Mile 256 Report

July 22, 2012
by pattyshurts

Kiwanda Beach, Daley Lake, Camp Winema
Sunday 5:30 PM
60° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
6.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
1 killdeer (best guess)1 semipalmated sandpiper (best guess)(in creek)
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
(minimal content)
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Newly exposed roots/trees falling
A cloudy Sunday evening, most people had left the beach. One man jogging with his dog. One woman climbing back up to Camp Winema. This is the first time I've walked this mile for CoastWatch, and I have not visited this beach for over a year. The beach appeared open, swept clean. The main high dune just to the south of where you enter the beach seemed more eroded than I remembered it. The shorter dune edge south of there and just north of Daley Creek seemed seriously eroded with vegetation loss. I saw 11 brown pelicans flying out over the ocean, and 7 gulls, I think Bonaparte's gulls. I saw one possible Killdeer in the creek, behaving as if he were distracting me from a nest. I saw one possible semipalmated sandpiper, also in the creek. The creek seem low, typical for July. There was little debris, a dozen small pieces of styrofoam. I did see an unusual float washed up, about 3 feet by 14 inches, by 14 inches, consisting of 4 panels of rubbery foam tied together with rope, with barnacles attached. There was some people caused erosion on the large dune and on the smaller dune edge.
Other Mile 256 Reports (23)


October 28, 2018 - jeanrcameron
July 8, 2018 - Katharine Harding
Though overcast many people were enjoying their beach time including a lady from TX.  I will keep an eye on the wooden pallet covered with barnacles and mussels—it's too heavy for me to lug off the...
April 18, 2018 - jeanrcameron
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April 18, 2018 - gordonleslie
Nice day at the ocean, people seem to be enjoying themselves.


November 27, 2017 - jeanrcameron
October 3, 2017 - Katharine Harding


July 14, 2014 - jeanrcameron
July Report
March 21, 2014 - jeanrcameron
Less beachgrass in the driftline than last time (December 2013)


December 14, 2013 - jeanrcameron
Tire tracks in sand. No vehicles at the time I was there.
October 9, 2013 - jeanrcameron
About 20 feet of shoreline retreat due to erosion visible at Camp Winema. Picked up plastic debris and other trash.
May 1, 2013 - jeanrcameron
Large piece of Styrofoam. Reported to OPRD thru 211 -- not clear whether it's tsunami debris.


October 21, 2012 - Lady S
Water was very rough. High waves. Brown pelicans flying and dipping into water. A few seagulls seen.


June 7, 2011 - Lady S
Beautiful sunny day for walking the beach.


October 7, 2010 - Lady S
Nothing unusual. Beautiful day to walk the beach.


September 10, 2009 - Katharine Harding
Daley Lake has no outlet to the ocean right now-it is completely dry.I picked up only 3 bits of trash-the beach was exceptionally clean.Perfect gorgeous September day that makes me so grateful to...
August 30, 2009 - Lady S
A lovely day for walking even though it was quite windy and a little cool. Large group from Camp Winema on beach. Lot of children running around.
January 10, 2009 - Lady S
Enormous amount of log limbs and sticks. Indications a lot of it had been washed down via streams or just off the hillsides then all along the beach.


December 19, 2008 - Katharine Harding
The outlet from Daley Lake is flowing closer to the foredune. This is of concern ever since the hearing about the dune erosion and Camp Wi-Ne-Ma's responsibility 10 years ago. My dog and I were the...
March 2, 2008 - Lady S
Sand washed out to sea. Lots of wood drift inshore.


December 4, 2007 - [email protected]
No harbor seals observed on Straub Spit. Considerable sand has been eroded by recent storms.
October 5, 2007 - Lady S
Beautiful day for strolling beach. Lovely sunset. Tangled piles of kelp as well as individual pieces all up and down the beach. More than I have seen there before. I had out of state guests who had...
August 19, 2007 - Lady S
Just the old dock that washed up on the beach. It's not an attractive addition to the beach. It would take a big truck and some strong men to load it onto same.
June 13, 2007 - Lady S
An unusual amount of driftwood, logs and poles of different sizes. The old "dock" is very large (appr) 12X30 ft.and is readily seen when you walk on to the site. Appears to have floated in, not...