Mile 254 Report

December 22, 2020
by Neskowin254

Kiwanda Beach, Neskowin Crest
Tuesday 2:30 PM
Party cloudy
50° F
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
3.3 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Shells·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)
New Development:
Natural Changes:

There was a larger than normal amount of natural debris (wood, branches, vegetation, etc.) washed up on the beach which had been carried downstream in creeks from recent heavy rains.


There was a larger amount of natural debris washed up on the beach which had been carried downstream in creeks from recent heavy rains.

Other Mile 254 Reports (61)


January 29, 2023 - heidenreichh
It has been two months since my last observation and, of course, there have been many storms, a great deal of rain and high winds in that time.My concern is that from the end of the rip rap and...


November 20, 2022 - heidenreichh
One dead sea lion which I understand is all too common at this time  on the Oregon Coast.Erosion continues on dunes north of the end of the rip rap.
October 4, 2022 - MatthewsE
This is my first observation for mile 254.  It is intended to be a one off ( in that I'm doing this to fill in photos for Oregon Shores and it's been quite a lot of years for COASST submissions in...
  • south end mile 254
  • Bluff
  • erosion
  • Bare to Vegetation Zone
  • Kelp
  • Kelp
  • kelp
  • crab shells
  • Profile of beach
  • Common Murre
  • California Sea Lion
  • California Sea Lion
  • California Sea Lion
September 18, 2022 - heidenreichh
About 1/2 of my mile, north of the rip rap,  is experiencing significant erosion.  I would estimate the loss of about 10 feet of dune in the last two months. 
July 17, 2022 - heidenreichh
Beautiful morning!  Sunny with little wind and many people enjoying the beach.I saw evidence of  15 campfires along the mile,  two of which were within 30 feet of the dunes/grass, one was still...
June 11, 2022 - heidenreichh
Beach continues to have a gentle slope and is free of human debris.  Small crustaceans found all along the tide line. The "cliffs" at the north end of the mile appear to be eroded into a greater...
May 25, 2022 - Neskowin254
Nothing unusual to report.
May 15, 2022 - heidenreichh
The beach has a gentle slope upward and eastward along Mile 254. North of  the "Sisters' house" where the rip rap ends,  the bay has deepened and the dunes continue to erode as evidenced by the dead...
April 16, 2022 - heidenreichh
The dunes north of the rip rap (mid mile) to the end of the mile show slides and sloughing which, in some cases, have been exxagerated by human usage. The cliffs at the end of the mile continue to...
March 19, 2022 - heidenreichh
Evidence of much rounded erosion in fore dunes from "Sisters" checkpoint to Neskowin CrestCliffs at end of the mile are collapsing as evidenced by dead and fallen shrubsOddly I saw no birds or marine...
February 17, 2022 - heidenreichh
The sand is sloping upward (east) all along the mile. Clear jellies and small rocks were at tide line. Foredunes are eroding significantly north of the end of the rip rap. In fact, one of my "markers...
January 22, 2022 - heidenreichh
January 16, 2022 - heidenreichh
It has been 2 months since I walked this mile of beach.  In the meantime, there have been two sets of king tides, one tsunami warning and many storms.   At the end of the rip rap,  there is...


November 27, 2021 - Neskowin254
Aside from the large amount of jellyfish there was not much out of the ordinary.
November 16, 2021 - heidenreichh
September 9, 2021 - heidenreichh
There were many mussel shells clustered at McMinnville beach access, a deep hole (human dug) in front of the Breakers Condos, a lot of clear jellyfish (dead) in the tideline (not wrackline). Saw two...
July 6, 2021 - Neskowin254
Around mile 256 there was a sign lying on the beach that appeared to have fallen down at Bob Straub State Park, was swept into the water, and either floated across the Nestucca River or out to sea...
  • Sign
March 31, 2021 - Carpenters
Calm, beautiful day on the beach; people walking dogs or just strolling.  Debris consisted of shells and small rocks, plastic and styrofoam pieces, small amount of driftwood and an intact light bulb...


October 3, 2020 - Neskowin254
Nothing unusual to report.
August 19, 2020 - Neskowin254
Nothing unusual to report.
June 16, 2020 - Neskowin254
This is the first mile report I have filed since the re-opening of the Neskowin Beach State Recreation Area following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. There were more people on the beach than is...
January 17, 2020 - Neskowin254
Nothing unusual to report. There was a king tide a couple of days prior to this report, so there was some debris left at a hgher water line than normal, but otherwise nothing out of the ordinary.


October 17, 2019 - Neskowin254
Report filed during a very high tide (see photos)
  • High surf
  • High Surf
  • High Surf
  • High Surf
July 31, 2019 - Neskowin254
As noted regarding live animals, on the day prior to this report I saw numerous whale spouts along Mile 255.
May 15, 2019 - Neskowin254
Nothing unusual to report.
March 1, 2019 - Neskowin254
Nothing unusual to report.
January 4, 2019 - Neskowin254
There was a very high tide. The accompanying photos show high wave occurrence and erosion at the Mt. Angel Avenue and Corvallis Avenue beach access points in Neskowin.
  • Mt. Angel Avenue
  • Corvallis Avenue
  • Corvallis Avenue


December 29, 2018 - Jennifer1
Windy, damp day for the mile walk. Evidence of king tide from flatted grasses and newly exposed logs on bluff. Collected one trash bag of marine/plastic debris. Mostly styrofoam, rather than plastics...
November 9, 2018 - Neskowin254
Nothing unusual to report.
August 15, 2018 - Neskowin254
Nothing unusual to report.
July 26, 2018 - Neskowin254
Unusual dead sea life spotted. Dead manta ray at about the junction of miles 253 and mile 254. Dead sea lion or seal (not sure which) at about the junction of mile 254 and mile 255. See attached...
  • Dead sea lion
  • Dead sea lion
  • Dead ray
  • Dead ray
June 13, 2018 - Neskowin254
Nothing unusual to report.
May 3, 2018 - Neskowin254
This is my first mile report since becoming a volunteer and therefore I do not have a previous report with which to make a comparison. However, having routinely walked this mile for ten years it...
  • Driftwood Structure
  • Driftwood Structure
April 25, 2018 - Jennifer1
Large numbers of Velella Velella in driftline thoroughout the entire length of the mile. Collected kitchen size trash bag amount of ocean debris, plastic bottles, bags, balloons, fishing gear. 2...
February 24, 2018 - Jennifer1
I still need to compare to last years photos but section north of .7 miles appears to have more erosion (photos included) from our last report. beach edge is cliff-like with shear face and drop-off...
  • erosion
  • Dead Sea Lion


March 11, 2017 - Jennifer1
  • Asian Mussels??
  • Large wood
  • Plastic float
  • Wood Debris
  • Pressure treated wood
  • Nylon bag with rope
  • marine debris
  • total collection


December 28, 2016 - Jennifer1
Cleaned plastics along mile stretch of beach from wrack line. Many plastic pieces with Japanese text. Many small broken pieces various colored plastics. Fish netting and floats. Plastic bottle caps,...
  • Dead harbor seal
  • Japanese marker


May 26, 2014 - SueGabriel
Gorgeous Memorial Day. Lots of people and dogs enjoying the beach--walking, playing in the sand and surf. No problems noted.


December 16, 2013 - SueGabriel
Beautiful and very quiet day on the beach. Most notable thing was a nicely designed and constructed wind shelter, which really looked more like a large piece of beach art. Photo attached.
  • Made from driftwood and plants.
April 9, 2013 - SueGabriel
Human activities: 2 walkers and 1 dog; 1 fisherman.Shoreline wildlife: 2 Western gulls monitoring the fisherman. Usual things in the driftline plus large piles of bull kelp, a few clumps of sod, and...


December 21, 2012 - SueGabriel
Lovely sunny day with a few clouds to make it interesting. Saw full double rainbows! Human Activities: Hardly anyone on the beach. 3 people walking with their dogs. Shoreline/Driftline: The wrack was...
August 23, 2012 - SueGabriel
Pleasant sunny day on beach. 5 people and 2 dogs walking in the hard sand. Usual stuff in the wrack line. There was some seaweed washing onto shore with the incoming tide. Did not see evidence of...
June 21, 2012 - SueGabriel
Pleasant but quiet morning on beach. Saw only five people and two dogs, all of whom were walking. We saw five birds-in-a-row out beyond the breakers, which may or may not have been brown pelicans. No...
February 27, 2012 - SueGabriel
Human Activities: 6 people and 2 dogs enjoying walking/playing and surf fishing during this respite from rain and wind.Shoreline: Wrack lines contained the usual shells, wood pieces and abundant...


December 24, 2011 - SueGabriel
Human activities: 5 people and 3 dogs seen walking and playing on beach.Shoreline Wildlife: Shells, pebbles, small pieces of wood, and some plastic debris. Some seaweed. 5 dead birds--2 Grebes, 1...
September 18, 2011 - SueGabriel
Human Activities: For a somewhat drippy day there were more people than usual out on the beach--19 and 2 dogs. Tire tracks of an ATV but did not see the offending vehicle.Shoreline Wildlife: Usual...
March 19, 2011 - SueGabriel
Human Activities: 14 people total: 8 adults; 6 children. Watching waves come in and out.Shoreline Wildlife: Large flock of small shore birds. No dead birds or mammals.Physical Changes: Dune face...


December 16, 2010 - SueGabriel
Human Activities: Crisp sunny day, wonderful for walking, but only saw one person and her dog enjoying the beach.Shoreline Wildlife: Flocks of small shore birds were foraging in the drift line and...
September 19, 2010 - SueGabriel
Mostly sunny day on beach with 17 people and 3 dogs taking the opportunity to get a good walk in before the weather deteriorates again. Although the seagulls dining on crabs were occasionally...
May 31, 2010 - SueGabriel
16 people and 3 dogs were enjoying the beach on this last day of the Memorial Day weekend. One dead sealion was providing meals for turkey vultures. Sand seems to be building up in one area but dune...
March 10, 2010 - SueGabriel
Beach appeared to have been swept clean by wind and water. Despite being a beautiful day, I only saw two people on the beach: one walking his 2 dogs and the other surf fishing. There wasn't much of a...


December 19, 2009 - SueGabriel
There was not much to see on the beach today.
December 9, 2009 - SueGabriel
Humboldt squid dead on beach within 10 feet of dune face. Friend saw it the previous afternoon. Her description (verified by me) is as follows: "A Humboldt squid! Dead, of course; head almost severed...
September 13, 2009 - SueGabriel
Human Activities: 11 adults/children with 2 dogs playing in sand.Shoreline Wildlife: 4 dead birds (3 common murres and 1 Heermann's gull); 1 dead seal; 1 dead sea lion.Driftline content: Usual things...
June 9, 2009 - SueGabriel
Aside from some nice beach art and a couple of wind shelters, the beach was free of human clutter. There was build-up of sand close to the water line (a normal summer occurence)with "lakes" forming...
March 4, 2009 - SueGabriel
Report prepared in conjunction with dead bird survey. Only one other person seen on beach with two dogs. More jelly fish and salps on beach than we usually see. Large flock of sanderlings foraging in...


September 2, 2008 - SueGabriel
Lovely quiet day on beach. Found quite a few dead common murres, numbers that we ordinarily see in July and August. Also found a dead ocean sunfish. No problems identified.
June 18, 2008 - SueGabriel
Beautiful clear day. One person fishing in the surf; three others strolling along the beach taking pictures and hoping to find the elusive agate or a special piece of sea glass. No new problems...
March 18, 2008 - SueGabriel
The dog and I had the beach to ourselves except for one seagull foraging in the surf line. The south 1/4 mile was not accessible from the beach because the ocean was crashing into the riprap....


November 23, 2007 - SueGabriel
Beautiful day with more than the usual number of people enjoying the beach. No unusual problems were seen other than a moderately large number of dead Northern Fulmars (13).
September 21, 2007 - SueGabriel
Lovely day on the beach. Very little human activity. Only saw one dead common murre. There is a new large residence on the beach front at the end of Amity Street. Oregon State Parks is considering a...