Mile 286 Report

January 13, 2018
by beverly.stein

Bayocean Peninsula south of Bayocean site
Saturday 1:30 PM
Party cloudy
60° F
Calm/Light from the E
Tide Level:
1.7 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
bicycling - 10
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
An unusually large number of people on this beach today.
Notable Wildlife:
shore birds (see photo)
Dead Birds:
previously identified gull
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Crab float and nylon line.
New Development:
Natural Changes:

It was a beautiful winter day and many people were out enjoying the beach.  The beach was quite clean probably a combination of the fact that the OR Parks Department had recently been on the beach cleaning up debris and the King Tide.  We did see a very large piece of debris (see photo) that was about 20 feet long with 3 pieces connected together --- probably a retaining wall.  We saw this piece about 1.5 miles down the beach a few weeks ago -- reminder how powerful the ocean tides are!

  • Cape Meares Mile 286 Team (Kevin, Wendy, Bev, Dave, Mike).
    January 13, 2018
  • About mid way through our mile.
    January 13, 2018
  • Bike Tracks.
    January 13, 2018
  • Not a lot of birds but we did see these.
    January 13, 2018
  • This debris travelled about 1.5 miles down the beach in the last few weeks.
    January 13, 2018
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November 20, 2020 - kunkelwa
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September 16, 2020 - kunkelwa
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May 27, 2020 - [email protected]
Dead whale on beach. Intact. 
May 16, 2020 - kunkelwa
This beach walk was done during the COVID beach closure. 3 local and 2 nonlocal people on the beach. Someone had an overnight tent perched on the dunes in a noncamping closed area. There were several...
February 9, 2020 - kunkelwa
Two days ago we had very strong west winds for an extended period. The Velella were back in the driftline. A lot of water bottle caps and small platic garbage as well. The sand and dunes have been...


September 29, 2019 - kunkelwa
March 3, 2019 - beverly.stein
Beach relatively clean.


November 4, 2018 - beverly.stein
Generally the beach was clean with a lot of kelp clumps.  Very few people.
August 4, 2018 - [email protected]
Illegal camping in dunes. No bathrooms, so waste management is a concern. Reported to Tillamook County Parks. 
July 29, 2018 - beverly.stein
Very foggy day.  Many more people on the beach than usual probably because it is Sunday in July and Portland is very hot today.  A number of groups camping in the dunes (but no sanitary facilities...
May 28, 2018 - [email protected]
Very clean beach, despite the holiday weekend.Some squid egg cases present. One dead sea lion.
  • Squid egg case-Doryteuthis opalescens
  • Squid egg case-Doryteuthis opalescens
April 29, 2018 - beverly.stein
Not much to report.  Debris from winter storms was evident and a lot of crab shells.


September 24, 2017 - beverly.stein
Four of us walked the mile for the first time so we now have a baseline to compare for the next walk.  This area of the coast has no development.  SOLVE had been through the day before so not much...


September 18, 2010 - [email protected]
There were 5 people noted on our walk, which took 1 1/2 hours. One dog with one of the people. All were walking. The driftline had mainly pieces of wood, rocks, lots of crab shells. Some land-...