.


August 2, 2012 - rainydaywalker
Sandcastle on the beach. Trawler offshore. Abundant tidepool life.
July 24, 2012 - rainydaywalker
Six sandcastles present. Found some spent fireworks debris.
April 7, 2012 - rainydaywalker
It was invigorating to be on the beach again. Short visits due to winter tide conditions and my schedule have limited this activity. I was so taken by the apparent joy among the folks out for their...


June 1, 2011 - rainydaywalker
I noted the average in my report, as my walks are frequent, but my reports are few. Have misplaced my log-on identity, so created a new one this afternoon, in order to submit this report.


September 25, 2009 - jboyden
A glorious Indian Summer day on this pristine beach. The gulls and brown pelicans had it all to themselves.
  • Looking south over Mile 247
  • Keyhole in bluff at south end of mile 247


February 5, 2008 - jboyden
The weather was fierce and the tide was high. The beach was clean. No problems to report.


August 25, 2007 - jboyden
This mile continues to be very clean. The large number of brown pelicans was the highlight of the day.


September 24, 2006 - jboyden
1. No further progress in rock slides on southern basalt wall. Grass is starting to grow on it. 2. The sand has really built up since my last visit [6/18/06]. The rocks at the south end are nearly...