Mile 267 Report

September 25, 2008
by [email protected]

Location:
Tillamook
Sand Beach south of Chamberlain Lake
Conditions:
Thursday 8:00 PM
Sunny
65° F
Wind:
Calm/Light
Tide Level:
5.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Activities:
walking, swimming in ocean
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
sea gulls, sandpipers
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Dune Modification·Sand removal·Stream modification
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Visible retreat of solid bluff
Comments:
Summary:
Sand Lake entrance to ocean shifting dramatically to the north - no longer possible to walk around end of dunes from lake to beach. Erosion of campsites at park continues - 1/2 dozen campsites, fire pits, pvmnt being washed into estuary. Blue herons do not visit Sand Lake or live here anymore - small crabs and other food for them has disappeared since State Park took over Whalen Island and removed horses. The horses may have provided the nutrients the crabs, sand dollars and shrimp needed for them to survive here - and of course the larger birds also fed on the crabs.
Other Mile 267 Reports (2)

2008

December 11, 2008 - [email protected]
Beach was super clean -- probably from high winter tides. Beautiful day but no people at b each (4 dune buggies in park). South end of dunes at northern section of Sand Lake entrance more eroded than...
February 21, 2008 - [email protected]
Underlying bed of parking lot eroding into lake. Unfortunate -- it is the only rode I know of on beach in Sand Lake. Wish they would have offered to remove it!