Mile 248 Report

May 26, 2015
by Dr Kayak

Cascade Head south, Salmon River
Tuesday 1:00 PM
65° F
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
2.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Two Pacific loons near the mouth of the Salmon River, one bald eagle fishing in the surf, and about 14 harbor seals at the end of the spit.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
New Development:
Natural Changes:
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 the head, which carried one empty kayak out to Three Rocks and beyond (I could not retrieve it). Apart from the kayaking carnage, Cascade Head was its usual pristine self.
Other Mile 248 Reports (30)


May 17, 2021 - Dr Kayak
Three bald eagles at Cascade Head


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.


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.


July 10, 2011 - Dr Kayak
Heermann's gulls are back, harassing the brown pelicans. A typical midsummer day at Cascade Head, with calmer seas than usual.
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).