Mile 261 Report

October 4, 2015
by BeachcomberJim

Location:
Tillamook
Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda
Conditions:
Sunday
Humans / Pets:
People:
100
Dogs:
10
Activities:
Walking / Running:
6
Playing in surf:
15
Playing in sand:
20
Sitting:
20
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
35
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
0
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
Vehicles in Prohibited areas with no enforcement
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
60
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 8
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
60
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
4
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Talking with U.S. Fish & Wildlife officer in official vehicle left me with the impression he would not have confronted people in violator vehicles had I not questioned him. I did direct him to the signs marking the NO VEHICLES area of this beach. He approached only one of the 4 violator vehicles.His tone gave me no confidence as he stated the local authorities do not enforce the "Prohibited Vehicles" area of Pacific City beaches.
Notable Wildlife:
small numbers of common gulls observed This mile showed little sign of any seaweed on the beach or in driftlines.
Dead Birds:
Total:
2
Species/names:
Due to bad decomposition conditions, my guess is that the carcasses were common murres. They appeared to have been on beach for quite some time.
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
carcass of a four foot seal looked to be beached with the last high tide. A severe head injury seemed the only bodily injury. Photo attached.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Small rocks
No seaweed, kelp or sticks are seen in driftline for the northern 755% of mile 261, perhaps due to the intense human activities
New Development:
Modifications:
None
Natural Changes:
Sand deposits have formed a bench 6 to 8 feet above this morning's high tide line. No evidence to know how new this bench may be.
Comments:
None
Summary:
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 only wood left are very large logs both on beach surfaces and partly buried. Many of these driftwood pieces have been used for beach fires one or more times.having found only two small pieces of trash from humans was a surprise with the large number of people recreating here.
  • .25 miles south of northern end of mile 261 at high tide line.
    October 4, 2015
Other Mile 261 Reports (13)

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

June 13, 2007 - J.M. Trunkey
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...
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.