Mile 253 Dispatch

October 30, 2020
by LisaL

Neskowin Beach, SW, Proposal Rock, Neskowin Creek
Friday 8:00 AM
53° F
Moderate from the S
Humans / Pets:
Activity Comments:
People keep losing items on the beach like beach toys and shoes, sunglasses etc
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
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I collected items and trash on the beach, photographed and counted in a spreadsheet, and made a graph. 


Lost plastic beach toys - I went out for an early moring walk. It was raining, no one else was on the beach. I found several toys including 2 childrens plastic beach shovels, aparently left from last night or before. I find alot of plastic buckets, plastic shovels/rakes, and other children's toys left on the beach. The buckets get smashed by the waves and broken down into smaller pieces, I often find pieces and broken handles. These plastics continue to break down and create microplastics. This is something I have been observing and not heard others mention it. I decided to start documenting catagories of beach debris, including a catagory for beach toys. I counted the trash I collected this morning, and lost beach toys accounted for 25% of the debris I found on this mile this morning. See attached pie chart and photo. 

  • October 30, 2020
  • Plastic children's shovel, plastic rake, plastic bulldozer, stuffed animal with plastic pacifier
    Proposal rock state park in the tide line.
    October 30, 2020
Other Mile 253 Reports (25)


October 16, 2022 - Kim Noreen Anderson
A beautiful day ~ more people than we expected enjoying this amazing part of the planet. Beach was clean. 
October 2, 2022 - Kim Noreen Anderson
We are just learning the beach so can't compare it to anything yet. Today the sand was a gentle slope to the rip rap. Hawk Creek was almost dry in places. Places of smooth rocks every 20 yards or so...


October 6, 2020 - LisaL
The beach seems pretty busy for a Tuesday in October. It was a beautiful sunny day and I suspect people were trying to soak up the last of the sun while they could. There have been significantly more...


November 3, 2019 - neskowinwatcher
Cloudy day, Temp mid 50's  light winds.  Tide ( 6.4) was almost high. 6 people 1 dog on the beach.  2 adults tending a small beach fire.beach was very clean, wrack line was insignificant,  no dead...
February 18, 2019 - neskowinwatcher


December 21, 2018 - neskowinwatcher
It was a bonus weather day at Neskowin Beach to observe the Dec 21 King Tide...... partly cloudy, calm conditions, 42 deg F.  Only two cars in the parking lot.  The tide (8.1)  was high @ 10:30a.The...
July 16, 2018 - neskowinwatcher
Approximately 50 people were on the beach with 10 dogs, most on leashes,  Perhaps 5 dogs running loose but all within close proximity to their owners.  No dogs were chasing any wildlife.   Several...
  • Proposal rock looking north from beginning of the Ghost Forest stumps.
  • one of several sea stars observed
  • Looking north from the south end of the beach.
May 30, 2018 - Neskowin254
A seal pup was observed by numerous individuals from about 4:15 pm to 8:15 pm in front of Lifesaver Post #7 in Neskowin (the pup was sighted earlier that morning further south). The pup appeared...


November 4, 2017 - neskowinwatcher
Rainy day.  We walked the beach to the north only for 200 yards as the Nov 2017 King Tide was on the rise.  We stayed through high tide.  The waves  were lapping at the botton of the rip rap.
October 14, 2017 - neskowinwatcher
It was a warm sunny day with a light 5 mph NW breeze and a 2.45 low tide @ 3:15pm.Approximately 70 people and 10 dogs  were enjoying the beach. They were beach combing, flying kites and having a good...
September 24, 2017 - dwhite
Fawn led a tour and educational session of the Neskowin beach north side.  


August 15, 2015 - Volunteer Trainer
They were taken Aug 15 at neskowin, northern edge of town. Photos submitted to [email protected] Looking for other information on this event.Call FawnMessage from Cynthia TrowbridgeHi. Without a...
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March 20, 2014 - [email protected]
A huge amount of sand has come in this winter. The stumps at South Beach Neskowin are now, at the highest, only 18 inches-2 feet tall. Neskowin creek is currently flowing south of Proposal Rock. The...


December 30, 2012 - [email protected]
The winter high (and sometimes low) tides continue to send waves crashing into and over the rip rap which now goes (except for where Neskowin creek flows out) from the south end of Neskowin's south...
October 17, 2012 - [email protected]
One of Neskowin's resident Bald Eagles posed for me on a exposed branch at the top of Proposal Rock.
July 2, 2012 - [email protected]
It was a calm, mostly cloudy morning with a streak of blue sky over the ocean. There was a minus tide at 6:30 in the morning though the end of south beach where tide pools are usually accessible was...
March 1, 2012 - [email protected]
It was a brisk yet windless afternoon, with a mix of blue and grey overhead. The beach seems scoured with some large patches of rocks covering the sand. Neskowin Creek, which usually chooses a...
  • Neskowin Creek flowing around Proposal Rock
  • Multicolored ribbons of rock on the southeast side of Proposal Rock, Neskowin.
  • High surf deposited this tree up onto the south beach riprap.
  • Large rocky patch on South Beach, Neskowin, looking north to Proposal Rock
  • Houses sit precariously on the cliff above a slide area. Huge amounts of riprap boarder the beach. Even during low tide the ocean reached the edge of the riprap at the south end of the beach.


May 19, 2011 - [email protected]
It was a glorious, windless, minus tide morning on Neskowin's south beach. The stumps were more exposed and the bottoms of them, recently unburied, were clean of sea life. There were many small rocks...
March 23, 2011 - [email protected]
It was a beautiful morning and a very low tide in the middle of spring break week. Neskowin creek has spread out from its former paths and has created what looks like a bay at high tide, covering the...


January 29, 2009 - JSteiner
15 - 20 people, walking and photography


June 27, 2008 - JSteiner
Large new planting of European beachgrass, atop reinforced rip-rap where Hawk Creek flows across the beach.New, and/or replacement rip rap going in at 2 properties where major erosion happened this...
February 25, 2008 - JSteiner
Major erosion of beach, which is so narrow as to be unwalkable in one area. Rocks exposed. Considerable driftwood. An entangled bird with apparent signs of oiling observed.


September 1, 2007 - JSteiner
Huge flock of brown pelicans floating in the surf, and diving - must have been some sort feed that they were after - they were very active.At the S. end of this stretch of beach where it meets...
May 27, 2007 - JSteiner
Memorial Day - Many many people and dogs!! 1 section of this mile is impassable, even at low tide, as the ocean now hits the rip rap wall almost all of the time. Some sections near this are...


December 29, 2006 - JSteiner
A very quiet day. The ocean has been very rough lately, and very high. A large amount of large driftwood on beach. One Bald Eagle on tree, back side of Proposal Rock. Many gulls foraging along the...