Mile 291 Report

August 28, 2016
by cemilligan

Camp Magruder north, Watseco, Twin Rocks SW
Sunday 1:30 PM
61° F
Calm/Light from the S
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Apparent Violations:
Significant amount of litter was on the beach as well as remains of fires from recent bonfires. One fire pit was still warm to the touch.
Activity Comments:
I was on the beach from 1:30-4:30 this day. During my time there the weather improved (it stopped sprinkling) so the number of people increased significantly as time wore on and also as I moved southward on my walk. I encountered a local couple who live at the edge of the beach. They walked with me awhile and were collecting agates if they could find them. There was a significant amount of litter on the beach. The couple stated that they remove as much as they can following the 4th of July celebrations, but with the steady stream of visitors during the summer it becomes quite the task. I spent a significant amount of time picking up trash and removed 3 standard size garbage bags full of trash (recycling what I could). I came across a warm camp fire pit, most likely from the night before. I buried the warm remains in sand as I did not have a water receptacle with me.
Notable Wildlife:
Significant seaweed had washed ashore and had been deposited during the higher tide. As this is my first visit, I am not sure if this is abnormal. There were approximately 70 gulls flying about and pecking for food in the stream and along the water line.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Again, as this is my first report, I'm not sure if this is abnormal, but there was a significant number of crab casings. I would estimate that I saw at least 50+ during my walk, with varying degree of completeness.
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)
New Development:
Natural Changes:

As stated before, I removed as much trash as I could and attempted to remove the risk of an abandoned bonfire.


 Upon my arrival at the beach the weather was quite dreary with slight rain and wind from the south.  There were approximately 20 people and 1 dog walking, running, collecting agates, building sand castles, and playing in the surf.  As my time there progressed, the rain let up and more people came out to enjoy the beach, with the number increasing to around 100 people and 5 dogs.  There was a significant amount of trash on the beach, mostly concentrated around the fires and the driftwood forts people had constructed.  One fire I came upon was still warm to the touch.  I smothered it as best as I could and I removed 3 large garbage bags full of trash.  I encountered a large number of gulls, but no other notable wild life.  There was a significant amount of kelp or sea grass that had washed up on the beach during high tide as well as a significant amount of crab shells.

  • Beach Deposit:Kelp/Seaweed washed up on the beach. I'm not sure if this is abnormal or not. These deposits stretched from the northern boarder of my mile to about three quarters of the way down to mile 292.
    Rockaway Beach Mile 291
    August 28, 2016
  • Crabs: There was a significant amount of crab skeletons washed ashore.
    Rockaway Beach Mile 291
    August 28, 2016
  • Beach Fort: There were several driftwood forts constructed along my mile. Many of them had fire pits inside of them, and a significant amount of trash. I removed as much as I could.
    Rockaway Beach Mile 291
    August 28, 2016
  • Gulls: Hunting for food along the stream and surf.
    Rockaway Beach Mile 291
    August 28, 2016
  • Dogs Playing in the Surf
    Rockaway Beach Mile 291
    August 28, 2016
  • Beach Entry Point
    Rockaway Beach Mile 291
    August 28, 2016
  • Fire Pit: Still warm when found.
    Rockaway Beach Mile 291
    August 28, 2016
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September 13, 2021 - MossierJ
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January 28, 2017 - cemilligan
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  • Normal high tide
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  • large tree trunk brought on shore during King Tide


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