Mile 248 Report

July 10, 2011
by Dr Kayak

Cascade Head south, Salmon River
Sunday 2:00 PM
65° F
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
2.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
1 power boat, 1 jet ski
Activity Comments:
4 boat trailers and many cars in the Knight Park lot.
Notable Wildlife:
Heermann's and western gulls, brown pelicans, pigeon guillemots, pelagic and Brandt's cormorants, common murres, harbor seal, and one swimming sea lion.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Heermann's gulls are back, harassing the brown pelicans. A typical midsummer day at Cascade Head, with calmer seas than usual.
Other Mile 248 Reports (29)


October 11, 2019 - Dr Kayak
Notable birds:  rhinoceros auklets, red-necked grebe, and harlequin duck.


July 4, 2018 - Dr Kayak
Immature bald eagle at Cascade Head.
May 7, 2018 - Dr Kayak
Pelagic cormorants, pigeon guillemots, one bald eagle, and 4-5 harbor seals at Cascade Head.


June 30, 2017 - Dr Kayak
Common murres, pigeon guillemots, pelagic cormorants, and harbor seals at Cascade Head.


May 13, 2016 - Dr Kayak
Immature bald eagle, pigeon guillemots, pelagic cormorants, and harbor seals at Cascade Head.


October 5, 2015 - Dr Kayak
Nine fishermen, western and horned grebes, pigeon guillemot, three cormorant species, one swimming sea lion, and ten harbor seals.
May 26, 2015 - Dr Kayak
I rescued two capsized kayakers in chaotic surf off the mouth of the Salmon River. Conditions were surprisingly rough for a supposedly 4-ft swell, and there was a nasty rip current running out along...


September 15, 2014 - Dr Kayak
Bald eagle, rhinoceros auklets, and many humans at Cascade Head.
July 6, 2014 - Dr Kayak
Merlin cruising the surf zone at Cascade Head.
May 15, 2014 - Dr Kayak
Greeted by two river otters on my way to the ocean.


August 13, 2013 - Dr Kayak
Brown pelican feeding frenzy at Cascade Head.
May 9, 2013 - Dr Kayak
No humans at Cascade Head! But plenty of wildlife, wind, and choppy water ...
March 29, 2013 - Dr Kayak
Quiet day at Cascade Head.


November 15, 2012 - Dr Kayak
Quiet day at Cascade Head, a rare 'small' day in November when I could paddle around the Head.
August 29, 2012 - Dr Kayak
Calm day at Cascade Head
July 2, 2012 - Dr Kayak
No tsunami debris, but possible invasive species: three very loud people on a jet ski.
April 24, 2012 - Dr Kayak
Immature bald eagle at Cascade Head.


April 19, 2011 - Dr Kayak
Beautiful, human-less day at Cascade Head, with surf scoters, red-necked grebe, pigeon guillemots, common murres, and six harbor seals.


August 1, 2010 - Dr Kayak
Foggy morning at Cascade Head.
May 15, 2010 - Dr Kayak
Quiet day at Cascade Head
March 19, 2010 - Dr Kayak
Kayaking at Cascade Head on a beautiful spring day.


September 21, 2009 - Dr Kayak
Too rough for paddling (5-ft swell, 4-ft wind waves, moderate east wind), so I was restricted to the bay off the mouth of the Salmon River.
April 30, 2009 - Dr Kayak
Pacific loons make an appearance at Cascade Head.


November 16, 2008 - Dr Kayak
Many brown pelicans, Brandt's and double-crested cormorants, western and Bonaparte's gulls, loon sp., and 8 swimming sea lions. Some of the pelicans were gathered inside the mouth of the Salmon River...
  • Near the mouth of the Salmon River; Cascade Head in the background.
September 2, 2008 - Dr Kayak
Pelican feeding frenzy off Cascade Head.
April 3, 2008 - Dr Kayak
Immature bald eagle, sea birds, harbor seals and California sea lions at Cascade Head.
  • The speck on top of the highest rock is an immature bald eagle.


September 2, 2007 - Dr Kayak
Peregrine falcon flying around Cascade Head; brown pelicans, three cormorant species, common murre, black oystercatcher, one California sea lion, and two harbor seals.
May 26, 2007 - Dr Kayak
Typical late spring day along this beautiful stretch, which I access by sea kayak when sea conditions permit. Six California sea lions and four harbor seals. A gray whale surfaced near my kayak north...


September 8, 2006 - Dr Kayak
Brown pelicans, common murres, pelagic cormorants, western gulls, one white-winged scoter, one dead sea lion (floating beyond Three Rocks, partially eaten).