Mile 253 Report

October 6, 2020
by LisaL

Neskowin Beach, SW, Proposal Rock, Neskowin Creek
Tuesday 3:15 PM
61° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
7.1 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
2 people skim boarding 2 people picking up trash
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
SOLVE just did a big beach cleanup so the beach was pretty clean. Also there were 2 people picking up trash as they walked on the beach this afternoon.
Notable Wildlife:
A flock of about 30-40 seagulls, 2 ravens
Dead Birds:
adult seagull
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)
New Development:
OPRD filed an application to replace the stairs with a ramp for emergency vehicle access. There has been an issue with people parking in the emergency lane on Carlton street. Barricades have been put up. There have been several incidences of people being caught in the rip currents off that beach access. The sign states that "Carlton St will be graded east to drain to Hawk Creek."
Natural Changes:

I picked up the plastic and trash I found on the beach. 


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 people at this coast this summer. Since people were not able to travel out of the country and other activities being canceled, it seems they have all come to the beach! There has been a huge problem with litter at our beaches this summer with the increase in visitors. SOLVE just did a big beach cleanup so it was pretty clean today. Today I wanted to document what high tide looked like at a swell of 6 feet to compare it to the big storms this winter and the King Tides. There was still some dry sand, but the beach was very narrow at the far south end. Along the north end, the water comes all the way up to the riprap in places. OPRD has filed for a permit to convert the stairs at Carlton street to a ramp for emergency vehicles. Carlton street would be graded to drain east to Hawk Creek. 

  • No parking barricade
    Carlton Street
    October 6, 2020
  • OPRD Permit Application Notice
    Carlton Street
    October 6, 2020
  • Marine debris in driftline
    October 6, 2020
  • High tide of 7.08 feet with 6 foot swell
    South end of mile 253
  • October 6, 2020
  • Water around Proposal Rock at high tide
    October 6, 2020
  • High tide of 7.08 feet and 6 foot swell
    October 6, 2020
  • October 6, 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 30, 2020 - LisaL
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...


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...