Mile 259 Report

August 30, 2020
by powston1

Location:
Tillamook
Nestucca Spit State Park, Kiwanda Beach
Conditions:
Sunday 2:30 PM
55° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
4.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
50
Dogs:
10
Activities:
Walking / Running:
10
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
8
Sitting:
30
Fishing:
1
A group of about 10 people on horseback were just exiting the beach at the far end of the mile as I got to the beach. I could just barely see them, and there could have been more already out of sight. I am sure this was a group from the stable in Pacific City that offers guided rides to the public.
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
None that I observed.
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
32
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
The vehicle count included 3 motorcycles not designed for off-road use. Given the unually high number of vehicles in the parking lot, I thought I would find the beach more crowded than I did. There were small groups of what I assumed were families or friends that were in "bubbles" that did not require facemasks, and I did not approach any of them to see whether or not any masks were being used. The groups were spaced well apart from each other..
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
The one beached bird was a commun murre just off of the surf zone. I assumed that it had just recently washed ashsore.
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
The beach was very clean--as good as I have ever seen it.
New Development:
No changes or problems observed.
Modifications:
No propblems noted. Most of this mile is within Bob Straub State Park.
Natural Changes:
Everything looked in good shape--lots of sand, and the slope of the foredune on the ocean side was gentle--as expected this time of year.
Comments:
Summary:

It was a pleasant, sunny day with well-separated groups of people--including young children--just relaxing on the beach.  There were more people than usual on this beach, but I had expected even more given the crowds of folks coming to the coast this summer.  I thought that I might find some problems with litter, fires, or campers, but the beach was very clean and seemed problem-free.

Other Mile 259 Reports (15)

2019

July 24, 2019 - powston1
From my perspective on horseback, the beach looked in great shape and was being used by visitors just like a beach should be on a nice summer day.

2018

October 30, 2018 - powston1
The beach was not as busy as I thought it would be on a pleasant Fall weekend--only 6 people on the beach.  But, although it was sunny just off the beach, the fog over the beach itself may have cut...

2016

September 22, 2016 - powston1
This was my first time on my mile in quite a while.  It looked in good shape, with lots of sand and a gently sloping foredune that did not show any signs of recent erosion.  I observed one vehicle...

2012

April 21, 2012 - powston1
There was lots of human activity on this sunny, warm weekend day: Relaxing, walking, playing in the sand, and riding horses. The beach has accumulated lots of sand during the winter, but the...

2010

June 20, 2010 - powston1
The beach was busy on this nice, sunny, Sunday afternoon--one of the few sunny days this year. Most of the mile fronts Bob Straub State Park. Activities noted were dog-walking, strolling, playing in...
March 18, 2010 - powston1
An eagle, gulls, crows, and sanderlings were seen--all alive and well. The beach was very clean and windswept and had quite a bit of sand on it.

2009

November 30, 2009 - powston1
This survey turned up the most dead wildlife that we have ever encountered on this mile. There was a fairly strong storm earlier in the month, however. There was a layer of sand over the parking...
September 11, 2009 - powston1
This was a spectacular day on the central Oregon coast, and we saw lots of people enjoying it in a variety of ways (sitting, walking, horseback riding, flying, fishing offshore). The 30 people we...
  • The day was clear, calm, and warm.  Lots of people were on the beach, but we found this chance to get a photo with only a couple of people in the distance.  Note the clean beach and vehicle tracks.
March 4, 2009 - powston1
The beach was relatively free of litter-type debris. There were a few big 'clumps' of bull kelp and a number of jellyfish. It was a nice morning, and we saw 15 people taking advantage of it. One...

2008

August 24, 2008 - powston1
The only thing to note was that there were 15 people on the beach walking dogs on this wet Sunday afternoon.
June 19, 2008 - powston1
It was a beautiful summer afternoon, so it was busier than usual for a weekday. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, and we did not observe any problems.
  • Four riders on the beach at Bob Straub State Park in Pacific City, Oregon.

2007

December 10, 2007 - powston1
We found the beach to look very normal for this time of year despite the strong storm that occurred a week earlier. There is nothing unusual to report.
  • General view of mile 259 looking south from about .25 miles from the north end of the mile.
June 17, 2007 - powston1
The survey was done on Fathers Day. So, our mile being at Bob Straub State Park, the number of people was much larger (42) than normal. The beach and foredune were pretty clean and unremarkable....
March 15, 2007 - powston1
In a brief, second-visit to our mile this quarter, we saw that the steep drop-off from the foredune to the wet sand beach in late January is still present. The Bob Straub SP restroom that had heavy...
January 24, 2007 - powston1
Mother Nature has created a steep bank from the west side of the foredune down to the wet sand beach along much of the mile. The restroom at Bob Straub State Park was heavily tagged with graffiti.
  • The photo shows some of the steep bank from the foredune to the wet sand beach.  This is a new phenomenon for this mile.