Mile 264 Report

January 7, 2021
by rbourke

Tierra Del Mar
Thursday 1:30 PM
50° F
Strong from the S
Tide Level:
1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
Dune and shorepine tree removal at new construction at end of Pollock St.
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
A large dune has been removed to provide a view for a large house under construction. Trees have been toppled and pushed onto the beach. It seems that the large dune that has been removed spanned private and public property.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Plastic pellets
Much more small and micro plastics than normal.
New Development:
Dune Modification·Sand removal
The large dune at the end of Pollock Ave. has been removed as part of a new home being constructed. It seems to have spanned private and public property. Trees have been pushed down onto the beach.
Natural Changes:

I'm not sure about the legality of the dune removal.  


Dune removal. See photos. Also, the Facebook drilling was active with a large loud machine working.  

  • Pollock Ave.
    January 7, 2021
  • Pollock Ave. Tierra Del Mar
    January 8, 2021
  • Pollock Ave. Tierra del Mar
    January 7, 2021
Other Mile 264 Reports (26)


July 11, 2022 - rbourke
Warm windy afternoon. No issues to report. 
May 27, 2022 - QuanB
Cloudy with incoming storm clouds on the horizon. Higher number of people on the beach than usual because of the Memorial Day weekend. Some nutjob doing vehicle donuts on the sand in the prohibited...
May 6, 2022 - QuanB
Nice, sunny, late afternoon with few folks on the shoreline.  Beach pretty clean.  Concerned about the big hole someone dug which at night will cause a fall.
April 11, 2022 - QuanB
Lots of broken seashells all along the shoreline...have never seen that before.  Picked up various plastic debris.  It hailed this morning and rained most of the day, but the clouds cleared for about...
March 31, 2022 - QuanB
Wonderful, beach was clean, and hardly any people.  Just a flock of Jonathan Livingston Seagulls. Tangy, salt scent in air and nice cloud formations with sun going down.
March 5, 2022 - QuanB
Nice sunshine brought in the crowds mostly on the vehicle allowed side of the beach.  Some one dumped a pallet on the rocks near the vehicle access entrance so I got my car and hauled it away.  
March 1, 2022 - QuanB
The high tides reached up into the dune faces and brought up more wood debris.  Also a green trash bin washed up near the dune and was filled up with sand.  I will email the ranger to pick it up off...
February 21, 2022 - QuanB
Not happy with the crab shells/lemon peels left on the sand as well as the human feces.  Concerned that the campfire ashes should have been covered with sand so ashes won't blow around.
February 12, 2022 - QuanB
Nice weather brought out the crowds, about 50 people.  Was concerned about the 2 campfires on the beach, one of them close to the dunes and grass.
January 15, 2022 - rbourke
There was a tsunami advisory for aprox. 8:40 in the morning.  I didn't witness the waves, but it seems that it came up almost to the dunes and included a large amount of micro and larger plastic...
  • plastic in the tideline. this is representative of the entire mile 264.
  • "Sea Pickle" pyrosome aprox. 5" long


October 31, 2021 - rbourke
Unseasonably warm for late October.  Clean beach with very few people. 


August 15, 2020 - rbourke
More cars parked at the end of Pollock Ave. than ever before and  more people on the beach than previous years.
April 20, 2020 - rbourke
The large sign on the sand at marker 34B of Sitka Sedge Park warning against driving any further north on the beach has been pushed down.
  • downed no-driving sign at marker 34B
March 13, 2020 - rbourke
Heavy equipment in place, noise curtains installed and removal of all vegitation on the lot, save for a few feet between shoreline and chain link fencing.
  • Facebook drilling project, Tierra del Mar Oregon 3/13/20


November 11, 2018 - rbourke
Dune fire pit much closer to beach grass that what is allowed.
  • Fire pit near beach grass


May 28, 2011 - rbourke
All in all the beach was pretty clean.


April 4, 2010 - rbourke
The big change was the addition of new riprap that covers the ocean frontage on about 10 lots, most built.


October 17, 2009 - smish73
There were 2 boats close to shore speeding. Within the hour a 2-3 foot juvenile salmon shark washed up bleeding with a prop cut that severed it's tail. cause of death most likely suffocation and...
August 22, 2009 - rbourke
Large quantities of horse manure at driftline, piles every 3 or 4 feet for an extensive length of the beach, extending into mile 265. We find such a large quantity of horse manure troubling and worry...
  • Kids digging in the sand within a few feet of piles of horse manure
  • child's footprints with manure in tide line
  • Sign offering beach horse rides on Roma Street, Tierra Del Mar
  • debris including horse manure in high tide line
March 8, 2009 - rbourke
Only remarkable change is the large number of jellyfish washed up at tideline.


October 25, 2008 - rbourke
About normal for this time of year. Less dune erosion than in some previous years.
July 3, 2008 - rbourke
As is usual, the beach is quite clean. Even after the Labor Day weekend, there was no litter to be seen.


September 9, 2007 - rbourke
Beach was very clean and uncrowded.
May 7, 2007 - connierbruce
Did not notice anything unusual this visit. Tide as far out as we have ever seen it, lots of rocks exposed, shorebird flocks in migration, no dead birds or marine mamals.
April 28, 2007 - rbourke
very little to note. Beach was very clean. Thank you SOLV!
February 18, 2007 - rbourke
Due to the bad weather, very little human or bird activity. Extremely large piece of a ship, barge or dock on north end of mile 264. This could present a danger if anyone was close and it was hit...