Mile 264 Report

November 11, 2018
by rbourke

Tierra Del Mar
Sunday 1:45 PM
55° F
Tide Level:
8.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Apparent Violations:
I've noticed over the past few months a semi-permanent fire pit in violation of the following shoreline regulations: - located in open, dry sand well away (at least 25 ft.) from any vegetation, driftwood, other combustible materials or beach access points - not located in dunes or in or near (or downwind of) vegetation, small wood debris or log accumulations - not left unattended The house is occupied by renters and on one occasion I've talked with the occupants who were unaware of Oregon Shoreline regulations. Unfortunately, this fire pit is left as-is and new renters have continued to build fires and at times leave them unattended or not put them out fully. During dry periods the proximity to beach grass makes this a potentially dangerous situation. The house is at the very west end of Pollock Ave. 5605 Pollock. A photo is attached.
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:

I have spoken to renters using the firepit, but am unsure how to proceed with the owners who should be responsible for the activity of their renters.


Dune fire pit much closer to beach grass that what is allowed.

  • Fire pit near beach grass
    Dune fire pit much closer to beach grass that what is allowed.
    5605 Pollock, Tierra del Mar
    November 11, 2018
Other Mile 264 Reports (15)


January 7, 2021 - rbourke
Dune removal. See photos. Also, the Facebook drilling was active with a large loud machine working.  


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


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...