Mile 287 Report

January 13, 2023
by JuliaH

Bayocean Peninsula north of Bayocean site 2
Friday 11:30 AM
53° F
Calm/Light from the S
Tide Level:
3.7 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Horses were being loaded up as I arrived. Horse prints but no manure seen on beach.
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Included a horse trailer with two horses.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Possibly a petrel? Small dark bird, photo attached.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Remarkably clear sand with the relatively small amount of driftwood pushed high to the top of the beach. I salvaged one large, long rope with sinkers on it that was tangled through a clump of kelp. Otherwise, just a few strands of grassy material (not beach grass), no gravel seen, few shells and casings.
New Development:
Natural Changes:

Remarkably clear smooth sand with small amount of driftwood pushed high up the beach. One dead bird, possibly a petrel. Very little seaweed except a couple of tangles of kelp, one of which had a large rope entangled, which I extracted and salvaged. It was a fairly warm, cloudy day with a light wind and brief rain shower. Besides my guest, his dog and me, I saw 3 people and 3 dogs on the beach. Two horses were being loaded in the parking lot when I arrived and I saw horse prints on the beach but no manure. No wildlife other than a gull or two over the water.

  • Northward on mile 287, cloudy day, very washed smooth sand
    Northward on mile 287, cloudy day, very washed smooth sand
    Southern point of mile 287
    January 13, 2023
  • Large rope tangled in clump of kelp
    Large rope tangled in clump of kelp
    1/3 mile from southern end of mile 287
    January 13, 2023
  • Dead bird, maybe petrel
    Dead bird, maybe petrel
    Halfway through mile 287
    January 13, 2023
  • View southward from north end of mile 287 (cloudy day, clean beach)
    View southward from north end of mile 287 (cloudy day, clean beach)
    North end of mile 287
    January 13, 2023
Other Mile 287 Reports (50)


January 22, 2023 - C Nelson
The primary purpose of this visit was to observe the impact of the last of this winters king tides. Because the beach is so wide and gently sloping on this mile, the extremely high tides do not look...
  • Wide view of king tide
  • Closeup view of king tide
  • Closeup view of king tide
  • Wide view of king tide
  • Debris in foredune
  • Foredune erosion


December 12, 2022 - C Nelson
A pleasant December afternoon. Sunny, calm, quiet, not many visitors, little visible trash (only picked up one bag of miscellaneous items, including lots of plastic shotgun wads). A dead salmon...
April 6, 2022 - C Nelson
A pleasant, partly cloudy spring day. Despite the lovely weather, not many folks out. Not much wildlife activity noted either; few seabirds and gulls present, resident eagles did not make an...
  • Brown Surf
  • Brown surf foam close up
February 17, 2022 - C Nelson
A quiet day at the beach - just a handful of folks strolling along the shoreline, only one of whom had a dog with them. Visited at the apex of high tide and watched the tide recede; observed an...
  • beached moon jellies


December 5, 2021 - C Nelson
The highest of December's king tides coincided with a cool, calm, dry, pleasant day on Mile 287. I did not witness the dramatically high water levels I had expected with the king tide, however. While...
  • High water during king tide 12/5/21
June 24, 2021 - C Nelson
Lovely early summer day on coast. Most notable wildlife observations were flocks of brown pelicans. It was nice to see how completely the sand has filled in previously eroded foredune areas. Also...
April 7, 2021 - C Nelson
A cool, blustery day with intermittent squalls - lovely to watch the storms move in off the water, but damp! Not many folks on the mile, and those that came did not linger. Good to see the natural...
February 4, 2021 - C Nelson
A quiet afternoon on a cool, cloudy, damp winter day. Only 2 other folks were visiting and they did not stay long. The most notable observation was the extent of the erosion of the vegetated foredune...


September 21, 2020 - C Nelson
While it was overall a lovely day, it was deeply concerning to observe recent tire tracks along this stretch of beach. This was the first time I've seen evidence of vehicles in the closure area in my...
  • Large flagpole base and pole
  • Small flagpole base
  • Carcass of dead sturgeion
June 3, 2020 - C Nelson
A joy to be able to return to the beach!! This was first time I was able to visit Mile 287 after Covid-19 restrictions had closed beach access in Tillamook County for almost 3 months. I was surprised...
February 17, 2020 - C Nelson
A quiet afternoon on mile 287; only a few folks out enjoying walks on the sand. The resident pair of bald eagles were at play, soaring above the shoreline with an additional juvenile bald eagle; the...


August 15, 2019 - C Nelson
Warm, sunny summer afternoon that would have almost seemed too warm if it weren't for a strong breeze; surprising that there were only a few folks visiting. Summer sand accumulations have completely ...
  • Numerous crab shells
May 12, 2019 - C Nelson
A beautiful Mother's Day at the coast - overcast/partly cloudy skies with light winds and a moderate temperature made for very pleasant conditions. There was one jogger whose running right along the...
March 23, 2019 - C Nelson
SOLVE spring beach clean-up day. While there were not many larger pieces of debris to be retrieved from the beach (amazingly only one plastic bottle), there was considerable microplastic. We...
January 26, 2019 - C Nelson
This observation was most notable for the dramatic erosion that had occurred two months since I had last walked the mile. Just prior to this January visit, there had been a couple of major winter...


December 2, 2018 - C Nelson
A quiet day on mile 287. There was a pair of bald eagles perched in the fir trees above the middle section of the mile. Sand accumulation was as high as I've seen it in the years I've been monitoring...
August 16, 2018 - C Nelson
Despite the high level smoky haze in the sky, it was a pleasant summer day to be on the beach. There was remarkably little trash visible on mile 287, maybe because much of the usual debris had been...
January 30, 2018 - C Nelson
A lovely winter day at the beach. The most notable physical changes since my last visit in December were the foredune erosion and deposition of large quantities of driftwood high on the beach, as...
  • Foredune erosion, driftwood deposition near mid-point of mile 287
  • Driftwood deposition on and behind foredune, northern section of mile 287


December 5, 2017 - C Nelson
Lovely winter day for observing the last day of the December King Tides. Sunny, soft offshore breeze from the northeast, calm ocean. When the high tide was at its peak, waves covered the entire beach...
September 23, 2017 - C Nelson
A lovely fall day for the SOLVE beach clean-up. We did not see any other volunteers picking up debris during our visit, but others had been on BayOcean spit recently and left stacks of full trash...
August 22, 2017 - C Nelson
A beautiful summer day on Mile 287! There were fewer people than expected for such a nice day, possibly because it was mid-week. It was a surprise to see a large quantity (as many as 12-14 dozen)...
April 1, 2017 - C Nelson
A misty, damp SOLVE beach clean-up day. Very few folks were visiting - other than us, there were only two other people on the beach, and we didn't see any other SOLVE volunteers. Winter storms had...
February 11, 2017 - C Nelson
Observed fairly large amounts of ocean-based debris deposited by winter storms, winds, and high tides; also evidence of waves overtopping foredune. Given the wet winter we've had, probably not...


March 26, 2016 - C Nelson
A challenging SOLVE beach clean-up day! There weren't many volunteers on Bay Ocean spit and there was an unexpectedly large amount of detritus washed up, much of it likely Japanese tsunami debris...
  • Long view of the large quantity of velella stranded on the beach
  • Closer view to illustrate the extremely large quantity of Velella stranded on the beach.
  • Close-up of the millions of Velella velella that were stranded on the beach
  • Clearly identifiable Japanese characters on representative debris
  • Refrigerator door, rubber boot, and WD-40 can with imprinted Japanese characters.
  • Unusual piece of plastic fencing that looked like bamboo - likely Japanese, though not imprinted with Japanese characters. In front of one of 12 piles of debris collected during clean up.


March 28, 2015 - C Nelson
Satisfying beach clean-up day, able to collect a large amount of flotsam and jetsam and leave the middle section of the Bay Ocean spit looking natural.
February 22, 2015 - C Nelson
Beautiful day. Large amount of plastic debris; notably a number of plastic children's toys including a doll house and several super hero figures. Created several large debris piles above the high...


September 27, 2014 - C Nelson
A great fall day to be at the beach! It was notable that all the regularly used campsites were clean, in contrast to prior years when considerable trash had been left behind. Lots of sand has been...
May 31, 2014 - C Nelson
With exception of large quantities of marine debris, conditions and human activities were typical of prior visits. Most notable about this visit was the extent of likely tsunami-related marine debris...
  • Marine debris populated with large number of goose barnacles
March 22, 2014 - C Nelson
The northern end of Bay Ocean spit had been thoroughly cleaned by a large group of volunteers the day before the official SOLVE clean up, so there was very little remaining trash to be picked up on...
January 26, 2014 - C Nelson
All in all, a lovely, calm day on Mile 287. There were lots of folks out enjoying the sunshine and calm, warm weather. Although tracks of horses were visible on the beach, and there were two trucks/...


December 14, 2013 - C Nelson
Because the SOLVE beach clean up was cancelled this year, I was expecting to see more litter than usual on the beach. However, little debris was visible, likely because accumulating sand had covered...
August 31, 2013 - C Nelson
Conditions largely unchanged from last visit. No evidence of recent deposition of Japanese tsunami debris, although noted at least 8 timbers that appeared to be of Japanese origin, several of which...
July 28, 2013 - C Nelson
Beach looked clean and remarkably clear of debris, which may have been due to a covering of windblown sand (campers reported that the weekend had been quite windy). Saw a couple of mortise and tenon...
  • Showing extent of clearing at top of foredune
  • Showing current condition of structure constructed on foredune
  • Showing extent of clearing behind foredune, vehicle used to access site for clearing.
  • Closer view of clearing behind foredune
  • Beam likely to have originated from Japan
March 30, 2013 - C Nelson
A terrific day on mile 287. There was less marine debris than I had expected for a spring beach clean-up. (Apparently a group of Boy Scouts had done a clean up project the previous week.) In addition...


September 22, 2012 - C Nelson
Walked from bay to beach on roadway that accesses the property on which development has been previously noted. Goat pen had been moved to midway point of parcel between bay and beach but was no...
July 21, 2012 - C Nelson
Perfect summer day at coast - sunny, warm, pleasant breeze - lots of folks out taking advantage! Most folks were strolling next to the surf. Two of the parties we saw walking northward were carrying...
January 14, 2012 - C Nelson
A very wintery, blustery day on the spit - few people out braving the less than ideal conditions at the beach. Noted far more beached pacific sea nettle jellyfish in driftline than have seen before,...
  • Driftwood stump being used as reference now almost completely buried - top barely visible at lower right corner of photo.
  • Structure erected on foredune has survived the first round of major winter storms.
  • Woodstove and firepit have been added to picnic site adjacent to foredune.
  • Steps carved into foredune show evidence of considerable use.


October 8, 2011 - C Nelson
A couple issues of concern noted during this visit:1) Incursion on foredune and development of area adjoining foredune at midpoint of mile; and2) Evidence of vehicle driving on beach in closed area....
  • Structure erected on top foredune (sand removed to create level surface)
  • Second view of structure erected on foredune, shows disturbance of sand and vegetation.
  • Trail carved into foredune and steps erected on landward side of foredune
  • Longer view of trail and steps being constructed on landward side of foredune.
  • Shows fencing and animals
  • View eastward toward Bay from top of foredune; shows development of picnic site and road used to gain access to area under development
June 19, 2011 - C Nelson
A quiet day on mile 287, cool and cloudy with few people on the beach. Most notable observations were: 1) tire tracks on the beach (the first time we've observed evidence of vehicles within this...
March 26, 2011 - C Nelson
SOLV beach clean up day - started out rainy, but the skies cleared by 11am, the sun came out, and conditions were ideal the remainder of the day. In contrast to previous SOLV clean ups, my husband...
February 19, 2011 - C Nelson
Beautiful start to President's Day weekend - while fairly windy, it was sunny and relatively warm. Lots of folks had come to enjoy a dry day at the beach. The Bayocean Spit parking area was full;...
January 22, 2011 - C Nelson
The large numbers of fresh trees and new driftwood logs high on the beach were no doubt a result of the recent heavy rains and flooding in the coast range. Tides in the past several days have been...
  • Condition of foredune following series of winter storms and high tides. Driftwood stump is reference point for comparison.
  • Photo of driftwood stump taken in fall prior to onset of first major winter storm.


November 21, 2010 - C Nelson
This was my first observation since the first major storm of the winter season. There was evidence of wave overtopping in several areas where driftwood had been newly deposited on top of dune grass...
October 23, 2010 - C Nelson
A cloudy, showery day on the coast - only one other person with a dog was braving the weather and walking on mile 287. A large flock of sandpipers foraged actively, unfazed by the less than perfect...
  • Reference photo for amount of sand deposited in front of foredune over course of summer, 2010.
  • Reference photo of driftwood and sand deposited in front of eroded section of foredune over course of summer, 2010.
September 25, 2010 - C Nelson
A gorgeous morning for the SOLV beach cleanup – warm, sunny, light onshore breeze. My friends and I had been preceded by two groups of volunteers (Intel employees, a youth group) who had tackled...
August 22, 2010 - C Nelson
A beautiful, sunny Sunday with more people on the mile than I've typically seen in the past. In addition to the horses/riders I saw while I visited, there were many more hoof prints in the sand -...
July 15, 2010 - C Nelson
Despite sunny weather, only a handful of people were on walking or picnicing on the beach. The large amount of left behind picnic debris and discharged fireworks casings suggested that the beach had...
  • Sand drifts partially re-building eroded area of dunes
June 13, 2010 - C Nelson
This was my first official visit to Mile 287. Given the sunny afternoon, there were fewer folks on the beach than I'd expected, possibly because of fairly strong winds and blowing sand. The 3 hikers...
  • South facing view, south end of dune erosion on Mile 287.
  • Another south facing view, taken at north end of eroded section.


September 28, 2008 - wthwaites
A perfect day for a walk on the beach, nothing upsetting was noted
  • There are a least two driftwood structures that have gradually grown over the past several years. Shown is the larger, further north, further from the beach structure


October 28, 2007 - wthwaites
The wagon did prove handy as we were able to bring back much more trash with it than we could have without it. (See photos.) We [picked up far more trash] than could be carried in one trip without...
  • This wagon had been abandoned at a persistent camp site near the shore end of Rabbit Gulch.
  • Carol shakes sand from a plastic tarp that had been partially buried in the sand.
  • Partially filled wagon near the north end of Mile 287. The improvised tub is made from the top of a plastic barrel.