Mile 261 Report

June 13, 2007
by J.M. Trunkey

Location:
Tillamook
Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda
Conditions:
Wednesday 11:00 AM
Rain
50° F
Wind:
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
4.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
200
Dogs:
10
Activities:
Walking / Running:
20
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
0
Sitting:
25
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
1
at Blessing of the Fleet
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
60
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 4
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
30
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
The day was the yearly Blessing of the Dory Fleet. Very poor weather but still a good turnout of dorymen and members of the community. One boat made it off the beach to place flowers on the ocean by Haystack Rock. Noted a large flock of mew gulls. They appeared to be resting in a tight flock on the upper beach. Estimate of 100 birds. No human activity to disturb them.Work in process on beach to improve dory access and the begining of sidewalk installation. This was required by Tillamook County as part of the approval for the new motel / condo / partial ownership building now close to completion.
Notable Wildlife:
Large flock of mew gulls. Normal number of California gulls.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
na
Fish & Invertebrates:
no
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells
very clean beach.
New Development:
Bluff development·Steps down bluff
Modifications:
none
Natural Changes:
Comments:
We spent time and money to prevent the hotel / condo even taking the approval to LUBA but lost. The development now taking place fits in with County Planning approval.
Summary:
Lot of use of this popular beach. The parking lot at Cape Kiawanda can hold over 100 cars and the access is very easy. As more condos / houses / hotels come on line this beach and headland will receive increased pressure. The town of Pacific City is the fastest growing area in Tillamook County and projections are for continued growth.
  • June 13, 2007
Other Mile 261 Reports (14)

2019

July 22, 2019 - Linda Fink
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2015

October 4, 2015 - BeachcomberJim
The weather was ideal for visiting Pacific City beaches as the many family activities seen today did show.This beach was devoid of any small sticks and woody debris as should be normally found. The...

2010

June 19, 2010 - Rouses
Lot of pressure on the resource, however,everyone having a good time. Lots of dogs, some on leash, some off. One dog became aggressive but no problem. Some small litter but overall beach very clean....
April 1, 2010 - Rouses
Due to spring break a good number of people on the beach. All in all a nice way to enjoy the coast. There was a large amount of plastic and rope ( both very large and small ) in the drift line....

2009

December 23, 2009 - Rouses
A very nice winter day on the beach. A good deal of the summer sand remains on this beach. Noted that on the Cape the large sea cave continues to increase in size and a large rock on the very north...
October 24, 2009 - Rouses
A very nice October day on the Coast. Lots of people and kids enjoying the treasure we call the beach.The access point , Cape Kiwanda Parking lot was full. Some going to the Pelican Pub but most to...
April 5, 2009 - Rouses
Very nice day on the beach. A lot of people walking dogs. Lots of kids building sand castles.No unusual dead fish, mamuals, shellfish.Just a nice day at the beach.Sand levels very normal for this...

2008

December 5, 2008 - Rouses
Incredibly clean beach. The parking lot to access the beach (Cape Kiwanda County Park) was also very clean.Weather very nice for first of December. Do not recall in 25 years seeing the beach so clean...
December 1, 2008 - J.M. Trunkey
It was such a rainy day, I was unable to walk the whole mile, but mostly observed from the hill. I did observe a wedding being held in early September, and the wedding photos were done...
March 9, 2008 - Rouses
1 dead sea lion. Beach is really clean for after winter storms. Riprap showing at each end of Cottages at the Cape.

2007

May 7, 2007 - J.M. Trunkey
It was a foggy Monday. There were 5 surfers - approx. 30 gulls - 6 cars + 1 truck - 2 dogs - 1 kite flying
March 27, 2007 - J.M. Trunkey
Beach was clean; motel/condos proceeding at projected pace to be completed 7/07. This development borders Cape Kiwanda State Park. Visual impact is overpowering. The Tillamook county parking lot...
February 1, 2007 - J.M. Trunkey
The public parking lot at Cape Kiwanda was used as a staging site for the construction of the retaining wall(a huge retaining wall)The county parks department approved the use of the county parking...
January 16, 2007 - J.M. Trunkey
They are building the motel - as you can see.I liked the display chart and information board near Haystack rock and The Pelican [photo]The sand had come way up onto the pavement by The Pelican Rest....
  • Map and information board near Haystack Rock and The Pelican.