Mile 263 Report

January 23, 2012
by connierbruce

Cape Kiwanda State Park north end
Monday 9:00 AM
Humans / Pets:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
High tide; high surf--south end of mile under water
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
very little (none) debris; wood and grass from flooding
New Development:
Natural Changes:
One dead sea elephant which had been reported to Jim Rice at Marine Science
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, because the day to day usage varies so greatly.Notable is the ever larger convocation of surf-ski competition in the summer--I estimated 40 cars and a hundred people at the last one.Daily usage varies from a few (6+/-) to many (20+/-) but does not appear to be much greater over the past 3 or 4 years.Also on the 23rd I walked north through miles 264 and 265 to the Sand Lake entrance. Lots of woody debris at the high tide line but very little man-made debris despite the storm surf raging over the past few days.Occasionally cars entering at mile 263 drive south and leave tracks on the Kiwanda dune saddle in violation of posted "No vehicle" sign.
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.


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.


August 19, 2007 - olsonko
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...
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...