Mile 292 Report

September 19, 2019
by andiburck

Twin Rocks, Heitmiller Creek
Thursday 2:00 PM
66° F
Calm/Light from the W
Tide Level:
6.8 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Fire·Litter·Climbing bluffs/seastacks
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)
Battery operated Lite Brite, orange bailing twine, dog feces bags (3)
New Development:
Bluff development
Dune Modification·Sand removal·New riprap or shoreline protection structures
211 S Pacific Ave, Rockaway Bch. (Dang house) Rip rap installed Spring 2019. Hot tub installed on dune thereafter. Severe Dune erosion due to human traffic at 211 S Pacific Ave.
Natural Changes:

City of Rockaway Beach is currently in litigation with Mr. Dang regarding building permit etc...

  • 211 S Pacific Ave.,/S 6th, Rockaway Bch.
    September 20, 2019
  • Bailing twine
    211 S Pacific Ave./S 6th, Rockaway Bch.
    September 20, 2019
Other Mile 292 Reports (21)


May 4, 2018 - wilsonriverhs
April 23, 2018 - wilsonriverhs
Groups of people were playing ball and picnicking. This was the spring break for some schools.
March 19, 2018 - wilsonriverhs
There is a beach front house at 6th street that has a back deck sliding down the grass dune due to dune erosion.


December 14, 2015 - Shalom
Villa vacation rental after storm of December 2015
  • More erosion of vacation rental property after a week of storm waves and high winds and tons of rain.
October 28, 2015 - Shalom
King Tide at Saltair Creek.
  • Saltair Creek and Villa vacation rental, Twin Rocks, Heitmiller Creek
  • King tide high tide, showing the property next to Saltair Creek that requested riprap installation back in March 2015. Request was denied and is currently being appealed.
May 14, 2015 - Shalom
Longnose Lancetfish beached near Saltair creek, discovered near high tide line, about 2 hours after low tide.
  • Lancetfish is about 4.5' long, shown here next to 5' walking stick.
  • Looks like one bite had been taken out of the lancetfish (left side of photo). A seagull waited nearby for us to leave.
April 9, 2015 - Shalom
A couple of hours before high tide, between Saltair Creek and the Rockaway wayside. Clear sunny day. Millions of Velella velella. Also a lot of things on the beach that had been out at sea for quite...
  • All sizes, from tiny to about 3-1/2 inches.
  • Bottom of the shoe sole had Japanese characters on it. The pellagic barnacles were very active.
March 14, 2015 - [email protected]
Salmon on the beach at Twin Rocks at Heitmiller Creek 45.594989, -123.948490.One dead. One alive in a few inches of water struggling upstream towards a logjam.
March 8, 2015 - Shalom
An application has been filed to construct riprap at a property where the house should never have been allowed to be built in 2008.I hope we can get a hearing and stop the installation of riprap for...
  • Public Notice
  • This is the beach access adjacent to the house. Just a few months ago it was a functioning gravel driveway that the Rockaway police used when they needed to patrol the beach.
  • This is where Saltair Creek enters the beach, on the north side of the property. The vertical logs held piles of horizontal logs until a couple of storms this winter washed them away.


December 3, 2014 - Shalom
Two hours after high tide -- there are DOZENS of dead birds on the beach today. I lost count. (See photos.)The wrack line contained lots of tiny bits of plastic, as well as larger, more-recent...
  • One of dozens of dead birds on the beach today.
  • Among the dozens of dead birds were several of this type.
  • This piece of plastic was in the wrack line.
November 5, 2014 - Shalom
Dead starfish
  • Dead starfish on sandy beach at low tide line, negative tide. Wasting disease?
February 7, 2014 - Shalom
Outgoing tide (2.5 hrs before low tide). No breeze, ocean sounds muffled. About 5" snow on the beach above tide line. More snow on its way.
February 6, 2014 - Shalom
During snowstorm. About 5" snow on the beach. Slush where waves met the snow.
  • Slush chunks formed where waves hit the snow.
  • Slush chunks where waves met the snow.
January 13, 2014 - Shalom
About an hour before high tide this morning, lots of storm debris mostly included logs and twigs, eel grass, some bull kelp, a few jellyfish, one dying fish. One big jumble of rope with 3 floats with...
  • Dozens of these lying around at surf line among storm debris. Didn't have camera with me, had to collect these two to identify.


July 4, 2013 - Shalom
Egg case, I think from a "big skate," just after high tide, about a foot long.
  • "Big Skate" egg case (probably), about one foot long.
July 1, 2013 - Shalom
Barnacle tree update, one day later, at high tide: Witnessed gulls picking at remains of barnacles on tree. It's entirely stripped of barnacles. Broken barnacle shells along tide line.
  • All the gooseneck barnacles are are gone. Tree is partially buried by sand at high tide.
June 30, 2013 - Shalom
One hour before low tide, near Twin Rocks. Near tideline was a 45-foot-long tree, branches and roots long-since cut off. It was covered on one side, top to bottom, with live gooseneck barnacles. The...
  • Barnacles as big as 3" with active creatures, attached to length of 45-foot tree.
  • Entire length of tree (on one side) covered with gooseneck barnacles. The barnacles were huge at the root end of the tree, and got smaller towards the top of the tree.
  • Sorry lo-quality photo -- please see the feathery creatures emerging from the shells
  • This one's shell is 3" and stalk at least 9"


January 3, 2009 - [email protected]
First sunny day in a while. Nice kite flying weather. 9 people and 5 dogs on the beach. A few people sorting through the exposed stones. Lots of seaweed and kelp at the driftline. Lots of new...
January 2, 2009 - [email protected]
Bull Whip kelp on the beach. Lots of exposed shells and stones at the beach. New timber washed up here and there. A lonely looking pelican standing watch over a dead pelican.


November 23, 2008 - [email protected]
A beautiful day at the coast in November. Lots of new timber has drifted in and been exposed.Sandpipers at the surf line.One dead pelican and a few jellyfish.
  • This Creek runs under Highway 101 close to mile 52.
  • Lots of new timber has been exposed by erosion and some has drifted in.
November 1, 2008 - [email protected]
Approximately 300 brown pelicans on the beach on a windy cloudy day. New riprap/shoreline protection below house immediately north of trailer park at Mile 291, with application posted for permanent...
  • Mile 292.   I've never seen this many pelicans.