Mile 255 Report

July 19, 2017
by bballentine

Kiwanda Beach
Wednesday 11:00 AM
63° F
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
4.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
1 common mure already tagged
Fish & Invertebrates:
Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
New Development:
Natural Changes:

Beautiful sunny day. Beach was the cleanest we have seen in 5 years monitoring. Found three fireworks casings near beach houses other than that very little trash. No styrofoam, no bottles, no cut lumber, no fishing gear. Crab and shrimp molt at high tide line. 

Other Mile 255 Reports (36)


January 19, 2023 - SchermerSG
Found one water bottle in driftwood. Observed a blue heron and a bald eagle. 
  • Looking E from Sahhali entrance
  • Looking W from Sahhali entrance
  • Looking N from Sahhali entrance
  • Looking S from Sahhali entrance
  • Dune erosion - Looking E near Sahhali entrance
  • Dune erosion - Looking NE near Sahhali entrance
  • Dune erosion - Looking NE near Sahhali entrance - 2


November 9, 2022 - bballentine
We have been monitoring this section of beach for over 10 years now. In that time we have seen a great reduction in the amount of trash on the beach. In the early years we would fill large trash bags...
April 17, 2022 - AngeloL
Infestation of crab parts in one stretch of beach.  More than usual number of whole dead crabs most of the mile.  The amount of trash was less than minimal:  one small piece of styrofoam, one small...
March 31, 2022 - bballentine
Beach is much narrower than in most recent visits. Could not walk far on beach because waves were reaching up to the rip rap in front of a group of houses at South end of mile. Portion we were able...


August 26, 2021 - bballentine
Nice day for a walk on beach and saw several others doing same. Started walk with sun, ended with hevy cloud cover and light rain. Beach remains very clean with no plastic bottles, styrofoam, shotgun...
May 13, 2021 - bballentine


June 29, 2020 - bballentine
Pleasant day, first chance to visit since Covid lock down. Beach is very wide and cleanest we have seen since starting Coast Watch program. Beach grass appears to be advancing at north end of mile. 


September 22, 2019 - bballentine
Beach getting wider with change of season. When we started monitoring 7 years ago we would fill trash bags with styrofoam, glass and plastic bottles, flip flops and shoes, rope, shotgun shell casings...
June 28, 2019 - bballentine
Beautiful day to walk on beach. Beach continues to be very clean, almost no man-made trash. Beach is very wide at this time and easy to access from the public access point. 
February 26, 2019 - bballentine
Beach very clean, no man-made refuse noted. Beach very wide, sand has built up at foot of foredune.


November 7, 2018 - bballentine
Beach is very clean, almost no signs of man-made debris. Sand slopes up to foredune making dune look lower, but no evidence of erosion of dune. Only bird life noticed was a few gulls.
August 15, 2018 - bballentine
Appeared to be very low tide, wet beach area larger than we have seen in the past. Some large areas of crab molt. Beach was clean, almost no man-made debris. There was a dead sea lion at the southern...
June 4, 2018 - bballentine
Very pleasant day. Beach is wide and very clean, only picked up a few water bottles and plastic bags. No styrofoam, which was quite prevalent in the past.
March 6, 2018 - bballentine
Beach is very wide. Foredune appears steeper and lower than previous visits. Public access trail in Mile 254 across foredune is trench like. Very little trash on beach. Beautiful view up and down...


May 1, 2017 - bballentine
Cool, cloudy day with light rain. Beach was very clean, only a few plastic bottles and one section of rope found, no styrofoam. Crab moult and dried Velella at high tide line. Few people walking on...


August 19, 2016 - bballentine
Very pretty day with more than usual number of visitors to beach, probably due to very high temperatures inland. Beach was very clean, much less trash picked up than in previous visits. Have noticed...
March 18, 2016 - bballentine
Seaward side of dune appears to have eroded so it is much steeper and difficult to reach beach from public access site. There was the normal collection of plastic water bottles on beach and some...


November 8, 2015 - bballentine
High tide, large breakers off shore. Beach is much narrower than in summer. Waves coming almost to the dune edge. Picked up plastic debris and rope/nets but Styrofoam was almost completely absent....
May 31, 2015 - bballentine
Beach was mostly clean. Some glass bottles and fish net rope in one location that appeared to have been gathered by a beach visitor and left in a plastic bucket. Pelicans were diving for fish just...
April 23, 2015 - bballentine
Very quiet day, only one person on beach other than us. Gulls, crows, and sanderlings seen. Some very large drifts of Velella velella in several areas, smaller numbers scattered along whole mile....
February 25, 2015 - bballentine
Very low tide, beach very wide. Pleasant day despite heavy cloud cover, some fog, and light mist at times. Debris on beach was mostly small fragments of plastic, very few bottles or styrofoam pieces...


September 25, 2014 - bballentine
Beach was the cleanest we have seen it, very few pieces of styrofoam, no water bottles or other packaging. Only two others on beach, 1 running 1 sitting. Found 3 mures that appeared to be exhausted...
August 13, 2014 - bballentine
Beach very wide, sand has built up a bench against dune. Much of the rip-rap in front of beach houses at southern end of mile is covered with sand. Beach was clean for the most part, no water bottles...
February 22, 2014 - bballentine
Beach wide and relatively clean. Very pleasant day with a number of people walking on beach. In contrast to most of our visits there was no Styrofoam along the high tide line. Removed several pieces...


November 17, 2013 - bballentine
Strong winds from the South. Beach mostly clean, much narrower than in Summer. Picked up two plastic beverage bottles, one with Chinese label other with Japanese label. Only one styrofoam piece. Dead...
September 7, 2013 - bballentine
Beach wide and relatively clean, very little styrofoam. Picked up a few water bottles, little other debris other than a pair of discarded beach shoes and short pieces of rope. Saw a few pieces of...
May 3, 2013 - bballentine
Beach much wider than 2 months ago with sand spits projecting into ocean. Generally clean with less plastic foam than last visit. Several sections of heavy wood beams. Found structural section of...
February 24, 2013 - bballentine
Sunny day but cold wind blowing in from ocean. More plastic than usual at high water line. Also more driftwood, including cut lumber and two wooden beams with mortice cuts for joints. One beam was...


December 29, 2012 - bballentine
Overcast day, heavy surf. Beach mostly clean but many plastic bottle caps at high tide mark. Less plastic foam than in earlier visits. Several pieces of lost fishing gear (net, rope, float)that we...
November 10, 2012 - bballentine
Beach was relatively clean and wide. Saw about 8 walkers, one with two dogs. Tire tracks visible several places along beach, probably from an ATV. Some foam pieces and plastic bags along high tide...
July 24, 2012 - bballentine
Beach relatively clean, less debris seen than in previous visits. Only found 2 plastic bottles, much less styrofoam. Found a small wooden shipping pallet heavily encrusted with barnacles.
June 20, 2012 - bballentine
Beach generally clean, some foam pieces, one wooden shipping pallet, picked up two bags of plastic bottles including one Japanese dish washing detergent bottle. Several spherical plastic fish net...
April 22, 2012 - bballentine
Very warm and pleasant day, saw approx. 15-20 people walking on beach. Beach was very clean, only saw a few small pieces of styrofoam and one barnacle-encrusted styrofoam fishing float. No shore...
March 23, 2012 - bballentine
First visit to this mile. Met Sue who has observed mile 254 for many years and walked with her as she gave us much useful information.Very pleasant, sunny day on beach. Saw 3 beachcombers, two women...


March 1, 2007 - seadavu
3 beached birds: 2 grebes and 1 was definitely a tufted puffin, winter plummage of course. I called Connie Owston as she has this area of the beach for dead birds.
February 28, 2007 - seadavu
Okay I have a question, the tide line is covered with a slick dark "stuff", first thought of oil, but wonder if its an organism that has broken down, didn't seem to be bothering the gulls at all. Can...