Mile 295 Report

August 10, 2010
by skyhar8000

Nedonna Beach
Tuesday 7:30 AM
45° F
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
-1.2 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Observing nature
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:
Met one person coming the other way. He says that he also picks up litter and sometimes takes whole bags of it away if he finds them. This may be where most or all of my litter has been going!
Notable Wildlife:
One gigantic male sea lion!
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Not a lot of litter. That is common at this time of year.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls
Appears to be natural erosion and also resultant from the long-ago quarry action. Seems to be slowing down a little -- perhaps it has eroded back to the hard stuff.
An excellent hike. Very little trash found. We did encounter a gigantic bull sea lion -- we went one way, and he went the other. No seals seen, but plenty of evidence that they continue to use the area -- body drag marks, etc. Very nice to find another hiker who said that he, and others, also pick up litter out there and even take away my full bags. This may be where my stuff goes if I bag it and stash it, then can't find it later! We really can't take large floats out without a lot of hillside erosion, so we toss them back in the drink, and they will eventually wash up in a place that is safer and easier for someone to get them off the coastline. It's just too difficult and erosive to continue to haul them up ourselves.This will be my last report until next spring, as there are no more low tides in 2010 to permit me to get around the headlands into the coves.
Other Mile 295 Reports (29)


July 18, 2021 - nedonnaman
February 8, 2021 - Koptiuch
Stunning to see the enormous number of logs washed onto the beach through this winter's season of King Tides and storm surge! This was my first visit to Nadona Beach since the king tides and I couldn...
  • Piles of logs cover the high beach south of the jetty
  • Piles of logs cover the high beach looking south from the jetty
  • Minimal wrack line looking north from one mile south of the jetty
  • Driftwood fort built atop the dunes' sharp 3' vertical edge
  • Steep 7-10 foot vertical edge cut into the dunes by the king tides
  • Sharp, three-foot vertical edge to the dunes, with giant log pitched over it
  • Steep drop at south entrance to mile 295
  • Minus tide view of shore from water's edge
  • South jetty explorations at low minus-tide
  • Tide pool on the south jetty
  • Harvesting mussels for dinner
  • King tide dune erosion threatens homes at Nadona Beach
  • Kids play at one of many driftwood forts on Nadona Beach
  • King tide logs, a new fort, and a roof of a home now closer to the sea's edge
  • Lots more to Nadona beach at a minus-tide low, just before dusk


December 14, 2020 - Koptiuch
It was the height of the king tides. About 50°, mild breeze, intermittent sunshine. No real beach to walk on safely. When the waves ebbed they left a little beach space up near the dunes, but...
November 8, 2020 - Koptiuch
Beautiful sunny Sunday at low tide, breezy and chilly at about 48°. Pretty big surf. Saw 25 people and 4 dogs upon entering at north end of Nadonna Beach, and saw 38 people and six dogs walking back...
  • Nadonna Beach looking south
  • Nadonna Beach looking north
  • Man on jetty
  • Pretty big surf at Nadonna Beach
  • People hanging out at the driftwood forts on Nadonna Beach
  • People hanging out at the driftwood forts on Nadonna Beach
  • People hanging out at the driftwood forts on Nadonna Beach
  • Sea drift
  • Crescent Creek
  • Between the jetties at Nehalem River
July 11, 2020 - Koptiuch
After a rainy morning people were just starting to come out to Nadonna Beach. The tide seemed much lower than 1.7, and had created a sand bar forming a large shallow “lake” just at the shore south of...
  • Nadonna beach entrance signage
  • lake by south jetty
  • dead fish
  • kids flying kites
  • Pallet on beach
  • View north toward the jetty
May 23, 2020 - Koptiuch
Lots of commotion near the jetty on the north end of Nedonna Beach on this overcast morning! Earlier today a small rental boat had capsized, a man and a dog fell into the water. Both swam to the...
  • Capsized Boat Scene, Nedonna Beach
  • Assessing the Situation of capsized boat, Nedonna Beach
  • View of Capsized Boat, Nedonna Beach
  • Rescue Vehicle Tracks, Nedonna Beach
  • Fire Department to the Rescue, Nedonna Beach
  • Foam in Driftline, Nedonna Beach
  • Driftwood "Fort", Nedonna Beach
May 3, 2020 - Koptiuch
Beach looks like it was swept clean by the tides. Left deposits of seaweed and bits of wood and stuff high up on near dunes. Scattered razor clam and blue muscle shells, crab body shells of small...


September 6, 2019 - martyandchuck
Normal beach.  As usual, typical movement of sand that change the slope of the beach to the waterline.
August 1, 2019 - nedonnaman
Could have been most any day this summer  when tide is very low in morning ... less dune erosion  than usual last winter, more driftwood on beach.
March 4, 2019 - Paulissen
Very minimal activity noted today, likely as a result of the high tide and it being a Monday. We noticed a very high concentration of washed up moon jellies, unlike what we have seen in the past.


December 22, 2018 - martyandchuck
Pleasant day at beach, comfortable winter weather, hardly any wind, with visible sand erosion, and loss of beach. King tides reaching far up beach.
July 14, 2018 - nedonnaman
Very nice summer morning ... typical mid-summer beach


October 12, 2017 - nedonnaman
July 26, 2017 - nedonnaman
Typical summer beach.  Most of the heavy drfitwood accumulation from the winter is gone ... up in smoke or used to make forts and shelters.  Unlike many past years, there has not been any mowing of...
January 23, 2017 - nedonnaman
Effects of storms and high tides over last couple of weeks striking -- northern half mile shows major erosion of fore dune.  Lots of large logs high up on beach; relatively few smaller pieces.  Fair...


August 15, 2016 - nedonnaman
Pretty typical summer beach. Most notable feature is fact that there is substantially more driftwood on beach than in recent past ... result of last winter's storms.


July 23, 2012 - martyandchuck
A very quiet time @ the beach, only a few people, with beach fairly clean. Sand has shifted, some drift wood is covered,although much remains. Have found some plastic bottles from Japan in the past,...


September 3, 2011 - martyandchuck
Report for September


August 2, 2010 - skyhar8000
Almost directly in front of our family beach cabin in North Rockaway Beach, I discovered a dead fish. Apparently an adult salmon of one species or another. Corpse is almost completely intact except...
June 21, 2010 - skyhar8000
Found the corpse of a ray or skate washed up. Very unusual for this area. Body was perhaps 18-24 inches front to back (not including the tail and 30-36 inches wide. No apparent cause of death, a...
June 17, 2010 - skyhar8000
Found seal pup on beach. Called local police station, and the volunteer at the desk notified the local wildlife network. As I returned from my walk, a state parks person was at the scene and an...


December 6, 2009 - martyandchuck
The beach continues to have large logs/driftwood on it, making walking to shoreline difficult. Dead pelican noted among the driftwood.
  • sad to see but unsure if it was anything but a natural death.


October 19, 2008 - martyandchuck
Beautiful day. Many areas where beach grasses have been 'mowed'. Not sure if this is appropriate or not; will try to find out. After seeing 2 dead Humboldt squid on our mile, we heard that this...
September 7, 2008 - martyandchuck
Owners of house on beach drive have mown down all the beach grasses in front of house (the dune area) to better see the ocean (!!??)
May 31, 2008 - martyandchuck
Some movement in driftwood. Two large pieces of a dock on shore as 'driftwood' from someplace else.
March 1, 2008 - martyandchuck
After rainy morning (with hail), afternoon was mostly sunny and warm.


November 21, 2007 - martyandchuck
Beautiful weather. Lots of folks arriving for Thanksgiving weekend. About 1/2 dozen dead birds sighted in the sand. They aren't sea gulls but not sure what species.
October 27, 2007 - martyandchuck
Overall the beach looks much more like it did 4 years ago when we first began walking along it. The sand is more level and less debris on the shore with no sightings of any dead animals, the weather...
June 12, 2007 - martyandchuck
Quiet - saw bald eagle and also osprey flying over ocean. Very few seagulls - beach appears to be returning after sand loss this winter.