Mile 278 Report

December 18, 2020
by CharmerDale

Netarts Spit north
Friday 11:30 AM
45° F
Strong from the S
Tide Level:
5.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
I was the only person this far out on Netarts Spit this morning... except for a Park Ranger riding a ATV!
Apparent Violations:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Park Ranger on a 4 wheel ATB
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Wood pieces·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
I saw lots of driftwood.... much of it was recently uncovered by the KING TIDES of the last few days. Lots of erosion of the dunes from those big tides’
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Erosion of vegetated foredune·Visible retreat of solid bluff·Evidence of wave overtopping

I don't mess with Mother Nature!

  • Dune Erosion
    December 19, 2020
  • Driftwood
    December 18, 2020
  • Park Ranger
    December 19, 2020
Other Mile 278 Reports (6)


August 25, 2018 - Andy G
Much sand covering beach, both tide driven and wind driven up to the base of hte dunes and covering 3-5' of base.
May 5, 2018 - Andy G
Beach was remarkably free of litter or large man made debris such as pallets styrofoam, floats or rope. I suspect the in migration of sand has covered much of the normal debris.


August 2, 2016 - Andy G
The beach is as pristine as I have ever seen it. There is very little litter and in fact we were not able to fill even one half of a black plastic bag with trash.  It is unclear if the trash from...
April 7, 2016 - Andy G
Isolated section of beach with little sign of human influence other than litter. Winter waves have eroded the front edge of the dunes 5-10 feet and exposed previously buried logs. Otherwise, this is...
  • Shell casings of sand shrimp.
  • The sand had a dark purple and black stain to it. The stain was about 1/2 thick and then regular colored sand beneath. No odor to stain.
  • Unusual amount of trees, stumps and logs after winter storms.
  • Another view of unusual amount of trees, logs and stumps after winter storms.
  • Shows how close high tide mark is to edge of dunes. This was not a particularly high tide.
  • Shows long buried logs exposed by winter storms eroding dunes.
  • Shows amount and variety of litter collected in two hour tour.
  • More litter


August 4, 2015 - Andy G
Mile 278 is stable and healthy. There are no signs of human activities, the vegetation is thriving and the sand dunes are stable.Litter (mostly plastic and Styrofoam) was evident, but not in the...
  • Seaweed or other green grass like vegetation.  Clumped along the drift line for about 1/5 mile.
  • A roughly 4'x3'x3' heavy duty plastic box buried in sand.  Saw it on last visit.
  • Low shrubs and vegetation appears to be thriving and healthy
  • Found decomposed mammal carcass.  Could have been a dog, sheep or goat.
  • Litter removed from the beach; 2 bags plus numerous larger plastic items.  Left about 4 plastic trays and a tub at waters edge for pick-up.
  • Top layer of sand in small section was capped with layer of black sand.  Sand had no odor and left no trace on my fingers when rubbed.  Unsure if it is naturally-occuring or not.
April 16, 2015 - Andy G
Mile 278 is part of Cape Lookout SP and no development is allowed. The beach is undisturbed and appears to be healthy and natural. Access is limited because of the 3-4 mile walk from the park...
  • A blue open-top plastic storage bin with barnacles attached was washed ashore.  Dimensions are roughly 4'x6'x3'.  No identifying markings.
  • Continuous line of velella velella at drift line.
  • About six pieces of rope were embedded in sand
  • Typical undisturbed beach.