Mile 257 Dispatch

September 23, 2018
by P B VanB

Porter Point, Nestucca River
68° F
Tide Level:
7.3 ft
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This beach (our favorite) remains in wonderful shape.  The beach is wonderfully clean.  We have witnessed several families picking up trash and on this walk, we found only one trash item, a piece of broken glass (the top portion of a bottle) which would have seriously cut someone who stepped on it.  NO other trash!!  Usefully, the state has provided a trash pickup site beside the parking lot.  The major change in recent months is that the tides are washing away the sand of the lower beach, leaving a 4 to 5 foot bank to the upper beach which sees only occasional water  flow.  This cutting away has continued for the last four months.  Further north, the Nestucca River has swung slightly to the north, leaving the south bank of the river exposed and accessible.  This time, no birds other than gulls and the only mammal was a seal, briefly glimpsed in the surf.  No dead animals on the beach.

Other Mile 257 Reports (25)


May 20, 2017 - P B VanB
We have walked this beach routinely in recent months and have noticed that there are several people, other than us, picking up debris!  This was a wonderful morning, almost no wind, light fog, and a...


July 30, 2016 - BP Van B
Very pleasant morning, light fog and overcast, light wind.  Beach was relatively clean but gathered about 25 pounds of trash over the miles: 6 singleton sandals, several plastic water bottles, chunks...
April 5, 2016 - P B VanB
What a lovely morning. Partly cloudy, no wind, and 60 degrees. No one else on the beach. The sand is accumulating again on the inside margin (after the big loss in December) so that there is now some...
January 23, 2016 - P B VanB
Much change in the beach profile since early December. This stretch of beach had had much accumulation of sand in dunes, berms, and sandy plateaus up against the cliff. Some of these were 5 or 6 feet...


November 2, 2015 - P B VanB
After two king tides, 2 days of very high swell, and one day of heavy rain ... there appeared to be no major effects on the beach topography except for one instance of a small stream, running off the...
September 30, 2015 - P B VanB
A wonderful day, warm and no wind. Beach was almost empty, few people. There has been much accumulation of sand, with the water line much further out and 4' to 5' "cliffs" of sand. Very little trash...
July 11, 2015 - P B VanB
Lovely quiet day on the beach. New contour with a steep drop off at about the high tide line of 5.2. No signs of significant erosion but one large rock fall from the cliff. Few people on the beach...
  • long waves of small wood fragments
March 1, 2015 - P B VanB
Ok, several days ago I said there were few debris. Today there were two large chunks of Styrofoam (still heavy with water, I'll remove them when they are dry/lighter) half way from Winema Road and...
February 1, 2015 - P B VanB
We have been walking the beach and cleaning regularly for the last year (and not reporting, mea culpa) The beach has changed over time from flat, to hilly with sand cliffs, and back to flat. The...


October 3, 2013 - P B VanB
In lieu of the postponed SOLV clean up, we took advantage of the glorious morning to check the beach after the recent storms. We removed a full garbage bag of 'stuff', mostly small pieces of waste,...
September 24, 2013 - P B VanB
We have been walking and cleaning this stretch for several years. In recent months, we have observed many changes in beach profile with sand banks and small bays appearing and then disappearing and...
April 8, 2013 - P B VanB
High winds last weekend moved a lot of sand, changing the beach contours and piling it up against the cliff (photo). Not much debris; one Chinese bottle, one Chinese float (heavy with large mussels...
March 30, 2013 - P B VanB
SOLVE DAY WOW We counted up to 20 people with SOLVE bags picking up on miles 256 aand 257. Thanks to all of them and to the organizers. How exciting to see so many volunteers working together!...
March 24, 2013 - P B VanB
Very little debris on beach. One crab pot, two pieces of shaped timber with elaborate cuts (8 feet long), and a piece of decking(?), 33 by 39 by 3 inches thick. Compressed straw over a Styrofoam...
March 18, 2013 - P B VanB
FIRST REPORT: We have been walking miles 256 and 257 for four years and cleaning, particularly mile 257. In those years there was a brief period of heavy tsunami debris, including a Japanese...


March 15, 2010 - Bill & Theda
A medium-sized chunk of topsoil and salal slid off the bluff above near Nestucca mouth, no doubt the result of a recent storm and high wave action (see photo). The mouth of the river has shifted...
  • High beach erosion on the upper beach about 200 yards south of Nestucca River mouth,
  • Large deposit of logs and other tree debris just south of Nestucca River mouth.
  • At last report, mouth was up against bluff at right.
  • A large slide of soil and salal from above suggests high ocean winter waves and possibly surface water flow.


April 29, 2009 - Bill & Theda
Very large blocks of polyurethane, probably dock flotation, deposited on upper beach, along with several pieces of a small boat, Interesting that they seemed to have come in together. Plenty of...


September 10, 2008 - [email protected]
About 50 harbor seals hauled out on Straub Spit
September 6, 2008 - Bill & Theda
First report, but impression is bluff areas that now appear rural/pasture should be watched for new development. Beach slope is steep here with vegetation growing above upper beach level about 4',...
  • Theda Hastie, holding up what looks like a piece of a walkway or some other human-made surface, made of what looks like cork pieces in a layer, alternating with layers of black tar (the shiny kind). It's pretty heavy to boot, probably not a floater.
  • Probably a California sea lion, but not sure
June 19, 2008 - [email protected]
About 30 seals hauled out on Straub Spit. (Seals were hauled out further inside the bay making counting impossible.)
May 30, 2008 - [email protected]
7 people. Two vehicles on beach, allowed. One bald eagle in flight. About 20 cormorants in flight. One boat in Nestucca with 2 anglers. About 127 harbor seals hauled out on Straub Spit.
March 2, 2008 - [email protected]
No significant problems observed. Two vehicles in legal area. Small concentrations of gulls and seals at Nestucca Bay entrance.


September 9, 2007 - [email protected]
Two people on Straub Spit; no vehicles. No harbor seals observed. Four boats fishing near entrance to Nestucca Bay. Four gulls and 12 sanderlings observed.
June 3, 2007 - [email protected]
One vehicle on Straub Spit. 12 harbor seals hauled out at the entrance to Nestucca Bay. 1 Boat angler on Nestucca Bay. 8 gulls and one bald eagle.
March 1, 2007 - [email protected]
A considerable amount of sand has been eroded from the southern portion of the mile. If the NW winds prevail this summer, sand should be replaced. 50 - 60 gulls observed on the southern portion of...