Mile 263 Report

August 19, 2007
by olsonko

Cape Kiwanda State Park north end
Sunday 1:00 PM
70° F
Calm/Light from the S
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
driving and skidooing
Driftwood removal·Fire·Litter
Apparent Violations:
fire rings too close to dune grass
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
for a sunny Sunday afternoon, this is a low count of cars. Two weeks ago when the surfing competition was at Cape Kiwanda, there were over forty vehicles on the beach, some driving out of bounds
Notable Wildlife:
lots of brown pelicans fishing about one hundred and twenty yards offshore
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam
New Development:
Natural Changes:
more and more people seem to be using pickups to exercise their dogs. They drive in, let the dogs out of the back, then gun the motor, encouraging the dogs to follow. They drive at excessive rates of speed, especially late in the day towards sunset.
The Cape Kiwanda State Park access point continues to experience high vehicle counts. People drive at excessive speed, often using trucks with dogs running behind to exercise them. Litter and driftwood fires continue to be a problem, often too close to the dune grass or "bleeding" into Mile 264 to the North, the little community of Tierra del Mar.
Other Mile 263 Reports (15)


October 29, 2017 - emrae2887


March 8, 2013 - connierbruce
Nothing out of the ordinary for a sunny weekday afternoon.The old sinkhole repair at Cape Drive and Ferry Road is beginning to erode away. From the beach one can see drainage pipes which were buried...


July 29, 2012 - connierbruce
Nothing notable or unusual. Used McPhillips beach access. Four or five vehicles came and went during my hour's walk using this access.
January 23, 2012 - connierbruce
Over the past year (reports intended each time) we have walked and observed this and miles to north and south many times. It would be hard to gauge the increase in people using these beach accesses,...


December 4, 2011 - olsonko
December report: joyriders driving up bluffs. See report for details.


June 17, 2010 - connierbruce
I am often on the Cape and view mile 262 into 263. I often drive past the other part of 263. The 29 autos is the most I have noted on summer weekends of the past.


March 12, 2009 - connierbruce
We observe 262 & 263 several times a week. Usual and typical activities: 3 or 4 cars, walkers with dogs or looking for agates, 3 or 4 jet skis in surf, and occasionally tracks of jeep or...


December 9, 2008 - connierbruce
Not much activity mid-week wintertime.
September 15, 2008 - connierbruce
Normal usage nowadays is up over the years. Very little litter considering the many fire pits.
June 4, 2008 - olsonko
Driving on beach dangerously fast & using pickup to load driftwood. Six large illegal fires very close to dunegrass & shrubs. More litter than ever; broken glass bottles in cave. Bright...
May 26, 2008 - connierbruce
Relatively light use on a cloudy and cool Memorial Day: 16 people, 6 dogs, 2 jet skis, 14 vehicles on beach
March 1, 2008 - olsonko
Yearling harbor seal stranded in land cave 1/2 way down mile as tide receding. Called Jim Rice at Hatfield Marine Sci Ctr at office (541-867-0100) Then on Marine Mammal Hotline (541-270-6830). He...
February 25, 2008 - connierbruce
Other than the storm related sand removal uncovering many rocks as it does every winter, nothing unusual noted
January 21, 2008 - connierbruce
Sand at McPhillips access is gone, exposing cobbles and gravel. The base of the slide area is crumbling; otherwise much the same as in previous winters.


June 13, 2007 - connierbruce
No noticeable change in slide area. Rocks on beach uncovered at low tide. Large (30?) group of pelicans fishing, even larger group of gulls. No shorebirds. Not much in the way of human made beach...